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Overseas Filipino Workers

DFA advises Pinoys in Syria to stay safe

FILIPINOS in Syria were advised to exercise caution and be vigilant as the Syrian Army plans to eject Islamic militants from Damascus. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy Acting Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said “we continue to…

More distressed OFWs return from Kuwait

Another batch of 150 undocumented Filipino workers who availed themselves of the amnesty program of Kuwait arrived in Manila yesterday morning. Foreign Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy Acting Assstant Secretary Elmer Cato said the latest batch arrived around 6:15 a.m.…

Another Pinay rescued from abusive employer in Jeddah

THE Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah yesterday reported the rescue of another overseas Filipino worker from an abusive employer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Consul General Edgar Badajos of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said they have secured the release…

House consolidates bills to support retiring OFWs

AT least three measures pending in a House committee will be consolidated to create a better version of a bill that seeks to provide retirement benefits and welfare assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Once approved, OFWs will be given…

165 distressed OFWs return from Kuwait

SOME 165 undocumented overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait returned home on Saturday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA said the latest batch of OFWs brought to 3,930 the total number of Filipinos flown home by the…

Kuwait gov’t urged to end modern-day slavery of OFWs

AN opposition party-list congressman yesterday called on the Kuwait government to end the modern-day slave trade of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) as he backed the Palace decision to keep the deployment ban. “This is the problem if the (Kuwaiti)…

Save OFWs from abusive employers -- Ejercito

SENATOR JV Ejercito called on the government to heed the sentiment of the Senate against deploying household workers in countries where their rights are violated and their welfare ignored. Ejercito made the call after the Upper Chamber adopted Senate Resolution…

91 distressed OFWs to arrive from Kuwait

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said they are expecting 91 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait to arrive last night. Public Diplomacy Executive Director Charmaine Aviquivil said the latest addition would bring to a total of 3,229 OFWs…

PH-Kuwait talks on OFWs going well

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said it will only recommend the signing of bilateral labor agreement and the subsequent lifting of deployment ban in Kuwait if more pragmatic measures could be included to ensure the welfare of thousands…

Starved to death OFW flown home from Kuwait

THE remains of another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was described in social media as already “skin and bones” arrived yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Jeanette Plegaria Opido, who worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait, arrived…

Kuwait agrees to PH demands on OFWs’ welfare

KUWAIT has informally agreed to Manila’s demands for the protection of over 250,000 Filipinos in the Middle East country, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month banned the deployment of new OFWs to oil-rich…

DOLE studying wider OFW ban

THE Department of Labor and Employment is studying the possibility of declaring a ban on deployment of Filipino workers to countries other than Kuwait, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. “Pinag-aaralan na rin po ng Department of Labor kung may…

Selling of pinay maids revealed

AN overseas Filipino worker has decried the multiple selling of household service workers to different employers, which is rampant in Saudi Arabia. Hydee Caro, who was victimized by the malpractice, stressed that selling an HSW to different employers, often several…

DoLE sets up command center for OFWs

THE Department of Labor and Employment has established and OFW Command Center to serve as the central referral and action hub for the protection and welfare of overseas Filipino workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued Administrative Order No.73 creating…
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