Demand up for foreign workers in Malaysia

MANILA, Philippines —  Filipinos looking to work abroad could apply for jobs in Malaysia, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said in a statement Friday. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuala Lumpur, in a report to the labor department, said job opportunities await aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly those involved in …

Dabawenyos hold charity  events to benefit young students in PH

EDMONTON, CANADA — The Dabawenyo Cultural Assistance Society (DCAS) has been doing charitable work for the last seven years without much fanfare by holding social events here and the funds have benefitted kids who are in school in the Philippines. “We are really grateful for the help of not only Dabawenyos here in Alberta Province …

Canada papers Citizens Bill involving migrant residents

EDMONTON, CANADA— The Canadian government is preparing a bill which will change the landscape in the law involving migrants in the country. Dubbed as the  Citizenship Act, it will recognise the permanent residents as citizens of Canada and can now apply for citizenship. This development is a good news to all Filipino permanent resident  as  …

DFA eyes adoption of new rules to aid distressed OFWs

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expects to start implementing “liberal” guidelines for the provision of assistance to nationals (ATN) to all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress by next year. Raul Dado, DFA Executive Director for Migrant Workers Affairs, said the new guidelines are up for review by Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. …

PH thanks Saudi for extending amnesty to undocumented OFWs

MANILA , Philippines — The Philippine government  Sunday expressed its appreciation to Saudi Arabia for extending an amnesty program that would allow thousands more of undocumented Filipinos in the kingdom to go home. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said the extension of the amnesty program was expected to benefit more …

DFA to relax guidelines in aiding OFWs in distress

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is working to relax guidelines for the provision of assistance to nationals (ATN) to all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress in a bid to make the support more inclusive. Lawyer Raul Dado, DFA Executive Director for Migrant Workers Affairs, said the department aims to adopt …

Fil-Canadian Copaa’s Filipino Pavilion a huge success

EDMONTON, Canada — The Congress of Philippine Associations in Alberta’s hosting of the Filipino Pavilion to Heritage Festival guests this year ended on a high note, Monday. Copaa spokesman Lito Velasco, editor of the Alberta Filipino Journal, said the three-day event displayed harmony among the different cultures in Edmonton. “We would like to thank the Filipino …

Mercedita, an OFW dies on the day she was coming home

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— When she left her village in Camada, Magpet, North Cotabato in 2009, Mercedita Villosido Castillano was  full of hope she can send monthly remittance for the two children she left behind. The first employment in Hongkong was fine, the family was able to redeem the land they pawned for her placement and processing …

Fil-Canadians in Edmonton to offer “Mass for peace in Marawi”

 EDMONTON, CANADA — A Filipino-Canadian deacon has reached out to the Edmontonians to join them in a “Mass for Peace in Marawi” on Friday, August 4, here. Deacon Gem Mella announced that the 7 p.m. mass at the Corpus Christi Parish will be officiated by Father J.Roy Allan Laudenorio. Mildred Balmores, whose son Mark is a photojournalist covering …