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Our endangered OFWs

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Yemen, at the southwestern tip of the Arab Peninsula, have been urged by both the Philippine government and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to accept the government’s repatriation offer and return to the Philippines, in the wake of escalating violence in that country.  Read More »

Move vs additional terminal fee cited

Responding to the call of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and other concerned sectors, the Senate has passed a resolution strongly urging the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to recall its memorandum circular imposing additional terminal fees to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).  Read More »

Ebola: No news is good news

“No news is good news” — so the saying goes. And it very aptly applies to the Ebola epidemic which for several months last year held the whole world in a grip of fear. In the three West African nations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the number of cases quickly shot up to over 100,000 by October, with some 6,000 dead. Some Westerners who had had some contact with victims... 

Return home, Binay appeals to Libya OFWs

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay reiterated yesterday his appeal for Overseas Filipino Workers in Libya to come home following the confirmed report that three Filipinos were among the seven workers abducted by unidentified armed men last Tuesday. Binay, the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, assured that the government is ready to assist those who are voluntarily requesting to be repatriated. Incoming... 

Saudi beheads Pinoy for murder

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Filipino convicted of killing one of its nationals, the interior ministry said. Carletto Lana shot dead Saudi national Nasser al-Gahtani before running him over with a car, the SPA news agency said. This was confirmed yesterday by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.  Read More »

OFW summit tackles agribusiness

The 4th OFW and Family Summit held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City focused on agribusiness to encourage overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) gain entrepreneurial skills. The summit, attended by hundreds of OFWs and their family members, was organized by the Villar Sipag (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) and GoNegosyo.  Read More »

OFW families warned vs scam artists

Government authorities are tracking down scam artists who are out to profit from the monthly dollar remittances that the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) receive from abroad. Senator Cynthia Villar said too many Filipinos, many of them OFWs, have become victims of SMS-based and online scams. “Do not be so trusting especially when dealing with complete strangers,” Villar... 

Binay speaks out

Vice President Jejomar Binay gave vent to long-unexpressed thoughts about ongoing events in the country in an impromptu open forum after delivering a speech at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)-Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Manila Hotel. It was the best thing for him to do under the circumstances.  Read More »

On-line voters listing rejected

The Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee rejected yesterday proposals to allow the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow on-line or remote registration of voters. What the law allows is personal registration so that Comelec-owned equipment could measure a voter’s biometrics features, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, committee chairman, said.  Read More »

No blacklist for RP seamen

The Philippines would not be blacklisted from European-flagged vessels amid the looming audit of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) next month, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay assured Filipino seamen. “There is no need to worry,” Binay said during the 18th National Seafarers Day in Manila.  Read More »