OFW News

DOT lures balikbayans to rediscover PH with new travel deals

The Philippines is inviting balikbayans (returning Filipinos) to travel back home and rediscover the country as it launched on Tuesday a website dedicated solely for overseas Filipinos and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The balikan.ph website, a one-stop site for Balikbayan-exclusive promos with as much as 50 percent discount on hotel and resort rates and worry-free, value-for-money vacation packages is under

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CA upholds 14-year sentence on Illegal recruiter

The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a Baguio Regional Trial Court (RTC) decision convicting a woman who charged applicants for employment in New Zealand as milkmen and hair stylists. In a resolution uploaded Monday, the appellate court denied for lack of merit the motion for reconsideration filed by Sheila Tan in December last year. The CA upheld Baguio RTC’

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POEA warns vs. job offer text scams

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Friday warned the public against text messages offering bogus employment opportunities. In an advisory, POEA chief Bernard Olalia cautioned against SMS (short message service) phishing, or smishing, in the guise of offering jobs but the main purpose is to get personal information. “In smishing, text messages promising employment and high salaries are sent

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Recruitment offices halt process of hiring Filipino domestic helper

The recruitment offices in Saudi Arabia have halted procedures for hiring Filipino domestic workers since last Sunday, and this was attributed to a new decision of the Ministry of Labor of the Philippines to suspend sending domestic workers. “During the last week, the recruitment offices had received a letter from the Philippines embassy informing about the suspension of receiving all

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DOLE to continue OFW repartition amid pandemic

Regardless of whether the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic is raging or not, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will continue to repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). This was the assurance of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, saying repatriating beleaguered OFWs is a continuing program of the government. “Many of our OFWs became helpless when the pandemic struck and so

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Bisa ng pasaporte ng mga OFW at seafarer, hiniling na palawigin ng 2 taon

Isang resolusyon ang inihain sa Kamara de Representantes para hilingin sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na palawigin ng dalawang taon ang bisa ng pasaporte ng mga Filipino seafarer at land-based overseas Filipino workers. Sa House Resolution 2367 na inihain nina Marino party-list Representatives Sandro Gonzales at Macnell Lusotan, inihayag nila na maaaring mawalan ng trabaho ang mga OFW dahil

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New abuses halt deployment of new HSWs to Saudi

The country has temporarily suspended the verification of new household service workers (HSWs) bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in the wake of the abuses committed by a retired general against Filipinos. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said in a Facebook post on Saturday that it will abide by the order of Department of Labor and Employment

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Philippines starting to recover in terms of seafarers’ deployment

The number of Filipino seafarers who were deployed in 2021 is already almost the same those who boarded ships before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Thursday. “Nung tinitignan namin ‘yung datos namin ngayong 2021, lalong lalo na sa sea-based natin, ‘yung mga seafarers, ‘yung kanilang level of deployment halos pumapantay na sa pre-pandemic level,”

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Dubai reopens labor market to Filipino workers

THE Emirates of Dubai, one of the seven states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has again opened its labor market to thousands of Filipino workers in the retail, health care and service sectors as its economy continues to improve amid the easing of restrictions in the Philippines and elsewhere around the world. In a report to Department of Labor

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