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Measures set against entry of MERS-CoV

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President Benigno Aquino III.  AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III has ordered government agencies to put up measures to prevent the spread of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to the country.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Saudi deports 370,000 migrants over 5 months

The sun sets behind the minarets of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP FILE PHOTO

Saudi Arabia says it has deported 370,000 foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past five months.

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

DFA: Saudi tourists in the Philippines reach record-high

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Growth of visitors in the Philippines from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Infographics from DFA.

The arrival of visitors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is at an all-time high, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Tuesday.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Job security eludes many OFWs

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LITO Nucum, an overseas accounting professional, calls for more financial security benefits for OFWs.

Pablo “Lito” Nucum, 59, worked different jobs in Saudi Arabia and other parts of Asia for over 25 years. A graduate of the Polytechnic University of Manila, he had done quite well as an accountant and office manager.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | 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 »

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Beaten, detained and starved

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Twenty-seven-year-old Irene dela Virgen appeared at the studio of Inquirer Radio with tales of the horror she suffered in Saudi Arabia. She was detained, beaten, starved and received no salaries from her three employers.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | 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 »

Saudi prince pledges 1-M Saudi Riyals for Zapanta blood money

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Joselito Zapanta Facebook photo

A Saudi prince has pledged 1 million Saudi Riyals for the blood money of jailed overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No execution date yet set for jailed OFW in Saudi, says DFA

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Joselito Zapanta. Facebook photo

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) clarified Wednesday that negotiations for Joselito Zapanta, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, are still ongoing despite reports his execution order has been signed.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Detained and starved abroad allegedly part of training?

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From Athens, Greece, Bantay OCW received an overseas call from overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Marilyn (not her real name), who wanted to seek assistance for her niece Irene, an OFW in Saudi Arabia.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

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