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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%

Jeepney drivers protest PUV modernization anew

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Grace Poe asks the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board not to 'brush aside transparency and due process' for drivers in implementing the modernization program

STRIKE. Jeepney drivers on strike staged a protest in front of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on July 15, 2019. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

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

Vico Sotto tells Zagu: 'Follow the law, respect workers’ rights'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Pasig mayor intervenes in a tussle between unionist and pro-management workers, and defends the protesters' right to remain on strike

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

5 love notes to send to your OFW family and friends

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Go on, send one today!

‘Hindi kami aalis!’ Union, pro-management workers clash at Zagu factory strike in Pasig

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:19 PM

The clash effectively destroys a month-long picket line established by workers on strike

DEFIANT. Members of Organization of Zagu Workers-Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms and labor organizers raise their fists as they shout, '€œHindi kami aalis!'€ (We will not leave), despite the dispersal of their picket line and gate barricade in Pasig City on July 8, 2019. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

Filipina reporter quits Cambodia newspaper due to alleged sexual harassment

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The publisher and the chief operating officer of the Khmer Times deny the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Recto: All Chinese workers in PH must pay taxes

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'That's the right approach. Before you badger Congress to levy new taxes or raise rates, kindly plug the leaks first,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto

OVERCAPACITY. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Department of Transportation should hasten the rollout of airport projects. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines sets up foreign workers database

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'To effectively pursue our mandate of taxing foreign workers, we need accurate data on foreigners working in the Philippines,' says Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay


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

PH, Nepal human rights bodies vow stronger cooperation on migrant workers' rights

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the partnership is 'more than welcome' as the Philippines and Nepal are two countries facing challenges when it comes to foreign labor

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)

Filipino migrant farm workers, care workers join marches in cities across Canada

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Protest actions call for decent work, permanent resident status upon arrival, universal services, and an end to discrimination and displacement of migrant workers

PROTEST. Marisol Veridiano Bobadilla lost her status as a temporary foreign worker when she moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. A Filipino recruiter who charged her for '€œimmigration services'€ had promised her a job as a full-time care worker; she ended up as a mushroom picker without a work permit. Photo by Marites Sison

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

Online gambling: Good for whose business?

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:47 PM

China absolutely hates gambling, but the Philippines is fueling its citizens' addiction

[OPINION] In showbiz, 'Kaya Pa?' isn't always benign

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'When did demanding for what’s right become so wrong? Why is fairness something for which we must be punished?'

'KAYA PA?' Actress Chai Fonacier writes about the horrible choices many in the entertainment industry are forced to make. Image from Shutterstock

A Chinese online gambling worker's plight in Manila

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Withheld passports, dubious recruiters, broken promises. This all sounds like a Filipino OFW's story, but it's someone else's.

Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Zagu workers go on strike as company nears 20th anniversary

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:54 AM

'On Zagu's 20th year, we demand that management correct their wrongs and treat their workers fairly,' says Organiza-Super president Shirley Fulgencio

'UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES'. Zagu workers go on strike starting 4 am of June 6, 2019, to protest their company's unfair labor practices. Photo from the Facebook page of Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms - SUPER

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

Workers reject 'weak' anti-endo bill

May 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) Labor groups argue that some 'strong' provisions in the House version of the anti-contractualization bill should have made it to the measure's final version

ENDING ENDO. Workers from various companies stage a rally calling for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the Seante on August 7, 2018. Fle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey

May 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Some 3,000 prisoners across different prisons are on hunger strike in solidarity with one of the party's lawmakers

Kurdish protesters demonstrate on their way to the Kurdish spring festival Newroz with placards reading "No to dictatorship" and the portrait of the leader of the Kurdistan PKK Workers' Party, Abdullah Ocalan in the city center of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2017. Some 30,000 demonstrators, who police said were mainly of Kurdish origin, rallied in Frankfurt on March 18 calling for "democracy in Turkey" and "freedom for Kurdistan". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT

Bangladeshi's diary spotlights struggles of Singapore migrant workers

May 25, 2019 - 2:41 PM

In his award-winning book, 'Stranger to Myself: Diary of a Bangladeshi in Singapore', M.D. Sharif Uddin writes about the tough life of migrant construction workers who are invisible to many in the affluent city-state

This photograph taken on April 15, 2019 shows Bangladeshi migrant worker M.D. Sharif Uddin holding his book and diary in Singapore. Toiling for long hours for meagre salaries and living in crowded dormitories, migrant construction workers have helped build modern-day Singapore but remain all but invisible to many in the affluent city-state. Now an award-winning book by Uddin is shining a rare light on the lives of labourers who have come in their thousands from poorer parts of Asia in search of a better future. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

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

Ethiopian clothes makers worst paid in the world – study

May 08, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The study took place in the Hawassa Industrial Park, the flagship of Ethiopia's manufacturing drive and one of 5 hubs inaugurated by the government since 2014

CLOTHES MAKERS. This file photo shows hardworking people in the textile industry in Ethiopia. File photo by Pinar Alver/Shutterstock.com

Robredo to Duterte gov’t: ‘Be more firm’ vs all illegal foreign workers

May 02, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the government should always prioritize Filipino laborers over foreign workers, especially those without working permits

FILIPINO FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before sectoral representatives at Donsol, Sorsogon province May 2, 2019. Photo by Arnold Almacen/OVP

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

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers

May 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Labor groups with varying political ideologies gather to express support for pro-worker senatorial candidates – a show of unity that they describe as 'historic'

LABOR DAY. Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno march to Mendiola, Manila as part of their Labor Day activity on May 1, 2019. Phoyo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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.

Groups slam 'dangerous' red-tagging of health workers

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'This we strongly protest because they are violating our rights as health workers to work and function as health workers, to serve the people whom we are duty-bound to serve,' says Dr Edelina dela Paz, Health Action for Human Rights chairperson

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

South Korean police apologize for 70-year-old Jeju island massacre

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:11 PM

South Korean police apologize for the first time over massacres that killed 10,000 people decades ago and the military expressed deep regret

APOLOGY. This photo taken on April 1, 2019, shows victims of the 1948 Jeju uprising paying their respects at the Haewon monument on Jeju island. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

[OPINION] Contractualization and the rights of workers

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Let us boycott the products and services of companies that practice illegal forms of contractualization or exploit legal loopholes. This way, we send a clear message that they have no place in our society.

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

Duterte EO allows 2019 salary hike for gov't workers despite reenacted budget

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The funds for the 4th tranche of salary adjustment for government personnel will be sourced from any available appropriations under the 2018 budget

2019 SALARY HIKE. President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 76 on March 15. Duterte file photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo. Other file photos by Patty Pasion, Shutterstock