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Rappler animated film about Filipina jailed with her baby wins Best Documentary Award

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas chooses the Rappler animated film best documentary on migration. Awarding ceremonies will be on December 17.

CFO launches 2020 Presidential Awards for overseas Filipinos

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Original copies of the endorsed nominations and supporting documents must be submitted not later than July 31, 2020

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak.

Sondos Al-Qattan 'should be blacklisted' as foreign employer – PH commission

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Commission on Filipinos Overseas Undersecretary Astravel Pimenetel-Naik says the Kuwaiti social media influencer should be included in the POEA's 'list of undesirable foreign employers'

A BLACK MARK. The Commission for Filipinos Overseas says Sondos Al-Qattan should be blacklisted as a potential employer. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

CFO launches 2018 Presidential Awards for Overseas Filipinos

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:31 AM

All nominations should be coursed through the Philippine Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction in the country/area

Leaving the sex industry and starting anew

Jul 30, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Danica who became a sex worker at 12 years old recalls her ordeal and how she began a new life

YOUNG. Danica is just one of the thousands of child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Philippines. All photos from Joy Maluyo/World Vision

Duterte cites 23 outstanding overseas Filipinos, organizations

Dec 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The Philippine president confers on them the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Kaanib ng Bayan Banaag and Pamana ng Pilipino awards

AWARDEES. President Duterte honors 23 overseas Filipinos and organizations for their outstanding service to fellow Filipinos and to the Filipino community at the Malacañan Palace. Photo courtesy of Commission on Filipino Overseas

Emotional meeting between Baldoz, OFW with death sentence

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

On appeal Dalquez’ death sentence stems from a murder conviction handed down by the Al Ain Court of First Instance last May 20

PH deployment of domestic workers abroad down by 20%

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:56 PM

From January to May this year the Philippines deploys 55 961 domestic workers lower than the 70 034 in the same months in 2014

Malaysia-bound trafficking victims pose as PH missionaries

Jun 15, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The two victims who were rescued at the Cebu airport say Malaysian national Panisilyam Santiago promised them legal documents upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur

OFW in Abu Dhabi to appeal death sentence

Jun 10, 2015 - 6:48 PM

We pray that Dalquez will be saved from the death penalty and we pin our hopes too on the steadfast assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

DFA: 3 challenges in protecting female domestic workers

May 12, 2015 - 9:07 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs DFA says the presence of [Filipino] domestic workers in household all over the world could be considered a liberating force

Mega-recruiters in Gulf states answer to Kafala?

May 11, 2015 - 7:41 PM

The mega recruiter can act as the employer of domestic workers instead of the households that employ them and as visa sponsors often oppress them

PAO wasting resources on Mary Jane's recruiters?

May 08, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Lawyer Edre Olalia on Friday May 8 questions how the alleged traffickers of Filipino on death row Mary Jane Veloso can be considered indigents qualified for PAO representation

Sergio's counsel denies she admitted being part of drug trade

May 07, 2015 - 11:59 PM

Public Attorney s Office PAO chief Acosta regards as trial by publicity the justice department s disclosure of details of an alleged confession by her client Maria Cristina Sergio

DOJ: Sergio was part of int'l drug ring

May 07, 2015 - 8:48 PM

UPDATED Public Attorney s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta who acts as Maria Cristina Sergio s counsel says any supposed confession made by Sergio is null and void

How to report suspected cases of human trafficking

May 07, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Some airport personnel also help illegal recruiters by providing them with their company IDs allowing the departing victims to enter the airport s restricted areas

DOJ okays illegal recruitment case vs Mary Jane's recruiters

May 07, 2015 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED The justice department finds probable cause to indict Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao of illegal recruitment

Desire to work abroad exploited by human traffickers

May 07, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Migrant workers rights advocate Susan Toots Ople explains that human trafficking almost always starts with illegal recruitment – the promise of overseas employment

Mary Jane Veloso recruiters were once drug mules – DOJ

May 06, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says 10 other alleged victims have surfaced against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

Human trafficking convictions: How has government fared?

May 06, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Human trafficking convictions increase under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III but the number of convictions remained low compared to the size of the problem

Illegal recruiters are fast 'for all the wrong reasons' – POEA

May 04, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Illegal recruiters will only come in with the travel component And as we all know a plane ticket will not provide protection to an OFW

POEA to recruiters: Use 'electronic systems' in hiring OFWs

May 04, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Licensed recruiters have to re infuse capital and get ahead of the game says POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac

POEA stresses links of illegal recruiters with drug syndicates

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Senators Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay also urges budget increase for legal assistance to OFWs

'Slow' gov't process makes OFWs fall for illegal recruiters

Apr 16, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Lito Soriano an advocate of ethical recruitment says an OFW is able to secure jobs abroad 2 months faster through illegal channels

99 Filipinos, including infants, now out of strife-torn Yemen

Apr 06, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Land evacuations of Filipinos in Yemen continue while a mandatory repatriation from the Southern Arab state is in force

Unfazed, Mary Jane Veloso's sister still tried luck abroad

Apr 02, 2015 - 9:08 PM

Maritess Veloso Laurente sister of the OFW on Indonesia s death row wants to return to Bahrain through the legal process: Ayaw ko magaya sa kapatid ko

Kin of OFWs in Yemen told to convince loved ones to return

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:25 PM

We must act fast Let us help one another in persuading your family members in Yemen to take part in mandatory repatriation says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

30 OFWs in Dubai duped with offers of better jobs – DOLE

Mar 26, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The Philippine agencies that recruited them may face criminal charges

PH corners 14% of new foreign workers in S. Korea factories

Mar 25, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Although there is an overall decrease in the number of new migrant workers South Korea allowed in the manufacturing industry the Philippine share grows

DOJ wants action plan vs trafficking to strife-torn Syria

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Reports reach the justice department that underground migration is happening with Filipinos wanting to get househelp work falling prey to the hands of syndicates

FAST FACTS: Filipino au pairs around the world

Aug 31, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Three European countries – Denmark Norway and the Netherlands – are the top destinations for Filipino au pairs

When a cultural program becomes exploitation

Aug 30, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The au pair program invites young Filipinos for a cultural experience in Europe but some end up exploited and abused

The Dubai visit visa

Jul 12, 2014 - 2:08 PM

About 22 of Filipinos in the UAE are irregular migrants or not properly documented do not have a valid residence or work permit or are overstaying

Filipinos in west Africa warned vs Ebola

Jul 02, 2014 - 4:26 PM

The Philippines raises crisis alert level 2 over Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone because of a deadly virus outbreak

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: Where in the world are the Filipinos?

Jun 17, 2014 - 4:16 PM

Filipinos live practically all over the world

Aquino steps in to save 5,000 Pinoy seafarers

Feb 09, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Up to 5 000 Filipino seafarers stand to lose their jobs if the European Union implements a blacklist

Financial literacy for overseas Filipinos and kin

Oct 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Nine out of 10 Filipino migrants believe in the benefits of financial education to them and their family members

FINANCIAL LITERACY. The need for a financial literacy campaign rises with the waves of remittances coming in the country. File photo by AFP /Fayez Nureldine

PH migration report: Number of OFWs increasing

Jun 29, 2013 - 8:23 AM

Among others the IOM has found that Filipinos constitute about a quarter of all international seafaring crews