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Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement protecting OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 8:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The protection agreement covers all Filipino household services workers and skilled workers in Kuwait

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Cayetano: Kuwait assures PH of 'firm commitment' to protect OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Philippine is expecting the agreement on additional protection for OFWs in Kuwait will be signed on Friday, May 11

TALKS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano arrives in Kuwait on May 10, 2018 and was met by Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh (L) and Philippine Consul General Noordin Lomondot (R). DFA Photo

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May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte: Kuwait deployment ban 'stays permanently'

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte promises to knock on China's doors to consider hiring more Filipinos, as he urges overseas Filipino workers to leave Kuwait

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at dawn of April 29, 2018, urged Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in Kuwait to go back to the Philippines with the assurance that the government will help them return and resettle. The President, however, clarified that OFWs in Kuwait may choose to stay there if they want to. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH 'convinced' OFW rescue in Kuwait a 'rightful exercise of duty' – Cayetano

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the allegedly illegal rescues of abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait are 'consistent' with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

'RIGHTFUL EXERCISE OF DUTY.' DFA Secretary Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stands by the allegedly illegal rescues of abused OFWs in Kuwait last week. File photo by Malacañang

Kuwait 'OFW rescue' government's duty, says DOLE's Paras

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Labor undersecretary Jacinto Paras says it was unfortunate that 'someone irresponsible' shared the rescue videos on social media

IT WAS RIGHT. Labor undersecretary Jerome Paras

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Apr 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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This picture taken on March 29, 2018, shows the dust storm in Khartoum A thick sandstorm engulfed the Sudanese capital on Thursday, forcing authorities to cancel flights and shut schools in Khartoum and other nearby towns. / AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

PH, Kuwait to finalize OFW protection agreement in Manila

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Kuwaiti officials will arrive in Manila next week to finalize the memorandum of agreement on the additional protection of OFWs in the Gulf country, say Philippine labor officials

AGREEMENT. DOLE says agreement on the protection of OFWs should be signed mid-March in a press briefing on March 1, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Murder shocks Filipinas in Kuwait, but some vow to stay

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

While the murder of Joanna Demafelis rocked the Philippine community in Kuwait, many say they want to remain in the country

REPATRIATED. Filipino workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. Noel Celis/AFP

DOJ orders case buildup against Joanna Demafelis' recruiters

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Investigators will look into the possible liabilities of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources Incorporated, the recruitment agency

Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017.  PHOTO BY BEN NBAONG

PNP begins hunt for Joanna Demafelis' recruiters

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Police search for the people behind Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources, Incorporated – the recruiting agency which sent Joanna Demafelis to Kuwait

MOURNING. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Wife of suspect in Joanna Demafelis murder held, says Lebanon

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'Syria kept custody of the wife because she is a Syrian national,' says a Lebanese judicial official

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Suspect in Joanna Demafelis murder arrested

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hails the arrest of Nader Essam Assaf, suspect in the death of Joanna Demafelis, the OFW found dead in a freezer in Kuwait

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down upon seeing the crate containing her sister's body as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Remains of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait arrive in PH

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) The remains of Joanna Daniella Demafelis arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte welcomes home over 100 OFWs from Kuwait

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:22 PM

'I love you as a Filipino,' President Duterte tells 116 OFWs repatriated from Kuwait who arrive in Manila the day before Valentine's Day

Duterte to knock on China’s doors for OFWs

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:24 AM

Speaking of the ban, Duterte admits his worry the proposed decision could translate to opportunities lost. But he says the welfare of these workers need to be considered as well.

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during the presentation of business agreements following the Philippines-India Business Forum at The Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India on January 26, 2018. Photo by Malacañang

Experts divided on OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 20, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Experts on migration and overseas recruitment weigh in on the government's decision to suspend the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait

35 OFWs from Kuwait to be repatriated Wednesday

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

OWWA’s Repatriation Assistance Division RAD vows to assist the repatriates

File Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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