14 abandoned sea turtles rescue in Southern Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Marine troopers stationed in Southern Palawan rescued 14 abandoned live sea turtles locally known as “pawikan.” Troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-4 rescued the turtles on May 13 in Barangay Mangsee Island in Balabac, following information from residents of Mangsee Island, who do not want the sea turtles harmed...

Cebu-LA suspension hurts balikbayans

Arrival. Balikbayans, specially those from the US prefer direct flights when coming home to Cebu. (SunStar File)

TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu are saddened over the recent decision of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to suspend its Cebu-Los Angeles-Cebu flight saying it will have impact on the balikbayan traffic.

Cebu Association of Tour Operator Specialists (Catos) president Alice Queblatin, suspected that the load factor might have influenced the decision of the Lucio Tan-led airlines to halt, albeit temporarily, the long-haul flight.MORE

Owwa targets 5K OFWs for amnesty program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) targets 5,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia to avail of their 90-day “Nation without Violations” Amnesty Program.

Those who can avail of the program include Filipinos residing at Saudi Arabia whose Iqama, the identification card given to foreign workers and paid for by the employers, expired on or before March 19 and Filipino workers with work permit but no Iqama Identification card.MORE

Gov’t gives P10,000 cash aid to repatriated OFWs from Saudi

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte welcomed around 150 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City early Monday morning.

A total of 150 Filipinos, who had availed of Saudi Arabian government’s amnesty for undocumented workers, returned to the country along with the President following his three state visits to the Middle East.MORE

Sagada caves closed after teenager dies

WOE to tourists as Sagada’s Sumaging and Lumiang caves closed indefinitely. The closure according to Sagada Tourism officer Robert Pangod came after the death of a 15–year–old boy who fell while playing inside the Crystal Cave Monday, April 3. Police reported the victim is an 8th grader from Balugan National High School and a resident...

Then and now: How glaciers around the world are melting

WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, scientists and photographers keep returning to the world’s glaciers, watching them shrink with each visit. Now they want others to see how a warming planet is melting masses of ice in a series of before-and-after photos. In the Geological Society of America’s GSA Today journal, a group of ice...

Mindanao migrant group urges Duterte to save convicted OFW

(Photo grabbed from Jenny Dalquez’s Facebook)

THE Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions, Inc. (MMCEAI) in Davao on Thursday, March 23, appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to save a Mindanaoan Overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who is facing a death sentence in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), 30-year-old worker Jennifer Dalquez of General Santos City has been sentenced to death for allegedly killing her employer last December 7, 2014.MORE

Owwa assists next of kin

THE OVERSEAS Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Cordillera Administrative Region through its Family Welfare Officer in Ifugao awarded P120,000 on March 14 the death and burial benefit to the family of deceased Mario Sernadilla Guico in Lamut town.

The assistance is given by the Owwa to beneficiaries of deceased overseas Filipino worker who have active membership status at the time of death under its Social Benefits Program.MORE