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Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

There’s more to life than work and money

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Bantay OCW partners are being heard regularly over Inquirer Radio from different parts of the world. Like Arlene Andes in Belgium and Berly Tugas in Paris, they share interesting stories about Buhay Pinoy Overseas.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

OFW remittances rose 5.9% to $1.8B in January — BSP

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Money transfers by migrants rose faster than expected in January amid strong demand for Filipino labor and as workers sent home more cash to fund the reconstruction of areas affected by typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

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

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Passport stamps don’t lie

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HALL OF FAME Susan K. receives Gawad Tanglaw award at ceremonies in San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna, Bantay OCW’s 6th straight win as Best Public Service program.

JP, married with two children, is a marine officer in a cruise line. His wife hates the idea of separation, even a temporary one. She opposed JP’s decision to work as a seafarer. But JP promised his wife that it would not take long. He needed to earn a substantial amount in a short period of time to pay off their debts and enroll their children in good schools.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

No Filipinos hurt or involved in Venezuela crisis—Palace

Motorcyclists watch Bolivarian National Guards arrive after the motorcyclists tried to remove street barricades placed anti-government protesters, which broke out in clashes between them and the residents of Los Ruices neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 6, 2014. The car in the foreground was burned during the clashes that officials say killed a National Guard member and a civilian. AP

Malacañang said it has not yet received reports of Filipinos hurt or involved in the political unrest in Venezuela.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 Filipinos killed in Qatar blast

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Firemen work at the site of an explosion in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. A apparent gas explosion Thursday at a restaurant near a filling station in the Qatari capital killed a dozen people and wounded several more, emergency services officials in the energy-rich Gulf nation said. (AP Photo)

Two Filipinos were killed and two others were injured in a gas explosion at a Turkish restaurant near a filling station in Qatar’s capital Doha on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Friday.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

200 Filipinos detained but freed in Malaysia crackdown

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Some 200 Filipinos were “affected” by Malaysia’s crackdown on undocumented foreign workers here and were readily released through the representation made by the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine ambassador here said.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipina nurses abroad outnumber local hires–health chief

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Nurses who work overseas outnumber those who work in the Philippines four to one, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

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

POEA blacklists Saudi job agency after Filipina was abused by employer

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has blacklisted a Saudi recruitment agency after a Filipino woman it hired for household work suffered abuse in the hands of her employer.

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

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

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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 »

OFWs with labor contracts may now return to Yemen — DFA

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) downgraded on Wednesday its crisis alert for Filipinos in Yemen from Level 3, signaling voluntary repatriation, to the restriction phase under Level 2 as it cited the “improving security and political situation” there.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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