Mindanao migrant group urges Duterte to save convicted OFW

March 24, 2017

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

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Owwa assists next of kin

March 24, 2017

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

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Cedar Point Birthday Club’s Paluwagan Galore

February 27, 2017

ONE of the perks of being a member of the Cedar Point’s Birthday Club in Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA is enjoying their ‘Paluwagan Galore’ activity where birthday celebrants will receive $1000. For the month of February, Alma Ramos, Monette Austria Alega and Rachel Lagman-Lipana received their share on their simple yet sweet birthday gathering.     Among those who attended their celebration on February 25 were Julie Chiao, Zaide…

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Japan opens Ninja academy to woo tourism

February 23, 2017

TOKYO — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, and building a new museum in Tokyo devoted to ninja, set to open in 2018.MORE

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Philippines, Israel to expand exchange program on agri sector

February 23, 2017

THE Philippines will be sending over 500 college students annually to Israel in order to learn from Tel Aviv’s expertise and advanced technologies in agriculture, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Wednesday. The deployment of 550 college students chosen from 29 agricultural schools outside Metro Manila is part of the proposal to expand the current exchange program of the two countries in the agriculture sector.MORE

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BOC, PDEA tie up with Fujian anti-narcotics agency vs drug smuggling

February 23, 2017

TWO Philippine agencies have tied up with China’s Fujian Provincial Drug Law Enforcement Agency to stop drug smuggling into the country, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Wednesday. Officials of the BOC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) met with the representatives of the Fujian Provincial Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday.MORE

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Palace approves retroactive P1,000 SSS pension hike

February 23, 2017

MALACAÑANG signed Wednesday, February 22, a memorandum giving a green light for the release of the P1,000 increase in the monthly pension of Social Security System (SSS) members. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, who signed the memorandum, informed SSS Chairperson Amado Valdez and SSS President Emmanuel Dooc that the Malacañang approved the proposed increase in the benefit of qualified SSS pensioners and beneficiaries, retroactive from January this year.MORE

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Pope demands protection for migrants

February 23, 2017

Pope Francis is calling for humanitarian corridors to protect refugees fleeing their homelands and denouncing the “populist rhetoric” that is closing doors in their faces. In a speech Tuesday to an international forum on migration and peace, Francis also demanded justice and redress for migrants and the poor who have been exploited by the wealthy. He said the world can no longer sustain “unacceptable economic inequality” that destroys the planet…

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Bello: Protect and promote rights of migrant workers

February 22, 2017

THE Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged his fellow labor ministers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to create measures or initiatives that will protect and promote the rights of migrant workers. During the opening of the Asean Labor Ministers’ Retreat on Monday, February 20, Bello acknowledged the importance of Asean migrant workers for the better relationship of the Asean countries. It is therefore important,…

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Bo’s Coffee to cap 1st quarter with 100 branches

February 22, 2017

HOMEGROWN coffee chain Bo’s Coffee has unveiled plans to open nine more outlets to close the first quarter of this year with 100 branches across the country. The coffee chain founded by Cebuano Steve Benitez soft-opened its 91st branch in the Philippines and 31st outlet in Cebu at Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.MORE

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