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Duterte tells local officials: Accept OFWs returning to hometowns

May 05, 2020 - 9:00 PM

‘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

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

Can Duterte stop health workers from leaving PH?

May 05, 2020 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and other officials to explore this option during the pandemic

STOP DEPLOYMENT? President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

Coronavirus highlights role of foreign staff in British hospitals

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Around 52,000 staff are Asian nationals, according to the parliamentary figures

Undocumented workers in Canada: 'If the virus doesn’t kill us, hunger will'

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Migrant, undocumented workers seek income support from the Canadian government during the coronavirus pandemic

TORONTO SCENE. In this file photo taken on March 24, 2020, a woman walks past the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The coronavirus pandemic could kill between 11,000 and 22,000 people in Canada, the government projected on April 9, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP

Duterte asks health workers to stay in PH during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:25 AM

While President Rodrigo Duterte made the appeal, it is not clear if he approved an Inter-Agency Task Force resolution to allow health workers with existing contracts to leave the country

FRONTLINES. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

4 overseas domestic workers die in Qatar house fire

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:32 PM

One of the victims had just sent her family in Ilocos Norte money for food hours before her death, her sister says

Gulf's massive migrant workforce fears virus limbo

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Some laborers in Saudi Arabia, home to 10 million expat workers, complain that they are required by bosses to work while Saudis are permitted paid quarantine leave

WORKERS. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. AFP photo

PH mission in UAE ‘ready to help’ Filipino visa runners amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:57 AM

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

BIKE. A man wears a protective mask as a means of protection against the spread of the coronivirus as he rides his bicycle in Dubai. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Hong Kong's domestic workers dodge tear gas and clashes

Oct 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Over the last 4 months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds for police and protesters

This picture taken on October 6, 2019 shows Indonesian migrant worker Marsanah (C) sitting with her friends on their day off at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. There are more than 370,000 domestic workers, overwhelmingly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, who keep Hong Kong ticking, often toiling for little pay and living in cramped conditions. But over the last four months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds between police and protesters. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

PH, Nepal human rights bodies vow stronger cooperation on migrant workers' rights

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the partnership is 'more than welcome' as the Philippines and Nepal are two countries facing challenges when it comes to foreign labor

Filipino migrant farm workers, care workers join marches in cities across Canada

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Protest actions call for decent work, permanent resident status upon arrival, universal services, and an end to discrimination and displacement of migrant workers

PROTEST. Marisol Veridiano Bobadilla lost her status as a temporary foreign worker when she moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. A Filipino recruiter who charged her for '€œimmigration services'€ had promised her a job as a full-time care worker; she ended up as a mushroom picker without a work permit. Photo by Marites Sison

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

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

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May 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

Saudi OFW allegedly forced by employer to drink household bleach

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The DFA says Agnes Mancilla, an OFW in Saudi Arabia, 'remains in serious but stable condition' after her employer allegedly made her swallow household bleach

Kuwait officials arriving in Manila to negotiate OFW pact

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants 'real, actionable measures that will protect our kababayans,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

OFW WELFARE. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III the forthcoming negotiations with Kuwait on the draft agreement on the recruitment, deployment and protection of household service workers that will take place in Manila this week. Photo courtesy of DFA

Talks with Kuwait for welfare of OFWs 'going well' – DFA

Mar 11, 2018 - 10:20 PM

But the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the deployment ban stays until 'more practical measures' are agreed on

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges – POEA

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration says Agnes Tuballes could be held liable for referring slain worker Joanna Demafelis to the recruitment agency

ILLEGAL. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia says Agnes Tuballas may face illegal recruitment charges. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

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

DOLE eyes deployment ban to Middle East

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says an expanded deployment ban may be enforced if other Arab countries fail to strengthen protection for Filipino workers

SEEKING INVESTMENTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Qatari businessmen during the Philippines-Qatar Business Forum on April 15, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Malacañang photo

Philippine officials meet OFWs in Kuwait amid labor row

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says the deployment ban will not be lifted until safety guarantees are secured

Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III (C), Undersecretary for Workers Protection, Human Resource, and Internal Auditing Services Cluster in the Filipino Department of Labour, speaks during a meeting with the Filipino community at his country's embassy in Kuwait City on February 24, 2018. The employers of the murdered 29-year-old Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, a Lebanese judicial official said on February 24. The murder had sparked outrage in the Philippines and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Malacañang Photo

Siblings held over Indonesian maid death in Malaysia

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Police identify the victim as a 21-year-old called Adelina who had been working in Malaysia for two years

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The total deployment ban comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

Robredo calls for bilateral deal to protect OFWs in Kuwait

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo supports the Duterte administration's ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, citing incidents of abuse there

PROTECTION FOR OFWs. A bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait to protect the welfare of OFWs has already been sent to the middle east nation and is awaiting its signature. File photo by Angie de Silva/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

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

ASEAN leaders sign commitment protecting migrant workers

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:21 PM

The consensus is a followup document to the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers adopted in January 2007 in Cebu

ASEAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake. Photo by King Rodriguez/Malacañang

Group pushes for 'binding' ASEAN pact on migrant workers’ protection

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:21 PM

The ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers must be legally-binding and cover undocumented workers and migrants' families, Migrante International says

OFW applicants inside POEA on August 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pact on migrant workers' rights is PH gift to ASEAN

Nov 11, 2017 - 12:19 AM

This 'is a centerpiece of the Philippine chairmanship' of ASEAN, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

MIGRANT WORKERS. A consensus on migrant workers' rights 'is a centerpiece of the Philippine chairmanship' of ASEAN, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN leaders to sign commitment on protection of migrant workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:53 PM

ASEAN leaders are set to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of Rights of Migrant Workers on November 14

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the suspension from November 13 to December 1 is due to reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

13,000 OFWs already sent home from Saudi Arabia

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:50 PM

More than half of these workers are repatriated through the Saudi government's amnesty program launched March this year

SENT HOME. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mingles with the 160 repatriated OFWs who were granted amnesty after they were found working illegally in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia upon their arrival on April 17, 2017. Malacañang 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

Qatar 'to introduce' minimum wage for workers

Oct 25, 2017 - 11:42 PM

The announcements of the reforms come on the eve of an International Labor Organization meeting that could open an investigation by the UN agency into Qatar's treatment of migrant workers

WATCH: Migrant life in Qatar

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Qatar's population is made up mostly of migrant workers

AWAY. Workers sacrifice being away from their families to provide for them. Graphics by Emil Mercado

Imprisoned: Raising my baby behind bars

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 PM

In much of the Gulf countries like Qatar, pregnancy out of wedlock is a crime punishable by imprisonment

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

Filipino entrepreneur brings a taste of Pinoy food to Qatar

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Entrepreneur Dahlia Agbanlog opens her first restaurant knowing that for Filipinos working abroad, there’s nothing like a cooked meal reminiscent of home

NEW BUSINESS. Dahlia Agbanlog in JKCMom cafe, which she opened last summer. Photo by OM

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity

How much does it cost to work abroad?

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Here's what OFWs and their employers need to pay

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs

OFWs in Hong Kong support marriage dissolution bills

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Mission for Migrant Workers say that 8% to 10% of the 2,000 cases the organization handles annually involve female OFWs with marital issues

FOR DIVORCE. Several groups of OFWs in Hong Kong wants a divorce law to protect them from abusive relationships.

PH welcomes Saudi Arabia's extended amnesty program

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the extension will benefit at least 6,000 undocumented Filipinos

Migrant life in Qatar: Ladies in waiting

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The women’s resource shelter offers skills training so the OFWs will have a fall back when they go back home

Photo by OM