Filipinos in the Middle East - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipinos in the Middle East

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Philippines eases deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says a total lifting of the ban will 'not be happening any time soon'

LABOR SECRETARY. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during a Senate hearing on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipinos in UAE urged to comply with gov't measures vs virus

Jan 31, 2020 - 8:18 AM

There are approximately 750,000 Filipinos living and working in the UAE

DUBAI. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 December 2015. Photo by EPA/ALI HAIDER

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Malacañang says 'standby fund' for Middle East evacuation not needed

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted

MANDATORY EVACUATION. The Baghdad International Airport, in a file photo taken April 30, 2019. The Philippine government ordered mandatory evacuation for its citizens in Iraq on January 8, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

PH will no longer send military 'battalions' to accompany Iraq evacuees

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'

NO TROOPS. The government stands down on a plan to send two military battalions to accompany Filipinos evacuating Iraq. Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Lebanon, urges Filipinos to remain vigilant

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

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Cimatu to fly to Middle East to start evacuating Filipinos from Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'We will do everything to bring out Filipinos there,' says the environment chief who's been appointed special envoy to oversee repatriations from the Middle East

SPECIAL ENVOY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will be traveling to the Middle East to oversee the evacuation of Filipinos from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Angie de Silva

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq 'ASAP'

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Senator Bong Go and military and police officers during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country

Duterte creates body to craft evacuation plan for OFWs in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former special envoy to the Middle East, is set to fly to the region to meet with officials of countries hosting Filipino workers

EVACAUTION PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte orders select Cabinet secretaries to draft plans to evacuate Filipinos from the Middle East. Malacañang photo

Military ‘intensifies’ intel on terror groups amid Iran-U.S. crisis

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The military says it is looking out for the security of US and Iranian citizens in the Philippines

MONITORING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it has intensified intelligence gathering on groups that might launch sympathy attacks in the wake of the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

AFP ‘ready to deploy anytime’ to evacuate Filipinos in Middle East

Jan 06, 2020 - 12:55 PM

In case violence escalates in the region, the Philippine military says it will deploy aircraft and vessels to take Filipinos out of Iran and Iraq

EMERGENCY MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte summoned security officials on Sunday, January 5, to discuss the security situation in the Middle East. Photo from Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Dubai Filipina empowers OFWs with free computer training

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:00 AM

So far the center has been able to train more than 33 000 Filipinos in Dubai and the northern UAE

OFW life: Building the home you'll never live in

Mar 15, 2015 - 11:09 PM

When you’re an OFW you have to pretend you believe in a time paradox: that it speeds up for the OFW while it slows down for everyone else

Filipino in Dubai: Waiting for the moon

Aug 02, 2014 - 8:01 PM

As a newly arrived clueless expat I got the message loud and clear – out here the locals rule

PH ConGen to Dubai Frank Cimafranca: 'For God and Country'

Jul 02, 2014 - 7:44 PM

With an estimated over 750 000 documented overseas Filipinos in the UAE with the bulk based in Dubai Cimafranca’s office faces many challenges