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Bulacueña serves on US Navy’s largest amphibious warship

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla hails from Baliuag, Bulacan

IN THE NAVY. Petty Officer 2nd Class Precious Varilla is serving aboard the USS Boxer, which is based in San Diego, California. Photo from the US Navy Office of Community Outreach

Iglesia ni Cristo system can help Filipinos abroad – Cayetano

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo has 'churches in several countries around the world' and a system of coordinating with government to attend to complaints of overseas Filipinos, says the DFA chief

SPECIAL ENVOY. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo is the first INC leader to be appointed to a government position. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Tragic homecoming for OFW victim in Taiwan earthquake

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The remains of Melody Albano Castro are brought to her home in Barangay Banguian in Abulug town, Cagayan

SAD HOMECOMING. The box bearing the remains of OFW Melody Albano Castro is loaded in a hearse that would transport it to her hometown on February 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of OWWA Region 2

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The labor department says 800 overseas Filipino workers are scheduled to be home within the week

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

OFWs with prior contracts can return to Kuwait – immigration chief

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

'Kuwaiti-bound Filipinos with short-term non-working visas are also not covered by the ban,' says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BALIK MANGGAGAWA. As part of the labor department's Balik Manggagawa program, Filipino workers with prior contracts can still return to Kuwait despite a deployment ban.

Mestiza in Manila: What no one tells you when you move to the homeland

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'I do my best to use this privilege and power to contribute back to Filipino society. I’m incredibly proud to be Filipino. Manila may be melty and monstrous, but I love it.'

PH recruiters back suspension of OFW deployment to Kuwait

Feb 10, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Cebu Pacific says it is mounting a special flight for Filipinos in Kuwait who want to be repatriated

OFW victim in Taiwan earthquake was family breadwinner

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Melody Albano Castro leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter and a husband with a disability

TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE. A magnitude-6.4 quake strikes Kaohsiung, Taiwan, causing some buildings to collapse on February 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of Zachary Lee/UDN TV

Kuwait 'bewildered' by PH’s deployment ban - report

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Kuwait expresses its 'regret and bewilderment' on the president’s decision to suspend the dispatch of workers to Kuwait

Expert warns of Middle East 'deployment crisis' over new fee for OFWs

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani urges the Department of Health to seek the intervention of the Department of Foreign Affairs

SCAM? The Blas F. Ople Policy Center seeks a probe of an alleged "multi-million peso scam" targeting OFWs. File photo by AFP

The most in demand, highest paying jobs for OFWs in 2017

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Land-based and sea-based engineers, healthcare professionals, and IT professionals were the highest-paying specializations in 2017

HIGHPAYING JOBS. released their annual overseas jobs and salary report, with engineering, healthcare, and IT jobs topping the list of highest-paid specializations. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

OFW bank to open on January 18

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank on Thursday, January 18

'Trafficked' OFW sues for forced labor and abuse in U.S.

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Velonzas allegedly confiscated Bergado's passport and forced her to work '14 hours a day and 7 days a week, for virtually no pay, for almost 3 years'

PH mulls talks with UAE over 'good conduct certificate' requirement

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'The certificate is a new addition. But without talks, this means it is a unilateral decision only,' Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III says

DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they will be talking with the UAE government after it released a Cabinet resolution requiring a 'good conduct and behavior certificate' from expats. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH embassy in Israel denies involvement in Christmas party strip show

Jan 06, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The embassy called the performance 'highly offensive' and asked the organizers to provide an explanation in writing

NO INVOLVEMENT. Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial clarifies that the embassy is not involved in thecontroversial Filipino Christmas party in Haifa, Israel. Photo from the Facebook page of the Philippine Embassy in Israel

PH gov't urged to probe 'multi-million-peso scam' targeting OFWs

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'This online registration scheme has all the makings of a scam and is being perpetrated by foreigners allegedly representing Gulf countries,' says Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center

File photo by AFP

Around 1,000 OFWs diagnosed with cancer in UAE every year – doctors

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Working away from home and loved ones – with the emotional and psychological stress it entails – 'may play a role' in getting the dreaded disease, doctors share

Body of OFW who died while looking for a job brought home

Dec 23, 2017 - 7:38 PM

Aguilar, who was staying in Jafilia with a visit visa, suffers from a stroke and is confined at Rashid Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on November 13. He dies on November 21.

Filipino doctor accused of sexual assault in U.S. gets probation

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:55 PM

A US judge grants Louie Mar Gangcuangco's request for accelerated rehabilitation, a pretrial program for people accused of nonviolent crime

OFWs stranded in Hong Kong after agency fails to confirm flight bookings

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Overseas Filipino workers fear not being able to get home in time for Christmas after agency Peya Travel fails to secure plane seats for them

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

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

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