Gov’t repatriates over 96K OFWs during Covid-19 crisis
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the government has facilitated the repatriation of more than 96,000 distressed overseas Filipinos since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic broke out. “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19, the DFA has been working day in, day out to assist our overseas Filipinos following the instruction of President Duterte… (0 comment)

DFA honors 88 deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia
The Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. honored the 88 deceased overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose remains have returned home from Saudi Arabia at the heroes’ welcome held at the Villamor Air Base on July 20, 2020. Locsin offered his condolences to the families of the deceased OFWs and recalled their sacrifice for… (0 comment)

The Department of Finance (DOF) in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank), launched the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) as a digital-only, first branchless Philippine government bank that allows clients to complete banking transactions anytime and anywhere across the globe. The OFBank virtual launch was streamed live on the Facebook Pages of OFBank… (0 comment)

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has launched the “Uwian Na” portal that aims to help Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who wish to return to their respective hometowns under the “Balik-Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” program of the government. According to OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, OFWs who have tested negative for the Corona Virus Disease 2019… (0 comment)

Guidelines set for donations for PH’s Covid-19 response
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has imposed new guidelines with regard to donations that will help the Philippines step up its fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a Palace press briefing on Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Karlos Nograles said the IATF-EID has designated the Office of Civil… (0 comment)

OFWs, balikbayans, foreigners allowed to leave PH anytime
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), balikbayans, and foreigners are allowed to leave the Philippines anytime despite the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, a Palace official said late Tuesday night, March 17, 2020. In a Palace press briefing, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said these groups will only have to show proof of international travel. “OFWs, balikbayans, and foreign… (0 comment)

Muntinlupa City to establish OFW Help Desks
Muntinlupa City local government is set to establish overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) help desks to promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers and their families in their locality. The City Government of Muntinlupa partners with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Technical… (0 comment)

Covid-19 slows down OFW deployment to HK, Macao, Taiwan
The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) threat has affected the deployment of overseas Filipino workers, particularly new hires, to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on February 24, 2020. “Bumaba ‘yung mga bago (There are less newly-hired OFWs). (I think) they are also taking necessary precautions especially that they also got… (0 comment)

PH gov’t gives P80-M cash aid to OFWs affected by travel ban
The government has provided over PHP80 million worth of financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded due to the travel ban imposed on China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. “Statistics for BAP (Beneficiaries Availment Program) NCOV (Novel Coronavirus) Relief, as of February 19, 2020, 16:11… (0 comment)

PH hits 8.26-million  foreign arrivals in 2019
International visitors to the Philippines in 2019 reached 8.26 million, a 15.24 percent growth over 2018’s 7.16 million arrivals. Almost all months, except January, registered double-digit growth rates, the largest of which was August at 27.54 percent while December recorded the highest volume at 776,798. “This heralds a new milestone in the country’s tourism history,… (0 comment)