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.”
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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.
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 »
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 »