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DIVORCE ADVOCATE: OFW Seaman supports passage of bill

Nagmahal. Nagdasal. Inayawan ng Asawa kaya todo suporta sa divorce bill. We move forward with stories of persons supporting the passage of a divorce law in the Philippines. During the hearing of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality of the Senate for the proposed passage of […]

Why Overseas Filipino Workers need a separate, distinct OFW bank?

It is a good thing that the government is focused on the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers. But why open a separate bank for OFWs? The present crop of government officials under the Duterte administration, and so so true of the past ones, has no trust that existing government […]

PH government errs in defending OFW Jakatia Pawa from death sentence?

The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return. Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. […]

Pinoys can bring, send home balikbayan boxes worth P150-K tax free

MANILA, Dec. 22 — Just in time for the holiday. Pinoys can bring or send home balikbayan boxes worth P150-K tax free. Starting December 25, balikbayan boxes with values not exceeding P150-K will be exempted from paying duties and taxes. This was confirmed by Bureau of Customs spokesperson Neil Anthony […]

Jollibee will soon ‘invade’ Europe via Italy

Next year, Filipino expats in Europe will get to taste Philippine’s ‘home grown hamburger’ and related to go food stuff. This is because industry leader Jollibee Foods Corporation is set to make a European debut with the strong possibility in Italy. Italy is home and host to many expat Filipinos, […]

This kid is the fresh-faced endorser of money remittance

Have you seen the cutest and freshest endorser of a money remittance service lately? This kid is the fresh-faced endorser of money remittance without trying. And he is a total winner. He may well be the freshest face endorsing the remittance service as compared to the usual, casual and regular […]

Wonder how much OFW remittance adds up to and where they come from?

Wondered how much Overseas Filipino Workers Remittance adds up to and where they come from? Here’s a dated infograhic presentation showing an increase of OFW remittance beginning 2013 sourced from data provided by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Philippine-based banks and financial remittance companies processed about $26.2 billion or P1.20 […]

Money laundering in the Philippines detrimental to OFWs sending remittance

During the Senate hearing on the alleged money laundering case involving a Philippine universal bank Tuesday, OFW advocate Susan Ople disclosed that banks in more than 10 countries and territories have ended correspondent banking operations with Philippine-based banks and remittance companies. These foreign banks, include among others, are those in […]

10 Tweets that tell stories about New Year’s eve fire in Dubai

10 Tweets that tell stories about New Year’s eve fire in Dubai. While the news was posted here quick about New Year eve fire erupts beside Dubai’s tallest building, we revisit the tweets still pouring in about the hapless event. Sad to say, we did not find enough Tweet detail […]

OFW Joselito Zapanta, 35, executed in Saudi

Filipino Joselito Zapanta who was convicted for the murder of a Sudanese national over a rental dispute was executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Zapanta, 35, was convicted for killing Sudanese Imam Ibrahim, with robbery, on April 13, 2010 by the Riyadh Grand Court. […]

Report: 14 OFWS killed in vehicle collision in Saudi Arabia

The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that fourteen Filipinos were killed in a vehicular collision in Saudi Arabia while they were on their way to their living quarters in east Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. “Our embassy coordinated with the company that they are working for and the initial […]

Indonesia stops execution of Mary Jane Veloso – DFA

MANILA, April 29 — OFW Mary Jane Veloso was spared from execution following last minute phone conversation between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Indonesian leader Jokowi Widodo, reports said. The Indonesian government has granted reprieve to Filipino drug convict, who was among the nine prisoners earlier scheduled for execution […]

Indonesia releases execution order for Mary Jane Veloso – DFA

MANILA, April 25 — The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday the execution order for overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was received by her family. The Indonesia’s prosecutor gave the notice letter to the family during a meetinf […]

OFW from China possible cause of death was “Bird Flu”

MANILA, Feb. 23 — An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who have just returned from China dies with possible cause of “Bird Flu” infection, according to the Department of Health. “The patient was considered a possible case of Avian Flu or Bird Flu,” said DOH Acting Secretary Janette L. Garin in […]

Palace, DOH assures readiness to prevent spread of MERS-COV

Palace, DOH assures readiness to prevent spread of MERS-COV MANILA, Feb. 13 — Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday assured the government is fully equipped to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) disease in the country. ”The government is intensifying efforts to guard all […]

Balikbayan nurse OFW with MERS-COV virus is pregnant

Balikbayan nurse OFW with MERS-COV virus is pregnant MANILA, Feb. 13 — The 32-year-old Filipino nurse positive with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) from Saudi Arabia is pregnant, the Department of Health disclosed Thursday. DDOH said that because of her pregnancy she could not be subjected to X-ray. Previously […]

DFA receives additional fund for OFW repatriation program

MANILA, Nov 12 — The Philippine government is issuing additional allotment of P50 million to the Department of Foreign Affairs for its overseas Filipino repatriation program. Fund being released by the Department of Budget and Management to the Department of Foreign Affairs will augment DFA’s P100-million emergency fund to help […]

Online piracy: Illegal hosting of Pinoy teleserye faces prosecution

Thousands of Filipinos working on contract overseas jobs, commonly known for short as OFWs, drive away their homesickness and longing for things Pinoy, resort to watching Filipino-produced television programs and movies which are always available for free on the internet. News updates, teleseryes, lifestyle programs, variety shows. Name it and […]

Once Upon A Flight to Taiwan And Related Memories

Back during the days when the governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of China in Taiwan were in very good and cordial terms, we had that opportunity of visiting Taipei and surrounding communities. The short plane flight from Manila to Taipei was a respite from the […]

License of 3 Recruiters Gets Axed For Misrepresentation

The windfall volume and value of dollar remittances from Ex-Pats and overseas Filipino workers coursed through banking and monetary institutions that help float the Philippine economy is of paramount importance both to the beneficiaries and to the government. OFWs nonetheless deserve not only respect and adulation but active, instead of […]

Pinoy OFW Among 22 Killed in Fuel Tank Blast in Riyadh

MANILA, Update — A Filipino was among 22 people killed in a fuel truck blast and building collapse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said. At least 12 other Filipinos were injured in the explosion. Nine were admitted to hospitals while three […]

DTI-PSB Releases List of Erring Forwarders and Consolidators

The Philippine Shippers’ Bureau (PSB) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Friday (October 12, 2012), released a complete list of blacklisted Philippine agents and freight forwarders doing business in the country and elsewhere. The agency was effectively warning Overseas Foreign Workers and their consignees in the country […]

Drug Mules Execution Highlights Crisis of PH Labor Export Policy

No Filipino goes out of the country with a death wish. When the 122 others on death row and more than 7,000 in jails abroad left, they were full of hopes and dreams to provide a better future for their families. Fifteen million overseas Filipino workers left the country to seek greener pastures abroad in the absence of jobs, livelihood and decent living conditions in the country.

Neglect of PH Government on OCWs Seen

After nine years of neglect under former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, expectations among overseas Filipino workers were high when the Aquino administration was installed.

Advocacy Group Urges DFA to Bring Home OFWs in Distress

Advocacy group Migrante International on November 19th staged a picket in front of the department of foreign affairs (DFA) building in Manila to call on the government to facilitate the repatriation of distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

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OFW Joselito Zapanta, 35, executed in Saudi

Filipino Joselito Zapanta who was convicted for the murder of a Sudanese national over a rental dispute was executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Zapanta, 35, was convicted for killing Sudanese Imam Ibrahim, with robbery, on April 13, 2010 by the Riyadh Grand Court. […]

DIVORCE ADVOCATE: OFW Seaman supports passage of bill

Nagmahal. Nagdasal. Inayawan ng Asawa kaya todo suporta sa divorce bill. We move forward with stories of persons supporting the passage of a divorce law in the Philippines. During the hearing of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality of the Senate for the proposed passage of […]

Indonesia releases execution order for Mary Jane Veloso – DFA

MANILA, April 25 — The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday the execution order for overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was received by her family. The Indonesia’s prosecutor gave the notice letter to the family during a meetinf […]

Jollibee will soon ‘invade’ Europe via Italy

Next year, Filipino expats in Europe will get to taste Philippine’s ‘home grown hamburger’ and related to go food stuff. This is because industry leader Jollibee Foods Corporation is set to make a European debut with the strong possibility in Italy. Italy is home and host to many expat Filipinos, […]

PH government errs in defending OFW Jakatia Pawa from death sentence?

The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return. Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. […]

Pinoy OFW Among 22 Killed in Fuel Tank Blast in Riyadh

MANILA, Update — A Filipino was among 22 people killed in a fuel truck blast and building collapse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said. At least 12 other Filipinos were injured in the explosion. Nine were admitted to hospitals while three […]

Online piracy: Illegal hosting of Pinoy teleserye faces prosecution

Thousands of Filipinos working on contract overseas jobs, commonly known for short as OFWs, drive away their homesickness and longing for things Pinoy, resort to watching Filipino-produced television programs and movies which are always available for free on the internet. News updates, teleseryes, lifestyle programs, variety shows. Name it and […]

Drug Mules Execution Highlights Crisis of PH Labor Export Policy

No Filipino goes out of the country with a death wish. When the 122 others on death row and more than 7,000 in jails abroad left, they were full of hopes and dreams to provide a better future for their families. Fifteen million overseas Filipino workers left the country to seek greener pastures abroad in the absence of jobs, livelihood and decent living conditions in the country.

OFW from China possible cause of death was “Bird Flu”

MANILA, Feb. 23 — An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who have just returned from China dies with possible cause of “Bird Flu” infection, according to the Department of Health. “The patient was considered a possible case of Avian Flu or Bird Flu,” said DOH Acting Secretary Janette L. Garin in […]

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Palace, DOH assures readiness to prevent spread of MERS-COV

Palace, DOH assures readiness to prevent spread of MERS-COV MANILA, Feb. 13 — Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday assured the government is fully equipped to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) disease in the country. ”The government is intensifying efforts to guard all […]

DIVORCE ADVOCATE: OFW Seaman supports passage of bill

Nagmahal. Nagdasal. Inayawan ng Asawa kaya todo suporta sa divorce bill. We move forward with stories of persons supporting the passage of a divorce law in the Philippines. During the hearing of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality of the Senate for the proposed passage of […]

OFW from China possible cause of death was “Bird Flu”

MANILA, Feb. 23 — An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who have just returned from China dies with possible cause of “Bird Flu” infection, according to the Department of Health. “The patient was considered a possible case of Avian Flu or Bird Flu,” said DOH Acting Secretary Janette L. Garin in […]

Neglect of PH Government on OCWs Seen

After nine years of neglect under former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, expectations among overseas Filipino workers were high when the Aquino administration was installed.

Indonesia releases execution order for Mary Jane Veloso – DFA

MANILA, April 25 — The Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday the execution order for overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, was received by her family. The Indonesia’s prosecutor gave the notice letter to the family during a meetinf […]

Wonder how much OFW remittance adds up to and where they come from?

Wondered how much Overseas Filipino Workers Remittance adds up to and where they come from? Here’s a dated infograhic presentation showing an increase of OFW remittance beginning 2013 sourced from data provided by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Philippine-based banks and financial remittance companies processed about $26.2 billion or P1.20 […]