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Noynoy asked to stop ‘forced migration’ of Pinoys

By Jerrie Abella – Overseas Filipinos have asked President-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to work toward self-sufficiency and the creation of local jobs so that migration would no longer be a “forced option.”

Filipino Seafarers to Undergo Anti-Piracy Training

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has ordered its seafarers, who constitute about a third of the world’s commercial sailors, to go through anti-piracy training before they will be allowed to board ships, the labor secretary said Monday.

Phuket Pinoy sports fest underway

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PHUKET, Thailand: The second stage of the four-part “Pinoy Sports Fest 2009” will take place at the QSI International School on Sunday, May 24.

Detained Pinoy seamen rescued in Nigeria

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By Dino Maragay – Nine Filipino sailors of an oil tanker that was hijacked by militants off the coast of Nigeria were rescued by authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported today.

Pinoy remittances up 3%

Dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos grew by a mere 2.7 per cent in the first quarter of the year amid the global financial crisis, the government said Friday. The growth rate was down from 24 per cent in the same January-March period in 2008, the central bank said. Read more »

Filipino Seafarers Top Victims of Somali Pirates

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By Heda Bayron – At least 80 Filipino seafarers are being held hostage by Somali pirates – the highest number from any nation. The Philippine government has banned ships carrying Filipino crew members from sailing near Somalia. But as Heda Bayron reports from Manila, piracy is unlikely to stop Filipino Read more »

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