Rappler's latest stories on Filipino migrants
'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.'
'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'
This short film features phone voice recordings of people sharing their thoughts on a locked-down world
'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'
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
Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in
Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official
'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.'
'Military enlistment is not best done at the brink of a war, and neither is the massive employment of nurses during a pandemic'
'When they were drafting the law, did they even bother to ask OFWs around the world if they agreed to this obligation?'
‘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
President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and other officials to explore this option during the pandemic
What are the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on Filipino overseas workers? The author places seafarers and nurses in the spotlight.
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
'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.'
Many Filipinos are laid off after all non-essential businesses closed down as part of efforts to stem the pandemic
'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'
'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'
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
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
The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others
(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
More than half of these workers are repatriated through the Saudi government's amnesty program launched March this year
After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?
Mission for Migrant Workers say that 8% to 10% of the 2,000 cases the organization handles annually involve female OFWs with marital issues
One suggestion is to leverage the demand for Filipino migrant workers when going into multilateral or bilateral negotiations with host governments
The labor department banks on the millions of jobs that ‘Dutertenomics’ will generate and on the improved reintegration program for returning OFWs
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration clarifies that no IDs will be distributed until after guidelines are issued
The ID for OFWs is set to be launched this July 12
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
Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized
UPDATED The DOLE partially lifts the deployment ban on Qatar The suspension stays for those whose papers have yet to be processed
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 son of an OFW shares why there is a need for strong OFW advocates in the Senate
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
Filipinos are big assets in the global catering industry because of their English proficiency the ease with which they adapt to the host countries
The government turned a blind eye in recognition of our OFWs OFW Partylist Representative Roy Seneres says in defense of the Customs chief
Find out why a Filipino domestic helper gets a four month jail sentence but her employer gets even less
The militant migrant organization counters President Benigno Aquino III s claims that more OFWs have returned home and found jobs during his term
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
At least 3 of the agencies are linked by migrant support organizations to numerous complaints of overcharging foreign domestic workers
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
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
The 39 year old teacher from Batangas is accused of sexually abusing a 9 year old student at William Paca Elementary School in Maryland
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
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
If the State turns a blind eye to migrant workers what message are we sending to the rest of the world?
Kairos and the hundreds of Filipino children in Asian countries are adapting to the cultures of their host countries yet they are still outcasts
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?
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?