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 …

Go helps freed OFW charged with murder, pushes for Department of OFW

DAVAO CITY — Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’Go has extended assistant to Rose Policarpio, the overseas Filipino worker who had just returned to the country after being acquitted of murder in Saudi Arabia.  The Manila-based radio station DZRH facilitated the conversation between Go and Policarpio where the later thanked Go for extending assistance and support to …

BP Gabriela Silang brings home 76 LSIs to Davao

DAVAO CITY — Some 76 locally stranded individuals arrived in Sasa port on Friday aboard the Philippine Navy’s BP Gabriela Silang. The Philippine Port Authority is a statement said the LSIs underwent health and safty protocol upon arrival in Sasa Wharf. They were immediately transported to the vehicles of the local government units where they …

2 Pinoys among ‘outstanding’ migrant workers in Taiwan

MANILA – Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were honored in Taiwan “for their dedication and hard work despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic”, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taipei reported on Friday. In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Evelyn G. Kaguitla, a factory worker, and Amelia A. Comilang, …

Overseas Filipino Covid cases count up by 21; total at 10,062

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday reported 21 more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases among Filipinos abroad, raising the total to 10,062. It also recorded 15 new recoveries and 13 new fatalities, jacking up the number to 6,095 and 755, respectively. There are 3,212 active cases among Filipino nationals overseas, at least …

P12-B allotted to aid workers displaced by Covid-19

MANILA – The government has allotted over PHP12 billion to help Filipino workers here and abroad who were affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Tuesday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the funds were used in three major programs of the Duterte administration to assist formal …