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Number of Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus climbs to 245

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:53 PM

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

PARIS SCENE. A woman wearing a face mask looks through the windows of the La Chapelle metro station as she waits on the platform on March 27, 2020, in Paris, on the eleventh day of a strict nationwide confinement seeking to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Life on pause: OFWs strive to keep healthy during unpaid time off

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:20 PM

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

Task force pushes for P1.5-B financial aid to OFWs, workers hit by lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:45 PM

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

RUSHING OUT. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] A few words of hope from an OFW amid the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'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'

OFWs can return to mainland China, except Hubei province

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(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

OUTBREAK SCARE. A large crowd waits outside a medical store in Bambang, Sta. Cruz, Manila to buy face masks on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:50 PM

But Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the measure will encourage and promote the 'export of Filipino manpower'

OFW WELFARE. Filipino domestic helpers line up to send money at a remittance center in the central district of Hong kong on November 30, 2008. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte wants death penalty for OFW Villavende's killers

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says his 'heart bleeds' for overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East

DEATH PENALTY. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacañang Palace on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

OFWs appeal to PH gov’t: Lift travel ban on ‘safe areas’ in China

Mar 06, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Overseas Filipino workers fear losing jobs under a prolonged ban

IMPACT ON JOBS. People wear face masks for protection from the Covid-19 virus on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bello: 'No alarming unemployment rate' for OFWs amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says reports of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong who lost their jobs are 'isolated' cases

NOT ALARMED. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at a Senate hearing on the government's preparedness measures in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus on February 4, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The paradox of Japan

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:57 PM

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

At least P84 million given to OFWs hit by virus travel ban – OWWA

Mar 02, 2020 - 3:35 PM

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

BACK TO WORK. Passengers continue to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 3, 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

OFWs as 'culinary ambassadors' of Filipino cuisine in UAE

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Gulfood 2020 promotes homegrown Filipino food and products to the Dubai crowd

IN PHOTOS: COVID-19 quarantine facility for Filipino repatriates in New Clark City

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:08 PM

The Athletes' Village in Capas, Tarlac once used for the 2019 SEA Games now serves as the national quarantine facility for the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE CENTER. The Athletes Village at the New Clark City is the national quarantine facility for COVID-19. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coronavirus to have 'minimal effect' on OFW remittances in 2020

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says mainland China accounts for only 0.1% of total remittances from overseas Filipino workers

'MINIMAL EFFECT.' Personal remittances from Filipinos working in China account for only 0.1% of total OFW remittances. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

OFW remittances hit record high of $33.5 billion in 2019

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:30 PM

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

Gov’t to give cash aid to OFWs affected by China travel ban

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:04 PM

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

FLIGHT BAN. Passengers not affected by the flight ban continue to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Depression among OFWs: 'The struggle is real'

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:55 PM

OFWs are vulnerable to depression as they live away from their families and have to overcome language and cultural barriers, say experts

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

Philippines orders total deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The total deployment ban covers all newly hired workers – domestic workers, skilled workers, and professionals

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

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

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East

Jan 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

EVACUATION PLAN. TUCP Representative Raymond Mendoza urges the Duterte adminisration to craft an evacuation plan for the 1.2 million OFWs in the Middle East to prepare for any eventuality. Photo from TUCP Facebook page

Body of OFW killed in Singapore car crash arrives in La Union

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Her family in San Carlos, Caba, La Union, will hold a wake for Arlyn Nucos for two weeks

Photo from Arlyn Nucos' Facebook

Murdered OFW in Kuwait wanted to go home months before death

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says Jeanelyn Villavende repeatedly asked her recruitment agency to bring her home 3 months before she was beaten to death

PH condemns killing of yet another Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs summons the Kuwaiti ambassador in Manila 'to express the government’s outrage over the seeming lack of protection' of Filipino domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country

2 Singapore car crash victims are sisters from La Union

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The victims' brother, Reynaldo Nucos, says their relatives in Caba, La Union, knew something was wrong when the two did not ring them for their weekly video call

SISTERS. Arlyn and Arcely Nucos were victims of the car crash at Lucky Plaza mall entrance in Singapore. Photos from their Facebook accounts

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] 2019: A turbulent year for OFWs

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In the coming year, the government will have to engage migrant worker groups across the globe and their host countries to ensure that OFWs are adequately insulated from the tectonic shifts that are affecting labor markets

LOOK: Christmas comes to distressed OFWs in Saudi Arabia

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Over 300 distressed overseas Filipino workers receive Christmas packages and financial assistance during the holiday season

AWAY FROM HOME. Over 300 distressed Overseas Filipino workers living in shelters receive assistance for Christmas. All photos from Malacañang

OFW remittances hit all-time high, but families still run out of cash – study

Dec 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Poor financial planning strains the relationship of overseas Filipino workers and their families

Filipino domestic helpers line up to send money at a remittance center in the central district of Hong kong on November 30, 2008, Remittances sent home by overseas Filipino workers grew 16.9 percent year on year in September despite earlier fears the global financial crisis could see a decline, the central bank said. They sent back 1.3 billion USD during the month, while the total for the first nine months of the year reached 12.3 billion USD, up 17.1 percent from a year ago, the central bank said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Hong Kong gov't drops case vs OFW arrested near protest site

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the Hong Kong government dropped its case of unlawful assembly against a Filipino national who was arrested by police after passing a protest site in August

UNREST. Hong Kong has been gripped by continuing protests now in its 5th month. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Start of 'ber' months boost overseas remittances

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:03 PM

The BSP says remittances from overseas Filipinos grows by 6% in September

ROBUST. File photo of a customer counting Philippines peso notes after trading his US dollars for Philippine pesos in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

DOLE warns public against fake employment ads on Facebook

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Filipinos seeking work abroad should verify the validity of jobs with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, says POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia

MISLEADING: Russia 'offers' Filipino workers wages up to P75k

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

DOLE has no official announcement about the deployment of Filipino workers to Russia for jobs with a salary range of P50,000 to P75,000

DOLE: No deployment ban or mandatory repatriation for OFWs in Hong Kong

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

In response to false online posts, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarifies there is no order banning deployment or enforcing mandatory repatriation for Filipinos in Hong Kong

NO REPATRIATION. DOLE says there is no deployment ban or mandatory repatriation order for overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FALSE: 'Photo' of dead, 'raped,' mutilated OFW in video thumbnail

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The young man in the video thumbnail is not the one who was killed

Kin of Igorot OFW who fell to death in Abu Dhabi demands justice

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Lilian Falyao, the cousin of Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, says they are appealing to concerned agencies and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi to help with the investigation into the OFW's death

CRY FOR HELP. Lilian Falyao demands justice for Mary Jean Balag-ey Alberto, an overseas Filipino worker who fell to her death from a building in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

158 Filipino workers repatriated from UAE

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says many of the overseas Filipino workers who returned home were victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking

BACK HOME. The DFA and DOJ lead the repatriation of 158 OFWs, many of whom were victims of human trafficking. Photo from Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

Body of missing Filipino fisherman found in Taiwan

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Romulo Escalicas Jr is the third Filipino fisherman killed in the bridge collapse in Taiwan's east coast

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. Rescue personnel look on at a bridge after it collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbor in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

At least 2 Filipinos killed in Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) One Filipino fisherman remains missing, says the Department of Labor and Employment

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

5 Filipinos injured in Taiwan bridge collapse

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says the Filipino workers are being treated at the Poai Hospital and Rong Min Hospital for minor injuries

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. A fishing boat is pictured after it was crushed when a bridge collapsed in the Nanfangao fish harbour in Suao township on October 1, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

LOOK: Qatar gov't opens visa center in Philippines

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Processing of Qatar visa applications will be free for overseas Filipino workers. The Qatar Visa Center will also serve as a place for Filipinos to review and sign employment contracts.

Bello now supports creation of new OFW department

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

But senators are not completely sold on the need to create a new government agency

BUDGET HEARING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment on September 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Proposed OFW dept would allow gov't to 'focus' on their plight – Cayetano

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:40 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says lawmakers are aiming for the bill creating a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers to be signed into law by December

FOCUS ON OFWs. Legislators are pushing for the bill creating the Department of Overseas Filino Workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

OFWs 'stable' after Saudi oil attacks – Bello

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives assurances the Philippine government is ready to repatriate overseas Filipino workers should conditions worsen in the Gulf state

SAFE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gave assurances Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were safe after attacks on oil plants as the situation for Filipinos in the Gulf state remained 'normal.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler