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PH RED CROSS SETS UP NAIA COVID-19 TESTING BOOTH

To serve our country-bound balikbayans and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), through the directive of Senator Dick Gordon, mobilized PRC staff and volunteers to set up COVID-19 test booking booth at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Manila International Airport Authority general manager Eddie Monreal […]

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GIVE OFWS FROM AFGHANISTAN OWWA BENEFITS – ANGARA

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) repatriated from Afghanistan are entitled to various benefits and assistance to help them while they are sorting out their lives. As the sponsor and author of Republic Act 10801 or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Act of 2016, Senator Sonny Angara said the repatriated Filipinos from the conflict-ridden Afghanistan will […]

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DTI PROMOTES PH FOOD PRODUCTS IN HONG KONG – LOPEZ

The Philippine Trade and Investment Center Hong Kong (PTIC-HK), in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR, PTIC – Beijing, PTIC – Guangzhou, PTIC – Shanghai, the Office of the Agriculture Counsellor of the Philippines in Beijing, Department of Trade and Industry -Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), DTI Baguio – Benguet, and the […]

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PROPOSED OFW DEPARTMENT TO HAVE 24/7 ‘GLOBAL 911’

One of the urgent mandates of the proposed Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) is the establishment of a “global 911” system, which Filipinos in need of help abroad can access “anytime, anywhere,” Senator Joel Villanueva said. “A 24/7 global emergency helpline for distressed Filipinos abroad that would do more than just offer […]

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GOV’T SHOULD SHOULDER OFW SWAB TEST – PANGILINAN

The national government should shoulder the cost of swab tests requirements for all inbound passengers, especially returning Filipinos, to spare them from incurring additional expenses, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. Pangilinan pointed out that people are already financially burdened by the pandemic and requiring them to shell out hard-earned money for testing is unwarranted. “Private testing […]

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TADURAN BACKS NO QUARANTINE FOR VAXXED OFWS

A party-list lawmaker said returning Filipinos who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) here or abroad should be exempted from the mandatory quarantine when they arrive in the country. ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Rowena Niña Taduran said the mandatory seven-day quarantine in a government-approved facility would only burden the arriving fully vaccinated Filipinos, who […]

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VILLANUEVA BACKS CEBU’S SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY

Senator Joel Villanueva has thrown his support for Cebu’s “swab-upon-arrival” policy, saying the “sensible, but science-based” way of screening travelers for coronavirus is “low-cost but highly-effective”. “It is a kind of health checkpoint that spares OFWs of the hassles of quarantine. It saves them time and money, both of which are better spent with and […]

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DMWOF TO ADDRESS NEEDS OF 10 MILLION PINOYS ABROAD

As coordination between agencies servicing millions of Filipinos overseas remains a tall order, the proposed Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) hopes to optimize government service to Filipinos abroad, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, sponsored to the plenary Senate Bill No. 2234, which seeks to establish […]

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HK OFWS CAN REFUSE COVID VACCINATION — VILLANUEVA

The plan of the Hong Kong government to have Filipinos working in the territory vaccinated against COVID-19 must be based on “informed choice” and should never be done under state pressure, Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Kahit naman dito sa atin, wala pong pilitan pagdating sa bakuna. Pero mariin po nating hinihimok ang lahat na magpabakuna. […]

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FREE SWAB TESTS FOR OFWS, ROFS IN CEBU — GARCIA

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) going home to any of the cities and towns in Cebu province will now have to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test (RT-PCR) testing upon arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced the testing will be free of charge. “The new policy will no […]