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Why TPS matters even now

Participants in August 13 dialogue a the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC among DHS officials, Philippine Embassy officials and Filipino American community leaders.

They are often referred to, half-jokingly, as TNTs, the Tagalog acronym for Tago ng Tago (hiding and hiding) or Takot na Takot (very afraid). But it is no laughing matter to be a Filipino out of lawful immigration status in the U.S., constantly hiding from immigration authorities and always anxiously fearful of being picked up and deported back to the Philippines.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘We hear you,’ US Homeland Security officials tell Fil-Ams

Exchange of views: Officials of the Department of Homeland Security led by Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin exchange views with leaders of the Filipino-American Community during a dialogue on the request of the Philippines to be placed under Temporary Protected Status at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. PHILIPPINE EMBASSY PHOTO/ELMER G. CATO

Federal officials are seriously studying the proposal to place the Phililppines under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assured Filipino-American community leaders at a meeting on August 13 at the Philippine Embassy.

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

OFWs caught in crossfire

Evacuees, carrying their luggage, disembark from France's Navy frigate "Montcalm" at the Toulon harbor, southern France, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, following their evacuation from Tripoli. As tens of thousands of foreigners sought to flee fighting in Libya, European countries scrambled to send more ships and military planes to the North African nation. AP

The Libyan labor ministry has eased the evacuation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the war-torn country by waiving exit visas, but health authorities warned of a “total collapse” of Libya’s healthcare system if hospital staff, mostly Filipinos, are pushed out by the chaos plaguing the North African country.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Training video insulting to Filipino healthcare workers withdrawn

Filipino community leaders and the Philippine Embassy on June 28 lauded a California-based company for its decision to delete a scene in its customer service training video that negatively portrayed Filipino healthcare workers.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines evacuates embassy staff in war-torn Libya

This frame grab shows an airplane on the tarmac of the airport belching black smoke into the air during fighting between the Islamist Misarata brigade and a powerful rival militia, in Tripoli, Libya. AP

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has evacuated some staff of the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya as fighting intensified between rival militias.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »