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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 »

Saudi gov’t facilitates repatriation of 537 Filipinos

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Ambassador Ezzedin Tago speaks with a group of 58 Filipinos about to be repatriated to the Philippines.  DFA PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday that 537 out of 644 Filipinos staying at a deportation facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have been repatriated to the Philippines.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Crisis alert level 3 up in South Sudan, OFWs told to leave

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ADDS THE ID OF PERSON AT CENTER - In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the U.N.'s Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer, center, assists wounded civilians from Bor, the capital of Jonglei state and said to be the scene of fierce clashes between government troops and rebels, after they were transported by U.N. helicopter to Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state on Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world's newest country. (AP Photo/UNMISS)

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in South Sudan were advised to undergo voluntary repatriation after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday raised crisis alert level 3 there.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Keep calm, OFWs awaiting exit from Saudi Arabia told

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Filipina domestic helper Amor Roxas (C), 46, weeps upon arriving at the Philippines' main international airport on Nov 4, 2013 as she recounts her ordeal after being expelled from Saudi Arabia, where an amnesty for illegal workers expired at the weekend. She is among 30 Filipinos who were deported from Riyadh a day after the amnesty ended, while thousands more without proper working permits remained trapped there, officials say. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has called on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there to remain calm while awaiting repatriation, even as Saudi Arabian authorities continued their crackdown on undocumented foreign workers under the Saudization program.

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

Binay: Saudi nixes bid to extend amnesty deadline for illegal migrants

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) declined to extend its amnesty for “illegal” migrants.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Migrante braces for saudization, sets up hotline

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LONG LINES Filipino workers line up outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah to seek documentation that could help them take advantage of an amnesty for illegal migrants in Saudi Arabia. PHOTO BY C. MAYOR

As time runs out for undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia, a migrants rights group has pitched in to help protect and facilitate the repatriation of their compatriots following the full implementation of the “Saudization” policy.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

No Filipino hurt or killed in fresh clashes in Egypt

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DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

There were no reported Filipino casualties in fresh clashes that left more than 50 dead across Egypt, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA races to get Filipinos out of Syria

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has intensified efforts to bring home more of the estimated 3,000 Filipinos remaining in conflict-stricken Syria despite the challenges complicated by the worsening security situation.

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

PH repatriates 2,283 OFWs, children from Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia–Baldoz

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A rebel fighter takes aim at regime forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 1, 2013. AFP

The Philippines has repatriated a total of 2,283 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and children from strife-torn Egypt and Syria and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Syria agrees to quickly process exit visas of Filipinos

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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 »

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