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ADOPT SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY FOR OFWS – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III said he supports the “swab-upon-arrival” policy for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). This is in response to the various appeals received by Pimentel’s office from OFWs asking for more reasonable quarantine protocols. The existing protocols require OFWs and ROFs to undergo a minimum of 10 days quarantine […]

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ADOPT CEBU’S SWAB OFWS ON ARRIVAL POLICY – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara aired his support to the policy of the provincial government of Cebu, led by its Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, regarding the Swab-Upon-Arrival for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) in Cebu. Angara said the policy is practical and makes perfect sense considering that OFWs and ROFs that land in Cebu […]

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VILLAFUERTE: BALIK PROBINSYA 2 BILL TO CREATE JOBS

Amid reports that many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) remain unemployed, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has stressed the urgency for Congress to pass the proposed Balik Probinsya, Balik Pagasa (BP2) law to create jobs outside Metro Manila and help convince displaced OFWs to stay and work in their home provinces or cities. Villafuerte, author of House Bill […]

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PASS OFW DEPARTMENT BILL NOW – DELA ROSA

Senator Bato Dela Rosa has sought for the establishment of a department tasked to look after the interest of Filipinos overseas without causing a “swell” to the state bureaucracy since it will be an integration of functions of existing concerned government agencies. This after Dela Rosa authored and filed Senate Bill No. 2110 (SBN 2110), […]

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DOFIL IS A TOP PRIORITY OF DUTERTE – NOGRALES

The creation of a Department of Overseas Filipinos (DOFIL) that merges the functions and mandates of various offices and bureaus that address the concerns of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Filipinos abroad is a top priority of President Rodrigo Duterte. This was stressed by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles at a joint hearing of the Senate […]

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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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DTI TO HOLD BUSINESS WEBINAR SERIES FOR OFWS

The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTIC) in Bangkok, Dubai, Jakarta, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Singapore, and Sydney will hold the first episode of the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) webinar series on 30 April 2021 to provide overseas Filipinos (OFIs) with opportunities to invest in the Philippines and […]

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HOST COUNTRIES SHOULD PROTECT OFWS VS TRAFFICKING

Senator Joel Villanueva stressed the importance of having agreements with countries that host overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to prevent Filipino jobseekers from falling prey to human trafficking syndicates. Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, said the bilateral agreements would allow the Philippine government to run after third-country recruiters who send Filipinos to perilous locations, […]

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OFW GROUPS BACK GO’S DEPT. OF OVERSEAS FILIPINOS

Over 350 overseas Filipino workers representing several groups of overseas Filipinos in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America attended an online forum, organized by United Filipino Global and held recently to raise awareness on how to better protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos abroad and to show their support for Senate Bill […]

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EXTENDED QUARANTINE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS IS UNFAIR PUNISHMENT – ACTS-OFW PARTY-LIST

It is one thing to protect the health of individuals and communities; it is another to make the process harder and longer than necessary because of incompetence and neglect of duty. The latter is already unfair punishment.”This according to John Bertiz, Chairman of ACTS-OFW Party-list, when the truth about the overextended periods of quarantine came […]