163 Filipino seafarers onboard cruise ship ‘Viking Sky’ safe-DFA

DAVAO CITY (March 25) — The 163 Filipino seafarers aboard cruise ship ‘Viking Sky’ are safe, this was the assurance of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sunday. The Viking Sky was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew members. The report said the crew issued a mayday call. Fearing the ship would run aground, they managed …

Immigration on alert vs trafficking of minors to work abroad

DAVAO CITY (March 19) — Bureau of Immigration officers stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been ordered to carefully screen departing Overseas Filipino workers in the wake of reports that trafficking syndicates were again recruiting under aged Filipinas to work abroad. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said he has instructed BI Port Operations …

Japan needs 60K caregivers: POEA

MANILA — Some 60,000 caregivers are needed in Japan, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). POEA administrator Bernard Olalia said private recruitment agencies will be processing the employment of qualified foreign workers under the new specialized skilled worker visa of Japan starting April 1. He added the new visa will have two classifications: one …

TESDA to grant scholarships to distressed Filipinos in Dubai

Dubai, UAE – Women’s month became more meaningful to the 254 female wards sheltering at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has promised to give them scholarships on the courses they wish to take once they are back in the Philippines.  The visit of Secretary Isidro …

Duterte welcomes his friend, partner and brother Malaysian PM Mahathir

DAVAO CITY (March 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday welcomed his friend, partner and brother Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad for his state visit. In his welcome speech, Duterte said “Welcome back to Manila Mr. Prime Minister. Thank you for accepting my invitation to visit my country as soon after my own …

Seven Filipino seafarers charge of smuggling acquitted in Libya

DAVAO CITY (March 5) — The High Court of Libya has acquitted the seven Filipino seafarers who have been charged since 2017 on allegations of smuggling 6 million liters of fuel. The Philippine Embassy in Libya informed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about the news as they welcome the acquittal Sunday night. The Libyan …

Three Filipino tourists victimized by scam, jailed in Hongkong

DAVAO CITY (February 21) — Three Filipino tourists are jailed in Hongkong and been sentenced to five-month imprisonment after their tour turned out to be a scam. The three tourists whose identities are withheld, went to Hong Kong in October and using forged documents, opened bank accounts at the Bank of China and Standard Chartered …