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Filipinos in Yemen 'safe for now, but in need of assistance'

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:18 PM

Around 170 Filipinos in Yemen are safe but are in need of help from the Philippine government as tensions soar in the country

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president ride in the back of a pickup truck past a mosque. AFP PHOTO

These are the top killers of OFWs in Dubai and Northern UAE

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Cardiac and pulmonary arrest are the most common causes of death among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates

Model OFW families honored in Malacañang

Dec 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells OWWA's awardees for 2017: 'Hand in hand, let us continue to strive for a more prosperous and comfortable life for your family and to the future generation of Filipinos'

Noe Diola and his family pose for a picture after receiving the national award for the Seabased category of the Model OFW Families of the Year Award.

Pinoy on visit visa dies while looking for a job in Dubai

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:37 PM

A Filipino died of a stroke in Dubai, barely a month after flying to the city with a visit visa and while looking for a job

Bicolana OFW dies after serving 'two masters' in Saudi Arabia

Nov 18, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ana Fe Velasco-Bania went to Riyadh in 2015 to work as a domestic helper. She returns to her hometown ahead of the end of her two-year contract, in a casket.

MOTHER OF 3. The family of Ana Fe Velasco-Bania at her wake. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

First Filipino-Canadian senator dies

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Born in Lucena, Quezon, Filipino-Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga Jr 'passed away unexpectedly' on November 16, his office says

UNEXPECTED DEATH. The first Filipino-Canadian senator, Tobias Enverga Jr, dies a sudden death on November 16, 2017. Photo from www.senatorenverga.com

New York Times sues Filipina journalist for false representation

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Rita Villadiego passed herself off as Times reporter 'Contessa Bourbon' since May 2015 to 'gain admittance to news conferences and other events,' according to the New York Times

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: People walk past the New York Times building on July 27, 2017 in New York City. The New York Times Company shares have surged to a nine-year high after posting strong earnings on Thursday. Partly due to new digital subscriptions following the election of Donald Trump as president, the company reported a profit of $27.7 million in the second quarter, up from $9.1 million in the same period last year. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Group pushes for 'binding' ASEAN pact on migrant workers’ protection

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers must be legally-binding and cover undocumented workers and migrants' families, Migrante International says

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Suspending OEC processing for 15 days: Is it worth it?

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:56 PM

This is not the first time DOLE suspended the issuance of overseas employment certificates this year to investigate the same issue

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The silent struggle of returning OFWs

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?

HOMECOMING. OFWs face financial and psychological challenges when they return to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Far from home, Filipino workers share stories of delayed wages, maltreatment, and challenges they face under the kafala system in Qatar. Yet they persist – seeking opportunities for a better future and a better life.

WATCH: Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Qatar's population is made up mostly of migrant workers

AWAY. Workers sacrifice being away from their families to provide for them. Graphics by Emil Mercado

Giving a gift to new employer can benefit domestic workers abroad – study

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:50 PM

A study shows that making a favorable first impression on an employer can have long term benefits for some OFWs

WATCH: How OFWs can avoid illegal recruitment

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Despite laws protecting migrant workers, OFWs continue to fall victim to illegal recruitment schemes

JOB HUNT. Workers inside the POEA wait to process applications to work abroad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The hanging fate of OFWs buried in debt

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The burden of reporting illegal recruitment falls on workers. But with little to no legal recourse, what comes next?

OFW debt trap: Less money, more problems

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Workers whose jobs abroad are secured through murky loans and payment schemes leave hopes for a better life buried deep in debt

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

Filipino entrepreneur brings a taste of Pinoy food to Qatar

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Entrepreneur Dahlia Agbanlog opens her first restaurant knowing that for Filipinos working abroad, there’s nothing like a cooked meal reminiscent of home

NEW BUSINESS. Dahlia Agbanlog in JKCMom cafe, which she opened last summer. Photo by OM

Fil Am writers, artists, and academics demand end to red-baiting

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:46 PM

65 Filipino and Filipino American writers, artists, and academics said that we are in a “dark time in both the Philippine homeland and the adopted American home"

House committee pushes travel tax exemption for all OFW kids

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:24 PM

A bill seeks to amend the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 to extend travel tax exemption to children of both solo and married OFW parents

PH officials laud new UAE law protecting household workers

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new law is signed in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns over human trafficking and illegal recruitment

REPATRIATION. OFWs to be repatriated back to the Philippines board the bus going to the airport. The embassy has repatriated around 1,600 OFWs since January 2017. Photo from the Philippine Embassy

Duterte signs EO creating Overseas Filipino Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:33 PM

The plan is for the Overseas Filipino Bank to be a 'policy bank dedicated to provide financial products and services tailored to the requirement of overseas Filipinos'

OFW BANK. President Rodrigo Duterte approves Landbank's acquisition of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank which will be turned into a bank for OFWs.

As holiday season starts, Customs suspends revised balikbayan box rules

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The revised rules on balikbayan boxes are suspended until March 21, 2018

Changing the narrative on OFW reintegration

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:30 AM

“Reintegration is an empowering concept. You are leaving to reintegrate," says OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac

File photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Parents, OWWA to visit OFW burned with boiling oil by Malaysian employer

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she will file a resolution calling for an inquiry into the rising number of migrant domestic workers, as well as cases of abuse

Photo from Blas Ople Policy Center

Meet Elizabeth Frances, the Fil-Am actress starring in AMC's 'The Son'

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Born to a Filipina mother and a Caucasian-Cherokee father, Elizabeth says she sometimes feels she has 'one foot in, one foot out' in these different cultures

Elizabeth was born on a military base in Okinawa, Japan to a Filipina mother and a Caucasian-Cherokee father. Photo from AMC website

Oceans away, Filipinos make voices heard in London protest

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:58 AM

Filipinos gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London to join the protests against Martial Law, the war on drugs, fake news, and human rights violations

Filipinos living in London protest against the Martial Law in Mindanao and human rights violations on Sunday, September 24. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: OFWs protest vs dictatorship on martial law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Filipinos in different countries abroad join the national protest to remind Filipinos of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law

Asians will be largest U.S. immigrant group by 2055 – Pew

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:15 PM

The US Asian population grew from 11 9 million in 2000 to 20 4 million in 2015

PH team to help Filipinos in hurricane-ravaged British Virgin Islands

Sep 09, 2017 - 10:35 AM

UPDATED There are no Filipinos among the 21 reported fatalities due to the wrath brought by Hurricane Irma according to the Department of Foreign Affairs

DESTRUCTION. An undated handout picture acquired from the Facebook account of Hubert Haciski on September 8, 2017, shows recent damages on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. Photo by AFP/Handout/Hubert Haciski

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about U.S. Pinoys and DACA

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Where and how many are the Filipinos in the US? How many are under the protection of DACA? Find out here

DFA opens passport courtesy lane to first-time OFWs

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also removes the 1 200 slots a day that used to be reserved for travel agencies

MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE. Thousands of passport appointment slots have opened after the Department of Foreign Affairs after it removed preferential accommodation for clients of travel agencies and relatives of DFA employees. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in ASEANA in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

#OFWRights: Align OFWs' repatriation with PH economic plans – experts

Sep 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

In the 2016 elections Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity

JOB SEARCH. OFWs search for jobs online inside POEA.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why our nurses are leaving

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Around 19 000 nurses leave the Philippines to work abroad every year

How can we ensure onsite protection for OFWs?

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:14 PM

One suggestion is to leverage the demand for Filipino migrant workers when going into multilateral or bilateral negotiations with host governments

MIGRATION. In this file photo, hundreds of Filipinos line up at a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) where they will register to go overseas to work for better pay in Manila on August 5, 2010. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

#OFWRights: Duterte's migration policy

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:56 PM

More than a year since he sat in office what has President Rodrigo Duterte done to stay true to the promises he made before OFWs?

Safe from Harvey, U.S. Pinoys help flood victims

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:50 PM

As monster storm Harvey hit Texas Filipinos in the United States set out to help the storm s victims

BAYANIHAN SPIRIT. Members of the Houston Pinoy Gun Club help deliver supplies to hospitals and hurricane victims. Screenshots from Paul Vizcarra Osorio's video

Dubai OFW wins P14 million in raffle, says 'I am coming home'

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:21 PM

After working 11 years in the UAE Bansil looks forward to being with his wife and daughter every day for the rest of his life

Photo courtesy of The Filipino Times

Most millennials willing to work abroad for career growth – survey

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The United States remain the top destination of choice for millennials who are willing to work outside of their country of residence according to a World Economic Forum survey

Long shifts, low pay are part of a PH nurse's reality

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:20 PM

24 year old nurse Faith Barcelon shares the struggles of being a nurse in the Philippines

WATCH: OFW's heroic rescue of old couple in Macau

Aug 28, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Samar native Loreto Mijares saved an old couple from gushing flood waters as Severe Typhoon Hato hit Macau on August 23

HEROIC RESCUE. OFW Loreto Mijares rescues a couple from gushing flood waters in Macau. Photo courtesy of the Mijares family

IN PHOTOS: OFWs protest Kian slay

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Various OFW groups condemn the killing of 17 year old Kian delos Santos and other deaths linked to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs

OFWS FOR KIAN. Overseas Filipino workers from Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia join the global protest to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. Photos courtesy of Migrante International and the #OFWs4Kian movement

[Balikbayan Voices] Of passports and salad bowls

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Exposure to different cultures and cities reminded me of what being Filipino is all about

7-year-old Filipino boy confirmed dead in Barcelona terror attack – DFA

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The boy was earlier listed as among the missing after a van plowed through a pedestrian filled boulevard in the city center

IN SOLIDARITY. People stand next to flowers, candles and other items set up on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona as they pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack, three days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 14 persons and injuring over 100 on August 20, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

FAST FACTS: How many and where are the Filipinos in Guam?

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

A nuclear threat has raised concern over the safety of Guam residents who include thousands of Filipinos

[Balikbayan Voices] OEC stands for Overly Excessive Crap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:30 PM

DOLE and POEA should realize that the world does not revolve around their ludicrous and antiquated bureaucratic procedures OFW Bertrand Rodriguez says

Maranao in Melbourne helps bring MSU students back to school

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:02 AM

A PhD student at the University of Melbourne starts BalikMSU to encourage students displaced by conflict to finish their education

TRUE MARANAO. PhD student Elin Anisha Guro started BalikMSU to bring normalcy back to the lives of students in Marawi City. Photo by David Lozada/Rappler

Recto asks Customs to amend new balikbayan box rules

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator warns that the BOC s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage

AMEND NEW RULES. Senator Ralph Recto says pasting a detailed list of content on the balikbayan boxes might make it vulnerable to theft.

Lack of guidelines on newly launched OFW ID causes confusion

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:03 PM

OFWs slam the agency for announcing the IDs without clear guidelines

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Filipino students in Australia to form nationwide alliance

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:02 PM

For the first time in the history of Filipinos in Australia the creation of a nationwide student alliance comes closer to reality

 PHILIPPINE PRIDE. Filipino student participants pose for a photo with Ambassador Minda Cruz (lowest, 3rd from left), Philippine Honorary Consul of Victoria Felix Pintado (lowest, 2nd from L), and Minister and Consul General Nina Cainglet (lowest, 1st from L). Photo courtesy of FASTCO.