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OFW INSURANCE BILL GETS HOUSE OK – CAMPOS

The House of Representatives approved on final reading the measure seeking to expand the coverage of compulsory insurance for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). With 180 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed on third reading House Bill 10802, which seeks to amend the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 […]

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KIDAPAWAN CITY AWARDS HOUSES TO OFW FAMILIES

The National Housing Authority (NHA) and the city government of Kidapawan have awarded 179 housing units to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) under the “OFW Pabahay Project”. Mayor Joseph Evangelista said the P57.5 million project intends to shelter the families of OFWs whose houses were destroyed in the series of tremors that hit the province in […]

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GROUP LAUDS REPATRIATION OF OFWS FROM UKRAINE

A party-list group representing Filipino seafarers lauded the Duterte administration for its measures focusing on the protection and safety of overseas Filipinos, especially those affected by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Marino Representative Sandro Gonzales commended the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Philippine […]

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UKRAINE CRISIS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR PH – MORENO

Presidential aspirant Mayor Isko Moreno said what is happening in Ukraine should be a wake-up call for the Philippines. In his sortie in Bataan, Moreno said the country should always be prepared for any eventuality. “Ang paghahanda ang importante lalo na ang posibleng mangyari na hindi naman natin pinapangarap o iniisip na mangyari pero maigi […]

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DMW TO BETTER ADDRESS OFW CONCERNS – NOGRALES

“Republic Act No. 11641 which creates the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is a priority legislative measure of the Duterte administration which fully recognizes the sacrifices made by our modern-day heroes, our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The President signed it into law last December 30, 2021 to better address the needs and concerns of our […]

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NEW OFW DEPT TO DETER ILLEGAL RECRUITERS, FIXERS

Illegal recruiters and fixers preying on hapless overseas Filipino workers seeking employment abroad are now put on notice once the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is established, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva, principal sponsor and author of Republic Act No. 11461, has been crafted to eliminate the “nooks and crannies” where fixers and illegal […]

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DMW TO BETTER SERVE OFWS, SAYS VILLAFUERTE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has expressed the hope that the new department dedicated to serving migrant Filipinos will streamline and speed up services for the country’s overseas workers, especially those in distress.  Villafuerte said that under the newly signed law creating the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) need not go […]

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VILLANUEVA LAUDS NEW DEPARTMENT FOR OFWS

Senator Joel Villanueva welcomed the signing of Republic Act No. 11641 creating the Department of Migrant Workers, which seeks to improve the services given to millions of overseas Filipino workers by consolidating all government offices and agencies scattered across the bureaucracy under one roof. “Today, December 30, the day we honor one of the great […]

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DOT WELCOMES SHORTENED QUARANTINE FOR VAXXED OFWS

The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID)  decision to shorten the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated returning overseas Filipinos, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)  and balikbayans from yellow countries, from five days to just three days starting November 22. Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat confirmed […]

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DA LAUNCHES ‘AGRIKABUHAYAN’ PROGRAM IN KOREA – DAR

To assist returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in starting their own businesses, the Department of Agriculture, through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) in coordination with the Philippine Agriculture Office in Seoul, launched “DA-DOLE Micro AgriKabuhayan para sa Balikbayan Program” in Korea. Attended by 170 registered participants, mostly OFWs, this is the first international […]