PH travel ban expands to 19 countries over new Covid-19 strain

MANILA – The Philippines on Tuesday banned “all foreign travelers” from the United Kingdom (UK) and 19 other countries and areas from entering the country following reports of a new strain of coronavirus found in the UK. In a memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the extension of the temporary …

BI to implement extended UK travel restrictions

DAVAO CITY — – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that the travel restrictions for arriving passengers who have been to the United Kingdom (UK) in the last 14 days has been extended. According to Morente, as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte in last night’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of …

Coming Home on a Covid Christmas

Heeding the calls of the overseas Filipinos and their families, Senator Christopher Laurence “Bong” Go has recently authored Senate Bill No. 1949, also known as the “Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2020”, which seeks to create a department that will ensure efficient and more responsive delivery of government services to around ten million Filipinos …

12 Covid19 recoveries, 1 death among overseas Filipinos

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement on Monday reported one new fatality and 12 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific. The DFA stated that the numbers bring the death toll to 847 and the total number of recoveries to 7,577. …

Gov’t repatriates nearly 320K OFWs amid health crisis

MANILA – The government has sent home close to 320,000 returning overseas Filipino workers to their respective provinces, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Sunday. In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said 319,333 OFWs were transported to their respective provinces as of Nov. 21 after …

Duterte condoles with Bahrain on PM Khalifa’s passing

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has sent his condolences to Bahrain and members of its royal family following the death of Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.  “The Philippines joins Bahrain and the international community in mourning the demise of His Royal Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of …

PAL to fly Cebu-Los Angeles flight at a cheaper cost

DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Airlines is set to start the Cebu-Los Angeles flight beginning December 19. In a press statement, the country’s flag carrier announced the resumption of their flights. Cheaper tickets await those who intend to travel on December 19, 2020, and January 9, 2021, with only $599 cost for a round-trip economy …

Duterte urges Congress to speed up OFW department

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte urged the members of the Congress to fast-track legislation for the creation of a new agency that will cater to the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Putting up a department that will address the needs of OFWs was one of President Duterte’s campaign pledges in 2016 election. …

OWWA-XI continues assistance to displaced overseas workers

Davao City — The provision of financial assistance for the overseas Filipinos continues in the region, as almost 5,000 have already benefited from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s PhP10,000.00 one-time cash assistance. Out of the approved 6,446 applicants of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-AKAP program for the displaced land-based and sea-based OFs due …