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Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH

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Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Health wants Filipinos in the Middle East who have been tested for the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) to obtain a clearance to travel before they are allowed to return to the Philippines.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Search for Etihad passengers launched

Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Health (DOH) may have to track down more than 200 passengers of Etihad flight number EY0424 even if a returning male Filipino nurse who earlier tested positive for the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) has been cleared.

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

OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family

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Graphic on the outbreak of the MERS virus, first detected in April 2012. AFP

An overseas Filipino worker from Maguindanao, who had worked in Saudi Arabia about five years already, recently died of suspected Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (Mers-CoV), the family said here.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition

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MERS-COV-infographics

Five Filipinos infected with the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) remain quarantined at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates but are in stable condition, the Department of Foreign Affairs saidSaturday.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus

Passengers walk past the medical quarantine area showing information sheets for the Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country’s first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported Thursday.

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

PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS

Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP

The government on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately.

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

DFA urges Filipinos in China to comply with visa restrictions

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Department of Foreign Affairs building INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Almost 50 Filipinos were expelled from China in 2013 for violating their visa conditions and restrictions, prompting the Philippine Embassy in Beijing to urge Filipinos to ensure their documents are in order to avoid apprehension and expulsion.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Improve legal mechanisms instead of imposing forced remittance – consul general

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Dubai Consul General Frank Cimafranca does not see the need for a bill that will require OFWs to remit a portion of their earnings to their family or relatives back in the Philippines. PHOTO/ MATIKAS SANTOS, INQUIRER.net

A pending “forced remittance” bill at the House of Representatives is unnecessary and runs the risk of affecting the majority of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are diligent in supporting their relatives and families back in the Philippines.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

DFA lowers alert level in Thailand

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Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has lowered the crisis alert level in Thailand after their government lifted the state of emergency.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFWs in Venezuela told to prepare for evacuation

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A demonstrator runs to throw a molotov bomb against Bolivarian National Police officers during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 6, 2014. A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Filipinos in Venezuela have been told to limit their movements and prepare for possible evacuation as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has raised crisis alert level 2 due to the continuing violence in the country.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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