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[EDITORIAL] Kapag tinatarget ng gobyerno ang isang OFW

May 04, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Saan kumukuha ng kapal ng apog ang mga taga-POLO upang isiping isusuko na lang ng Taiwan si Linn Ordidor dahil hiniling nila ito?

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

Filipino entrepreneur brings a taste of Pinoy food to Qatar

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Entrepreneur Dahlia Agbanlog opens her first restaurant knowing that for Filipinos working abroad, there’s nothing like a cooked meal reminiscent of home

NEW BUSINESS. Dahlia Agbanlog in JKCMom cafe, which she opened last summer. Photo by OM

Migrant life in Qatar: Ladies in waiting

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The women’s resource shelter offers skills training so the OFWs will have a fall back when they go back home

Photo by OM

Unpaid wages leave Filipino workers stranded in Qatar

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:00 AM

For the workers stranded in the labor camps, reforms and resolutions cannot come fast enough

The workers check the documents to be sent to court. They haven't been paid since January 2017. They stopped working and filed the case expecting the company to pay their salary and the tickets back home. Doha, Qatar - May 21, 2017.

Cabinet relatives assigned as labor attachés

Apr 08, 2017 - 9:00 PM

At least 3 labor attachés recently appointed to coveted foreign posts are relatives of Cabinet members

RELATIVES IN DOLE. Some appointees in the Department of Labor and Employment are related to some Cabinet officials.

OFWs in South Korea to benefit from 2017 pay hike

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:18 PM

The minimum wage come 2017 will increase to KRW 6 470 or P268 73 per hour from KRW 6 030 or P250 46 per hour a 7 3 climb

'Abused' OFW in Saudi Arabia dies – migrants' group

Oct 24, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Migrante Middle East calls on the Philippine government to investigate the untimely death of 25 year old Rehana Lusay Bayan

'HEADS MUST ROLL.' After being in coma for weeks, overseas Filipino worker Rina (not her real name) has died, according to Migrante-Middle East. File photo courtesy of Migrante-Middle East

Emotional meeting between Baldoz, OFW with death sentence

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

On appeal Dalquez’ death sentence stems from a murder conviction handed down by the Al Ain Court of First Instance last May 20

PH deployment of domestic workers abroad down by 20%

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:56 PM

From January to May this year the Philippines deploys 55 961 domestic workers lower than the 70 034 in the same months in 2014

Malaysia-bound trafficking victims pose as PH missionaries

Jun 15, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The two victims who were rescued at the Cebu airport say Malaysian national Panisilyam Santiago promised them legal documents upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur

OFW in Abu Dhabi to appeal death sentence

Jun 10, 2015 - 6:48 PM

We pray that Dalquez will be saved from the death penalty and we pin our hopes too on the steadfast assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

Kin of OFWs in Yemen told to convince loved ones to return

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:25 PM

We must act fast Let us help one another in persuading your family members in Yemen to take part in mandatory repatriation says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers

30 OFWs in Dubai duped with offers of better jobs – DOLE

Mar 26, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The Philippine agencies that recruited them may face criminal charges

PH corners 14% of new foreign workers in S. Korea factories

Mar 25, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Although there is an overall decrease in the number of new migrant workers South Korea allowed in the manufacturing industry the Philippine share grows

50 nursing jobs in Ireland available to Filipinos

Mar 23, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in London reports a need in Ireland for suitably qualified nurses to fill up vacancies in Health Service Executive and care homes

Seek amnesty, gov't tells irregular OFWs in Jordan

Mar 20, 2015 - 12:50 PM

This is for your own good Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz tells unregistered Filipino migrant workers in Jordan

LABOR RIGHTS. Philippine Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says irregular OFWs in Jordan should apply for amnesty. File photo by Rappler

UK demand for Filipino nurses on the rise – DOLE

Feb 06, 2015 - 9:30 PM

At least 220 nursing job orders in 3 hospitals in the United Kingdom have been submitted to the Philippine labor attaché in London for January alone

A labor attaché's desperate act

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:09 AM

It boggles the mind why having found out about the agency’s true ownership Roldan did not do more than suspend its operations

‘A whitewash,’ says crusading bishop

Aug 23, 2014 - 5:52 PM

Bishop Gerry Vallo says the POEA should address the root cause of the problem – the failure of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong to immediately act on complaints

Singapore downplays report on Filipino 'budget' maids

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:49 PM

The Philippines however suspends the accreditation of one of the two Singaporean companies allegedly offering Filipino maids like commodities

'LIKE COMMODITIES.' In Singapore, a number of agencies offer maids at discounted rates, according to an Al Jazeera report. Screen grab from

NBI files charges vs labor attaché who tried to rape an OFW

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:40 AM

Sex for flight scheme: The assistant labor attaché in a country in the Middle East is facing charges of attempted rape and 3 counts of abuses against chastity

ACCUSED. An unnamed male assistant labor attache is accused of attempting to rape 3 female Overseas Filipino Workers

Filipino worker in Cyprus exhibits artwork

Aug 19, 2013 - 6:11 PM

After kasambahay duties Rosita Sumagaysay turns to painting

KASAMBAHAY, ARTIST. 'Rosita's Flowers' by Rosita Sumagaysay. All photos courtesy of Miles Viernes

DOLE completes fact-finding on sex-for-flight scheme

Jul 16, 2013 - 8:36 PM

The all woman team was able to interview several OFWS and Filipino community leaders including those who may have information on the allegations

Group asks gov't to recall embassy officials in Riyadh

Jul 07, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Migrante starts an online petition to recall the embassy officials in Saudi for facilitating the brutal dispersal and arrest of undocumented OFWs

Photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

Stricter rules in OFW halfway houses out

Jul 04, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Among the 8 measures under labor chief s Administrative Order 262: Distressed OFWs should not do household work for embassy and POLO officers and staff