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April remittances post fastest growth in over a year

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) sent more money home in April, clocking the fastest growth in over a year on the back of a weaker peso, the central bank reported on Monday.

OWWA-Davao seeks collaboration with graduating students to help OFWs on livelihood...

THE DAVAO regional office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) wants to tap graduating students, specifically those taking entrepreneurial and accountancy courses, for assisting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who want to apply for the agency’s livelihood assistance program.

OFW in Slovakia killed after defending 2 harassed women

AN overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Slovakia died last Thursday days after being beaten up by Slovak nationals who were harassing two women, the...

Duterte apologizes to Kuwait government for ‘harsh language’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The President apologized for the "harsh language" he used when a diplomatic row between the governments of Kuwait and the...

Family of murdered OFW in Kuwait given two months to file...

By Gillian M. Cortez The Department of Foreign Affairs said that the family of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis only has two months to file for a...

Remains of slain OFW in South Korea brought home

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE remains of an overseas Filipino worker murdered in South Korea was returned to his family in Iloilo on Sunday, the...

BY THE NUMBERS: Overseas Filipino workers

HIGHLIGHTS:  ● Females account for 53.7% or 1.26 million of the total OFWs, higher than males (at 46.3%), according to a survey conducted by the...

OFW in Saudi Arabia stabbed

By Camille A. Aguinaldo A FILIPINO nurse in Saudi Arabia was stabbed multiple times by a Saudi national for still unknown reasons, the Department of...

Bahrain ready to take in more Filipino workers — DFA

Bahrain is ready to receive more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) into their country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday, May 14. In...

Kuwaiti government to release detained Filipino diplomats — Roque

The Kuwaiti government assured that the “release” of the three Filipino diplomats facing kidnapping charges are "now being worked out," presidential spokesperson Harry L....

Palace: Labor agreement between Philippines and Kuwait to be signed May...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Presidential spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. announced late Wednesday, May 9, that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Philippines and...

Robredo calls for ‘decisive steps’ to protect OFWs in Kuwait

Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo said immediate "decisive steps" must be taken to protect over 260,000 overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) still in Kuwait. "The...

Cayetano backs OFW rescue amid row with Kuwait

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Thursday stood by rescue efforts of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for...

Kuwaiti government wants PHL ambassador out — DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed reports that the Kuwaiti government has expelled Philippine Ambassador Renato O. Villa from the Arab state, saying...

DFA: Undocumented OFWs in Kuwait brought home

By Camille A. Aguinaldo and Charmaine A. Tadalan SOME 190 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait, including 18 minors, were brought home by the...

Nearly 200 repatriated OFWs arrive from Kuwait

Some 190 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait was brought home by the government as part of the amnesty program of the Kuwaiti...

OFW allegedly forced by Saudi employer to drink household bleach in...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is coordinating with authorities in Saudi Arabia following the hospitalization of a Filipino household service worker who was...

Remittance growth slows in February

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sent more money home in February although at a slower pace from the previous month, the central bank reported on...

Duterte to fly to Kuwait for signing of OFW protection agreement

By Arjay L. Balinbin WITH the Kuwaiti government’s approval of the conditions he set for his visit, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will soon...

Duterte off to Hong Kong

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter After his participation at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan Province in China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte proceeded...

No Filipino killed in van crash in Münster, Germany —...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, April 9, reported no Filipino casualty when a van crashed into a crowd in Münster, Germany...

DFA: No Filipino casualty in Riyadh after missile attack from Yemen...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported no Filipino casualty after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired seven ballistic missiles towards Riyadh and several other...

HSBC sees faster growth in remittances this year

Cash remittances are expected to grow faster this year as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will likely take advantage of a weaker peso to send...

Suspect in killing of Kuwait OFW in police custody — envoy

By Arjay L. Balinbin The main suspect in the killing of Filipina domestic helper Joanna D. Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer in...

Human rights report flags PHL lawlessness, violence

THE state of human rights in the Philippines has been marked by “increased lawlessness and violence” resulting from the government’s war on drugs, according...

Ban on OFWs to Kuwait may worsen problem, group warns

AN INTERNATIONAL human rights group has warned that banning Filipino migrant workers from employment in Kuwait may lead to more abuses when workers resort...

Kuwait extends amnesty for overstaying OFWs

By Arjay L. Balinbin The Kuwaiti government has granted the Philippines’ request to extend its amnesty program for Filipino workers who have overstayed their visa,...

Kuwaiti foreign minister: We are communicating with PHL on OFWs

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz and Camille A. Aguinaldo Kuwaiti foreign minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah said on Tuesday, Feb. 13, that his country...

INC executive minister named special envoy for OFW concerns

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo as his Special Envoy for overseas Filipino workers’ (OFWs)...

Senate approves OFW Handbook bill

THE SENATE in a statement said it has approved today on third and final reading a bill which would mandate the Philippine Overseas Employment...

Remittance increase slows in November

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter CASH REMITTANCES increased annually for a second straight month in November last year but at a slower pace, the...

OFW remittance growth may have slowed in Nov.

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter REMITTANCES from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) likely grew at a slower pace in November ahead of an expected...

Digital remittance firms looking to expand PHL presence

DIGITAL REMITTANCE companies have set their sights on expanding their presence in the Philippines, with the country being one of their key markets in...

Remittances rise to $2.27B in October

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter CASH remittances recovered in October to a two-month high, the central bank reported on Friday, as overseas Filipino...

Sept. remittances smaller; year-to-date flows up

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter MONEY SENT HOME by Filipinos abroad dropped in September to a five-month low as Saudi Arabia sent more overseas...

Duterte puts security risks front and center

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, representing the chair this year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), yesterday set the stage for the bloc’s...

OF Bank rollout expected by January

THE PROMISED Overseas Filipino (OF) Bank will no longer need prior approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for it to operate, which...

Overseas Filipino Bank to be reorganized as lending business

THE PLANNED Overseas Filipino Bank will be established in April, after original plans to set it up in January, as the business plan is...

Aug. remittances bare spending support

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter REMITTANCES hit a five-month high in August, according to data the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released yesterday, shoring...

Overseas Filipino Bank to be operational by January 2018

THE NEWLY created Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB) will be operational by January 2018, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III assured yesterday. The former Philippine...

WB holds PHL up as possible model for migrant worker policy

THE PHILIPPINE approach to migrant labor is viewed as a benchmark for other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-member states, the World Bank said. “The...

July remittances rise fastest in four months

MONEY SENT HOME in July by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) increased by their fastest pace in four months, the Bangko Sental ng Pilipinas (BSP)...

Rollout of OFW bank pushed back to next year

THE ESTABLISHMENT of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s promised bank for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be pushed back to January next year due to...

Overseas Filipino's cash remittances

MONEY SENT HOME by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continued to grow in January, sustaining the trend of above $2 billion in monthly inflows in...

The migrant experience in art

By John L. Silva GIVEN THAT immigrants and migrants these days are being demonized, made the pariah in many countries including the once immigrant friendly United...