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New Filipino workers banned from entering US with H-2A, H-2B visas

By Dona Magsino/GMA News – Filipino citizens may not seek employment in the United States with temporary visas for foreign agricultural and non-agricultural workers between January 19, 2019 to January 18, 2020, a notice from the Department of Homeland Security has shown. The DHS, in its notice posted in Read more »

Henry Sy Sr. — PH’s richest man and philantrophist — passes away at 94

By Daxim L. Lucas, Doris C. Dumalo/inquirer.net – Taipan Henry Sy Sr. — the Philippines’ wealthiest man and also one of the country’s most generous philanthropists — passed away on Saturday, according to a member of the Sy family. Sy was 94 years old. “[He] passed away peacefully in Read more »

Palace on passport mess: Do not pass requirements burden to applicants

via CNN Philippines – The Palace on Monday said those who will renew their Philippine passports should not be saddled by the submission of requirements after the personal data breach. “Applicants should not be burdened by submitting original copies of their certificates of live birth, which requires another application process Read more »

What is behind the sharp fall in number of Filipino workers in the Middle East?

By Noel T. Tarrazona/alarabiya.net – Although the Middle East has become second home to about 2.5 million skilled Filipino workers, a decline in their employment has been noted in the last two years. After 10 years of continuous growth, the deployment of Filipino workers to the Middle East went down Read more »

Russian vessels visit Philippines as 2019 begins

via rappler.com – Vessels of the Russian Navy docked in the Philippines for a goodwill visit from Sunday to Friday, January 6 to 11. The Russian Navy’s large anti-submarine ship Admiral Pantellev, guided missile cruiser Varyag, and large sea tanker Boris Botuma kicked off their goodwill visit to the Philippines Read more »

South Korea told to get trash out of Philippines by next week

By Melvin Gascon/inquirer.net – A Bureau of Customs (BOC) official said on Wednesday that he had told South Korean authorities to send 6,500 tons of garbage that were illegally shipped to the Philippines back to their country by next week. John Simon, port collector of the BOC at Mindanao International Read more »