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13 Filipino workers arrive from Iraq

THE first batch of Filipino workers from Iraq were expected to arrive in Manila on Wednesday, after the Philippines forced an evacuation amid tensions between the US and Iran, the Foreign Affairs department said.

19 Filipinos hurt in Rome road crash

NINETEEN Filipinos were hurt in an Oct. 16 road accident in Rome, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Chinese ship owner says sorry for mishap

THE OWNER of the Chinese ship that sank a Filipino fishing boat at Reed Bank in the South China Sea has apologized, two months after the mishap, according to a letter addressed to the Philippine Foreign Affairs department.

DFA asks China to explain ‘illegal’ entry

THE country’s chief diplomat on Monday said China should explain the entry of its warships into Philippine waters after reports that the vessels had turned off their transponders during their so-called innocent passage.

PHL, Indonesia agree to delineate overlapping EEZ boundaries

THE Philippine and Indonesian governments have agreed to implement the deal which delineates the boundary between the overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of the two countries.

Former DFA chief Del Rosario resigns from First Pacific board

FORMER Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert F. del Rosario has resigned as non-executive director of Hong Kong-listed First Pacific Co. Ltd., citing poor health and his decision to focus on personal advocacies.

DFA revising rules on diplomatic passports

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. has asserted that cancelling the diplomatic passports extended to former secretaries of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is not unlawful, as opposed to the claim of Albert F. del Rosario.

2 Filipinos dead in New Zealand accident

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday reported the train-car crash in New Zealand left two Filipinos dead and three others wounded.

DFA chief: PHL still online participant in climate change meetings

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday clarified it will still remain a participant of United Nations conferences on climate change, but through online communication.

No more air travel for DFA officials to climate change forums...

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will not allow its officials to attend climate change conferences “requiring air travel.”

DFA chief: Canada trash shipped out of PHL

THE shipment of all 69 waste containers back to Canada has pushed through, with the Canadian government shouldering some P10 million in shipment costs.

Alert up for OFWs in Libya

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised the alert level in Tripoli, Libya, and surrounding areas to 4, from level 3, due to the continuing conflict.

Most preparations for elections already in place: Comelec

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has said that most of the preparations are in place for the 2019 National and Local Elections (NLE) which will be held in less than three weeks.

Duterte says gov’t should seek a ‘compromise’ with China over Pag-asa

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said the government should seek a compromise with China over the Philippine’s Pag-asa Island, saying the country would never win if it went to war over it.

DFA: Presence of Chinese vessels off Pag-Asa ‘illegal’

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement on Thursday said “the presence of Chinese vessels near and around Pag-asa (Islands) and other maritime features in the KIG (Kalayaan Islands Group) is illegal.”

Filipino worker executed in Saudi Arabia

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Thursday that a 39-year-old Filipino househelp was executed in Saudi Arabia last Tuesday, Jan. 29 after being found guilty of murder.

Palace to look into passport data breach

MALACAÑANG SAID on Monday it will look into the alleged passport data breach, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Presidential Communications Operations Office(PCOO), and the United Graphics Expression Corporation (UGEC).

DFA opens consular office in Tagum City

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opened another consular office in Mindanao on Wednesday, located in Tagum City, the capital of Davao del Norte province.

The selfless servant

During his tenure as the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary from 2011 to 2016, Albert F. del Rosario exemplified a strong patriotism...

The measure of a patriot

It is said that you can find patriotism in the simple act of doing one’s duty. Ask not what your country can do for...

Leading a transformation

In 2016, a few days after officially stepping down due to health reasons, the former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alberto F. del...

An advocate of good governance and Philippine competitiveness

At a time when skyrocketing inflation is presenting economic challenges within the country, and an increasingly tricky global politics posing difficulties, Philippine competitiveness is...

DFA: Halloween partygoers in Saudi Arabia released

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the arrested Filipino women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia were already released by authorities.

Bahrain to issue ‘blue cards’ for undocumented OFWs — DFA

BAHRAIN’s recent Flexible Work Permit or “blue card” will help regularize the immigration status of undocumented Filipino workers in the Persian Gulf State, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday.

DFA to shorten passport processing

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will shorten the waiting time for passport releases to 12 working days from the original 15 for regular processing and six working days from seven for express processing in Metro Manila, starting Oct. 1.

DFA offers P5,000 to OFWs disrupted by Ompong

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has provided P5,000 worth of cash assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose flights were affected by Typhoon Ompong (International name: Mangkhut).

DFA: Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Manila

CHINESE STATE Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Manila from Sept. 16 to 18, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Wednesday.

Chinese foreign minister set to visit Philippines

CHINESE State Council and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be visiting the country from Sept. 16 to 18, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The agenda: To improve relations between Philippines and China.

US reaffirms position in South China Sea code negotiations

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The United States made clear its position that the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea should also include the...

Cayetano hits back at Aquino’s call for transparency on South China...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Tuesday, July 31, hit back on former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III on...

PHL, Spain ink agreement to pave way for direct flights

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines has inked an agreement with Spain to improve air connectivity between the two countries.

PHL seeks assistance of Iraq, Libya on kidnapped Filipinos

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has sought assistance from authorities in Iraq and Libya following the separate kidnapping incidents of five Filipinos in the two countries.

DFA coordinating with Saudi Arabia in inquiry on hit-and-run death of...

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said it has coordinated with Saudi authorities in investigating the death of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was hit by a vehicle on June 12.

DFA ‘continues to engage in diplomatic actions’ with China

DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Ernesto C. Abella said the Philippine government is serious as it “continues to engage in diplomatic actions” to address the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute with China.

Social security deal on Filipino, Japanese nationals in force Aug. 1

A SOCIAL SECURITY deal between Philippines and Japan will enter into force on Aug. 1 following the two countries’ exchange of diplomatic notes to provide both Filipino and Japanese nationals social security benefits in either country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday.

Family of murdered OFW in Kuwait given two months to file...

By Gillian M. Cortez The Department of Foreign Affairs said that the family of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis only has two months to file for a...

DFA says ‘diplomatic action’ pursued on Chinese deployment

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter and Camille A. Aguinaldo “DIPLOMATIC ACTION” is being carried out to protect Philippine territories in the South China Sea, the Department...

Top diplomat takes OFW cause to Bahrain

By Camille A. Aguinaldo BAHRAIN is ready to receive more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) into their country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on...

Bahrain ready to take in more Filipino workers — DFA

Bahrain is ready to receive more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) into their country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday, May 14. In...

Philippines hopes for sea exploration pact with China this year

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is confident that an agreement with China to jointly explore for oil and gas in South China Sea...

DFA: Undocumented OFWs in Kuwait brought home

By Camille A. Aguinaldo and Charmaine A. Tadalan SOME 190 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait, including 18 minors, were brought home by the...

Nearly 200 repatriated OFWs arrive from Kuwait

Some 190 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait was brought home by the government as part of the amnesty program of the Kuwaiti...

DFA monitoring situation of OFW forced to drink bleach

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is coordinating with Saudi Arabian authorities following the hospitalization of an Oversees Filipino Worker (OFW)...

OFW allegedly forced by Saudi employer to drink household bleach in...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is coordinating with authorities in Saudi Arabia following the hospitalization of a Filipino household service worker who was...

Philippine government wants joint exploration deal with China ‘done ASAP’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte's administration wants the agreement on the joint oil and gas exploration between the Philippines and the...