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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

Iranian government pardons convicted Filipino drug mule

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ernie Tamonde, a religious singer, is back home in North Cotabato. He insists on his innocence

OFW remittances recover in July 2019

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Cash remittances coursed through banks rise by 7.5% to $2.6 billion in July

HIV-positive OFWs could surpass 7,000 mark in 2019– ACTS-OFW

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:58 PM

ACTS-OFW urges early testing and treatment for OFWs who suspect they might have acquired HIV

OFWs run to Supreme Court to contest mandatory SSS contributions

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Unlike Philippine-based workers whose employers shoulder part of their SSS contributions, overseas workers have to pay the entire amount even before they go abroad

SSS CONTRIBUTIONS. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) contest new law provisions making SSS contributions mandatory for land-based overseas workers. File photo from Agence France-Presse

OFWs in China as spies? 'Preposterous,' says Lorenzana

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana points out that Chinese companies are mandated to provide intelligence to their government, unlike overseas Filipino workers

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (center) with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left). Photo from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

FALSE: Male OFW 'raped, mutilated by 9 Saudi Arabians'

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The post is a rehashed claim. The GMA News video in the article was about a different man’s genital mutilation done by his wife after a marital fight in Pasay City in 2013.

Israel delays deportation of Filipina worker, Israeli-born son

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The lawyer for Rosemarie Perez and her 13-year-old son Rohan has requested an urgent hearing on their status in a bid to have them remain in Israel

Born in Israel, hundreds of Filipino children risk expulsion

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The United Children of Israel says some 600 families could now face expulsion over a loss of residency status

ISRAEL IS HOME. Filipino children carry a banner which reads in Hebrew 'Don't deport me' during a protest against deportation in Tel Aviv on August 6, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Duterte calls for creation of Department for Overseas Filipinos

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his call to create a new department solely for overseas Filipinos to ensure their protection and welfare abroad

NEW DEPARTMENT. President Duterte calls for the creation of a Department for Overseas Filipinos in his 4th SONA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New law creates social welfare attachés for OFWs

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:07 AM

(UPDATED) 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

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

Filipino arrested in U.S. for illegally recruiting OFWs

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Maria Luisa Estrella Jaidi and Ramon Singson Estrella face a maximum sentence of 10 years for visa fraud

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte ready to handle a looming Middle East crisis?

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:38 PM

The attack on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 poses a grave problem for President Duterte, as the country risks getting entangled in a larger power play that could result in a major regional conflict

FALSE: EDSA Revolution 'removed' regularization, led to 'increase' in OFWs

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show that the number of overseas Filipino workers rose even before 1986

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

Operation Nemesis: Investigating the exploitation of Filipinas in Czech Republic

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:27 PM

According to the investigation, once the Filipinas reached the Czech Republic, the conditions they were promised suddenly changed

JODELYN. Jodelyn, a 38-year-old Filipina, works 6 days a week for minimum wage. Photo by Michaela Danelová/iROZHLAS.cz

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

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

OFW hospital to open in Pampanga

May 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The facility, in the city of San Fernando, is targeted for completion by 2020

FIRST OFW HOSPITAL. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the first overseas Filipino workers hospital in San Fernando City. Photo from Pampanga PIO

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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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

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

24 years after Flor Contemplacion death, protest vs slavery held

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The fate of Flor Contemplacion, who was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995, 'continues to reflect the plight of Filipino migrants'

EXECUTED IN SINGAPORE. Filipina maid Flor Contemplacion, shown here in an undated file photo, was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995. File photo by AFP   EXECUTED IN SINGAPORE. Filipina maid Flor Contemplacion, shown here in an undated file photo, was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995. File photo by AFP

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