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Sex workers' hands tied under coronavirus lockdowns

May 28, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'If someone gets sick in my dungeon, you know I am not insured for that,' says professional dominatrix Madame Caramel

DUNGEON. A view of one of the rooms at the Hoxton Dungeon suite, a BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) apartment in central London on May 23, 2020. Photo by Elizaveta Malykhina/AFP

Fontana Chinese get coronavirus test results faster than some OFWs

May 28, 2020 - 7:51 AM

Chinese workers at the resort complex are included in a list of OFWs who’ve tested negative for COVID-19, even though their swab samples were taken later than some Filipino repatriates still waiting for their results

MIX-UP. Names of Chinese workers who tested negative for COVID-19 were inadvertently published on a list of OFWs cleared of the disease. Photo of the swabbing of the Chinese workers sourced by Rappler; screen shot of list from PCG

Fearing coronavirus, OFWs in Algeria ask PH gov’t to bring them home

May 27, 2020 - 4:52 PM

At least 152 Filipinos working in construction sites remain stranded in the African country

DISINFECTION. Municipal workers dressed in protective gear disinfect a street in the Bab el-Oued district of Algeria's capital Algiers on April 9, 2020. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Stuck and undocumented: A transiting OFW's tough choice

May 26, 2020 - 8:21 PM

Does he return to a country in disarray, or does he stay in another where he has no rights? Whatever choice he makes, the future is uncertain.

PH healthcare workers who contracted COVID-19 now 2,420

May 26, 2020 - 6:10 PM

There have been no COVID-19 fatalities among health workers since May 10, says the Department of Health

SWAB TEST. Health workers take a swab sample from a policeman at the San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Negros Occidental, Bacolod officials ‘surprised’ by mass arrival of OFWs

May 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

In a single day, 468 overseas Filipino workers arrive in Negros Occidental and Bacolod via two sweeper flights and a sea vessel

THEIR HOME. Some of the OFWs who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Manila Monday night, May 25. Photo courtesy of Capitol PIO

DFA probing death of Filipino in Lebanon POLO shelter

May 25, 2020 - 5:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is also considering 'underlying factors' as the domestic worker entered the shelter a day before her supposed suicide

Duterte orders OFWs stuck in Metro Manila to be brought home this week

May 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release of test results and certificates

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy

May 25, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in

BEIRUT. A picture taken on January 25, 2020, shows Lebanese soldiers standing guard beneath a giant national flag in the capital Beirut with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Plight of stranded OFWs: Gov't still processing 8,000 certificates

May 23, 2020 - 1:54 PM

The government task force is working to ensure that OFWs are released at most 5 days after going through quarantine, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH health workers with coronavirus reach 2,336

May 22, 2020 - 6:26 PM

The Department of Health removes retired health workers from the tally, reducing the number of fatalities from 35 to 31

FRONTLINERS. A man with a disinfection spray walks outside the Mega Swabbing Tent at the Philippine Sports Stadium, Philippine Arena in Bulacan on May 20, 2020, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel eyes additional P5-billion aid for OFWs

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August

LIVES INTERRUPTED. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

462 returning OFWs to arrive in Cebu on May 22

May 22, 2020 - 5:49 PM

The OFWs return to Cebu from Manila after undergoing isolation and virus tests. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Cebu’s jails now exceed 600 mark.

REPATRIATED. OFWs return to Cebu via ferry in April. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PNP urges prostituted women to name police abusers

May 22, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa also urges the public to avoid 'generalization' of the entire police force as sexual predators

DISAPPOINTED. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: OFWs in prolonged quarantine because of delayed COVID-19 test results

May 21, 2020 - 9:56 PM

‘Emotionally tortured na po kami dito sa kaiisip kung kailan kami makakauwi sa aming pamilya,’ says a seafarer who’s been in quarantine since April 25

STRANDED, ANXIOUS. Marlo Albayalde reads a message he and his fellow seafarers prepared, appealing to the government to release their coronavirus test results. Screencap of video from Albayalde

Motorcycle-riding OFW in Pangasinan killed by wayward delivery truck

May 20, 2020 - 8:40 PM

A ten-wheeler truck crashes and then drags Christian Tolentino to his death

DREAMS CRUSHED. OFW Christian Tolentino dies after a 10-wheeler truck crashes into him while he was on his motorcycle. Photo by Andres Galvan

Cynthia Villar says sorry for offending middle-class workers

May 20, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says her intention was why middle class workers who still received salaries were included in the list of cash beneficiaries, thus taking the benefit from 'the poor and the unemployed'

SORRY. File photo of Senator Cynthia Villar. Photo from Office of the senator.

Gov't facing 'problem' with thousands of returning OFWs – Galvez

May 20, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The arrival of 42,000 more overseas Filipino workers may 'overwhelm' quarantine facilities, says the chief implementer of government policies on the coronavirus pandemic

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assists repatriated OFWs into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH healthcare workers with coronavirus now 2,315

May 19, 2020 - 6:31 PM

The Department of Health has not reported any new fatality among healthcare workers since May 13, and the death toll stays at 35

FRONTLINE. Police officers along with other front line workers undergo mass testing at he San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Virus deaths among Filipinos in Dubai, neighboring emirates reach 43

May 19, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official

Going into agriculture? DA has P2.5B in loans for MSMEs, returning OFWs

May 18, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the loans are zero interest, with technical assistance from the government

Planting Rice - Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Number of PH health workers with coronavirus climbs to 2,314

May 18, 2020 - 6:47 PM

No new fatalities are reported, keeping the death toll among health workers at 35

HIGH RISK. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their personal protective equipment after they conduct community rapid testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Coast Guard: Repatriated OFWs with coronavirus fled quarantine facilities

May 17, 2020 - 8:41 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo says some repatriated overseas Filipino workers were able to escape before their test results were released. One was found and taken into custody on Sunday, May 17.

Health workers infected with coronavirus rise to 2,245

May 15, 2020 - 5:54 PM

The Department of Health reports 80 new cases among health workers

HEALTH WORKERS. Members of the Northern Police District undergo swab testing for possible COVID-19 infection at the People's Park in Caloocan City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Another Filipina nurse dies of coronavirus in UAE

May 15, 2020 - 11:48 AM

A Filipino mechanic known for his dedicated volunteer work also dies after contracting COVID-19 in Dubai

BACK TO WORK. Workers dressed in protective clothing walk past jewelers' shops at the Dubai Gold Souk in the United Arab Emirates on May 13, 2020, as markets reopen amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Yessha Dela Calzada

May 15, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Singing sensation and PROMIL® FOUR i-shiner Yessha Dela Calzada continues our concert series for our frontliners

PH health workers positive for coronavirus reach 2,165

May 14, 2020 - 5:25 PM

No new coronavirus fatalities were reported among healthcare workers as of Wednesday, May 13

FRONTLINERS. Health workers take swab samples from Northern Police District cops at the People's Park in Caloocan City on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH health workers with coronavirus breach 2,000 mark

May 12, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Another health worker has died, bringing the total coronavirus deaths among medical professionals to 35

Medical Technologists hired by Philippine Coast Guard man their stations as Health Secretary Francisco Duque III inspects the new swabbing center at Palacio de Manila in Malate on May 5, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[OPINION] An OFW's letter to President Duterte on the deployment ban

May 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Military enlistment is not best done at the brink of a war, and neither is the massive employment of nurses during a pandemic'

Over 1,900 PH health workers positive for coronavirus

May 11, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Most of those infected are nurses and physicians

FRONTLINE. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their personal protective equipment after they conduct community rapid testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

[OPINION] OFWs and immigrants as milking cows

May 11, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.

Families of OFWs affected by coronavirus qualified for DSWD subsidy

May 10, 2020 - 11:10 AM

DSWD reiterates families of OFWs with no other source of income since January 2020 can avail of the emergency subsidy

QUARANTINE. A quarantine team from DOH assists repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coronavirus death toll among Pinoys in UAE rises to 27

May 09, 2020 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 23 Filipinos died of the coronavirus in Dubai alone

AT HOME IN DUBAI. A man wearing a face mask gazes at the Dubai skyline as the city was placed on lockdown on April 4, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

43 more OFWs arrive in Cebu, go straight to hotel quarantine

May 09, 2020 - 8:35 AM

In April, a first batch of 200 OFWs came home to Cebu after testing negative for COVID-19 in Manila. A second test showed 17 of them positive.

MACTAN AIRPORT. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Filipino nurses: The world's frontliners vs the coronavirus

May 08, 2020 - 4:21 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic, Filipino nurses are thrust to the front lines across the globe, bound by a duty to care for the sickest

WORLD'S FRONT LINERS. Filipino nurses all over the world.

Provinces take precautions as returning OFWs test positive for coronavirus

May 07, 2020 - 4:30 PM

4 repatriated seafarers from Negros Occidental and one from Aklan are found to be infected after their home provinces got them tested, a precaution many LGUs are taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus

HOME. 2GO ships are tapped to bring overseas Filipino workers home to their provinces. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Low pay, high risk: The reality of nurses in the Philippines

May 06, 2020 - 9:40 PM

How much do nurses in the Philippines earn?

FRONTLINER. A medical personnel packs the swab sample from the suspected COVID-19 patient in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINION] No to the new Philhealth premium for OFWs

May 06, 2020 - 7:35 AM

'When they were drafting the law, did they even bother to ask OFWs around the world if they agreed to this obligation?'

Duterte tells local officials: Accept OFWs returning to hometowns

May 05, 2020 - 9:00 PM

‘Magkakaroon ho tayo ng problema if you resist because then as a worker of government, it falls upon my shoulders to see to it that everything is done fair,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] The inhumanity of PhilHealth’s new fees on overseas Filipinos

May 05, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Although PhilHealth already put on hold the collection of the new premium rate – at least over the course of the pandemic – it must also revoke some of the unconscionable rules it had put in place

Can Duterte stop health workers from leaving PH?

May 05, 2020 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and other officials to explore this option during the pandemic

STOP DEPLOYMENT? President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

[EDITORIAL] Kapag tinatarget ng gobyerno ang isang OFW

May 04, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Saan kumukuha ng kapal ng apog ang mga taga-POLO upang isiping isusuko na lang ng Taiwan si Linn Ordidor dahil hiniling nila ito?

After OFW rate hike draws ire, PhilHealth suspends collections

May 04, 2020 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) The state insurer says overseas Filipinos and self-employed members can give their contributions until the end of 2020

300,000 sign online petition opposing increase in OFW PhilHealth contributions

May 03, 2020 - 6:20 PM

(UPDATED) Filipino migrant groups also urge the government to enforce a moratorium on all state collections from OFWs during the coronavirus pandemic and remove punitive penalties

Rappler Talk: Why COVID-19 cases exploded in Singapore

May 02, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Rappler talks to Alex Au, vice president of a Singapore NGO, about the rise of COVID-19 cases mostly from migrant workers’ dormitories in the city-state

Nurses with overseas contracts appeal to gov’t to amend deployment ban anew

May 01, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Despite earlier guidelines allowing health workers with existing contracts to leave the country, nurses say they are still unable to return to their jobs over the lack of overseas employment certificates signed as of March 8

RISKY JOB. Health workers are at the front lines do the COVID-19 pandemic as they tend to both  suspected and confirmed patients. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Ambassador Joseph Yap on Singapore OFWs hit by pandemic

May 01, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Rappler talks to Philippine Ambassador Joseph Yap about the plight of Filipinos in Singapore as the city-state battles the coronavirus

Among first Filipino nurses in his UAE hospital, Marlon Jimenea dies of COVID-19

May 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

His wife, healthcare assistant Merry Janet, says Marlon didn’t show signs of breaking down, so they both took his condition lightly. He died in the ICU, where he worked.

FAMILY. Marlon Jimenea with wife, Merry Janet and daughter, Marianne Jane.

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Jacob Sarreal

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:54 AM

Filipino saxophonist and gifted child Jacob Sarreal continues our concert series with Promil® Four

Half of world's workers risk livelihoods being 'destroyed' – ILO

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The International Labour Organization says around 1.6 billion workers out of the global workforce of 3.3 billion are most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those in the informal sector

Vendors wait for customers beside closed shops at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on April 14, 2020. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP)