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What they don’t tell you about the OFW life

By Shakira Sison/rappler.com – “Ang pangarap ko ay ang makapag-abroad. (My dream is to go and work abroad.)” How many times have we heard this as someone’s ambition? The fact that the Philippines receives over $20 billion in annual OFW remittances does not lie. Many of our homes are Read more »

Relatives want justice for OFW burned by employer

By Kristine Angeli Sabillo/INQUIRER.net – Because of poverty, 22-year-old Pahima “Candies” Alagasi Palacasi was compelled to work as a domestic helper in the Middle East. Instead of finding greener pastures abroad, she suffered from abuse at the hands of her employers. The victim’s cousin, Arnel Tahal, said Palacasi, a Read more »

Palace shrugs off Singaporean’s demand for separate bus for Filipino maids

via INQUIRER.net – Malacañang would rather not make an issue over a supposed letter on a website seeking for a separate bus for Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore. “I don’t want to respond to this primarily because that’s one person and we don’t want this to become A-versus-B sort of Read more »

Online plea launched against Philippines remittance law

By Janice Ponce de Leon/gulfnews.com – A Filipino rights group in the UAE has launched an online petition to junk a controversial remittance draft law that would compel them to send money to their legal dependents or risk non-renewal of their passports. The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Party-list, Read more »

OFWs and their families to be taught financial literacy, entrepreneurship

By Ibarra C. Mateo/GMANews.com – A consortium of international organizations, led by the United Nations and the European Union, together with the Philippine government, on Thursday launched the three-year “joint migration and development initiative” focused on teaching financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills among overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their Read more »

Bill seeking to ban Pinay helpers from working in HK slammed

via gmanetwork.com – A political party in Hong Kong is planning to push a bill that will ban Filipina domestic helpers from working there, to force President Benigno Aquino to apologize for the 2010 Manila hostage tragedy. But this early, the move is not getting support from groups in Hong Read more »