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Rappler Talk: Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and other emerging markets for OFWs

BPI ties up with WorldRemit to target OFW remittances

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The partnership with the UK based firm allows BPI to expand its international fund transfer service offerings

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 11, 2017

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

BAGONG BAYANI. In this photo, a man stands outside The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. OFWs are also referred to as the Philippines' "bagong bayani" (new heroes). Photo by LeAnne Jazul

100,000 jobs for Filipinos to be available in Japan – DOLE

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM



Among the possible jobs to be opened in Japan are for nurses engineers and architects

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

Globe's GCash partners with Hong Kong-based EMQ for remittances

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:50 PM

With the partnership EMQ users can now send funds to GCash account holders

DFA opens passport courtesy lane to first-time OFWs

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also removes the 1 200 slots a day that used to be reserved for travel agencies

MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE. Thousands of passport appointment slots have opened after the Department of Foreign Affairs after it removed preferential accommodation for clients of travel agencies and relatives of DFA employees. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in ASEANA in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

#AnimatED: Pamilyang OFW sa kuko ng panganib

Sep 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kawawang Bagong Bayani target na nga sila ng anti migrant hatred sa ibang bansa target naman ang mga anak nila ng gyera kontra droga

#OFWRights: Align OFWs' repatriation with PH economic plans – experts

Sep 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

In the 2016 elections Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity

JOB SEARCH. OFWs search for jobs online inside POEA.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why our nurses are leaving

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Around 19 000 nurses leave the Philippines to work abroad every year

How can we ensure onsite protection for OFWs?

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:14 PM

One suggestion is to leverage the demand for Filipino migrant workers when going into multilateral or bilateral negotiations with host governments

MIGRATION. In this file photo, hundreds of Filipinos line up at a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) where they will register to go overseas to work for better pay in Manila on August 5, 2010. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

#OFWRights: Duterte's migration policy

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:56 PM

More than a year since he sat in office what has President Rodrigo Duterte done to stay true to the promises he made before OFWs?

The boyfriend system

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Zina laws treat sex out of marriage and pregnancy out of wedlock as crimes punishable by imprisonment But without means to seek legal recourse it is mostly low skilled migrant woman who face charges

The workers watch Qatari families enjoying themselves on a Friday. Photo my OM

Safe from Harvey, U.S. Pinoys help flood victims

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:50 PM

As monster storm Harvey hit Texas Filipinos in the United States set out to help the storm s victims

BAYANIHAN SPIRIT. Members of the Houston Pinoy Gun Club help deliver supplies to hospitals and hurricane victims. Screenshots from Paul Vizcarra Osorio's video

Dubai OFW wins P14 million in raffle, says 'I am coming home'

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:21 PM

After working 11 years in the UAE Bansil looks forward to being with his wife and daughter every day for the rest of his life

Photo courtesy of The Filipino Times

PH hails benefits for 50,000 Filipino helpers in Qatar

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

A new law in Qatar limits household staff to a maximum of 10 working hours a day and entitles them to an annual 3 week leave

PH to help 20 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:35 AM

This comes after the 20 Filipinos vessel the Liberian flagged tanker Levant was apprehended on suspicion that it was smuggling oil

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the closing ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. File photo from ASEAN media pool

WATCH: OFW's heroic rescue of old couple in Macau

Aug 28, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Samar native Loreto Mijares saved an old couple from gushing flood waters as Severe Typhoon Hato hit Macau on August 23

HEROIC RESCUE. OFW Loreto Mijares rescues a couple from gushing flood waters in Macau. Photo courtesy of the Mijares family

IN PHOTOS: OFWs protest Kian slay

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Various OFW groups condemn the killing of 17 year old Kian delos Santos and other deaths linked to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs

OFWS FOR KIAN. Overseas Filipino workers from Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia join the global protest to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. Photos courtesy of Migrante International and the #OFWs4Kian movement

[Balikbayan Voices] Of passports and salad bowls

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Exposure to different cultures and cities reminded me of what being Filipino is all about

After Kian delos Santos slay, OFWs urged to 'reflect on Duterte's flaws'

Aug 21, 2017 - 2:20 PM

17 year old Kian delos Santos whose death in the hands of police sparked outrage was the son of an overseas Filipino worker based in Saudi Arabia

FAST FACTS: How many and where are the Filipinos in Guam?

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

A nuclear threat has raised concern over the safety of Guam residents who include thousands of Filipinos

LIST: Customs-certified forwarding companies OFWs can tap

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Bureau of Customs urges Filipinos abroad to transact only with these certified deconsolidators

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

[Balikbayan Voices] OEC stands for Overly Excessive Crap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:30 PM

DOLE and POEA should realize that the world does not revolve around their ludicrous and antiquated bureaucratic procedures OFW Bertrand Rodriguez says

How Duterte gov’t plans to bring OFWs back home

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The labor department banks on the millions of jobs that ‘Dutertenomics’ will generate and on the improved reintegration program for returning OFWs

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. Rappler file photo

De Lima seeks Senate probe into OFW ID

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Senator Leila de Lima criticizes the Department of Labor and Employment for launching the OFW ID without clear guidelines

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Recto asks Customs to amend new balikbayan box rules

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The senator warns that the BOC s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage

AMEND NEW RULES. Senator Ralph Recto says pasting a detailed list of content on the balikbayan boxes might make it vulnerable to theft.

2,000 more OFWs in Saudi Arabia sent home after amnesty extension

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

A total of 7 697 overstaying Filipino workers have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia as of July 24

BACK HOME. More than 7,000 OFWs have been repatriated as of July 24, 2017. Photo by Jay Directo/Rappler

Lack of guidelines on newly launched OFW ID causes confusion

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:03 PM

OFWs slam the agency for announcing the IDs without clear guidelines

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

OFW cash remittances rebound to hit $2.31B in May

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Total cash remittances are up 4 5 for the first 5 months of the year totaling 11 346 billion

Filipino students in Australia to form nationwide alliance

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:02 PM

For the first time in the history of Filipinos in Australia the creation of a nationwide student alliance comes closer to reality

 PHILIPPINE PRIDE. Filipino student participants pose for a photo with Ambassador Minda Cruz (lowest, 3rd from left), Philippine Honorary Consul of Victoria Felix Pintado (lowest, 2nd from L), and Minister and Consul General Nina Cainglet (lowest, 1st from L). Photo courtesy of FASTCO.

3 OFWs on death row in China

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana says there are high hopes that at least one of the cases would be reduced to a life sentence

China eyes more English teachers, domestic workers from PH

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana says this is China s way of helping in Philippine development in view of improved bilateral ties under President Rodrigo Duterte

JOB OPPORTUNITIES. China is eyeing to hire English teachers from the Philippines. File photo of teacher from AFP

Free OFW ID launched; DOLE yet to issue guidelines

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration clarifies that no IDs will be distributed until after guidelines are issued

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

DOLE’s OFW ID to replace employment certificate, passport

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The ID for OFWs is set to be launched this July 12

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lack of sex education hurts female labor migrants

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Getting pregnant has little to do with promiscuity but everything has to do with ignorance

Over 5,000 OFWs in Saudi repatriated as amnesty program ends

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Some 2 241 OFWs granted amnesty are still in Saudi Arabia waiting for their tickets

REPATRIATED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mingles with the 160 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were granted amnesty after they were found working illegally in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ace Morandante / Malacañang

From vegetable vendor to Bicol's salon magnate

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:18 PM

While walking through a flooded market in Manila a young Yco Tan decided that he was going to change his life And he did

THE TANS. Yco Tan with wife Elizabeth. Photo courtesy of Yco Tan

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Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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OFW Jennifer Dalquez saved from death row in UAE

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:17 AM

3rd UPDATE While acquitted of murder OFW Jennifer Dalquez was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone the DFA says

OFW SAVED. Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez, 30, is saved from the death row after a UAE court acquits her of murder. Photo courtesy of Migrante

Gov't ready to help OFWs affected by Qatar diplomatic row

Jun 19, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment reminds OFWs that the transfer from one employer to another should undergo a formal hiring process for easier documentation

FOREIGN WORKERS. This file photo taken on October 03, 2013 shows migrant laborers working on a construction site on October 3, 2013 in Doha in Qatar.  Karim Jaafar/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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OFW cash remittances at 15-month low in April

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:20 PM

This is the lowest level cash remittances have totaled since registering 1 997 billion in January 2016

Philippines lifts moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 15, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized

SITUATION NORMALIZED. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Malacañang

Qatar OFWs not rattled by diplomatic crisis

Jun 13, 2017 - 5:09 PM

But Ressie Fos who chairs the United Filipino Organizations in Qatar expressed fears that prices of basic goods and commodities might shoot up

U.S. Pinoys join celebration as San Mateo County Pride Center opens

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The Pride Center is a space where the diversity of our community can share stories build relationships learn grow create and heal together Program Director Lisa Putkey says

Program Director Lisa Putkey invites the community to come together. Photo from Cherie Querol Moreno

Senators urge DOLE to prepare for 'worst' amid Middle East crisis

Jun 09, 2017 - 10:13 AM

They also call on the government to create livelihood opportunities for affected Filipino workers as provided under the Overseas Workers Welfare Act of 2016