Filipino migrants - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipino migrants


[OPINION] I'm already a minority. Do I need to learn more about racism?

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'I often feel like I have no right to attest to being part of a minority since I haven't endured the hardships that others have. There are probably a lot of mixed children like me out there who feel this way.'

[OPINION] I can't breathe

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'If you are someone who has judged people based on the color of their skin, their accent, or their origins – you are not so far away from the cops who murdered George Floyd'

[OPINION | Video] In stillness: Voices from a COVID world

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:41 PM

This short film features phone voice recordings of people sharing their thoughts on a locked-down world

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The Filipino global nurse: Trained to leave, now made to stay

May 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'It was upsetting to see photos of nurses in head-to-toe level 4 PPE watching over patients in non-air conditioned tents and think about their P10,000 monthly salary (even lower in private hospitals) and 12-hour shifts'

Filipino cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide

May 28, 2020 - 10:06 AM

A 32-year-old Filipino worker on a ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship owned by Virgin Voyages, died of 'apparent self-harm,' says the US Coast Guard

STRANDED. In this file photo The Virgin Voyages cruise ship Scarlet Lady is seen on the River Mersey in Liverpool on February 26, 2020. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy

May 25, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in

BEIRUT. A picture taken on January 25, 2020, shows Lebanese soldiers standing guard beneath a giant national flag in the capital Beirut with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Virus deaths among Filipinos in Dubai, neighboring emirates reach 43

May 19, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official

[OPINION] It’s time to consider other means of cash aid distribution

May 15, 2020 - 9:30 AM

'During an emergency in a remote area of Kenya, cash transfers were used as an option for delivering aid. This was made possible through the help of community volunteers who conducted household assessments.'

[OPINION] An OFW's letter to President Duterte on the deployment ban

May 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Military enlistment is not best done at the brink of a war, and neither is the massive employment of nurses during a pandemic'

[OPINION] No to the new Philhealth premium for OFWs

May 06, 2020 - 7:35 AM

'When they were drafting the law, did they even bother to ask OFWs around the world if they agreed to this obligation?'

Duterte tells local officials: Accept OFWs returning to hometowns

May 05, 2020 - 9:00 PM

‘Magkakaroon ho tayo ng problema if you resist because then as a worker of government, it falls upon my shoulders to see to it that everything is done fair,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

Can Duterte stop health workers from leaving PH?

May 05, 2020 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and other officials to explore this option during the pandemic

STOP DEPLOYMENT? President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Extraordinary occupational hazards: PH migrants during the pandemic

Apr 25, 2020 - 6:00 PM

What are the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on Filipino overseas workers? The author places seafarers and nurses in the spotlight.

Duterte asks health workers to stay in PH during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:25 AM

While President Rodrigo Duterte made the appeal, it is not clear if he approved an Inter-Agency Task Force resolution to allow health workers with existing contracts to leave the country

FRONTLINES. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[FIRST PERSON] Diary of a Filipina who survived coronavirus in Berlin

Apr 11, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'I was COVID-19 positive. I was not prepared to hear those words; I was in denial.... Holding back tears, I listened carefully to the doctor explaining what I should and should not do.'

Filipino migrant workers in Canada worry about jobs, health during Covid-19

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Many Filipinos are laid off after all non-essential businesses closed down as part of efforts to stem the pandemic

Filipino migrant workers at the International Women's Day rally in Toronto March 8, 2020. Photo by Marites Sison

[OPINION] From a Filipina in the UK, on her self-imposed lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'It almost feels like having to go through the crisis two-fold, because I’m gathering and processing information about the situation in the Philippines and the UK simultaneously'

[OPINION] A few words of hope from an OFW amid the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'If you have OFW friends and family who are having a hard time understanding the situation, please do check on them by sending a message or calling'

PH mission in UAE ‘ready to help’ Filipino visa runners amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:57 AM

To avoid deportation, visit visa holders need to do 'visa runs,' where they exit the UAE to have their visas renewed or changed to employment status

BIKE. A man wears a protective mask as a means of protection against the spread of the coronivirus as he rides his bicycle in Dubai. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Duterte lists down demands for OFW protection in Kuwait

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Philippine leader wants Kuwait to ensure OFWs get 7 hours of sleep, enjoy holidays, and won't have their passports confiscated by their employers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) at the Postbank Center, Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on January 18, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the suspension from November 13 to December 1 is due to reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

13,000 OFWs already sent home from Saudi Arabia

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:50 PM

More than half of these workers are repatriated through the Saudi government's amnesty program launched March this year

SENT HOME. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mingles with the 160 repatriated OFWs who were granted amnesty after they were found working illegally in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia upon their arrival on April 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

The silent struggle of returning OFWs

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?

HOMECOMING. OFWs face financial and psychological challenges when they return to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

OFWs in Hong Kong support marriage dissolution bills

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Mission for Migrant Workers say that 8% to 10% of the 2,000 cases the organization handles annually involve female OFWs with marital issues

FOR DIVORCE. Several groups of OFWs in Hong Kong wants a divorce law to protect them from abusive relationships.

How can we ensure onsite protection for OFWs?

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:14 PM

One suggestion is to leverage the demand for Filipino migrant workers when going into multilateral or bilateral negotiations with host governments

MIGRATION. In this file photo, hundreds of Filipinos line up at a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) where they will register to go overseas to work for better pay in Manila on August 5, 2010. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

How Duterte gov’t plans to bring OFWs back home

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The labor department banks on the millions of jobs that ‘Dutertenomics’ will generate and on the improved reintegration program for returning OFWs

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. Rappler file photo

Free OFW ID launched; DOLE yet to issue guidelines

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration clarifies that no IDs will be distributed until after guidelines are issued

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

DOLE’s OFW ID to replace employment certificate, passport

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The ID for OFWs is set to be launched this July 12

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't ready to help OFWs affected by Qatar diplomatic row

Jun 19, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment reminds OFWs that the transfer from one employer to another should undergo a formal hiring process for easier documentation

FOREIGN WORKERS. This file photo taken on October 03, 2013 shows migrant laborers working on a construction site on October 3, 2013 in Doha in Qatar.  Karim Jaafar/AFP

Philippines lifts moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 15, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized

SITUATION NORMALIZED. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Malacañang

Only OFWs with contracts, OECs can go to Qatar, says labor dep't

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED The DOLE partially lifts the deployment ban on Qatar The suspension stays for those whose papers have yet to be processed

NO MORE BAN. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the suspension of the deployment of migrant Filipino workers to Qatar. Rappler file photo

Philippines suspends deployment of workers to Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III augments the manpower of Philippine overseas labor offices in Qatar and other countries in the Middle East to address the concerns of Filipino workers

The OFW is worth voting for: Why I believe in Toots Ople

Oct 25, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The son of an OFW shares why there is a need for strong OFW advocates in the Senate

Domesticating public space: Pinoys in Hong Kong Central

Sep 13, 2015 - 2:09 PM

It’s a sort of spatial network that forms a pop up little Philippines in the heart of Hong Kong a Filipino community that exists only on Sundays

BEARING THE WEIGHT. Filipino domestic workers gathered beaneath the towering HSBC Headquarters. Most of them are supporting their respective families in the Philippines.

Philippine cooks take over the world's kitchens

Sep 09, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Filipinos are big assets in the global catering industry because of their English proficiency the ease with which they adapt to the host countries

PINOY CUISINE. Chef and artist Claude Tayag cooks a famous Filipino food for customers in his house on Angeles, Pampanga. File photo by Karl Malakunas/AFP

Customs chief: ‘Amend law, modernize BOC’

Aug 28, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The government turned a blind eye in recognition of our OFWs OFW Partylist Representative Roy Seneres says in defense of the Customs chief

HK employer gets lighter sentence than Filipino helper

Aug 17, 2015 - 7:06 PM

Find out why a Filipino domestic helper gets a four month jail sentence but her employer gets even less

More OFWs leaving PH under Aquino – Migrante

Aug 15, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The militant migrant organization counters President Benigno Aquino III s claims that more OFWs have returned home and found jobs during his term

#SG50: The MRT in Singapore and Manila

Aug 06, 2015 - 9:02 AM

While adversity makes us more resilient we also open ourselves up to becoming indifferent to problems that persist and will likely continue to do so

4th HK recruitment agency fined for overcharging

Jul 18, 2015 - 11:08 PM

At least 3 of the agencies are linked by migrant support organizations to numerous complaints of overcharging foreign domestic workers

Dialogue urged over labor migration row

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Saying dialogues have failed them in the past lawyer Steven Yanson says the anti Cacdac group would be willing to talk to any government official in positions higher than Labor Secretary Baldoz

Recruiters divided over labor migration reforms

Jul 16, 2015 - 6:18 PM

A newly formed group of recruiters alleges abuse of power by the POEA chief while established stakeholder groups regard them as disgruntled agencies unable to conform to POEA rules

Filipino teacher arrested, accused of sex abuse in Maryland

May 09, 2015 - 7:53 PM

The 39 year old teacher from Batangas is accused of sexually abusing a 9 year old student at William Paca Elementary School in Maryland

Thousands of Filipinos in Vatican welcome Pope Francis home

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:53 AM

According to Filipino community organizers an estimated 7 000 Filipinos were among the crowd gathered outside St Peter’s Square to attend the Pope’s weekly Angelus

'Ang yabang mo na!' and other things balikbayans are told

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Why do we call balikbayans mayabang ? Even before they say a word the difference in their attire mannerisms or speech suddenly brands balikbayans as boastful

Migrant workers: Undocumented, unprotected

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:57 PM

If the State turns a blind eye to migrant workers what message are we sending to the rest of the world?

Raising a Filipino child in Thailand

Aug 01, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Kairos and the hundreds of Filipino children in Asian countries are adapting to the cultures of their host countries yet they are still outcasts

Fifth SONA: The Unexpected

Jul 30, 2014 - 4:50 PM

Our OFWs shall be more than happy to be part of delivering solutions rather than discovering faults Can we not be authors of reforms too?

CONVERSATION: The plight of #OFWomen

Jul 10, 2014 - 6:03 PM

As overseas Filipino workers spread across the world more and more women join the migrant workforce What does this mean for their families who are left behind in the Philippines?