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DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster

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Two Filipino seamen were rescued from the doomed South Korean ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Visa-free travel by Filipinos to Japan still a proposal

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The Japanese Embassy clarified Wednesday that a proposal to waive the visa requirement for Filipino tourists remains a plan as such a move would require a formal agreement between Tokyo and Manila.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 PCG men ordered arrested over Balintang Channel shooting

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The Cagayan Municipal Trial Court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of two members of the Philippine Coast Guard involved in the shooting incident in the Balintang Channel.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Relief worker draws inspiration from helping Yolanda victims

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Amid the hundreds of countries and relief organizations helping the Philippines move along the long road to recovery after Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), one relief worker has found the perfect combination of work and passion.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes

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The Philippines said Wednesday it was confident a peace deal with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes that left four of its members dead.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA grants visa-free privilege to 7 countries

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Tuesday that it has granted visa-free privileges to seven countries allowing their nationals to enter Philippines for 30 days.
“Effective today, April 15, nationals of seven (7) additional countries will now enjoy visa-free privilege to enter the Philippines for a period of stay of 30 days,” DFA said in a statement.
“These countries are Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan,” it said.
The granting of visa-free privilege is seen to promote tourism and investments from the countries.
“The [countries] have been emerging as key players in the international economic community and which have growing bilateral ties with the Philippines,” DFA said.
“The DFA fully supports national efforts to attract more tourists and potential investors to the Philippines. In particular, the DFA, through its various embassies and consulates abroad, has been playing an active role in helping the Department of Tourism reach its target of 10 million foreign tourist arrivals by 2015,” DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, said in the statement.
The DFA also announced that it has removed the visa-free privilege of Somalia putting back the need for Somalis to apply for a visa at Philippine Embassies or consulates.

A list of all countries with visa-free privilege, now numbering 157, is available at the DFA website at https://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/site-administrator/visa-information.
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Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Remains of Filipino seaman killed over iPad to arrive home on Black Saturday

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The remains of a Filipino seaman who was killed by a robber in Honduras after he refused to give his iPad is set to be flown back home on April 19, Black Saturday, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Tuesday.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino in UAE dies from MERS

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One Filipino was confirmed to have died in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Leland Yee smuggling case spurs review of exportation procedures

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Bureau of Customs (BOC) Chief John Philip Sevilla ordered a review of existing procedures on exportation following reports that California State Senator Leland Yee managed to smuggle high powered firearms from the Philippines to the US.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Charity football for ‘Yolanda’ victims raises $190,000

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The star-studded charity football match organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) raised $190,000 for the rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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