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Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release to rest results and certificates
Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in
The government task force is working to ensure that OFWs are released at most 5 days after going through quarantine, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
The OFWs return to Cebu from Manila after undergoing isolation and virus tests. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Cebu’s jails now exceed 600 mark.
‘Emotionally tortured na po kami dito sa kaiisip kung kailan kami makakauwi sa aming pamilya,’ says a seafarer who’s been in quarantine since April 25
A ten-wheeler truck crashes and then drags Christian Tolentino to his death
The arrival of 42,000 more overseas Filipino workers may 'overwhelm' quarantine facilities, says the chief implementer of government policies on the coronavirus pandemic
Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official
The Department of Agriculture says the loans are zero interest, with technical assistance from the government
(2nd UPDATE) Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo says some repatriated overseas Filipino workers were able to escape before their test results were released. One was found and taken into custody on Sunday, May 17.
A Filipino mechanic known for his dedicated volunteer work also dies after contracting COVID-19 in Dubai
'Military enlistment is not best done at the brink of a war, and neither is the massive employment of nurses during a pandemic'
'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.
DSWD reiterates families of OFWs with no other source of income since January 2020 can avail of the emergency subsidy
(UPDATED) A total of 23 Filipinos died of the coronavirus in Dubai alone
In April, a first batch of 200 OFWs came home to Cebu after testing negative for COVID-19 in Manila. A second test showed 17 of them positive.
4 repatriated seafarers from Negros Occidental and one from Aklan are found to be infected after their home provinces got them tested, a precaution many LGUs are taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus
'When they were drafting the law, did they even bother to ask OFWs around the world if they agreed to this obligation?'
‘Magkakaroon ho tayo ng problema if you resist because then as a worker of government, it falls upon my shoulders to see to it that everything is done fair,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte
Although PhilHealth already put on hold the collection of the new premium rate – at least over the course of the pandemic – it must also revoke some of the unconscionable rules it had put in place
Saan kumukuha ng kapal ng apog ang mga taga-POLO upang isiping isusuko na lang ng Taiwan si Linn Ordidor dahil hiniling nila ito?
(UPDATED) The state insurer says overseas Filipinos and self-employed members can give their contributions until the end of 2020
(UPDATED) Filipino migrant groups also urge the government to enforce a moratorium on all state collections from OFWs during the coronavirus pandemic and remove punitive penalties
Rappler talks to Philippine Ambassador Joseph Yap about the plight of Filipinos in Singapore as the city-state battles the coronavirus
His wife, healthcare assistant Merry Janet, says Marlon didn’t show signs of breaking down, so they both took his condition lightly. He died in the ICU, where he worked.
However, some 233,000 OFWs have applied for the one-time $200 cash aid program of the Philippine government
The needs of private sector workers and OFWs requesting for government cash aid exceed the coronavirus response budget, the Philippine labor department says
While we’re at home, these frontliners continuously work to support not just OFWs but also their families back home
The modified policy is intended to 'support residents and visitors and lessen the repercussions of the coronavirus'
(UPDATED) The bulk of repatriated Filipinos come from cruise ships which have been stranded due to travel restrictions and port closures worldwide
The Inter-Agency Task Force says certificates of completion would show that overseas Filipino workers have finished their quarantine
Some Filipinos in Dubai have been aiding OFWs who suddenly lost their jobs because of the closure of businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic
Here are the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines for its cash assistance program for OFWs affected by the coronavirus outbreak
The latest numbers from the Department of Foreign Affairs show 42 more cases of Filipinos with the coronavirus disease abroad, a majority of them in the Middle East
Some overseas Filipino workers in coronavirus-affected countries deal not only with the fear of getting sick, but also with days of ‘no work, no pay’ that may last indefinitely
Filipino workers unable to get to their jobs abroad could receive P10,000, while employees of local companies affected by the coronavirus lockdown may get P5,000 from the government
'If you have OFW friends and family who are having a hard time understanding the situation, please do check on them by sending a message or calling'
(UPDATED) The Filipino workers will be required to sign a declaration 'signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved' upon their return to China
To avoid deportation, visit visa holders need to do 'visa runs,' where they exit the UAE to have their visas renewed or changed to employment status
But Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the measure will encourage and promote the 'export of Filipino manpower'
President Rodrigo Duterte says his 'heart bleeds' for overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East
Overseas Filipino workers fear losing jobs under a prolonged ban
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says reports of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong who lost their jobs are 'isolated' cases
While the upcoming summer Olympics is a big door Japan is opening to the world, it doesn’t do as much for the entry of foreign labor onto its shores
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration says assistance was given to over 8,000 workers who had been unable to return to their jobs in China, Hong Kong, and Macau
Gulfood 2020 promotes homegrown Filipino food and products to the Dubai crowd
The Athletes' Village in Capas, Tarlac once used for the 2019 SEA Games now serves as the national quarantine facility for the novel coronavirus
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says mainland China accounts for only 0.1% of total remittances from overseas Filipino workers
Filipinos based abroad send more cash and prop up the Philippine economy in 2019, but the novel coronavirus may affect their jobs and trigger a domino effect in 2020
The government will give P10,000 to each overseas Filipino worker stranded in the country due to the temporary travel ban on mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau