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Evidence mounting for remittance collapse as repatriations top 100,000

OVERSEAS-WORKER repatriations during the pandemic have hit 102,000 so far, with even more due to return after losing their jobs due to weak global economies or even falling ill from coronavirus, an economist said.

Payment ID targets OFW remittance market

A UNIVERSAL payment ID is being positioned as a possible means of easing the remittance process for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), money transfer solutions firm Ripple said.

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).

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).

OFW numbers decline to 2.2 million in 2019

FEWER FILIPINOS worked in overseas job markets last year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

OFW new-hire deployments dwindle to 47 in April

NEW-HIRE deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) dwindled to 47 in April from more than 30,000 a year earlier, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) told Congress.

Filipinos allowed again to work overseas as lockdowns eased

THE government has lifted the ban on Filipino deployment for jobs overseas as part of easing the lockdown imposed on key cities and regions.

Embassy in Libya to repatriate more OFWs

THE PHILIPPINE Embassy in Libya will send home another batch of Filipino migrants affected by the fighting in Tripoli, bringing the total repatriated overseas to 84.

MoU with Kuwait under review after OFW’s murder

MALACAÑANG on Monday said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Philippines and Kuwait on the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should be reviewed following the recent killing of a Filipina domestic helper in the Persian Gulf state.

19 OFWs out of Libya

A TOTAL of 19 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been repatriated from conflict-affected areas in Libya, according to the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

Saudi Arabia jobs top OFW listings

OVERSEAS job opportunities increased in 2018, with Middle East taking the spot as the top region of careers for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

OFW investment fund bill hurdles House on 2nd reading

A BILL establishing an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sovereign fund made it past second reading at the House of Representatives.

December cash remittances at record high, but 2018 growth slowest on...

CASH sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFW) surged to an all-time high in December and clocked in full-year growth that outpaced the central bank’s growth forecast even as it was the slowest annual increase on record, according to the data which the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released on Friday.

OFW vote predominant in Middle East

FILIPINOS in the Middle East and African Region lead the number of overseas voters registered for the midterm elections on May 13 this year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Office for Overseas Voting of the Commission on Elections.

OFW regulator outlines exemptions to Iraq worker deployment ban

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it will exempt certain classes of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from the deployment ban to Iraq.

OFW shot dead in Saudi Arabia

AN OVERSEAS Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia was shot dead after allegedly stabbing to death his employer and several others last Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

OFWs no longer required to secure permit to exit Qatar

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) won't need to avail an exit permit to leave Qatar after a new provision was enacted in the Arab state's...

Duterte on kidnapped OFWs in Libya: ‘I will send the frigate’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said the Philippines will send two warships to Libya in efforts to secure the release of three kidnapped Filipinos and a South Korean national in the North African country.

E-payments firm TrueMoney ties up with WorldRemit for remittance service

Electronic payment service provider TrueMoney Philippines has partnered with WorldRemit to launch an international remittance service in the country. Xavier Marzan, TrueMoney Philippines founder and...

April remittances post fastest growth in over a year

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) sent more money home in April, clocking the fastest growth in over a year on the back of a weaker peso, the central bank reported on Monday.

OWWA-Davao seeks collaboration with graduating students to help OFWs on livelihood...

THE DAVAO regional office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) wants to tap graduating students, specifically those taking entrepreneurial and accountancy courses, for assisting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who want to apply for the agency’s livelihood assistance program.

OFW in Slovakia killed after defending 2 harassed women

AN overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Slovakia died last Thursday days after being beaten up by Slovak nationals who were harassing two women, the...

Duterte apologizes to Kuwait government for ‘harsh language’

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The President apologized for the "harsh language" he used when a diplomatic row between the governments of Kuwait and the...

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...

Remains of slain OFW in South Korea brought home

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE remains of an overseas Filipino worker murdered in South Korea was returned to his family in Iloilo on Sunday, the...

BY THE NUMBERS: Overseas Filipino workers

HIGHLIGHTS:  ● Females account for 53.7% or 1.26 million of the total OFWs, higher than males (at 46.3%), according to a survey conducted by the...

OFW in Saudi Arabia stabbed

By Camille A. Aguinaldo A FILIPINO nurse in Saudi Arabia was stabbed multiple times by a Saudi national for still unknown reasons, the Department of...

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...

Kuwaiti government to release detained Filipino diplomats — Roque

The Kuwaiti government assured that the “release” of the three Filipino diplomats facing kidnapping charges are "now being worked out," presidential spokesperson Harry L....

Palace: Labor agreement between Philippines and Kuwait to be signed May...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Presidential spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. announced late Wednesday, May 9, that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Philippines and...

Robredo calls for ‘decisive steps’ to protect OFWs in Kuwait

Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo said immediate "decisive steps" must be taken to protect over 260,000 overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) still in Kuwait. "The...

Cayetano backs OFW rescue amid row with Kuwait

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Thursday stood by rescue efforts of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for...

Kuwaiti government wants PHL ambassador out — DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed reports that the Kuwaiti government has expelled Philippine Ambassador Renato O. Villa from the Arab state, saying...

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...

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...

Remittance growth slows in February

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sent more money home in February although at a slower pace from the previous month, the central bank reported on...

Duterte to fly to Kuwait for signing of OFW protection agreement

By Arjay L. Balinbin WITH the Kuwaiti government’s approval of the conditions he set for his visit, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will soon...

Duterte off to Hong Kong

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter After his participation at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan Province in China, President Rodrigo R. Duterte proceeded...

No Filipino killed in van crash in Münster, Germany —...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, April 9, reported no Filipino casualty when a van crashed into a crowd in Münster, Germany...

DFA: No Filipino casualty in Riyadh after missile attack from Yemen...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported no Filipino casualty after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired seven ballistic missiles towards Riyadh and several other...

HSBC sees faster growth in remittances this year

Cash remittances are expected to grow faster this year as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will likely take advantage of a weaker peso to send...

Suspect in killing of Kuwait OFW in police custody — envoy

By Arjay L. Balinbin The main suspect in the killing of Filipina domestic helper Joanna D. Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer in...

Human rights report flags PHL lawlessness, violence

THE state of human rights in the Philippines has been marked by “increased lawlessness and violence” resulting from the government’s war on drugs, according...

Ban on OFWs to Kuwait may worsen problem, group warns

AN INTERNATIONAL human rights group has warned that banning Filipino migrant workers from employment in Kuwait may lead to more abuses when workers resort...