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Robredo taps local designers for PPEs, asks suppliers to provide fabric

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo is asking suppliers to provide them with tafetta with silver black lining that can be used to produce personal protective equipment for health workers

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque man a tent for persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

First line of defense? 'Not doctors, but people staying home'

Mar 29, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The home is the first battleground, two former congressmen tell the Duterte government's National Task Force COVID-19

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. Military at checkpoints and health workers in hospitals use face shield made by JRMSU. JRMSU photo

TULA: ‘Taliba ng Bayan’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa mga babaeng frontliners sa paglaban sa COVID-19

After backlash, DOH studying increase in health workers pay

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:17 PM

'Humihingi rin po kami ng tawad kung ang impresyon na naibigay ng P500 daily allowance ay ganito lamang ang halaga na ibinigay natin sa ating health care workers. Hindi po ito mas lalayo pa sa katotohanan,' says DOH

HEALTH WORKERS. Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show their equipment  including a quarantine tent.. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


About 75% of cities, towns in Philippines lack health workers

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

A study of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies suggests policy actions to address the uneven distribution of healthcare workers

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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

[OPINION] Who is caring for our ‘invisible’ carers?

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:30 PM

We need pro-poor and pro-women approaches to hurdle this health, poverty, and inequality crisis

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

LIST: 9 routes for Pasig City's bus service for health workers and frontliners

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Mayor Vico Sotto says the Pasig Bus Service will remain operational to carry essential frontline government personnel and health workers

PASIG BUS SERVICE. Only those who are exempted from the quarantine will be accommodated

Duque thanks health workers: ‘The Filipino people will never forget your heroism’

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:36 PM

The health secretary delivers a heartfelt but somber speech before health workers a little over a month since the Philippines recorded its first COVID-19 case

GRATEFUL TO HEALTH SECTOR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on March 7, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo, OVP partners raise P12.3M for health workers' protective gear

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Some 5,000 government workers need at least 3 sets of personal protective equipment costing P1,500 each

PROTECTION FOR PROTECTORS. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to barangay first responders how to use their personal protective equipment against COVID-19. File photo by Darren Langit/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

FALSE: Bong Go 'quote' on 'giving' civil service eligibility to Chinese workers

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:01 PM

It is far from the senator's recent actual advice to government workers who were 'whining' over low pay

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in Manila

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The Filipino repatriates, who are considered persons-under-monitoring, will go on home quarantine

HOME. Some of the Filipino repatriates from Macau arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 7, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

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

DFA to repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration also says it will repatriate 48 active members from the area

MACAU. A man wears a facemask as he walks along the waterfront in the background of city's skyline in Macau on January 30, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

[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

Thousands may lose jobs due to COVID-19 impact on business – TUCP

Feb 29, 2020 - 9:50 PM

'The PAL retrenchment is just the beginning of the bigger adverse economic effect of the escalating outbreak of COVID-19 phenomenon, says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

SAFETY GEAR. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the novel coronavirus on February 3, 2020. 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

When cash aid is not enough: Helping displaced farmers, informal workers

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:04 PM

It is crucial for disaster victims and vulnerable sectors to be aware of the kinds of adaptation support available to them and how they can access them

FARMERS. The impact of Typhoon Usman made farmer Nephtale Cillian and his wife  anxious since farming is their only source of livelihood. Photo by Mavic Conde

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

GMA to Supreme Court: Talents not regular but independent contractors

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Taking its case to the High Court, broadcast giant GMA Network also argues that the broadcast industry is peculiar and not covered by basic labor rules

HIGH COURT. GMA Network takes its battle against 101 workers it calls 'talents' to the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

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

Duterte grants gratuity pay for job order, contractual government workers

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Workers with at least 4 months of 'satisfactory performance' and whose contracts remain in effect may receive as much as P3,000

SECURITY PREPS. The Philippine Coast Guard closes off parts of the Pasig River near Malacañang Palace ahead of a religious procession that's expected to attract millions of devotees. Photo courtesy of the Official Gazette of the Philippines

Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers' money?

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Known online propagandist and OWWA official Mocha Uson falsely claims the food packs donated by the Vice President's office to the Taal victims contained only 5 pieces of pan de sal and a bottle of water

NOT FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo gives a relief pack to a Taal Volcano evacuee in the town of San Jose, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

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

Makati gov’t shutters KTV bar used as prostitution den

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:16 PM

This follows a raid on Friday in which the bar’s Taiwanese owners and Chinese customers were arrested, and 13 Filipina workers rescued

SHUTDOWN. Makati closes down a KTV bar for doubling as a prostitution den. Photo from the Makati Office of the City Information and Community Relations Department

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

Police arrest 16 foreigners in raid of hotel penthouse used for prostitution

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Makati police roundup two Taiwanese, who own the KTV bar, and 14 Chinese nationals, who were customers

Photo from Makati Police

Duterte signs law increasing government workers' pay

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Salary Standardization Law will see salary schedules of government workers increased in 4 tranches starting 2020 until 2023

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 at the Malacañang Palace on January 8, 2020. Malacañang photo

Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Cambodia's garment workers fret over deadly daily commutes

Jan 08, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Cambodia makes clothes and shoes for top western brands. Garment workers face dismal conditions, including potentially deadly commutes.

This picture taken on December 12, 2019 shows garment factory workers standing in a truck, which they use to commute to and from work, in Kampong Speu province. - Cambodia's garment workers -- the majority of whom are women -- make dicey daily commutes in a country where road accidents are a leading cause of death. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP) / TO GO WITH Cambodia-labour-textile-workers-commute,SCENE by Suy SE and Joe FREEMAN

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

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

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