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4 overseas domestic workers die in Qatar house fire

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:32 PM

One of the victims had just sent her family in Ilocos Norte money for food hours before her death, her sister says

PH condemns killing of yet another Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs summons the Kuwaiti ambassador in Manila 'to express the government’s outrage over the seeming lack of protection' of Filipino domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country

Filipino migrant farm workers, care workers join marches in cities across Canada

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Protest actions call for decent work, permanent resident status upon arrival, universal services, and an end to discrimination and displacement of migrant workers

PROTEST. Marisol Veridiano Bobadilla lost her status as a temporary foreign worker when she moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. A Filipino recruiter who charged her for '€œimmigration services'€ had promised her a job as a full-time care worker; she ended up as a mushroom picker without a work permit. Photo by Marites Sison

'Roma' casts spotlight on Latin America's domestic workers

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:47 PM

According to the International Labour Organization, there are 18 million domestic workers in Latin America, with 93% of them women

WATCH: UAE vlogger defends OFWs against Kuwaiti influencer

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:35 AM

'How would you feel if you worked for someone that didn't only not give you a day off but disagrees with the very ideology that you deserve a day-off?' Khalid Al Ameri asks Sondos Al Qattan

RESPONSE. "If I work for you, I would run so far away, the CIA won’t be able to find me," UAE vlogger Khalid Al Ameri tells Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Al Qattan. Photos from Al Ameri and Al Qattan's social media accounts.

Human Rights Watch hits Kuwait for ‘punishing’ embassy staff aiding OFWs

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Rothna Begum of HRW says Kuwaiti authorities should not be punishing embassy officials for helping domestic workers in danger

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

ASEAN urged to protect 'invisible' domestic workers

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:47 PM

There are 10 million domestic workers, making up 20% of the total migrant workforce in the region

Giving a gift to new employer can benefit domestic workers abroad – study

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:50 PM

A study shows that making a favorable first impression on an employer can have long term benefits for some OFWs

PH, UAE sign pact to ensure OFW protection

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The memorandum of agreement strengthens the coordination between the two countries in the employment cycle of OFWs

ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler ASPIRING OFWS. Jobseekers eyeing overseas employment. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No air-con use for maids? Anger over Hong Kong politician's 'inhumane' suggestion

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Domestic workers in Hong Kong are mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines

CALLS FOR JUSTICE. Protesters outside an employment agency in Hong Kong on March 17, 2015, following the death of Indonesian maid Elis Kurniasih, 33, after a concrete slab fell on her while sleeping on the balcony of a guesthouse run by the agency. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Indonesian domestic workers radicalized in Hong Kong – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Rights activists and the Indonesian Muslim community in Hong Kong said they were unaware of radicals and fear that reported links with IS would breed unfair suspicion

This picture taken on December 11, 2016 shows Dian Yulia Novi, one of two former domestic workers who had allegedly volunteered to become suicide bombers in Jakarta and Bali, in Jakarta.  Indonesian women are taking on a more active role in violent extremism, with some seeking to become Islamic State (IS) group suicide bombers, a leading security think tank has warned. The growing problem was highlighted after the arrest in December of two women with links to IS allegedly planning suicide attacks in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, according to a report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). / AFP PHOTO / STR

Are relatives worse employers to Filipino domestic helpers?

Jun 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Domestic helpers in the country continue to face abuse despite the implementation of Batas Kasambahay or the Domestic Workers Act of 2013

KASAMBAHAY. Domestic workers int he Philippines continue to experience different levels of abuse despite the implementation of Kasambahay Law. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

We are all Tizons

May 19, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Slavery is wrong but how do we really treat the Lolas in our lives?

OFWs: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' an eye-opener for families

Jan 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Overseas Filipino workers laud the documentary film which won Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival but struggled to remain in theaters

OFW MOVIE. OFWs, get to watch 'Sunday Beauty Queen' for free, take photo with Director Baby Ruth Villarama, Mylyn Jacobo and OWWA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac.

Indonesian caregiver livestreams 98-year-old grandma on toilet

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The caregiver claims that the grandmother has been abusing her for a while

LIVE-STREAM. Screenshot from Facebook video.

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Indonesian maid abused in HK: Nothing has changed

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:39 AM

After pictures of Erwiana s extensive injuries went viral in 2014 the young Indonesian became the face of a movement determined to force change for the army of more than 300 000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong

JUSTICE FOR ERWIANA. Former Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (C) arrives at the court of justice in Hong Kong on February 10, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

DOLE approves P500 wage hike for domestic workers in Eastern Visayas

Feb 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A new wage order also allows domestic workers in Eastern Visayas to bargain for higher salaries with their employers

P500-WAGE INCREASE. The new wage order is good news for kasambahays employed in Eastern Visayas. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

'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

Batas Kasambahay: A law exploited

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Even with the protection of Batas Kasambahay a lot of domestic workers are still underpaid overworked and deprived of benefits provided under the law

Rosie washes a rug. She used to work as a domestic helper for an old man who suffered from a stroke in 2008, but was hired by the old man's niece when he died.

#SaveOFWRina: Blood donations needed for abused Filipina in Saudi

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Filipinos in the Middle East are being asked to donate blood for the abused OFW who is now in a coma at the Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh

IN COMA. Rina (not her real name) is in coma reportedly after being attacked by her employer. Photo courtesy of Migrante-Middle East

Migrant workers press HK gov't for $4,500 basic pay

Aug 17, 2015 - 7:07 PM

A group also demands food allowance for foreign domestic workers not provided with food by their employers

HIGHER WAGES. Migrant workers led by a Filipino Dolores Balladares demand higher wages from the government. Photo by EPA.

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

Aquino: 440,000 OFWs came home, unemployment lower

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:30 PM

While unemployment dropped to 6 8 the lowest it s been in decades the Philippines still ranks highest in unemployment in ASEAN

Domestic worker abuse in HK continues – NGO

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:17 AM

There is a marked increase in the number of physical abuse cases reported to the Mission from 3 6 of total reported cases in 2013 to 9 in 2014

SEEKING JUSTICE. A group of protesters outside the courthouse in support of Indonesian former maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in Hong Kong on February 10, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Domestic helpers who cry ‘rape’ face tough times in HK

Jun 13, 2015 - 10:59 PM

It is a sad story that is repeated each time a foreign domestic worker steps forward to file a case against her employer

#IGiveADayOff: Yayas and moms in Singapore

May 11, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Singaporean mothers face a painful trade off – that between earning a living and spending time with their children Their Filipina maids suffer worse

Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Middle East

May 05, 2015 - 3:59 PM

The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia and will come into effect in three months time

PROTEST. Indonesian migrant worker activists wearing black t-shirts, hold placards during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 21 June 2011. File photo by Mast Irham / EPA

Workers around Asia gather for Labor Day protests

May 01, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Labor protests take place in various countries groups concern over their government s labor policies

RALLIES. Laborers in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, celebrate the holiday by protesting. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Regina Ip on HK Filipino domestic helpers

Apr 24, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Apart from reporting on inappropriate behavior of employers should the foreign press not also keep a closer eye on why a great number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong have become sexual resources for expat males?

Palace: Comment on Filipina maids in HK ‘unfair, insulting’

Apr 22, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Malacañang defends Filipina domestic workers after a Hong Kong politician brands them as home wreckers

RACIST REMARKS? Hong Kong politician Regina Ip does not apologize for her remarks about Filipino maids. File photo by EPA

Number of Filipino domestic workers in HK at all-time high

Apr 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Statistics from the immigration department show that as of the end of February this year there were a total of 173 726 Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong

Saudi executions won't affect Indonesia plans, official says

Apr 17, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Indonesian is protesting Saudi s execution of two Indonesians this week without prior notice

PROTEST. Indonesian migrant worker activists protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta in 2011 over the beheading of an Indonesian worker. File photo by EPA

Indonesia protests beheading of domestic worker in Saudi Arabia

Apr 15, 2015 - 2:19 PM

Indonesia claims the sentence was carried out without Zainab s family and consular officials being given adequate notice

Indonesian domestic worker beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:50 PM

Saudi Arabia beheads an Indonesian domestic worker who knifed to death a Saudi woman described in press reports as her employer

PROTEST. Indonesian migrant worker activists wearing black t-shirts, hold placards during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 21 June 2011. Photo by Mast Irham / EPA

Filipina 'virtual slave' awarded $55k in Canada case

Apr 03, 2015 - 1:03 PM

She was isolated underfed and treated like she was sub human; all because she was a young Filipino mother who needed the job to take care of her own children

HK woman jailed 6 years for Indonesian maid abuse

Feb 27, 2015 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED Law Wan tung was facing a maximum sentence of seven years in prison

JUSTICE FOR ERWIANA. Former Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (C) arrives at the court of justice in Hong Kong on February 10, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 900 square feet of Hidden Hope

Dec 20, 2014 - 10:20 AM

OFW turned photographer Xyza Bacani presents the life of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong and their fight for justice

Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues

Dec 12, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The Philippine labor chief says the nature of the job of household service workers HSWs in the UAE give them a very high exposure to exploitation

Rights groups urge Gulf states to protect migrant workers

Nov 23, 2014 - 5:39 PM

International rights and labor groups call for urgent actions to protect the rights of migrant workers ahead of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue on labor migration

UAE rejects HRW report on abuse of foreign maids

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The report drew hasty conclusions based on unrepresentative cases a UAE official says

Filipino victims of abuse in UAE back in PH to help OFWs

Oct 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM

They vow to warn would be OFWs of the dangers of not fighting for one s rights

Philippines fails to implement pro-OFW law – watchdog

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:25 PM

OFWs who have been abused in the UAE slam the Philippine government for slow progress of labor cases and laxity in monitoring proper implementation of labor contracts

Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status says Human Rights Watch

VLOG: Filipinos join largest climate rally in history

Sep 22, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Participants of the world s biggest movement to fight climate change say they cannot just rely on government leaders to act on the pressing global problem

Filipinos in US to Aquino: Walk your climate talk

Sep 22, 2014 - 6:46 AM

Climate activists say the challenge for Aquino is to make his energy policy which currently supports coal plants consistent with his climate change plan

CLIMATE FRONT LINES. With the Philippines at the front lines of climate change, Filipino activists and domestic workers actively participate in the People's Climate March in New York. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

'Overfatigue' cause of breakdown of Filipina domestic worker in HK

Aug 14, 2014 - 6:10 PM

According to her cousin it was totally out of character for Liza to go nearly naked in public and display aggressive behavior toward others

OFW skills go digital

Jul 25, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Can our OFWs transition into higher paying work? Filipino Digerati a non profit organization in the United Arab Emirates UAE believes so

Singapore warns maid agencies against 'undignified' ads

Jul 17, 2014 - 1:53 PM

The Ministry of Manpower says it is concerned by the insensitive and inappropriate portrayal of domestic helpers in advertisements

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