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Lawmaker seeks probe of illegal foreign workers in PH

Hon. Raymond Democrito Mendoza

Too many foreign workers are apparently coming into the country illegally and taking jobs away from Filipinos, according to TUCP party list Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, who said authorities must review labor and immigration laws to address the matter.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Coming home: Dutch couple back to lend helping hand again

A young survivor uses a plastic cover to protect him from rain as he passes by a damaged Boy Scout statue at typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

They have been coming to the Philippines for years to enjoy the sun and escape the freezing winter in the Netherlands, but this time Truus and Jo Schoorlemmer are returning the hospitality by helping the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” to get back on their feet.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Europe,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Slap on wrist won’t stop abuse of OFWs–Bello

Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The “inadequate” penalty the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) meted out to an overseas Philippine labor official for his attempt to cover up a sex abuse case in Saudi Arabia would do little to stop the abuses committed by Filipino officials abroad against their countrymen, fears Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t urged to be pro-active in stopping human trafficking


At the very least, the government should warn survivors of supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Samar and Leyte about human traffickers, although the best way to protect them would be to provide livelihood and other resources to enable them to get back on their feet, a party-list representative, said.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH can learn from Japan about disaster preparedness


As the Philippines starts to rise from the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” it could benefit from adopting certain practices of one of Japan’s prefectures where preparing for disasters is a constant endeavor involving the government and residents.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

House body to look into maltreatment of Filipino workers in Saudi

Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The committee on overseas workers’ affairs at the House of Representatives will investigate alleged abuses committed against Filipinos in Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on undocumented workers, the committee’s head said on Wednesday as he called on the Philippine government to do more to protect Filipinos in that country.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH nurses in Tokyo also hurdle gap in language


It was hard enough being transplanted into a new culture. Being hobbled by a completely alien language was another burden on Joyce Paulino and hundreds of nurses and care workers sent from the Philippines to Japan under an economic agreement between the two countries.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japan eyes Muslim tourist market

A man walks near a banner of Tokyo's Olympics bidding for 2020 left at Ueno park in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Ueno park, Tokyo's largest temple ground during the Edo period between 1603-1868, is now a popular home ground to amusement parks, temples, museums and the country's oldest zoo, drawing many local visitors and tourists. Japan is boosting efforts to attract Muslim tourists from Southeast Asia, as part of efforts to lure more tourists to the country and help it recover from its long economic slump.  AP PHOTO/SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI

Japan is boosting efforts to attract Muslim tourists from Southeast Asia, with an increasing number of stakeholders in its tourism industry studying up on how to accommodate the visitors’ culture and needs, according to officials from the Asean-Japan Center (AJC).

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Syria agrees to quickly process exit visas of Filipinos

Undersecretary Rafael Seguis. AFP file photo

The Syrian government has agreed to quickly process the exit visas of Filipinos hoping to leave the country amid recent escalating conflict, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis told lawmakers on Thursday.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Lawmaker wants to cut DoLE’s budget for not acting on OFW sexual abuse


Heads must roll, or else. Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello threatened, on Wednesday, to have the Department of Labor and Employment’s proposed P10.5 billion budget for 2014 cut by 25 percent if it would not pursue criminal or administrative penalties against personnel implicated in the alleged sexual exploitation of distressed Filipino workers in Middle East countries.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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