Canadian Filipino Net, or CFNet for short, ended its first year of operation last year on a positive and optimistic note.
Last March 19, 2018, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 7303 “An Act Instituting Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in the Philippines" voting 134 for and 57 against with two abstaining. Although its passage of the bill at the lower house of congress was relatively trouble free, its ultimately becoming a law is problematic and uncertain. This is because there are still so many obstacles from formidable forces to overcome.
The primary objective of the Act Establishing Absolute Divorce in the Philippines is to give women and men, in a marital relationship that is beyond repair, the option to end the union and start a new life. The measure refers to absolute divorce as "the separation between married couples that is total and final where the husband and wife return to their status of being single with the right to contract marriage again.
The Filipino Catholic Ministry of the archdiocese of Vancouver held a day-long consultation meeting on April 28 at St. Matthew church in Surrey with heads/leaders of Filipino religious organizations and representatives of various parishes in the archdiocese. Its purpose was to begin the process of developing a comprehensive Pastoral Plan to fully integrate and encourage the full participation of Filipinos as active members and leaders in their respective parishes.
The Philippines and the Vatican, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, are the only two countries in the world that do not allow divorce as a means to end a bad marriage. Currently, what the law allows in the Philippines are annulment and legal separation. The annulment option is expensive (costing upwards of Pesos 250,000) which only the rich can afford and a long one that sometimes takes years to process. On the other hand, legal separation does not allow separated couples to remarry.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has made a promise regarding caregivers working as temporary foreign workers in the country.
Ahmed Hussen assured in a statement on February 16, 2018 that Canada is not abolishing its caregiver program, and that caregivers have a guaranteed path to permanent residence.