PH to repatriate remains of 57 more Saudi OFWs next week

MANILA, July 22 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is set to repatriate the third batch of the remains of 57 more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia next week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Tuesday. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said...

50k more OFWs expected to be repatriated by end-July — DFA

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — At least 50,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are expected to be repatriated by the end of July due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official said Friday. Foreign Affairs...

66,000 stranded OFWs sent back to home provinces since May 15 — OWWA

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Around 66,000 repatriated Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded in Metro Manila due to restrictions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic are already in their home provinces. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans...

Drilon to OWWA: Facilitate speedy repatriation of 150K OFWs

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — Repatriate all 150,000 overseas Filipinos affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic first and let’s talk about funding later. Thus said Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration...

PhilHealth no longer requires OFWs to pay premiums before getting employment certificate

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is no longer requiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to pay their premium contributions as a requirement to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC). PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales made...

Filipino nurse in Jeddah tests positive for MERS: Owwa, DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) –A Filipino female nurse in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) two weeks ago. Amelito Adel, welfare officer of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), said the nurse contracted MERS from patients in the...

BOC chief wants forwarding firms to help screen balikbayan boxes

MANILA, Aug 25 (Mabuhay) — Bureau of Customs (BO) Commissioner Alberto Lina on Tuesday said the agency will seek the help of freight forwarders after President Benigno Aquino III order the bureau to push back the implementation of the random physical inspection on...

DOLE vows help for OFW in UAE death row

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Labor and Employment on Friday assured assistance for an overseas Filipino worker sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly killing her employer. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the department will extend help even if...

Gov’t aid assured for family of volunteer who died in papal Mass accident

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Labor and Employment on Tuesday assured assistance for the family of a volunteer who died in a freak accident in Tacloban City last Saturday, shortly after Pope Francis’ Mass there. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Overseas Workers...

Senate urged to pass bill seeking P50,000 credit assistance to OFWs

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Monday urged his colleagues to pass the bill providing P50,000 credit assistance to overseas Filipino workers. Angara said a similar bill has already been approved on second reading at the House of Representatives, which...
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