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Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Held hostage by her employer


Nora Ursabia of Davao City sent an SMS (text message) to Bantay OCW. Ursabia, who said she read Inquirer every day in the Department of Education office in Davao City where she worked, has a sister in Dubai whose contract ended in March.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

Despite UAE policy, OFWs may still work there

Hans Leo Cacdac

There is no ban on the deployment of household service workers (HSWs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite the UAE government’s adoption of a new policy that bars foreign embassies from verifying the contracts of their nationals.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

POEA suspends deployment of maids to UAE


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will temporarily stop the processing of Filipino household service workers’ (HSW) contracts for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a new contract policy implemented by the latter, suspending contract verification of HSWs.

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

DOLE: 6 Filipinos in UAE cleared of MERS-CoV


Six Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were released from the hospital after being cleared from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), Inquirer Radio 990AM reported on Friday.

Posted: May 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino envoys meet over MERS-CoV

Department of Foreign Affairs building. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) brought together the heads of the Philippine missions in the Middle East and Africa in a special meeting in Turkey recently to discuss strategies to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), ebola and other deadly viruses to Filipinos working in these regions.

Posted: April 27th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »