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Overseas Filipino Workers

Displaced OFWs in Saudi to get cash aid

THE Department of Labor and Employment is set to give financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers who lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia due to the falling prices of petroleum products. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the department…

DFA sends RRT to assist OFWs stranded in Saudi

THE Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) has sent a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to assist about 11,000 OFWs stranded in work camps throughout Saudi Arabia. The DFA RRT said in several large…

Overseas workers’ assured

A Catholic prelate has expressed belief that the British withdrawal from the European Union will not impact overseas Filipino workers seriously. Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, is…

50 Pinoys in Saudi seek royal pardon

ABOUT 50 Filipino prisoners in Saudi Arabia who claimed to have completed their sentences are appealing to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to coordinate with local authorities for their inclusion in the royal pardon. A Filipino migrant advocacy group said…

Gov’t urged to help stranded OFWs

AN overseas Filipino worker’s advocacy group yesterday urged the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia to work for the mass repatriation of thousands of undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia to prevent them setting up another “Tent City.” “We would like to…

Kuwait-bound OFWs decry excessive visa, med fees

THE overseas recruitment industry is complaining of the increased visa application and medical fees imposed by the Kuwait Embassy in Manila. The Philippine Licensed Agencies Accredited to Kuwait or Philaak, a recruitment association, said OFWs are feeling the effects of…

POEA-Landbank tie up to provide aid to South Korea-bound OFWs

FILIPINO workers, specifically those who were hired to work in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS), need not worry about sourcing for funds to pay for their long list of pre-departure fees and other mobilization costs. A memorandum…

Baldoz disputes mass layoffs of OFWs in ME

THE Department of Labor and Employment has clarified that the statements of “massive” retrenchments of overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia is not true and that such statements only fuel unnecessary anxiety. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the statements are…

Romualdez: Speed up job creation

AMID reports that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East face retrenchment due to falling oil prices in the global market, senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez yesterday said the government should actively seek ways to generate more…

Romualdez: Ready aid for OFWs

SENATORIAL candidate and Leyte (1st district) Rep. Martin Romualdez strongly urged yesterday the government to double efforts in drawing up contingency plans, providing alternative livelihood and in repatriating overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) as an act of “malasakit” (compassion) to them…

13, not 14, Filipinos died in Iraq hotel fire

THE Philippine Embassy in Baghdad yesterday said 13 not 14 Filipino workers were confirmed to have died in a fire that gutted Capitol Hotel in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region in Iraq, on Friday. “There are 13, not 14, confirmed…

No massive OFW lay-offs in ME — DoLE

THE Department of Labor and Employment on Friday said there is no reason yet to worry concerning overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz said that although there are fewer job orders, the department has…

DFA moves to ensure safety of OFWs in ME

A regional contingency plan was formulated to ensure the safety of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East amidst diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Department of Foreign Affairs recently called a command conference attended by Philippine ambassadors…
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