Response to Cinta Kaipat from Malou Berueco

March 21, 2010

Ms. Cinta Kaipat:

This is in regards with your reply to my letter, which was published in the newspaper March 22, 2010. My response, try harder next time!

LISTEN NOW HOLDERS OF UMBRELLA PERMIT! Yes, it is true, CNMI DOL can REVOKE this permit in 2 basis-

1) when you committed criminal offense
2) when you GO TO CNMI DOL on the date of your revocation

So, my advice-DO NOT COMMIT ANY CRIME & DO NOT GO to CNMI DOL on the date of revocation stated in your Umbrella Permit!

Malou H. Berueco
As Gono

Note: Malou was responding to this Kaipat letter to the editor.


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"There can be no tyrants where there are no slave." Jose Rizal

This quote on the side of this web-site is from a great Filipino hero. It says what is happening now in CNMI. WE ARE NOT YOUR SLAVES any more Cinta and Fitial. WE are NOT afraid any more. You have NO power any more. We will NOT GO TO DOL any more. WE ARE NOT YOUR SLAVES.

Anonymous said...

Ding dong the witch is dead! No need to go to DOL!

Anonymous said...

I am following Malou's advise. I am not giving money to DOL no more. I need my money and DOL couldn't get my money owed to me. My old employer still owes my $3,200. Cinta don't care.

...just got lost and lucky... said...

That KAIPAT LETTER TO THE EDITOR IS SO FUNNY. Read it and you'll see how futile they are. If you're sad and you want a good laugh for the day, I strongly recommend you read that letter. Hahahaha but after your good laugh, be reminded to listen to what Malou said ok...

Anonymous said...

Cinta don't worry the US Federal Labor & Immigration will not hire you even if your Uncle Ben submit a reccomendation, ask Seimer and Willens to submit your biodata to Federal Prison, for abusing us- You forgot the real meaning of economy as a whole-we are part of this economy-without us?who will work Cinta? We are taxpayers-10 to twenty years ago-we were the backbone of this island-don't forget that.

Anonymous said...

You tell her, Malou!

What a great response to a totally ridiculous, laughable letter from Jacinta Kaipat/Deanne Siemer.

Anonymous said...

OH, now I get it. I read the cinta letter. DOL has no money for ink so they need to have every foreign national come in and get an ID card so they can charge them money. Can they get any dumber?

Melberlin said...

Dear Ms. Berueco,

This is the response to your letter to the editor posing several questions wrapped in your opinions about the Commonwealth after I tried harder.

Your question: Why did the Department of Labor issue the umbrella permits before Nov. 28, 2009?
We did not expect the consequences after we successfully deleted the "grandfathering" clause in the original fed law. To make up our mistakes we issued Umbrella Permits to protect businesses from losing these workers who built up CNMI.

Your question: Why is it that the foreign national identification card does not contain an issuance date, unlike previous permits the Department of Labor issued?
People here in the CNMI forget easily, so date is not important; then we can easily switch the id system into another money-making policy shortly.

Your question: Why not issue those unclaimed umbrella permits?
We ran out of ink so no Umbrella Permit are to be issued any longer and we will not buy ink anymore because more people will be extended up to 11/11.

Your question: Why not work with other government agencies to find ways and funds on how to train your citizens to be workers?
That's is not a problem because we can easily bring in foreign workers when we destroyed or ruined something; look at CUC's power plant now it's back to work.

Your question: Does the CNMI really need to import langoniza, tocino, et al.?
There are lots of foreign workers who are good in making these type of foods but it's better to import than allowing them to have business here or hire them to train us.

Go ahead Malou ask more questions!

Anonymous said...

9:30 It is better to grow your own than import but importing workers and importing food is insane.

"Allowing them to have businesses"...I thought the CNMI is enacting a similar version to the H-1 and H-2 visa. There is no plan to my knowledge for green cards before the end of the transition period.

My understanding is that the US will use the H-1, H-2 for a transition period of 5 or 10 years and the workers actively employed in that program will be defacto permanent residents at the end of that transition period.

Unskilled workers would be well advised to train or better educate themselves during that transition period to increase their odds for employment. Being uneducated after living in the NMI for years, or broke due to remitting all your money abroad will get no sympathy from Americans facing depression era unemployment.

For immigration reform to pass, it will mean a steep reduction in foreign workers, especially the low skilled.

BOTW said...

on JK's response, item 3, issuance date is different from pick-up date. DOL said that you do not have to apply for an umbrella permit, if your name is in the system, they will automatically ISSUE the permit. just like in the old system when you were informed later (sometimes much later, as in the day before your plastic permit expires) that your permit had been issued and that you can already pick it up. therefore those who was not able to get them as schedule should still be able to pick them up, right?

Anonymous said...

To Anon 11:25 PM

You are absolutely correct. Most Filipino remit their money back to the PI, even "long term residents" do it.

flametreeman said...

Malou, I'm glad of the asar or teasing response. Ganyan ang maganda daanin mo sa asar para mapikon sila. Just do those kulitizing response until they get crazy. Be the right and just way greg cruz.

To all leaders: I think this is the right time to call and encourage all employees and employers not to bow down on the CNMI's demands. It is the time to unite again and stand against the crooked rule of the CNMI DOLE.

I hereby call on GW's leaders to write on the papers or do whatever means to spread the message of unity against this crooked system.

flametreeman said...

There is no fear that we can win this battle. The CNRA which is the law now is behind us, it is now our part not to have anything to do with CNMI DOLE.

We are choosing the FEDS and not the CNMI DOLE to dictate us. We have nothing to do with you CNMI DOLE.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:25 PM,

You should told that to the CNMI 30 years ago when they started importing workers, you probably enjoying these workers also.
There are no policy issued out yet and you think they will issue what you believed?

Anon 6:21 AM,
Because there are more Filipinos workers here than any other foreigner, but that's our hard earned money and it is our right to where we want to go. Every time you import you should ask if they have family back home then ban them, so that they can spend their earnings here.

You both sound the same person.

Anonymous said...

anon 6:21 am.

remitting is the whole idea of working abroad. nothing wrong!

admirer of strong women said...

Jacinta M. Kaipat should try to work more closely with Pamela S. Brown.

They need to get together, preferably without Deanne C. Siemer, and cooperate. Both are really nice ladies when you get to know them!

Why do the newspapers so often omit these people's middle initials?

And why does "the Teacher" want to tax remittances? Shame, shame, on American soil.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong or illegal about remitting money home, but America should greatly reduce workers from abroad with high unemployment at home, and while the CNMI economy is wrecked for several reasons, one of those is a high percentage of aliens sending money out of our economy. That is a fact, and it is a primary reason for federalization. Fact two is that ontinueing to operate with a large foreign workforce, knowing they will do the same, will mean the CNMI will never recover until reform is implemented.


---this is not the time to be intimidated by them, kung may katwiran, ipaglaban mo! di ko kayo sagot, sagot kayo ng FEDS!!!!

Capatain said...

All aside, I am curious why Sayed has not "chimed" in yet on this issue.
Not a loss but interesting.
Nice response from Malou, short and sweet.

the teacher said...

Admirer said "And why does "the Teacher" want to tax remittances? Shame, shame, on American soil."

Well, because I am an American and that is smarter economic strategy for our children than sending them abroad in hope that they will send us their hard earned money back. I am also in favor of the democratic values of our nation being applied to the CNMI. This doesn't include servitude or labor abuses, rampant here for a generation.

To answer your question though, America should seek all reasonable means, including taxation, border enforcement, dramatically increasing fees for foreign workers, and reducing alien workers to fight the economic damage caused by remittances. Home ports of foreign workers tax money entering, so it is reasonable for America to tax the party remitting. All industrialized nations’ combat currency leaving their soil and America must too. Some thought increased border patrol after 911 was just looking for terrorists, but I always thought it was tighter control on the $

Remittances are a drop in the bucket to America’s economic volume, but that is not true in the NMI. A 4th grade economic student should be able to understand that having half, or a third, of our tiny population send our wealth abroad is economic suicide. It was not as noticeable here when the garment industry supplied the local government over 250 million dollars a year, but in absence of that funding, the NMI needs federalization to stop the bleeding here.

Anonymous said...

The Teacher;
If foreign workers remitting their earned money to their country it does not mean that CNMI lost but indirectly there is a gain why these foreign workers get paid because they executed something that makes the economy turn (besides they also spend more than half of their earnings here, based on my own spending habit).
If there are no foreign workers here do you think the economy will be better? US mainland have billions of remittances going out too? same as in the Middle East.
It is the CNMI gov't that made the economy collapsed not the alien workers; think

yho r. villavicencio said...

teacher, the exit officers then would have to make sure that all boarding the planes out of here are searched for money being carried out. for tax purposes :(

no offense meant, just something to consider.

remittance businesses here are already taxed upon receipt of our money, our money that is already net pay after tax deductions. to further tax net pay because we want to spend it at our discretion is another form of oppression. why? because we came here to uplift our family's "poor condition" as some bloggers want to put it, back home. to take away some more of the precious funds that they would benefit from is not fair. we worked hard for our money. we pay our share of taxes and to single us out is discriminatory.

the usd is an international currency that moves in and out of cnmi in the course of trade. tourists that come here bring in dollars. the problem is not the physical shortage of dollars, but rather the shortage of ways to generate revenue.

"send our economic wealth abroad" - how could you consider my money as part of your economic wealth.. unless you would force me to sit on it here. i am already spending part of my money for my needs here. lets say i don't remit, i just leave it in my purse, how does that help the economy?

Anonymous said...

the earnings we made are taxed,it is called withholding tax. the earnings that the remittance companies generated from us is also being taxed,it is called Business Gross Revenue Tax. we pay rent, buy gas, buy basic commodities, pay insurance,pay for cell phone charges, etc. all of these expenses becomes gross revenue of business entities, they pay Business Gross Revenue Tax. take note we how we spend the money here. with my meager earnings, with all those expenses we have, how much do you think will be left for remittance? yet still you want us to pay taxes for our remittances? ridiculous!

Wendy said...

Hi Teacher

I agree with the commenters here. A tax on remittances? Who would be taxed? Those sending the money to their families in other countries?

What business is it of anyone where a wage earner spends his/her money as long as it is legal? I live in the states and my family remits money to family members in the Philippines. The agency takes a cut. If money is wired through a bank into someone's bank account, the bank take a cut.

If a person has a savings account, then takes out the money to go on a vacation in a foreign country should he/she be taxed because the money wasn't spent in the states?

No one should have control over any wage earner's money after he/she pays any taxes.

You are suggesting that people who already earn a pittance, who already contribute their skills and talents, who already spend money daily on necessities, who already are disenfranchised and can't even vote should be further taxed on any extra money they can save to send to their families? The logic is that Americans would somehow benefit from the fruits of their labor through this tax? I totally do not understand this proposal.

Melberlin said...

Anon 12:34, Yho, Anon 4:03 and Wendy are right.

These workers will use their earned and taxed money in any way they want. Most necessarily their basic needs and every penny they buy something here is again taxable. If they send their left over money it is also taxable.

The only solution to keep this money here is to let them bring their family whom they sending the money (as what most developed countries do) else don't bring this workers at all and have all available resident workers do the work... that the CNMI don't have.

Most US aids always go to ultimate user for which something is intended (such as welfare) and not expecting any profit (such as infrastructure where foreign contractors, foreign workers and the gov't usually benefited based on the normal pattern of how money circulate.)

Other sources of money poured here are from the foreign investors. Investing always requires feasibility study and if they don't see opportunity they will not invest. No investment... no money... no progress. As an investor I will not bring in money if all workers available here are not productive and if s/he believes his(er) investment will not gain or make profit.

If I can bring in productive workers as what the CNMI allowed many years ago I will invest and pay my workers base on what their relative speed of progress or qualification (minus tax of course, then CNMI earned); then I will take my part as an investor (I can even bring this money out in my own country because this is my profit).

Both foreign investor and workers drives the economy either workers are foreign or locally based. Applying foreign workers' skill and knowledge is a gain in business and of government of that country where they executed their output.

The decisive point... foreign workers are just sending a small fraction of what they contributed here but leave a large fraction of what they worked on here.

the teacher said...

None of the responses addressed my point or had any reasonable economics.

The example of sending money from America didn't because I said "Remittances are a drop in the bucket to America’s economic volume".

But that is not true in the CNMI, and the point is simple and founded in economic fact, THE CNMI CAN'T BASE AN ECONOMY WITH 33 to 50% OF THE PEOPLE REMITTING MONEY ABROAD, OR SENDING NMI WEALTH AWAY.

I read no resonse or question to that.

It didn't have the same effect when the garment industry paid the CNMI government over a 1/4 of a billion dollars per year. At that point, revenues from exports dwarfed remittances.

Wendy said "people who already earn a pittance" but how much any person earns is irrelevent to the point, besides melberlin says "many workers here earn more, or their businesses earn more than "teachers".

Remittances are not our only economic problem, our banks here take our depositors money, they then borrow against the fed bank at a 30 to 1 rate at low interest, and then they loan the fortune out in Guam and Hawaii to stimulate their economies with business, realty, an construction projects.

The most effective solution here is to implement the unique CNMI tranistional guest worker CW program to find out how many workers are needed, because they will need an employer. at the end of the tranistion period, in 2014 or 2019 we should know who has a valid job, and those workers should be able to apply for permenent resident status, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Teacher is a product of good and high standard education?

yho r. villavicencio said...

you know what happens to the money we remit, it goes around the world and will come back to the CNMI in another business form IF we have good business decisions here. How? We send it to PI, PI uses some of it to buy products or services from other countries. Tourists/businesses from those countries bring/send back the money here in the CNMI. that is if there is something to invest in here. you see without any reason for it (money) to find its way back to the CNMI, you are correct there will be a drain. something like, if I don’t work, i will not have money in my pocket.

meanwhile, we need to let the trading cycle (including remittances) go on. it is called commerce.

if the banks loan out money to wherever, it is a good thing because they earn out of that inverstment. your money will still be there anytime you need it. with good investments those banks will turn around and be able to afford better pay for their staff whose money will be spent to boost the local economy. it may even afford to give you higher interest in your savings.

what is good economic sense is to think of ways to promote tourism here in the CNMI. make this place tourist-friendly, for one. pave the roads, clean-up the beaches, clear/beautify the unused lands. create municipal regulations for all establishments and land owners to maintain the structures/empty lands so there would be no eye-sores. maybe if legally possible, include such provisions in business license issuance. maybe MVA can have this function.

pardon the ignorance, i am just a simple person with a simplistic mind, and this is how i perceive this issue.

yho r. villavicencio said...


whether only some or ALL guest workers are given status, it still remains that they would still be remitting money to their home countries. so how does that become an effective solution in this train of discussion? if more goes home, there would be more people to support back home, more money to remit. maybe you mean that because they will be able to bring their families here and there would be no need to remit (I’m just guessing)? then there would be more people to cause importing goods from China and PI. goods that would be paid for in dollars sent outside of the CNMI.

maybe i am slow. i just can not follow your train of thought…. maybe too broad for me to comprehend. i still maintain that the key to not draining the CNMI coffers is to bring in more business.

Melberlin said...

coming from off-island...
Mostly explanation is not capable of being understood by both sides especially when it explained through blogs or written... I hope all of us (especially regular commenter) will meet personally in the future or when this temporary disruption in our life ended and have intelligent discussions soon...

the teacher said...

Yho - Sending money out circling the globe and finding its way back to the CNMI is neither reasonable nor logical, perhaps the weakest argument I have ever heard on the subject. I don’t mean it personally, but the theory is founded in foolishness and you made no other academic point. This would be impossible logic to sell in an America (meaning America owes CGWs in the NMI the right to work before citizens and send that wealth abroad)facing catastrophic unemployment.

We have three terrible economic problems, and no one can be sure which order of importance they adversely affect the CNMI.
1. We have nearly 50% of our residents sending away CNMI wealth (not mine personally), the most staggering percentage I have ever heard of anywhere, surely the highest on the planet. PI may have the market covered for receiving money percentage wise, but CNMI numbers make us the world’s highest remitters per capita if we were sovereign.
2. Our banks send our depositors money to other shores to stimulate other economies, chiefly Guam and Hawaii ( I don't know which is more damning, number 1 or 2).
3. A foreign work force occupies positions, generally low skilled, and are willing to work below US prevailing wages, making local citizens unable to compete for jobs they should be performing.

While there was a lot of labor abuses it the past, caused by a failed and broken system that could not stop it, that system is over and all I have heard from federal officials indicates workers are no longer tied to their jobs, and proponents of federalization can be thankful and proud for advancing our community in that respect.

Our problem is that there are a huge number of unemployed people. Some think that number is 300 and some think it is nearer to 15k when illegal businesses, their employees, freelancers, and immigration fraudsters are factored in. There may only be 300illegal due to protection by umbrella permits, which were granted to the self employed and every fraudster that lined up, but there are thousands unemployed and there are no jobs in the near foreseeable future, in fact, our market is still falling. Neither the US nor the CNMI owes anyone anything. Workers must find a job, or by definition, they are not guest workers. NMI employers should employ citizens as it is a primary intent of federalization. Employers will learn the cost of employing alien workers when citizens are available. Foreign owned businesses operating here (by virtue of their 100. CNMI business license) are gone when their 2 year permit expires. That is the whole idea of a transition period. The CNMI forfeited the niche of labor and immigration control due to incompetence and corruption. The beefed up US presence of border control and law enforcement here now will try to improve what the CNMI could not.

Some think workers should ask for the ability to travel in Guam to seek employment but others think they will be subject to abuse there as well. I think the Guam military build-up should employ entirely citizens earning prevailing wages. That would stimulate the region and spill into the CNMI directly or indirectly. The idea of employing a vast force of cheap alien labor is an insult to millions of unemployed Americans. Unemployed US citizens are entitled to that work. If any other country was going to spend billions to build something, their citizens would expect that project to give hiring preferences to their citizens first.