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The central and regional offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be accepting applications until February 28
Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers
'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
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration says Agnes Tuballes could be held liable for referring slain worker Joanna Demafelis to the recruitment agency
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.
Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing
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.
But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will stop processing and issuing overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers while the deaths of 7 OFWs are being investigated
Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the OFW ID will still be given for free
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Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities
The Department of Labor and Employment will grant the OEC applications of OFWs who have visas issued before November 12
Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say says that guards and janitors have been used in irregular activities in the processing of overseas employment certificates
This is not the first time DOLE suspended the issuance of overseas employment certificates this year to investigate the same issue
(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
Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity
The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs
Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and other emerging markets for OFWs
Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.
Among the possible jobs to be opened in Japan are for nurses engineers and architects
In the 2016 elections Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity
DOLE and POEA should realize that the world does not revolve around their ludicrous and antiquated bureaucratic procedures OFW Bertrand Rodriguez says
Labor groups hold a protest rally in Quezon City and raise 6 promises that President Rodrigo Duterte has made to workers but has yet to fulfill
Some 2 241 OFWs granted amnesty are still in Saudi Arabia waiting for their tickets
Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized
Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say says a division in POEA has fixers who extort money from OFWs who want government permission to be hired directly
One of the victims was befriended by recruiters using social media with false promises of legitimate and better work opportunities overseas
Police did not identify the immigration officers pending an investigation into their alleged involvement in human trafficking Police also apprehended 3 illegal recruiters and their alleged cohorts: A tricycle driver and an airport porter
In his campaign Duterte promised to make OFW concerns his top labor priority Did he live up to his promise?
The overseas employment certificate also known as the OEC is scrapped for vacationing OFWs
The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment
The Pre Employment Orientation Seminar PEOS is the government s online tool against illegal recruitment and for OFW safety in their host countries
President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?
The DFA is also offering a courtesy lane exclusively for migrant workers as a way of giving importance to OFWs
Meanwhile remittances for the first quarter of the year reach 7 2 billion – higher than the same period last year
Remittance flow is higher by 6 1 so far in 2016 says the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Incorporated will pay the hefty fine for failing to heed the repatriation requests of 8 OFWs it had deployed to parts of the Middle East the POEA says
Although potential layoffs threaten the Saudi labor market OFW remittances last December surge by 4 9
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago makes the call following reports that overseas Filipino worker Thelma Gawidan was starved and forced to work without pay in Singapore
Cash remittances sent by Overseas Filipinos are slightly up to 3 7 in the first 10 months of 2015 BSP says
UPDATED POEA reminds Filipinos employed by multinational companies or companies with international operations in Afghanistan Chad Cuba Haiti Mali Mauritania Niger Somalia and Zimbabwe that they can come home for the holidays and go back to their jobs after
POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac says the next president should have a strong stance in pushing the OFW agenda
Good news for 180 000 OFWs in Italy the DOLE is easing requirements for those wishing to return to Manila over the holidays
December is the Month of Overseas Filipinos Do you know enough about our country s bagong bayani ?
I believe remittances will continue to be stable at around 5 for 2015 BSP deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo says
POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac says plans are underway to fully implement the online application system for Overseas Employment Certificates in Hong Kong
The Filipinas knew it was illegal for foreign helpers to work in China so they decide to run away when they were taken to Hong Kong to re apply for tourist visas to the mainland