More OFWs needed in Abu Dhabi as UAE economy reopens
Companies and businesses in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are slowly opening, giving job opportunities to migrant workers including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a virtual forum on July 23, 2021, Labor Attaché Manuel Dimaano of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the host country said the Arab economy is slowly… (0 comment)

Comelec releases voter signup schedule in malls
Voter registration in selected Robinsons malls across the country will begin on July 16, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on July 15, 2021. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said voter registration booths will be set up in 16 Robinsons malls nationwide. “We are happy to announce that there are now 16 planned mall registration booths… (0 comment)

600K pandemic-affected OFWs repatriated in 12 months
The government has repatriated over 600,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic since May 2020. There are also between 70,000 to 130,000 more OFWs expected to return, aside from those who regularly go home to take their vacations. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac reported on… (0 comment)

Faster aid distribution expected after SAP — DSWD
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista said on July 7, 2021, the government’s experiences in the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) proved helpful to come up with faster and more efficient assistance distribution. “So sa tingin as a whole iyong magandang natutunan natin dito sa (So I think as… (0 comment)

Pinoy seafarers’ rights, welfare among top DFA concerns
As the world celebrates International Seafarers Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured on June 25, 2021, the government will continue to promote the rights and welfare of over 300,000 Filipino nationals in the maritime industry. With the Philippines having over 337,000 seafarers, “it is logical, good policy and just plain right and decent… (0 comment)

591K Filipino repatriates home since March 2020
Close to 600,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated through government efforts have been sent home. Based on the data of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), 591,063 Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been transported mostly to provinces. The repatriation covered the period March 2020 to June 22, 2021. This year,… (0 comment)

AFP, DSWD ‘green’ deal to cushion Covid-19 impact
The economic impact of the pandemic is most telling in depressed communities. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – National Capital Region (NCR) and 7th Civil Relations Group (CRG) of the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP) aim to alleviate their conditions by combining projects that will promote… (0 comment)

Vaccination of ‘general populace’ might start in August
More Filipinos will be inoculated by August as the government expects steady deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines in the coming months, National Task Force (NTF) chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on April 29, 2021. Galvez, also the country’s vaccine czar, said the government may start inoculating priority groups under categories A4 (other essential workers… (0 comment)

More doctors, nurses deployed to LGUs to boost vaccine rollout
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has started deploying its own doctors and nurses on “loan” to local government units (LGUs) to help implement the government’s vaccination program, while it waits to start its own nationwide vaccination for some 70,000 employees in June. “This is another way we can support (the) government’s vaccination efforts –by sharing our… (0 comment)