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DoLE lifts deployment ban to Qatar

THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday lifted the moratorium on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Qatar amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued the lifting order upon consultation…

Partnership inked for protection of DHs abroad

THE Department of Labor and Employment has partnered with a group of private recruitment agencies to reinforce its campaign to protect Filipino migrant workers, particularly those working in high-risk countries. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the department signed…

OFWs in Qatar want to stay amid diplomatic crisis

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration yesterday said overseas Filipino workers in Qatar want to stay there amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis. OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said they have yet to receive any report that OFWs in Qatar want to…

POEA advises jobseekers for S. Korea

THE Philippine Overseas Workers Administration has announced that South Korea needs 5,000 new workers but advised applicants to prepare at least a minimum of P50,000 for expenses and a lot of patience and perseverance. The POEA will not accept applicants…

200 OFWs return home under Saudi amnesty

SOME 200 overseas Filipino workers who availed the amnesty program of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia yesterday morning. The latest group of…

Rampant ‘sale’ of household workers in Saudi alarms OFWs

OVERSEAS Filipino workers said the rampant sale of household service workers (HSW) in Saudi Arabia before the 100-day probation period is dangerous and disadvantageous for Filipinos. OFWs pointed out that Pinay HSWs being transferred to various employers by the sponsor…

OFWs’ bank opens this year

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THE Philippine government is set to put up a bank designed specifically for overseas Filipino workers before the end of 2017 Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the bank will be operational either by October or November this year. CitingPresident…

POEA warns OFWs on suspended medical clinics

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has warned overseas job seekers against going to medical clinics whose accreditations were suspended by the Department of Health for their medical fitness certification. The POEA advised would-be overseas Filipino workers not to go to…

ASEAN meet to push through despite Bohol encounter — DFA

THE Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said that the trade meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bohol will push through starting today despite the clash between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf Group…

Taiwan expands visa-free rules to Asian tourists

THE Republic of China (Taiwan) will expand the simplified visa regulations starting June 1 for South and Southeast Asian nations including the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. On April 12, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign…

91 OFWs under Saudi amnesty program return home

SOME 91 overseas Filipinos workers who availed themselves of the Saudi Amnesty Program have been repatriated during the Holy week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced yesterday. The first batch of Filipinos in Saudi whose repatriation was facilitated by…

DoLE to repatriate 5K OFWs from Saudi

THE Department of Labor and Employment will repatriate not less than 5000 overseas Filipino workers currently stranded in various cities in Saudi Arabia. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the DoLE is taking advantage of the 90-day amnesty given…

Recruitment sector partners with gov’t to end abuse of HSWs

THE overseas recruitment sector is partnering with the government in coming up with programs aimed at reducing, if not totally eliminating, cases of abuses or maltreatment of overseas Filipino workers, particularly household service workers. The recruitment sector represented by the…

2 Pinoy sailors rescued

THE two Filipino seamen rescued after their ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean are still onboard the freighter that saved them. The freighter is still in the Atlantic Ocean taking part in the search and rescue operation for the missing…
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