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WATCH: Bring them home this Christmas: A new digital film pays tribute to OFWs

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:26 PM

An OFW father and the son he left back home are at the core of a new digital film by Century Properties

[OPINION] Toughening OFW protection

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Despite difficulties and persistent challenges, government efforts to protect overseas Filipino workers continue to decisively progress

Acquitted OFW Dalquez receives P100,000 aid from DFA

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Jennifer Dalquez says she plans to start a small business in General Santos City

LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE. Jennifer Dalquez, who stayed in a jail in the UAE for 4 years, receives the finance aid from Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, upon instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte, on November 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of the DFA

More than half of Filipino amnesty grantees prefer to stay in UAE

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Of the 6,810 OFWs who availed of the UAE's amnesty program, 4,343 or 64% have opted to stay, according to records of the Philippine Consulate General’s office

STAY. Many overstaying OFWs in the UAE preferred to not leave the country after being granted amnesty. Photo from The Filipino Times

Bahrain Flexi Visa to help 3,000 undocumented OFWs

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is seeking 'pathways for regularization' for overseas Filipino workers

BAHRAIN WORKERS. Workers at a borehole in the desert of Bahrain, Middle East. File photo from Shutterstock

MIAA: OFWs can refund terminal fees

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority says the fees remain intact in a trust account, ready to be claimed as refunds

REFUND. MIAA says OFWs can refund terminal fees paid to airlines. AFP file photo

LOOK: OFW saved from death row has 'tearful, joyous' meeting with Duterte

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) During an emotional meeting in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte provides Jennifer Dalquez with cash assistance and instructions to government agencies to help find her a job

PALACE MEETING.  A tearful Jennifer Dalquez hugs President Rodrigo Duterte when she met with him in Malacañang on November 6, 2018. Malacañang photo

OWWA launches OFW e-card for easier access to gov't benefits

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) The e-card reduces the number of documents needed when applying for programs and services offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

E-CARD. Danilo Castroverde is among the first OFWs who claimed an OWWA OFW e-card during the launch on November 6, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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Nov 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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OFW saved from UAE death row reunites with family in PH

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jennifer Dalquez comes home after spending almost 4 years in an Abu Dhabi prison

HOMECOMING. OFW Jennifer Dalquez’s emotional homecoming upon her arrival in Manila on November 2, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

DFA to help OFWs affected by Typhoon Yutu in Saipan

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Some Filipinos in Saipan lost their houses due to Typhoon Yutu, known in the Philippines as Rosita, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TYPHOON YUTU. This photo taken on October 25, 2018, shows a resident (C) clearing up in Saipan after Super Typhoon Yutu caused widespread destruction across the islands of Saipan and Tinian. Photo by Jon Perez/AFP

OFW saved from UAE death row coming home to PH

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Jennifer Dalquez, who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for murder but later acquitted, is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, November 2

7 Filipino seafarers freed a month after Nigeria abduction

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs welcomes the release of the 7 overseas Filipino workers kidnapped aboard the Swiss vessel MV Glarus

Saudi Arabia releases OFWs arrested in Halloween party raid

Oct 30, 2018 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reminds overseas Filipino workers 'to respect the laws and traditions of their host countries'

Images from Shutterstock

Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:45 AM

‘Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,’ Ambassador Koji Haneda says

Photo from the Philippine embassy in Japan

5 ways to show your love from afar this Christmas

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:05 AM

OFWs, bridge the gap by doing these little things for your family back home

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is sending consular officers to Kakinada Port, more than 1,800 kilometers from New Delhi, to assist the Filipinos abandoned by their employer

Gov't to streamline programs on OFW welfare

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:33 PM

DFA and DOLE meet to better integrate programs and services on OFW concerns

COMING HOME. OFWs line up at the airport, eager to come home. AFP file photo

Ex-OFW files ethics complaint vs Bertiz

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-OFW Sheila Mabunga claims to be a 'human trafficking victim' of a recruitment agency formerly run by ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, but the lawmaker's camp disputes this

HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Former OFW Shiela Mabunga, who filed an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, recounts her ordeal in Saudia Arabia. All photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House ethics and privileges panel holds special meeting on Bertiz controversies

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Watch the special meeting on Wednesday, October 3

3 Filipino missionaries safe after latest Indonesia earthquake

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:11 PM

In an earlier earthquake, a Filipino detainee 'is reported to have joined the mass jailbreak after the prison was damaged,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

20 Saudi OFWs protest unpaid wages, get ejected from home

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The 20 overseas Filipino workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, refuse to work due to two months' worth of unpaid salaries and food allowances

Bertiz apologizes, likens behavior at NAIA to getting 'monthly period'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz says his behavior at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was 'very uncalled for'

'SORRY'. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 01, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House ethics probe looms over lawmaker John Bertiz

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

If no outside party files an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says lawmakers themselves will trigger the probe

ON THE HOT SEAT. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz is under fire over his recent controversial actions.

OFW loses P600,000 in Facebook romance scam

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:12 PM

For an overseas Filipino worker, what started as infatuation on Facebook ended with extortion

FALSE FEELINGS? The scammer posed as a certain Joana Mae Cruz to trick a 23-year-old seaman into sending her money. Facebook screenshot

Saudi OFW shot, killed after allegedly stabbing manager

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The overseas Filipino worker allegedly stabbed his Saudi manager and Pakistani coworker, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

My migration story: Why I left London and came home

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

At first I didn't know my story. Two movies helped me get there: 'Never Not Love You,' starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre, and 'Crazy Rich Asians.'

LONDON CALLING. London, England has been an attractive destination for Filipinos who seek a job overseas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

5 other Filipinos spared from Nigeria kidnapping

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The search is on for the missing 7 Filipinos kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH to help OFWs hit by proposed green card restrictions

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We'd like to work with the US. We have a special relationship,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

TOP OFFICIALS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (center) and his undersecretaries, Jose Luis Montales (left) and Sarah Lou Arriola (right), attend a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano vows 'all efforts' for kidnapped OFWs in Nigeria

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is set to report to President Rodrigo Duterte the alleged kidnapping of 7 overseas Filipino workers in Nigeria

ALL EFFORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is 'doing all the efforts' for Filipinos reportedly kidnapped in Nigeria. Photo by Angie de Silva

Saudi employer sued for forcing OFW to drink bleach

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The employer of Agnes Mancilla, 35, an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia, allegedly makes her work 20 hours a day and gives her only coffee for meals

DISTRESSED OFW. This photo sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to reporters on April 17, 2018, shows Consul General to Jeddah Edgar Badajos visiting Agnes Mancilla, a 35-year-old overseas Filipino worker allegedly forced to drink bleach by her employer in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy of DFA

OFW remittances slow down in January-July 2018

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Overseas Filipino workers send a total of $18.5 billion from January to July this year

DFA giving P5,000 aid for OFWs stranded due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Claims will be processed starting Saturday, September 15, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and Davao International Airport

STRANDED. Around 600 passengers stranded in Dumaguete port were brought to Dumaguete City High School that serves as an evacuation center. LTFRB Photo

IN NUMBERS: OFWs in Israel and Jordan

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Overall, there are an estimated 76,000 overseas Filipino workers residing in Israel and Jordan

Nearly 400,000 undocumented OFWs warned of Malaysia crackdown

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:13 PM

'We request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,' says Ambassador Charles Jose

MALAYSIA CRACKDOWN. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose warns undocumented Filipinos about Malaysia's crackdown beginning August 31, 2018. File photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Malaysia

DFA releases P4.8M to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:11 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs extends financial assistance to hundreds of affected overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Passengers flock NAIA Terminal 1 Departure to wait for or rebook their canceled flights on August 20, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DFA to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Philippine embassies can issue certifications 'to explain to foreign employers the delay in the arrival of their Filipino employees'

RUNWAY MISHAP. Stranded passengers crowd NAIA Terminal 1 on August 17, 2018, following the accident of a Xiamen Air plane in a NAIA runway. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

OFWs can lose jobs after NAIA runway accident

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) An apology from Xiamen Air and government officials is not enough, the OFWs have to be compensated, says Migrante, an advocacy group for the welfare of overseas Filipino workers

NBI probes death of ex-OFW under police custody

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Manila Police District head Chief Superintendent Rolando Anduyan says the NBI is coordinating with their investigation unit on the death of Allan Rafael

Retired OFW dies under police custody

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Police say Allan Rafael died from shortness of breath, but his family says he was beaten to death by cops

HOAX: 'Philippine warship' photo in PTV report on kidnapped OFWs in Libya

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) The original photograph is a Chinese frigate ship with the flag of China. PTV's news report changes the flag to that of the Philippines.

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/Shutterstock.com; 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

OFWs can now rate recruiters online

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:47 PM

OFWs can look for their agencies and rate it with stars – 5 stars as the highest. Reviews cover recruitment fees, pre-departure orientation, and the employment contract.

WATCH: UAE vlogger defends OFWs against Kuwaiti influencer

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'How would you feel if you worked for someone that didn't only not give you a day off but disagrees with the very ideology that you deserve a day-off?' Khalid Al Ameri asks Sondos Al Qattan

RESPONSE. "If I work for you, I would run so far away, the CIA won’t be able to find me," UAE vlogger Khalid Al Ameri tells Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Al Qattan. Photos from Al Ameri and Al Qattan's social media accounts.

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers

BLACKLIST. OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center urges the Philippine government to include Kuwaiti social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan in its list of undesirable employers. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Tagle to Filipinos: You're the real representatives of PH

Jul 21, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is painful when the Philippines is criticized abroad, but he finds hope in the ordinary Filipino

CHALLENGING CATHOLICS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes impassioned gestures as he speaks on the 3rd day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OFW remittances rise in May 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Overseas Filipino workers have sent $13.2 billion year-to-date, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

An overseas Filipina worker lines up at a remittance center in Lucky Plaza. A lot of overseas Filipino workers send money to the families they support back home. According to the 2014 Survey on Overseas Filipinos released by the Philippine Statistics Authority, 173.2 billion pesos was the total remittance sent by OFWs from April to September 2014.

5 Filipinos abducted by armed men in Libya, Iraq – DFA

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Philippine government seeks the help of Libyan and Iraqi authorities to locate 5 Filipinos separately abducted in Libya and Iraq

Photos in graphic courtesy of Shutterstock

Hip-hop artist, OFW advocate: RJ Señeres' rhyme and reason

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

RJ Señeres' journey started way before his career in music – in their 3-bedroom apartment in Abu Dhabi, when he was just 11 years old. This is his story.

RJ Señeres Jr