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Overseas Filipino Workers

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…

DOLE ready to help OFWs facing job loss

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is proactively monitoring the current situation in the Middle East, particularly the possible retrenchment of OFWs due to falling oil prices and political developments. Quoting the DOLE, presidential communications operations office secretary Sonny…

Oil price plunge bad for OFWs

A migrant workers group warned of an impending mass retrenchment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East due to the falling prices of oil products, a major source of the Arab countries’ income. Thus, Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) urged…

Recto: OFWs awaiting passage of new Balikbayan Box Law

SENATOR Ralph Recto said the passage of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) would be advantageous to overseas Filipinos since it raises to P150,000 the tax-exempt value of pasalubong cargo brought in or sent by them. He said although…

OFWs slam long queue at NAIA’s refund counter

SOME overseas Filipino workers hoping to get their P550 terminal fee refund before their flight yesterday complained of the long lines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport refund counters. Passenger Jonnix Sebastian said he was told by the bank teller…

.8M OFWs in Saudi safe -- PH envoy

THE Philippine Ambassador in Saudi Arabia yesterday said the situation in the Kingdom remains normal and that the more than 800,000 overseas Filipino workers there are safe despite the deteriorating ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran. “Normal pa rin ang…

VP Binay helps reunite son and deported OFW

THE son of a deported Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Kuwait was finally reunited with his mother. According to the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay, they were instrumental in helping repatriate Rosemarie Solon's son, Jasven. Jasven was born in…

Macau-bound OFW caught with bullet

AN overseas Filipino worker (OFW) bound for Macau was allegedly found to be carrying a bullet in her bag recently. It was learned from PNP-Aviation Security Unit Inspector Jose Riegozumell Gaspar and Chief Inspector Renato Engcot that the passenger was…

Catholic bishops mourn execution of OFW in Saudi

Catholic bishops have expressed deep sorrow over the execution of an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, who heads the Church’s migrants ministry, said they pray especially for Joselito Lidasan Zapanta and assure…

‘Grand Salubong’ for OFWs cancelled

THE yearly presidential Christmas welcome by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arriving at the NAIA has been cancelled. OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado said that the event was cancelled based on a recommendation from the…
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