Palace sympathizes with families of Sri Lanka blast victims

MANILA – Malacañang expressed condolences to the families victims of the explosions in Sri Lankan churches and hospitals that killed over a hundred people and injured over 400 others on Easter Sunday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is offering “sincere solidarity” and “heartfelt prayers” to the people of Sri Lanka, renewing its commitment to …

First batch of OFWs from Tripoli now en route to PH

DAVAO CITY (April 20 ) — The first three Filipinos evacuated by the Embassy from Tripoli have departed Tunis ad now en route to the Philippines. The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were assisted by the augmentation team from the Department of Foreign Affairs led by Executive Director Enrico Fos at the Tunis Carthage International Airport. …

DFA sends team to Libya to help OFW’s as fighting to take Tripoli heightens, 121 killed

DAVAO CITY (April 15) — The Department of Foreign Affairs  has sent two augmentation teams to Libya to hasten the operation of the Philippine Embassy as fighting near Tripoli heightens. According to the World Health Organization, the fight near Tripoli has killed 121 people as clashes between Khalifa Haftar forces and those of the U.N.-backed …

Thailand to hire PH teachers soon-DOLE

DAVAO CITY (April 3) — The Philippine government is set to sign an agreement with the government of Thailand which will open opportunity for Filipino teachers. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thailand needs English teachers and the agreement will be signed anytime within the month. Bello emphasized, Thailand will …

Immigration blacklist Omani for luring 2 Pinays into prostitution

MANILA — An Omani who allegedly enticed two Filipino women to travel and meet him abroad to perform sex acts in exchange for money will be banned from entering the country. This after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Division (POD) recommended the blacklisting of a certain Khalid Khalaf Gharib Al Shuraiqi following the apprehension …

Dubai NGO helping abused female foreign workers

DUBAI, UAE — A Dubai-based foundation has become the shelter for abused foreign women workers in the Emirates. In its annual report, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) has revealed, in 2018, they facilitated the distressed and abused women including those coming from the Philippines, who are either victims of violence and human …

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 …