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Overseas Filipino Workers

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…

PAL flies home more OFWs from Kuwait

AT LEAST 1,240 distressed Filipinos have been flown back home by flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) since President Rodrigo Duterte called for the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers suffering from maltreatment from their employers. Last Friday, 190 OFWs arrived at…

DFA flies home 610 OFWs from Kuwait

IN what could be considered one of the largest repatriations it has carried out in a single day, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday sent home more than 600 overseas Filipino workers who availed themselves of the amnesty program…

Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has opted to keep the ban on deployment of migrant workers to Kuwait until additional protection for them is assured. Amid the ban, however, Kuwait has invited President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the gulf state, state news…

China to open doors to OFWs

THE Philippine government is set to seal an agreement with China on opening its labor market to Filipinos, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to continue banning the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait. “Maglagda kami ng bilateral agreement with China…

DoLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

FOLLOWING the deaths of seven overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Friday ordered the suspension of deployment of workers to the Gulf state. Bello directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to stop the processing…

OFWs urge DoH, DFA to look into GCC’s $10 medical fee

THE overseas recruitment industry urged the Department of Health to seek assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs in looking into the Gulf Countries Council (GCC) registration fee before this turns into a crisis. Industry officials said the DoH should…

DFA ready to give aid to OFWs in troubled ME

THE Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it is ready to respond to any contingency arising from the brewing tensions in the Middle East to ensure the safety of the close to 2 million Filipinos working in the region. In…

Help stop illegal recruitment, Pinoys in Russia urged

Philippine Embassy officials in Moscow called on the Filipino community in Russia to cooperate with them to stop the illegal recruitment of Filipino household service workers from Hongkong and other third countries. In the recent “Kapihan sa Pasuguan,” the Filipino…

OFW bank to provide cheaper rates -- DoLE

THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday said the Overseas Filipino Bank will give overseas Filipino workers a venue for their investments. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the OFB will ease the financial burden of millions of overseas Filipino…

Malaysia needs foreign workers

Filipinos who are seeking employment abroad may consider working in Malaysia. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur has announced that employment opportunities has been opened after the Malaysian government decided to ease limits on foreign workers to address…

Stay away from drugs, OFWs told

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“I HATE drugs,” President Rodrigo Duterte said as he talked about Filipinos abroad who are in jail for drugs. He said he would not intervene in the situation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who face illegal drug charges. “Yung mga…

Filipino killed in California wildfires -- DFA

A Filipino national was presumed to have perished in the wildfire currently engulfing North California’s winery, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano expressed condolences to the family of the Filipino. The Philippine…
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