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New law creates social welfare attachés for OFWs

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Social welfare attachés will be responsible for assisting and managing cases of overseas Filipino workers in distress, trafficking victims, and abandoned children, among others

Overseas Filipino remittances rise to $13.7 billion in January-May 2019

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The United States registers the highest share of overall remittances in the first 5 months of 2019 at 36%

OFW dies of brain hemorrhage in Dubai

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The repatriation of the OFW's remains will be shouldered by the employer, according to the Philippine Consulate

Duterte wants OFW recruitment under government 'control and supervision'

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also warns abusive recruitment agencies that he will run after them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

5 love notes to send to your OFW family and friends

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Go on, send one today!

FALSE: OFWs 'receive' money upon leaving, returning to the Philippines

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Overseas Filipino workers do not receive cash at the airport upon their departure and arrival

Joanne Ramos' 'The Farm' is an eerie depiction of just how far OFWs would go for a loved one

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Joanne Ramos's debut novel is disturbingly close to the reality of many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

Canada's new caregiver program to open applications on June 18

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The new Canadian caregiver programs will now give work permits that will allow them to change employers quickly

NEW PROGRAM. The new Canadian caregiver programs will now assess the eligibility of applicants for permanent residence even before coming to Canada. Shutterstock photos

House passes bill creating OFW hospital

Jun 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Under House Bill No. 9202, the Department of Health would be mandated to allocate funds for the OFW hospital under the annual national budget

Honeylet Avanceña offers touching tribute to OFWs

May 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

In a rare speech, the woman President Duterte calls his 'First Lady' speaks of her own experience as a migrant worker in the United States

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds while witnessing the program proper during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. Also in the photo is the President's long-time partner Cielito Avanceña. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

15 more Filipinos repatriated from Libya – DFA

May 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

This biggest batch of Filipino repatriates from Libya includes 5 minors and 2 Islamic scholars, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

FLEEING LIBYA. The Philippine embassy in Tripoli sends off the latest batch of 15 Filipinos to be repatriated from Libya on May 29, 2019. The repatriates, who include five minors and two students from the Islamic Call College, will arrive in Manila on May 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of DFA

OFWs now comprise 10% of Filipinos with HIV – ACTS-OFW

May 25, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Of the 65,463 confirmed cases listed in the National HIV/AIDS Registry as of March 2019, 6,524 are overseas Filipino workers, says ACTS-OFW

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

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

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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Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

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

Filipino sailors remitted over $1 billion in January-February 2019

Apr 20, 2019 - 4:18 PM

For the entire 2018, Filipino seafarers wired home a total of P317 billion through bank channels

Photo from Shutterstock

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

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

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] President Duterte molested his maid. He’s not the only Filipino man to do so

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

We rage with righteous indignation when migrant workers are abused by their employer abroad, but keep silent when it happens here at home

DFA tells Filipinos in Libya to be vigilant after bombing

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Filipinos are also advised to 'restrict their movement' following an attack on the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A picture taken on December 25, 2018 shows ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. - At least one person was killed on December 25 as attackers stormed Libya's foreign ministry after a car bomb exploded in front of the building and a suicide bomber then struck inside, a security source at the scene told AFP. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

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

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

Panelo: Yang is a ‘consultant’ and ‘economic adviser’ to Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:39 PM

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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