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Huge number of OFWs in Dubai 'big factor' in Duterte’s decision to join Expo 2020 – DTI

May 23, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says EXPO 2020 Dubai will be one of the biggest events that the Department of Trade and Industry, together with other agencies that form part of the Philippine Organizing Committee, will participate in

PHILIPPINE TRADE CHIEF AND DUTERTE. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez (left) with President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacanang photo

UAE helps release 3 Filipinos held captive in Libya

May 17, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'The UAE is working on sending them to their home countries,' the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says in a statement

RELEASED. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says UAE is working on sending the detainees – 3 Filipinos and a South Korean – to their home countries. File photo from the ministry's Facebook page

OFW hospital to open in Pampanga

May 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The facility, in the city of San Fernando, is targeted for completion by 2020

FIRST OFW HOSPITAL. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the first overseas Filipino workers hospital in San Fernando City. Photo from Pampanga PIO

DFA orders evacuation of Filipinos in Tripoli

May 01, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr raises Alert Level 4 in Tripoli and surrounding areas 'due to increased threats' faced by more than 1,000 Filipinos there

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Ambassador Quintana tells property developers: 'Give OFWs best deals'

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana also advises overseas Filipino workers to exercise due diligence when it comes to buying properties

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More OFWs upbeat about investing in PH properties

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:30 AM

According to a poll, Manila, Cavite, and Laguna are the top 3 preferred locations of Filipino expats in the UAE

HIGHER PRICES. Prices for residential real estate in the last quarter of 2018 went up, basing from loans taken from banks. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH diplomat asks families to convince OFWs in Libya to come home

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:21 PM

‘We understand they are here to provide for their families back home, but the situation here is becoming increasingly dangerous for those who want to stay,’ says Charge d'Affaires Elmer Cato

EVACUATION. A team from the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs assist an OFW who has asked to be repatriated to the Philippines from Libya. Photo from the Facebook page of Elmer Cato

DFA begins evacuating Filipinos from Libya

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Of the over 1,000 Filipinos in the Libyan capital, only 20 have so far requested to be repatriated

Filipina OFW fired for cancer in Hong Kong awarded damages

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Baby Jane Allas and her former employer reach a settlement of HK30,000 ($3,800) at Hong Kong's labor tribunal for sickness allowance, medical fees and wages in lieu of notice

SETTLEMENT. Baby Jane Allas, a Filipina domestic worker who was sacked after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, reacts after a hearing at the Labor Tribunal in Hong Kong on April 15, 2019, which ordered her former employer to pay a settlement of 30,000 HKD (3,827 USD) in damages. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[LEGAL ADVICE] 3 tips to correct a birth certificate error (for OFWs and Filipinos abroad)

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

This is for OFWS or Filipinos abroad who were born in the Philippines and who need to correct their birth certificates. This shares the current process through the embassy, 3 tips to make it better, and a step-by-step on the best way to get it done.

Philippine gov't imposes total deployment ban to Tripoli anew

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine government imposes a total deployment ban to the Libyan capital, as the crisis alert in the war-riven country reaches Level 3

163 Filipino crew of stricken cruise ship in Norway 'all safe'

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A Philippine embassy official was told that 'passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship's Filipino crew in the evacuation,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

The cruise ship Viking Sky is pictured on March 23, 2019 near the west coast of Norway at Hustadvika near Romsdal. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by Odd Roar LANGE / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

24 years after Flor Contemplacion death, protest vs slavery held

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The fate of Flor Contemplacion, who was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995, 'continues to reflect the plight of Filipino migrants'

EXECUTED IN SINGAPORE. Filipina maid Flor Contemplacion, shown here in an undated file photo, was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995. File photo by AFP   EXECUTED IN SINGAPORE. Filipina maid Flor Contemplacion, shown here in an undated file photo, was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995. File photo by AFP

Malacañang says Mon Tulfo entitled to his opinion on Filipino workers

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Mon Tulfo was only relaying the observations of developers on why they supposedly prefer Chinese workers to Filipino workers

Laborers continue their work on an elevated highway system on November 5, 2018, that is part of the government's build, build, build project. A mandated P25 minimum wage increase would be beneficial to the labor sector to somehow offset the rising prices of basic commodities due to the rise in inflation. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Fired Filipino cancer patient exposes plight of Hong Kong's foreign maids

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Baby Jane Allas' employers end her service after she is diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer in January

THE PLIGHT OF BABY JANE ALLAS. In this picture taken on March 5, 2019, Baby Jane Allas, a 38-year-old mother of five Filipina domestic worker who was sacked after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, cries during an interview with AFP in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Senate bets Gutoc, Matula want OFW deployment ban to abusive countries

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'I also want deployment bans for countries that do not respect human rights especially for women,' says senatorial bet Samira Gutoc

Pinoy sailors send home record $6.1B in 2018

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Money sent home by Filipino sailors account for about 19% of all remittances of overseas Filipino workers in 2018

MORE REMITTANCES. Filipino sailors manning the forecastle of a container ship in Bilbao, Spain. Photo by Joachim Affeldt/Shutterstock

FALSE: Alejano says OFWs 'sold their souls to Duterte'

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano reiterates that the quote is false and is just propaganda. The claim had already been proven false and is being rehashed.

A screenshot of the photo of Alejano with his supposed quote against the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

OFW's execution in Saudi shows PH can't adopt death penalty – Locsin

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr attends a congressional briefing on the e-passport system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Saudi Arabia executes 39-year-old Filipina helper

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Saudi Arabia carries out the death penalty against a 39-year-old Filipina household service worker found guilty of murder

OFW in Riyadh cries for help after employer 'tried' to kiss her

Jan 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

An overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, posts a video of herself crying and seeking help after her employer tries to kiss her on the nape

Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The wife was 29 while the husband was 30, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TRAGIC HONEYMOON. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is ready to help the family of newlyweds who drowned to death in the Maldives. Images from Shutterstock

Banks urged to post remittance charges online for OFWs

Dec 21, 2018 - 4:39 PM

ACTS-OFW party-list group cites World Bank Remittance Prices report that shows banks remain the most expensive means to send cash to the Philippines

TRANSPARENCY. ACTS-OFW party-list urges banks to post remittance rates. Shutterstock photo

Philippine Airlines celebrates Christmas togetherness with “Regalo”

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:54 PM

It's their way to honor the sacrifices of our OFWs and their families longing to spend the holidays with them in the Philippines

McDonald’s sheds light on OFWs and their long-awaited holiday reunions

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

McDonald's latest video, entitled "Bros," is about the importance of family and how no time or distance can ever break its strong bonds

1,859 distressed Bicolano OFWs availed of OWWA aid in first 10 months of 2018

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Bicol says the OFWs got a total of P36.8 million in livelihood assistance

OFW WELFARE CONCERNS. OWWA regional director Sammy Madrid (middle) at the OFW Day event at the Albay Astrodome in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

OWWA brings home 109 distressed OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Dec 08, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Many of the workers decided to come home due to contract violations by their Saudi employers,' says the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac (2nd, R) welcomes OFWs repatriated from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, at the Manila international airport on December 8, 2018. Screenshot from OWWA video

IN PHOTOS: Sundays at Central, HK

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

On normal days, this part of Hong Kong is buzzing with cars and shoppers – but not on Sundays

SUNDAYS. On normal days, this part of Hong Kong is buzzing with cars and shoppers – but not today. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez

15 Filipino seafarers stranded in India now back in PH

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

There are 6 other Filipino crew members still in India who will be repatriated 'as soon as their exit clearances are issued'

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