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'Walang tigil ang mga telepono, landline, at mobile. Daig pa namin ang call center (The phones, whether landline or mobile, just won't quit. We're busier than a call center),' says Larry Esguerra, office manager at MPQ Tourism
The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week
Most of those seeking assistance are jobless overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic
Some have no money for plane tickets, others worry about what awaits them in the Philippines
Without specifying a new date, the Department of Labor and Employment says they will bring home the bodies 'early next week' or the week of July 5
'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Failure to meet credit card obligations is among the leading problems besetting overseas Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates
After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated
Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto says limited flights largely caused delays in bringing Filipinos' remains home
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippine government is arranging a cargo flight 'as we speak' to bring home the bodies of 282 deceased Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia
Data from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai show that Filipino workers either lost their jobs, are on a no-work-no-pay arrangement, or have had their salaries cut
Of the 282 Filipino fatalities in Saudi Arabia, 50 died due to the coronavirus, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
The new government policy aims to bring back over 200,000 people with valid UAE resident visas
The video containing the preposterous claim is manipulated from a 2012 report about an OFW raped by police in Kuwait
These workers hope the government and the airline companies take pity on their plight and assist them in going home to their families in the provinces.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the 28-year-old Filipina died in her cabin in a cruise ship 'where she's had to stay because repatriation flights back to the Philippines have been suspended again'
In the United Arab Emirates, Filipinos think of ways to help out fellow Filipinos affected by the coronavirus crisis
Vigan's first COVID-19 patient is a 30-year-old OFW from Taiwan who returned to the country on April 15, and was quarantined at a designated hotel in Pasay City until May 25
'If what we heard and saw in the video are true, that constitutes employer neglect. Gusto natin panagutin ang employer niya sa nangyari sa kanya,' says Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Adnan Alonto
The stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers will be quarantined in Marawi City
Middle East and Africa have the highest number of Filipinos infected with the virus, but the most deaths are in the Americas
Arnaldo Tumaliuan shares a flat with 8 other people in Dubai. One of them tests positive for the coronavirus.
(UPDATED) National Task Force COVID-19 overall head Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government doesn't want a 'repeat of the previous months' when thousands were stuck in Metro Manila
The video containing the claim is from a 2015 report about the beheading of an OFW convicted for murder
The lab will be manned by MCIA staff who are trained by the Department of Health, and will supplement the existing labs in the area
Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31
The Department of Foreign Affairs says the spike is 'due to some late reports' from the Middle East 'where many host governments implement strict data privacy and confidentiality rules'
Caught in a maze of tests and government requirements, returning overseas Filipino workers stuck in quarantine are forced to hustle just to get home
Malacañang responds to a labor group that condemned the government for its 'garbage-like treatment' of migrant Filipino workers
'Recognition for frontliners': Pinay nurse in UAE inspired by conversation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
Jessa Dawn Ubag says she considered her video conference with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a 'recognition of the Filipino community in the UAE, along with all frontliners'
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas says thousands of overseas Filipino workers are projected to arrive in Central Visayas in the coming week
Chinese workers at the resort complex are included in a list of OFWs who’ve tested negative for COVID-19, even though their swab samples were taken later than some Filipino repatriates still waiting for their results
At least 152 Filipinos working in construction sites remain stranded in the African country
Does he return to a country in disarray, or does he stay in another where he has no rights? Whatever choice he makes, the future is uncertain.
In a single day, 468 overseas Filipino workers arrive in Negros Occidental and Bacolod via two sweeper flights and a sea vessel
The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is also considering 'underlying factors' as the domestic worker entered the shelter a day before her supposed suicide
(UPDATED) Some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the capital region due to severe delays in the release of test results and certificates
Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in
The government task force is working to ensure that OFWs are released at most 5 days after going through quarantine, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
The OFWs return to Cebu from Manila after undergoing isolation and virus tests. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Cebu’s jails now exceed 600 mark.
‘Emotionally tortured na po kami dito sa kaiisip kung kailan kami makakauwi sa aming pamilya,’ says a seafarer who’s been in quarantine since April 25
A ten-wheeler truck crashes and then drags Christian Tolentino to his death
The arrival of 42,000 more overseas Filipino workers may 'overwhelm' quarantine facilities, says the chief implementer of government policies on the coronavirus pandemic
Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official
The Department of Agriculture says the loans are zero interest, with technical assistance from the government
(2nd UPDATE) Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo says some repatriated overseas Filipino workers were able to escape before their test results were released. One was found and taken into custody on Sunday, May 17.
A Filipino mechanic known for his dedicated volunteer work also dies after contracting COVID-19 in Dubai
'Military enlistment is not best done at the brink of a war, and neither is the massive employment of nurses during a pandemic'
'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.
DSWD reiterates families of OFWs with no other source of income since January 2020 can avail of the emergency subsidy