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)

New law prioritizes assistance, reintegration of OFWs
Filipinos working overseas have been dubbed as the country’s modern-day heroes. The remittances that they give to families back home fuel household spending that help power the Philippine economy. Former Angkla Representative Jesulito Manalo, among the authors of a bill calling for the creation of the Office for Social Welfare Attaché to assist overseas Filipinos… (0 comment)

France opens expanded scholarship programs to Pinoys
The French Embassy in Manila announced on February 7, 2020, that it is expanding its scholarship program this year for Filipino professionals who would want to pursue their master’s degree and doctorate abroad. In partnership with the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology’s Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), the PhilFrance-DOST Scholarship program targets Filipinos working in… (0 comment)