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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…

OFWs now eligible to apply for Qatari driver’s license

Good news to Filipinos applying for driver’s license in Qatar. The government of Qatar has agreed to the proposal of Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo Santos to subject Filipinos, with valid professional driver’s license, to on-site testing (at the request of the…

Qatar to implement e-contract system for migrant workers

Qatar is set to implement an electronic contract system for migrant laborers to protect them from unscrupulous employers. The Philippine Embassy in Doha reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that this new system will be implemented by the Qatar…

Comelec expresses hopes more OFWs will vote in 20l6 elections

THE Commission on Elections expressed hopes that more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will participate in the next year’s elections. At yesterday’s hearing in the committee of electoral reforms and suffrage, Commissioner Arthur Lim told lawmakers that the Comelec and Department…

Gov’t urged to help 200 stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia

SENATOR Cynthia Villar has appealed to the government to attend to the needs of over 200 overseas Filipino workers stranded in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to management problems encountered by their construction company, Mohammad Al-Mojil Group (MMG). Villar…
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