Filipinos overseas - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipinos overseas


House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:50 PM

But Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the measure will encourage and promote the 'export of Filipino manpower'

OFW WELFARE. Filipino domestic helpers line up to send money at a remittance center in the central district of Hong kong on November 30, 2008. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

Joanne Ramos' 'The Farm' is an eerie depiction of just how far OFWs would go for a loved one

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Joanne Ramos's debut novel is disturbingly close to the reality of many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

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.

Poland eyes help from OFWs as labor shortage looms

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Poland is looking for information technology, medicine, and construction sector workers

WORK PROMISED. Poland is working with Philippine authorities for a labor accord. Photo by Siripong Jirawatwarakul/; Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler.

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

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

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 5, 2017

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:40 AM

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OFW in critical condition in Hong Kong hospital

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Geraldine Lupian Betasola's husband and son are racing against time to see her

BATTLING FOR HER LIFE. Geraldine Betasolo in an undated photo. Photo courtesy LGU Inabanga

DFA raises alert level 1 in Guam, Northern Marianas

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:11 PM

This alert level covers nearly 70 000 Filipinos in Guam and the Northern Marianas a group of islands that includes Saipan

ALERT LEVEL 1. DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the the Philippines has placed Guam and the Northern Marianas under crisis alert level 1 as tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Citizenship, identity and global Filipinos

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In a world where Filipinos are everywhere where our diaspora has no boundaries it is time to take a liberal approach to Filipino citizenship

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

'Sunday Beauty Queen': Film seeks new take on foreign domestic workers

Oct 10, 2016 - 6:28 PM

A documentary that takes an intimate look at the daily dramas of Filipino foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong premieres at Asia’s largest film festival

An undated handout photo released on October 10, 2016 by Manila-based producer Chuck Gutierrez of Voyage Studios shows a still from the documentary 'Sunday Beauty Queen', directed by Baby Ruth Villarama which has premiered at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. Chuck Gutierrez/Sunday Beauty Queen/handout/AFP

Lawmaker seeks creation of department for OFWs

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The new department is seen to ensure a unified fast and coherent approach in extending government services to Filipinos overseas and their families

#BalikBayan: Farewell to 'big sister'

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Erlinda Tiongco Galeon defined courage and commitment

Chocolatey love: OFW group seeks support for PH cacao farmers

Jul 03, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A group of Filipino expats is using chocolates to express a different kind of affection: their love for the Philippines

Imam Suguitan leads the Ofw Para sa Magsasaka (OPM), an organization encouraging OFWs to invest in agriculture in the Philippines.

#BalikBayan: Love letters from OFWs

Feb 14, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Does love truly conquer all? Even distance?

What you need to know about overseas Filipino workers

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:32 PM

December is the Month of Overseas Filipinos Do you know enough about our country s bagong bayani ?

Lea Salonga registers as overseas PH voter in New York

Oct 14, 2015 - 5:29 PM

Filipina Broadway star Lea Salonga will cast her vote for the Philippines next set of leaders in New York where she will play the lead in a Broadway musical

OVERSEAS VOTER. Lea Salonga files her OV application at the Philippine Consulate General New York on 13. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Consulate General in New York

Why Filipinos overseas love #AlDub

Sep 27, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Just like AlDub’s split screen romance the love of Filipinos who live abroad for their family back home goes beyond the distance and online video calls

#SG50: Filipinos in Singapore: Top chef, managers, go-getters

Aug 08, 2015 - 11:00 AM

In fast paced cosmopolitan Singapore Filipinos get to compete with the best meet global standards learn diverse cultures and enjoy the food too

EXECUTIVE CHEF. Filipino Karla Mendoza is one of a few female executive chefs in Singapore, running Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

#SG50: Foreign workers less welcome in Singapore?

Aug 07, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Economists say Singapore will likely continue tightening its immigration policy but the issue is subject to political economic and even emotional factors

MORE REQUIREMENTS. Singapore tightened its immigration policy, making it more difficult to hire foreign workers including Filipinos. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Aquino: 440,000 OFWs came home, unemployment lower

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:30 PM

While unemployment dropped to 6 8 the lowest it s been in decades the Philippines still ranks highest in unemployment in ASEAN

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

April OFW remittances rise to $2.2B

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Total remittances from January April 2015 period reach 8 6B but a slight decline is still expected for the rest of the year

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

Which countries sent the most OFW remittances?

May 02, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Almost half of global remittances come from the USA which contributes 10 37 billion Saudi Arabia significantly lags behind with remittances of 2 52 billion

DFA hits Velosos' claims: We helped Mary Jane

May 01, 2015 - 10:56 PM

We did what we could We were not involved in the creation of the problem Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says

SLAMMING GOVERNMENT. Celia Veloso, mother of Philippine death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, speaks during a protest near the Philippines' presidential palace to mark Labor Day on May 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

The miracle in Mary Jane Veloso's case

May 01, 2015 - 3:56 PM

I had always imagined her as a typical blonde or red haired woman Not this To my surprise she also speaks Bahasa Indonesia The warden said she learned it during her 5 years in prison Mary Jane it turned out is the prison’s darling

SAVED FROM DEATH. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Aquino: Fast-track case vs Mary Jane's recruiter

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for her part says the National Bureau of Investigation is also trying to get the statements of the other victims

PH mulls new clemency bid for Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 30, 2015 - 3:23 PM

Before deciding on this the Philippines awaits the results of the case to be filed against Mary Jane Veloso s alleged illegal recruiter

'TRAFFICKING VICTIM.' Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on April 21, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso reunites with family

Apr 30, 2015 - 10:21 AM

She is reunited with her family briefly a day after she is spared from facing a firing squad

Celia Veloso (center) arrives at the Wirongunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to visit her daughter Mary Jane, April 30, 2015. Rappler photo

The shared road of Mary Jane Veloso and Manny Pacquiao

Apr 30, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Which reality is closest to us? How many of us rely on an OFW s salary? How many of our loved ones face risks on a regular basis just to be able to provide for those back home?