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9,000 more OFWs come home amid COVID-19 crisis

ABOUT 9,000 overseas Filipinos came home last week amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 19.8 million and killed nearly 730,000 people worldwide, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

4 Filipinos dead, 31 injured in Beirut blast

Four Filipinos died while 31 were injured by the deadly blast that destroyed the port of Beirut, Lebanon last Tuesday. In a statement released on...

DFA says 2 Filipinos died in Beirut blast

TWO MIGRANT Filipino workers died and eight more were hurt after an explosion rocked Beirut on Aug. 4, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

300 more Pinoys come home amid virus crisis

THREE HUNDRED overseas Filipinos arrived from Qatar on Saturday amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened about 18 million and killed more than 689,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

78,800 migrant workers brought home, DFA says

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has brought home more than 78,800 Filipino workers from overseas amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 12.9 million and killed about 570,000 people worldwide.

1,500 Filipinos hit by pandemic come home

ALMOST 1,500 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have come home amid a global coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 10.4 million and killed more than 508,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

27,400 more OFWs to come home in 3 weeks

MORE THAN 27,000 more Filipino workers from overseas were expected to come home amid a global coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

600 more OFWs come home amid pandemic

ABOUT 600 more overseas Filipino workers (OFW) recently came home amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 9.1 million and killed more than 470,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

35,000 Filipino sailors to come home amid global health crisis

AS MANY as 35,000 Filipino seafarers are expected to come home after being displaced by a novel coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.

Philippines protests China’s creation of two new districts

THE Philippines on Thursday protested China’s creation of two new districts in the South China Sea because these are supposedly part of Philippine territory and sea zones.

800 more overseas workers come home

A TOTAL of 836 more Filipino workers from Ethiopia and Malaysia have come amid a coronavirus disease pandemic that has sickened 3.1 million and killed more than 217,900 people worldwide.

1,100 Filipinos come home from Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, US

THE Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday said 1,100 Filipino workers from the US, Indonesia, Singapore and Kenya have returned amid the coronavirus disease pandemic that has sickened 2.4 million and killed 165,000 people worldwide.

200 Filipino seamen from Germany arrive

ABOUT 200 Filipino sailors from Germany came home on Friday amid a novel coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 2.2 million and killed more than 147,000 people worldwide, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Philippine envoy to Lebanon dies after COVID-19 infection

THE country’s envoy to Lebanon has died due to complications from the coronavirus disease 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

About 900 Filipino seamen come home from United States

A TOTAL of 881 Filipino seamen came home from the US on Wednesday amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic that has infected about 862,000 and killed at least 42,510 people worldwide, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

8 more Filipinos in cruise ship infected with virus

EIGHT more Filipinos tested positive for the new coronavirus strain inside a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, bringing the total infected Filipinos to 35, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

VFA termination notice ready but DFA still wary

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is ready to send the termination notice on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, even as the country’s top envoy said such a move would place the Philippines on the “losing end.”

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.