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OFWs in UAE scramble to update visas following new policies

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:29 AM

'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

PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week

3,000 Dubai OFWs seek PH consulate's help for repatriation

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:57 AM

Most of those seeking assistance are jobless overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Mandaue City COVID-19 frontliners to get P200 daily hazard pay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Mandaue City has 717 active coronavirus cases, 319 recoveries, and 25 deaths

MANDAUE CITY Mayor Jonas Cortes signs the ordinance that will give P200 daily hazard pay to all Mandaue City workers who physically report for work during the pandemic. Photo from Mandaue CIty PIO

Jobless OFWs in Dubai in quandary about returning home

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Some have no money for plane tickets, others worry about what awaits them in the Philippines

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? These Filipino workers lost their jobs in the UAE but remain undecided on whether to head back home to the Philippines

PH misses July 4 target to bring home deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:07 PM

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

MISSED TARGET. The Philippine government misses its self-imposed deadline to bring home deceased overseas Filipino workers. Photo by DFA-OUMWA

Green light for Amsterdam's red light district after virus shutdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:22 PM

The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but decides to bring the date forward as COVID-19 cases dropped

REOPENS. People walk in the red light district of Amsterdam on July 1, 2020, as Dutch brothels reopened today after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent COVID-19 infection. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Bello says OFWs selling blood only do so for going out and drinking

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'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

OFWS SELLING BLOOD. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs reportedly selling blood only do so to have money for going out or drinking. File photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB

[OPINION] We need to treat informal workers better from now on

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'Let’s include the Nanay Celias, Kuya Bons, and Manang Sols in our discussions. Let’s talk about a new reality where they are afforded the same benefits their counterparts in the formal economy enjoy.'

Bello rejects calls to use OFWs' OWWA contributions for aid

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Dapat gobyerno ang magbigay ng pera,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as he reiterates the need for a supplemental budget to assist overseas Filipino workers

OWWA TRUST FUND. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from Middle East were given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces by land transport on June 18, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Dubai OFW in limbo over unpaid bank loan

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Failure to meet credit card obligations is among the leading problems besetting overseas Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates

LIMBO. Engineer Eduardo Malinao Cervantes, 71, wants to go home to the Philippines but a travel ban has been imposed on him. His passport is with the Dubai Court. Photo courtesy of Gracie May Kalaw

DOLE: Remains of 301 Saudi Arabia OFWs home by July 4

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

Millions of migrant workers head home due to virus – U.N.

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Migrant workers were left exceptionally exposed to the virus and the economic shutdown it triggered, says the United Nations' International Labour Organization

'SOCIAL DISTANCING.' In this file photo, migrant workers eat in the dining area onboard the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship, used to accommodate foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19, at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre terminal in Singapore on May 23, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

If pandemic persists, OWWA funds to be depleted end of 2021

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:15 PM

The costs for hotel, food, and transportation for overseas Filipino workers are not sustainable, says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac

DEPLETING FUNDS. Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers and seafarers queue to board buses at Paranaque Integrated Exchange Terminal after their prolonged mandatory quarantine on May 28, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[PODCAST] Making Space: Some sex workers think they don't need saving

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Rappler explores the less popular but equally true discourse that sex workers sometimes engage in this activity on their own accord, and so they don’t consider informing authorities about it is in their best interest

Over 200 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia died of 'natural causes' – DFA

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto says limited flights largely caused delays in bringing Filipinos' remains home

FILIPINO DEATHS. An aerial view shows a deserted highway due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on May 24, 2020. Photo by Failsal Al-Nasser/AFP

PH aims to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia this week

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:58 AM

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

COOPERATE. DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the Philippines Abdullah Al Bussairy in a meeting on June 15, 2020. Photo from DFA

Over 88,000 OFWs in UAE seek aid, but funds only for 17,000

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:54 PM

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

Displaced overseas Filipino workers in Dubai queueing in for free hot meals. (Photo grab from Feby Cachero Baguisa Dela Peña’s Facebook with permission. She started giving free food a month ago and is now preparing hot meals from sponsors.

Saudi Arabia asks PH to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs

Jun 21, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Of the 282 Filipino fatalities in Saudi Arabia, 50 died due to the coronavirus, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

No rest for heroes

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:01 AM

Inside Manila’s hospital for the poor

EMERGENCY.. Medical workers must wear level 4 protective at the triage area. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH again lands on global top 10 worst countries for workers

Jun 20, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'In the Philippines, union members are particularly at risk of violence, intimidation and murder,' says the International Trade union Confederation

Members of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod ( BMP-KPML) stage a Labor Day Protest in front of their houses in Caloocan City on May 1, 2020, calling on the goverment for more benefits and assistance to workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Iraq demands Turkey 'stop bombardment, withdraw forces' from north

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Iraq's foreign ministry summons the Turkish ambassador and hands him a 'strongly-worded memorandum calling for a halt to such provocative actions'

DEMAND. In this file photo taken on June 22, 2018, members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party carry rifles as they stand guard on a road in the Qandil Mountains, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq. File photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

[OPINION] Clinical clerkship: Being next in line in the pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Had I known this pandemic would occur, would I still have pursued the 4 grueling years of medical school, only to be put on the front lines?'

UAE opens doors, allows even foreigners to return

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The new government policy aims to bring back over 200,000 people with valid UAE resident visas

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

FALSE: OFW positive for coronavirus raped by camel in Riyadh

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The video containing the preposterous claim is manipulated from a 2012 report about an OFW raped by police in Kuwait

WATCH: Stranded workers occupy NAIAX road waiting for flights

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:30 PM

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.

STRANDED. Filipino workers stay under the bridge at NAIAX road in hopes airline companies will pity them and assist them so they can go home to their provinces. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler.

Filipina cruise ship worker dies by suicide while awaiting repatriation

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM

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'

STRANDED AT SEA. This file photo taken on June 21, 2016 shows the Harmony of the Seas in the port of Marseille, southern France, for a cruise stopover. Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP

Filipinos in UAE band together to weather coronavirus pandemic

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:45 AM

In the United Arab Emirates, Filipinos think of ways to help out fellow Filipinos affected by the coronavirus crisis

FREE FOOD. Feby Dela Peña and her team. Contributed photo

Vigan records first coronavirus case

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:19 PM

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

CITY HALL. A decontamination tent has been placed at the entrance of the Vigan City Hall as a precaution to the spread of the coronavirus disease. The city recorded its first case on June 9, 2020. Photo from the Vigan City PH Facebook page

PH files complaint vs employer of Saudi OFW who died without medical attention

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:51 PM

'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

Finally, more coronavirus-hit health workers receive gov't compensation

Jun 07, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The Department of Health says families of 25 out of 32 health workers who died due to the coronavirus received funds promised to them, while checks for 10 of the 42 health workers severely infected are ready

HIGH RISK. Workers wear personal protective equipment inside the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Building in Delpan, Tondo on June 2, 2020.  Photo by Dante Diosina JR/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

156 stranded OFWs, residents finally coming home to Lanao del Sur

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers will be quarantined in Marawi City

COMING HOME. Returning Lanao del Sur residents boarded one of the buses that wil take them home to Marawi City, capital of Lanao del Sur. Photo from Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office

Overseas Filipinos with coronavirus reach 5,369

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Middle East and Africa have the highest number of Filipinos infected with the virus, but the most deaths are in the Americas

OFWS. Stranded passengers mostly OFWs queque as they wait to buy ticket to go back to their respective provinces at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 4, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

OFW recalls close brush with COVID-19 in shared UAE flat

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Arnaldo Tumaliuan shares a flat with 8 other people in Dubai. One of them tests positive for the coronavirus.

OFW. Arnaldo Tumalian has been based in the United Arab Emirates since April 17, 2007.  Photo from the Facebook page of Arnaldo  Tumaliuan

OFWs transiting Metro Manila to be sent home within 5 days

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:44 PM

(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

COMING HOME. Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte to axe DOH staff over health workers' compensation but spares Duque

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells President Duterte during a televised meeting: 'Nakakahiya talaga, Sir. Namatayan na nga, tapos nagpawardi-wardi mga tao ko na parang walang sense of urgency.'

COMPENSATION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte set a new deadline for the release of health worker compensation. Malacanang photo

'Palusot ang IRR': Sotto urges DOH to fast-track compensation of health workers

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'While I understand that this pandemic is an unprecendented crisis, let it not be a reason for your failure to do what is expected of you as a secretary of health and the chairperson of the IATF,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III

CORONAVIRUS. Healthcare workers cheer as they send off a COVID-19 survivor on May 28, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FALSE: OFW in Saudi beheaded after testing positive for coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:26 PM

The video containing the claim is from a 2015 report about the beheading of an OFW convicted for murder

Cebu airport builds coronavirus testing lab in terminal for returning OFWs

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:57 AM

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

REOPENED. The Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) opens as Cebu is placed under general community quarantine. Photo from MCIA's Facebook page

[WATCH]: Rappler Live Jam x PROMIL FOUR: Ira Aclan

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:52 AM

Award-winning violinist and PROMIL® FOUR Gifted Child Ira Aclan concludes our concert series for our frontliners

Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns

May 31, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31

OFWs. In this file photo, Filipinos who availed general amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government are pictured  at the Kuwait International Airport Terminal 4, on April 3, 2020 on their way home to Manila amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus up by 2,315, bringing total to 5,184

May 31, 2020 - 7:20 PM

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'

Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020, to go home to their respective provinces in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro after their overdue mandatory quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

OFWs struggle through prolonged quarantine in gov’t 'VIP treatment'

May 31, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Caught in a maze of tests and government requirements, returning overseas Filipino workers stuck in quarantine are forced to hustle just to get home

Duterte admin giving returning OFWs 'VIP treatment' – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Malacañang responds to a labor group that condemned the government for its 'garbage-like treatment' of migrant Filipino workers

Returning OFWs who finished thier prolonged mandatory quarantine queue outside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on May 28, 2020, to return to their respective provinces through the Balik Probinsya program. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

'Recognition for frontliners': Pinay nurse in UAE inspired by conversation with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

May 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

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'

PINAY NURSE. Jessa Dawn Ubag is among the lucky few who had a chance to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, through a virtual chat. Photo courtesy of the Emirates News Agency

Number of health workers infected with coronavirus reaches 2,480

May 29, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Department of Health reports 28 new coronavirus cases among health workers

HEALTH WORKERS. Medical Technologists hired by Philippine Coast Guard man their stations as Health Secretary Francisco Duque III inspects the new swabbing center at Palacio de Manila in Malate on May 5, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cebu, rest of Central Visayas gear up for more OFW arrivals

May 29, 2020 - 8:19 PM

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

OFW ARRIVAL. Overseas Filipino workers arrive at the Port of Cebu. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas

Sex workers' hands tied under coronavirus lockdowns

May 28, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'If someone gets sick in my dungeon, you know I am not insured for that,' says professional dominatrix Madame Caramel

DUNGEON. A view of one of the rooms at the Hoxton Dungeon suite, a BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) apartment in central London on May 23, 2020. Photo by Elizaveta Malykhina/AFP