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 …

DOLE working on guidelines for issuance of OFW ID

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is preparing the guidelines for the  issuance of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) identification card or IDOLE. Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say revealed that the department is working on  the rules and the  implementation to ensure  everything is covered. “The guidelines are one of the matters being readied as …

ALAB: A book of love, sacrifice and the undying support for Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The night glitters, one would think it was a gala night as everyone was sporting a stylish Filipiniana or Barong tagalog, unless you notice the backdrop welcoming everyone to the book launching “ALAB: The Awakening of the Filipino Patriotism.” The huge function room was filled with people whom our government calls the  Bagong …

Sen. Villanueva seeks help for missing Filipina in London

MANILA, Philippines–Sen. Joel Villanueva on Thursday appealed to the public, concerned government agencies and embassies to help missing Filipina and Jesus is Lord (JIL) member Ligaya Moore, who was among those believed displaced by a fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in London early Wednesday. “Ang appeal natin ay kung maaari tayong makahingi ng …