Owwa targets 5K OFWs for amnesty program

April 18, 2017

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

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

April 17, 2017

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

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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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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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