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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

Lawmaker urges banks to slash OFW remittance charges amid high inflation

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:05 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III asks banks to cut charges on OFW remittances to 5%, from the current average of 10.57%

200 OFW 'baby cases' in Dubai in Q1 2018 – PH consulate

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:14 PM

'They know the culture. They know the rules. They know it’s illegal, yet they still do it,' says Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi

Cash remittance of Filipino seafarers may exceed $6B this year – lawmaker

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:40 PM

'We expect the enlistment of Filipino sailors to increase along with international ship traffic, as the global economy continues to expand,' says ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto 'John' Bertiz

Remains of slain Slovakia OFW Henry Acorda brought back to Manila

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Philippine government officials join the family of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Henry Acorda in receiving his remains on Tuesday, June 19

'HENRY IS HOME.' The remains of slain Slovakia OFW Henry Acorda arrive in Manila on June 19, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

OFW remittances hit $2.35 billion in April 2018

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says remittances sent through banks grew by 12.7% year-on-year, but were lower by 0.4% from March 2018

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, June 3-9, 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here

Militant group Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

OFWs to receive digital literacy, business training from Facebook

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'This can be used to avoid scams – knowing what types of information can be sourced from legitimate source. That's why the entry point of safety,' says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac

TRAININGS. Overseas Welfare Workers' Administration and social media giant Facebook partners on Migrant Workers' Day. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

The President is a misogynist. Now what?

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The President is never going to change. Sexism, for him, is a default. It's time for us to recognize, if we haven't already, that this country has put machismo in power. But we can change this.

'Sickening': Lawmakers react to Duterte kissing an OFW on the lips

Jun 06, 2018 - 5:08 PM

So far, only one lawmaker – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian – has justified President Duterte's act, saying what happened was like how actors shoot kissing scenes not with their wives

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters upon his arrival at the E-Mart Headquarters in Seoul, Republic of Korea for the E-Mart/Philippine Food Festival on June 5, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Panelo: Duterte's kiss with OFW like kissing grandchild, baby

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'That's nothing,' says Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the ring worn by Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hilton Convention Center Seoul in South Korea on June 3, 2018. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on kissing, Kris vs Mocha, Kate Spade | Midday wRap

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:14 PM

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Duterte to critics of controversial kiss: 'Inggit lang 'yan'

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:50 AM

(UPDATED) 'I do not do it in public if there is malice. I would pull the woman down somewhere along the empty hall there,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his departure statement at the Ninoy International Airport before leaving for the Republic of Korea where he is scheduled for a three-day on June 3, 2018. The President is set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a summit which aims to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Riding-in-tandem, Aquino and Dengvaxia, Warriors vs. Cavaliers | Evening wRap

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Gabriela on Duterte kissing OFW: 'Disgusting theatrics of a misogynist'

Jun 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The party advocating for women's rights also finds it 'unfortunate' that the OFW had to explain there was 'no malice' in the President's kiss

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is swarmed by supporters upon his arrival at the Grand Hilton Convention Center Seoul as he meets with the Filipino community based in South Korea on June 3, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Back to school, Duterte kisses OFW, Jeron Teng attack | Midday wRap

Jun 04, 2018 - 11:43 AM

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36-year-old OFW dies in Slovakia after defending 2 women

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Henry John Acorda, 36, was 'a hero who came to the rescue of the defenseless in a land that is not even his,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Cheers, disgust as Duterte kisses OFW in South Korea

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives an overseas Filipino worker a kiss on the lips as he meets with the Filipino community in South Korea, drawing mixed reactions

Duterte apologizes to Kuwait for 'harsh' language

Jun 03, 2018 - 6:17 PM

'I'm sorry for the language that I was using but I'm very satisfied by the way you responded to the problems of my country,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Kuwait

SOUTH KOREA TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before leaving for South Korea on June 3, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte arrives in South Korea for 3-day official visit

Jun 03, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Ambassador Raul Hernandez says 66,000 Filipinos live in South Korea, and the voters among them 'gave 84% of their votes' to President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE IN SEOUL. President Rodrigo Duterte (center) is welcomed by Ambassador Raul Hernandez (right) and the envoy's wife, Ana (left), as the head of state arrives in South Korea at around 5:20 am on June 3, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ambassador Hernandez

No Filipino casualties in Oman due to Cyclone Mekunu – DFA

May 27, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Cyclone Mekunu triggers massive floods in Oman, where 49,000 Filipinos live and work

A picture taken on May 26, 2018, shows a car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded further to a deep depression Saturday, a day after lashing the southern coast of Oman and killing at least two people, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / Oman OUT

Family receives remains of OFW found in Korea septic tank

May 27, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Angelo Claveria, a 34-year-old OFW, was found dead in a septic tank in South Korea in April, after he was allegedly murdered by a Filipino co-worker

MURDERED OFW. The remains of murdered Filipino overseas worker Angelo Claveria are now with his family in Iloilo. Photo courtesy of DFA

Posters of Philippine heroes unveiled for Filipinos abroad

May 27, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'Sharing the words of our great Filipino forebears not only to our kababayans abroad…is our way of honoring their contributions,' says Project Saysay's Stacy Danika Alcantara Garcia

PROJECT SAYSAY. Jose Rizal is one of the Filipino heroes featured in the posters received by the DFA from Project Saysay. Courtesy of Project Saysay

Marawi Siege anniversary, SWS survey, Roque on Duterte | Midday wRap

May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

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Malacañang: Duterte yet to sign lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

May 23, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says he has yet to see a signed written order on the lifting of the ban

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh exchange pleasantries following their meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on April 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go. ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] One hour at a time

May 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

I had 30 minutes left with her. Taking the place of the sweeping vistas of the countryside we used to visit was the gray horizon of concrete pavement where we saw airplanes flying in and out. She would leave soon, along with the rest, to a life where they are needed – indispensable yet invisible at the same time.

Duterte lifts Kuwait deployment ban, Senators on Sereno ouster, Trump on North Korea | Midday wRap

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

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Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

May 16, 2018 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) The President gives the instruction to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, 'upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o'

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement on May 11, 2018, protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. File photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

DOLE seeks partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban

May 13, 2018 - 12:55 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says relations between the Philippines and Kuwait are now 'normal'

BELLO AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the 84th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment in Malolos City, Bulacan. Malacañang file photo