Bureau of Immigration reminds public of Balikbayan privilege

DAVAO CITY (January 8) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is reminding the public on the scope of the Balikbayan Program intended for former Filipinos visiting the Philippines. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente in a press statement emphasized “Under Republic Act No. 6768, the 1-year Balikbayan visa privilege is exclusively given to former Filipinos naturalized …

Jealousy drove former OFW to shoot estranged wife, self

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN — Police investigators in Catarman town, Camiguin province cite jealousy as the primary motive when a former overseas Filipino worker shot his wife before committing suicide outside the San Roque Parish in Barangay Poblacion, Catarman town, on Sunday morning. Catarman police identified the victim as Ivy Linao, 35, a municipal employee in Catarman. …

2 Filipinos hurt in Hong Kong bus accident

DAVAO CITY (December 13) — Two Filipinos were injured in a school bus accident in North Point, Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said Wednesday. The vehicular mishap that killed four people happened Monday afternoon. Citing Consul General Antonio Morales’ report, Cato said one of the Filipino victims was discharged from the hospital …

Dead OFW found floating in Malaysian river

DAVAO CITY (DECEMBER 10)— A Filipina was found dead floating in Pengalan River in Melalap , Malaysian. The Department of Foreign Affairs in a press statement  the discovery of a a suspected Filipina homicide victim floating in a river in Sabah, Malaysia. The DFA in a press statement,  identified the body as Madelyn Bernardo Asuncion, who …

Duterte vows to protect OFWs

DAVAO CITY (December 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, December 5, assured Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) of the government’s protection underscoring their contributions to national development. Noting that OFWs are considered the modern-day heroes who send multi-billion dollar remittances back home. The President referred to our OFW’s as “the lifeblood of the country.” “As …

OWWA e-card project to benefit 250,000 OFWs

DAVAO CITY (November 7)– The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has launched the first phase of its OFW e-card project which is expected to benefit an estimated 250,000 Balik Manggagawa OFWs. The e-card can be used for OWWA services such as welfare programs, scholarship applications, training programs, and other social benefits. OFWs who are active …