labor migration - updates

Rappler's latest stories on labor migration


Ex-envoy says OFWs should consider ASEAN for jobs

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Former envoy to the ASEAN Orlando Mercado says that member-states within the region have vibrant arrangements with the Philippines in terms of workers' protection

ASEAN. Former envoy to the ASEAN Orly Mercado discusses migration in the region at the 1st ASEANnale forum at the University of the Philippines-Diliman on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Rappler journalists win ILO global media awards

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Rappler journalists Camille Elemia, Ana Santos, and Sofia Tomacruz win the International Labour Organization 2017 Global Media Competition on Labor Migration for coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

The silent struggle of returning OFWs

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?

HOMECOMING. OFWs face financial and psychological challenges when they return to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

ASEAN urged to protect 'invisible' domestic workers

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:47 PM

There are 10 million domestic workers, making up 20% of the total migrant workforce in the region

PH can be ASEAN model for migration policies – World Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

A new World Bank study says ASEAN countries should reform their migration policies to boost labor mobility and promote the welfare of migrant workers in the region

MIGRATION. OFWs ready to leave the Philippines for better income opportunities. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH, UAE sign pact to ensure OFW protection

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The memorandum of agreement strengthens the coordination between the two countries in the employment cycle of OFWs

ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – ILO

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

7 in 10 victims are women and girls, while 25% are children

The bleak future of undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

PART 2: ASEAN countries view the issue of undocumented migrant workers differently Singapore and Malaysia view it as a security threat while the Philippines and Indonesia as a matter of human rights

File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Ex-sampaguita boy blooms in Cornell, Oxford, Gulf states

Aug 01, 2015 - 10:33 PM

The power of education could really change you and the world says Froilan Malit who overcame challenges to be where he is now

OFWs on Aquino SONA: ‘What about us?’

Jul 28, 2015 - 5:35 PM

How do overseas Filipinos feel about Aquino s 5th and final State of the Nation Address?

GOING ABROAD. File photo of an OFW checking his requirements for employment. David Lozada/ Rappler

PODCAST: Ethical recruitment of OFWs

May 04, 2015 - 8:00 PM

In this first episode of BalikBayan podcast Philippine Overseas Employment Administration POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac talks about systems in place to protect the interest of OFWs in the recruitment process

Tech-based services needed to protect OFWs – research

Mar 09, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Among Filipino migrant workers isolation from network connectivity – via email phone or social network – was a key indicator for labor trafficking says a University of Southern California report

A labor attaché's desperate act

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:09 AM

It boggles the mind why having found out about the agency’s true ownership Roldan did not do more than suspend its operations

UAE rejects HRW report on abuse of foreign maids

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The report drew hasty conclusions based on unrepresentative cases a UAE official says

Filipino victims of abuse in UAE back in PH to help OFWs

Oct 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM

They vow to warn would be OFWs of the dangers of not fighting for one s rights

Philippines fails to implement pro-OFW law – watchdog

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:25 PM

OFWs who have been abused in the UAE slam the Philippine government for slow progress of labor cases and laxity in monitoring proper implementation of labor contracts

Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status says Human Rights Watch

Cambodian exodus from Thailand jumps to nearly 180,000

Jun 17, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The mass exodus of laborers – who help keep major Thai industries such as agriculture afloat – comes after a warning from Thailand s new military regime that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation

ESCAPING THAILAND. Cambodian migrant workers carry their belongings as they arrive in the city of Poipet after crossing the Thai-Cambodian border, in the northeastern Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey on June 17, 2014. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Pope: Migrants not 'pawns on chessboard of humanity'

Sep 25, 2013 - 8:56 AM

Countries should cooperate on the broad adoption of policies and rules aimed at protecting and promoting the human person

NOT PAWNS. Pope Francis said countries should work to protect migrants and refugees. In this photo, a migrant child sits inside a vehicle after arriving at the port of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy, 17 August 2013 aboard an Italian coast guard vessel. EPA/Franco Cufari

Oil for labor?

May 04, 2013 - 1:56 PM

Instead of focusing on accumulating labor export remittances the government can consider deploying Filipino workers in exchange for needed resources