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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

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

Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The wife was 29 while the husband was 30, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TRAGIC HONEYMOON. The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is ready to help the family of newlyweds who drowned to death in the Maldives. Images from Shutterstock

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

IN PHOTOS: Sundays at Central, HK

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

On normal days, this part of Hong Kong is buzzing with cars and shoppers – but not on Sundays

SUNDAYS. On normal days, this part of Hong Kong is buzzing with cars and shoppers – but not today. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez

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

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

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Nov 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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OFW saved from UAE death row reunites with family in PH

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jennifer Dalquez comes home after spending almost 4 years in an Abu Dhabi prison

HOMECOMING. OFW Jennifer Dalquez’s emotional homecoming upon her arrival in Manila on November 2, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

DFA to help OFWs affected by Typhoon Yutu in Saipan

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Some Filipinos in Saipan lost their houses due to Typhoon Yutu, known in the Philippines as Rosita, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

TYPHOON YUTU. This photo taken on October 25, 2018, shows a resident (C) clearing up in Saipan after Super Typhoon Yutu caused widespread destruction across the islands of Saipan and Tinian. Photo by Jon Perez/AFP

OFW saved from UAE death row coming home to PH

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Jennifer Dalquez, who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for murder but later acquitted, is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, November 2

7 Filipino seafarers freed a month after Nigeria abduction

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs welcomes the release of the 7 overseas Filipino workers kidnapped aboard the Swiss vessel MV Glarus

Saudi Arabia releases OFWs arrested in Halloween party raid

Oct 30, 2018 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reminds overseas Filipino workers 'to respect the laws and traditions of their host countries'

Images from Shutterstock

Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:45 AM

‘Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,’ Ambassador Koji Haneda says

Photo from the Philippine embassy in Japan

5 ways to show your love from afar this Christmas

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:05 AM

OFWs, bridge the gap by doing these little things for your family back home

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is sending consular officers to Kakinada Port, more than 1,800 kilometers from New Delhi, to assist the Filipinos abandoned by their employer

Gov't to streamline programs on OFW welfare

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:33 PM

DFA and DOLE meet to better integrate programs and services on OFW concerns

COMING HOME. OFWs line up at the airport, eager to come home. AFP file photo

Ex-OFW files ethics complaint vs Bertiz

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Ex-OFW Sheila Mabunga claims to be a 'human trafficking victim' of a recruitment agency formerly run by ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, but the lawmaker's camp disputes this

HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Former OFW Shiela Mabunga, who filed an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, recounts her ordeal in Saudia Arabia. All photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House ethics and privileges panel holds special meeting on Bertiz controversies

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Watch the special meeting on Wednesday, October 3

3 Filipino missionaries safe after latest Indonesia earthquake

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:11 PM

In an earlier earthquake, a Filipino detainee 'is reported to have joined the mass jailbreak after the prison was damaged,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

20 Saudi OFWs protest unpaid wages, get ejected from home

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The 20 overseas Filipino workers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, refuse to work due to two months' worth of unpaid salaries and food allowances

Bertiz apologizes, likens behavior at NAIA to getting 'monthly period'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz says his behavior at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was 'very uncalled for'

'SORRY'. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz holds a press conference on October 01, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House ethics probe looms over lawmaker John Bertiz

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

If no outside party files an ethics complaint against ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says lawmakers themselves will trigger the probe

ON THE HOT SEAT. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz is under fire over his recent controversial actions.

OFW loses P600,000 in Facebook romance scam

Oct 01, 2018 - 1:12 PM

For an overseas Filipino worker, what started as infatuation on Facebook ended with extortion

FALSE FEELINGS? The scammer posed as a certain Joana Mae Cruz to trick a 23-year-old seaman into sending her money. Facebook screenshot

Saudi OFW shot, killed after allegedly stabbing manager

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The overseas Filipino worker allegedly stabbed his Saudi manager and Pakistani coworker, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

My migration story: Why I left London and came home

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

At first I didn't know my story. Two movies helped me get there: 'Never Not Love You,' starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre, and 'Crazy Rich Asians.'

LONDON CALLING. London, England has been an attractive destination for Filipinos who seek a job overseas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

5 other Filipinos spared from Nigeria kidnapping

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The search is on for the missing 7 Filipinos kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

PH to help OFWs hit by proposed green card restrictions

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We'd like to work with the US. We have a special relationship,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

TOP OFFICIALS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (center) and his undersecretaries, Jose Luis Montales (left) and Sarah Lou Arriola (right), attend a congressional budget briefing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cayetano vows 'all efforts' for kidnapped OFWs in Nigeria

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is set to report to President Rodrigo Duterte the alleged kidnapping of 7 overseas Filipino workers in Nigeria

ALL EFFORTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is 'doing all the efforts' for Filipinos reportedly kidnapped in Nigeria. Photo by Angie de Silva

Saudi employer sued for forcing OFW to drink bleach

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The employer of Agnes Mancilla, 35, an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia, allegedly makes her work 20 hours a day and gives her only coffee for meals

DISTRESSED OFW. This photo sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to reporters on April 17, 2018, shows Consul General to Jeddah Edgar Badajos visiting Agnes Mancilla, a 35-year-old overseas Filipino worker allegedly forced to drink bleach by her employer in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy of DFA

OFW remittances slow down in January-July 2018

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Overseas Filipino workers send a total of $18.5 billion from January to July this year