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GUIDELINES: OFWs eligible for DOLE's coronavirus assistance
Rambo Talabong April 09, 2020

Here are the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines for its cash assistance program for OFWs affected by the coronavirus outbreak

Returning Filipinos must undergo mandatory quarantine
Sofia Tomacruz April 20, 2020
Overseas Filipinos may also undergo rapid testing upon entry into quarantine facilities and completion of 14-day quarantine periods

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 984
April 19, 2020
The number of deaths is now at 140, with 81 from the Americas

Coronavirus pandemic forces over 12,000 Filipino workers to return to PH
Sofia Tomacruz April 12, 2020
The bulk of repatriated Filipinos come from cruise ships which have been stranded due to travel restrictions and port closures worldwide

Stuck and undocumented: A transiting OFW's tough choice
Lian Buan May 26, 2020

Does he return to a country in disarray, or does he stay in another where he has no rights? Whatever choice he makes, the future is uncertain.


Videos Coronavirus impact on OFW:

Far from home: OFWs caught in pandemic
May 9, 2020 Bulatlat
Modern day heroes? For decades, their remittances have kept the country's economy afloat. But in this Bulatlatan episode, overseas Filipino workers in UK and Canada discuss the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic to their lives and jobs and the apparent lack of government assistance they are receiving.

How Filipinos abroad are dealing with coronavirus
April 19, 2020
Rappler speaks to 3 Filipinos currently based in Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain, about how governments there have responded to the pandemic and what the Philippines can learn from their experiences

Ambassador Joseph Yap on Singapore OFWs hit by pandemic
May 01, 2020
Rappler talks to Philippine Ambassador Joseph Yap about the plight of Filipinos in Singapore as the city-state battles the coronavirus.
Dozens of Filipinos in Singapore have tested positive for COVID-19 while thousands of others fear for their jobs as the city-state battles the coronavirus pandemic.
What should Filipinos in Singapore do if they contract COVID-19? Where can they run to if they lose their jobs as Singapore faces a recession during the health crisis? (READ: Singapore reports record jump in coronavirus cases)
Rappler’s Paterno Esmaquel talks to Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Yap about what Filipinos can do if they test positive for COVID-19 or if they lose their jobs due to the pandemic.

Helping OFWs affected by pandemic
Apr 30, 2020 CNN Philippines
Overseas some Filipinos are also losing their jobs because of the pandemic?
How is the government helping them?

Coronavirus impact on OFW welfare and employment
Rappler Apr 28, 2020
OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac and Center for Migrant Advocacy Executive Director Ellene Sana talked about the assessment and prospects on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on OFW employment and welfare. The webinar, held Tuesday, April 28, was moderated by Ateneo de Manila University-Department of Political Science Associate Professor Carmel Abao.
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Confronting the new normal in seafaring
Ron Bridget T. Vilog May 02, 2020

Because of the pandemic, Filipino seafarers – who make up 25% of the global seafaring industry – face a very different homecoming

Extraordinary occupational hazards: PH migrants during the pandemic
Dada Docot April 25, 2020

What are the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on Filipino overseas workers? The author places seafarers and nurses in the spotlight

The Video: PH Foreign Dept.: 20,000 seafarers expected to return to PH soon
Apr 26, 2020 ANC 24/7
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay says many Filipinos are returning home from overseas with 20,000 seafarers expected to arrive in the country soon.



DOLE asks Taiwan to deport OFW with Facebook posts criticizing Duterte
JC Gotinga April 25, 2020

The Philippine government wants Taiwan to deport a Filipina caregiver for her ‘nasty and malevolent’ posts about the President

The Video: No curtailment of freedom of expression amid deportation move vs Taiwan OFW: MECO
Apr 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine government's representative in Taiwan assured its citizens there it would not curtail freedom of expression following a supposed call for deportation of a migrant worker due to libelous comments against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Taiwan rejects deportation of OFW critical of Duterte
Sofia Tomacruz April 28, 2020
News reports from Taiwan quote its foreign ministry as saying that foreign workers enjoy freedom of speech and 'citizen treatment'


Taiwan OFW Linn Ordidor on free speech and dodging deportation
April 30, 2020
Caregiver Linn Ordidor made headlines when the Philippine government pushed to have her deported from Taiwan for having criticized President Rodrigo Duterte. She tells Rappler why she thinks being outspoken is worth the risk. Look also this article

Linn Ordidor, caregiver: Sorry, not sorry
JC Gotinga May 01, 2020
She got into trouble with Philippine authorities for stating her political opinions, and would have been deported if Taiwan didn’t vouch for her. Still, the spirited OFW says she’d do it all over again for love of country.

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Duterte calls for creation of Department for Overseas Filipinos
Sofia Tomacruz July 22, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his call to create a new department solely for overseas Filipinos to ensure their protection and welfare abroad

2019: A turbulent year for OFWs
Ana P. Santos December 28, 2019

In the coming year, the government will have to engage migrant worker groups across the globe and their host countries to ensure that OFWs are adequately insulated from the tectonic shifts that are affecting labor markets

OWWA launches OFW e-card for easier access to gov't benefits
by Aika Rey November 06, 2018

The e-card reduces the number of documents needed when applying for programs and services offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

FAST FACTS: Who is Eduardo Manalo, special envoy for OFW concerns?
by Sofia Tomacruz February 14, 2018

Manalo has served as the Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister since 2009

Separation of church, state even with Manalo appointment – Malacañang
by Pia Ranada February 15, 2018
Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo was picked as President Rodrigo Duterte's special envoy because of his 'established network' among overseas Filipinos, says Malacañang.
Malacañang on Thursday, February 14, defended the appointment of Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo to a government post, saying this is not a violation of the principle of separation of church and state.

Duterte's migration policy
September 01, 2017

More than a year since he sat in office, what has President Rodrigo Duterte done to stay true to the promises he made before OFWs?
A roundtable discussion will be held on Friday, September 1, to assess Duterte’s migration policy. Topics include the streamlining of relevant government offices, expansion of OFW welfare and benefits, onsite protection of OFWs, and long-term solutions that drive labor migration.

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Align OFWs' repatriation with PH economic plans
by Sofia Tomacruz September 03, 2017
In the 2016 elections, Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity.

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Gabriela on Duterte kissing OFW: 'Disgusting theatrics of a misogynist'
by Mara Cepeda June 04, 2018

The party advocating for women's rights also finds it 'unfortunate' that the OFW had to explain there was 'no malice' in the President's kiss.

Cheers, disgust as Duterte kisses OFW in South Korea
June 03, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte gives an overseas Filipino worker a kiss on the lips as he meets with the Filipino community in South Korea, drawing mixed reactions. Look the Video: Duterte kisses OFW based in South Korea in HD


10,000 Filipinos face U.S. deportation as Trump ends amnesty
by Paterno Esmaquel II September 06, 2017 - with Video

Prepare for the worst, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says after US President Donald Trump ended the DACA amnesty for young immigrants.

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about U.S. Pinoys and DACA
by Don Kevin Hapal September 07, 2017

Where and how many are the Filipinos in the US? How many are under the protection of DACA? Find out here.

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We are all Tizons
by Shakira Sison May 19, 2017
Slavery is wrong, but how do we really treat the Lolas in our lives?

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My Family’s Slave
Alex Tizon June 2017 Issue
She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.

Slave story of Pulitzer Prize-winning FilAm writer sparks online debate
by Don Kevin Hapal May 18, 2017
Filipino American author Alex Tizon shares a haunting story of slavery within his own family, drawing mixed reactions online.

The Atlantic's 'My Family's Slave' should not end with a feast
by Lian Buan May 18, 2017
When the issue is slavery, we shouldn't adjust our standards so low that we let a piece go unchallenged for being a memoir.

'Slave' Eudocia is 'Kosyang' to her family in Tarlac
May 21, 2017 - with video
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Finding Eudocia Pulido in her hometown in Tarlac
by Lian Buan May 21, 2017
Eudocia 'Kosyang' Pulido's story tugs at the heartstrings of any Filipino who belongs to a clan of overseas domestic helpers

Alex Tizon and Auntie Lola: Rereading ‘Little Big Man’
by Frank Cimatu May 21, 2017

'Lola' Pulido: Piniga, binarat, at kinahon sa plastik
by Patricio N. Abinales May 21, 2017
We have to hand it to Tizon – his plan of getting away with the crime and still keeping the public on his side is an excellent strategy that would make Niccolo Machiavelli proud.

56 years a slave
by Caroline Hau May 21, 2017
'We have yet to see the reactions and opinions of actual katulong/kasambahay back home.... It’s important to ask who is part of this discussion and who is not.'

Si Yaya, ang aliping sagigilid
May 22, 2017
Alex Tizon's 'My Family's Slave' reminds us of our middle class lifestyles that soared on the back of a servile system that takes advantage of the poverty pool.

the Video in the above album:
My Family's Slave' Eudocia Pulido, kilalanin
Published on May 23, 2017
Ilang taon mula nang siya ay pumanaw, naging usap-usapan sa social media ang kuwento ng isang Pinay na nagsilbing katulong sa Amerika sa loob ng higit 50 taon.

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POEA scraps OEC for returning OFWs
by Don Kevin Hapal August 08, 2016

The overseas employment certificate, also known as the OEC, is scrapped for vacationing OFWs

[Balikbayan Voices] OEC stands for Overly Excessive Crap
by Bertrand Rodriguez Jr August 14, 2017

'DOLE and POEA should realize that the world does not revolve around their ludicrous and antiquated bureaucratic procedures,' OFW Bertrandt Rodriguez says.
The overseas employment certificate (OEC) is a useless piece of junk that has been the bane of every overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Undocumented migrant workers: Hidden and helpless in ASEAN
with videos
Feb 12, 2017
PART 1: Despite ASEAN's decade-long intention to protect migrant workers in the region, nothing has been done for the undocumented labor migrants, who continue to endure hardships in silence
Part 1 of 3

The bleak future of undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN
Feb 13, 2017
PART 2: ASEAN countries view the issue of undocumented migrant workers differently. Singapore and Malaysia view it as a 'security threat' while the Philippines and Indonesia as a matter of 'human rights'
Part 2 of 3

ASEAN treaty on migrant workers: Can PH make it happen in 2017?
Feb 14, 2017
PART 3: All eyes are on the host Philippines to see if it could usher in an ASEAN treaty on migrant workers' protection after a decade-long impasse.
Part 3 of 3

All by Camille Elemia

Group pushes for 'binding' ASEAN pact on migrant workers’ protection
by Don Kevin Hapal November 14, 2017
The ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers must be legally-binding and cover undocumented workers and migrants' families, Migrante International says.


How North Korea's threat affects Filipinos abroad
Aug 15, 2017

Jojo Abinales, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii in Manoa talks about how threats from North Korea to Guam affect Filipinos living in the Pacific region.


Guam resident on how North Korea's threat affects Filipinos abroad

Rappler talks to J Saldaña, a Filipino-born Guam resident, about general public sentiment following North Korea's threat to bomb the US territory in the Pacific.

FAST FACTS: How many and where are the Filipinos in Guam?
by Don Kevin Hapal August 17, 2017

A nuclear threat has raised concern over the safety of Guam residents, who include thousands of Filipinos.

Fil-Am leaders hits Duterte for not helping undocumented OFWs
with 2 videos
Paterno Esmaquel II February 06, 2017

'President Duterte, marami sa mga undocumented dito sa Amerika, sumuporta sa 'yo'.

the Video:
OFWs in US express dismay over Duterte's statement on undocumented Pinoys
Feb 6, 2017
Overseas Filipino workers in the United States were dismayed over President Rodrigo Duterte's statement on undocumented Filipinos there.

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs
by Patty Pasion September 06, 2017

The Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’.
A government hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga will allocate a space specifically to accommodate the needs of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
ACTS-OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz said that Pampanga’s Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital will be the first of several state-run hospitals that will set up an “OFW wing”.

How Duterte gov’t plans to bring OFWs back home
by Patty Pasion August 12, 2017

The labor department banks on the millions of jobs that ‘Dutertenomics’ will generate, and on the improved reintegration program for returning OFWs

PH welcomes Saudi Arabia's extended amnesty program
September 24, 2017
The Department of Foreign Affairs says the extension will benefit at least 6,000 undocumented Filipinos


Fil-Am politicians vow to protect Pinoy immigrants
Feb 8, 2017

Filipino-American politicians in Hawaii weigh in on the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-American stance.

The 'bagong bayani' of the Philippines
by Titon Mitra December 30, 2016

Celebrating the Month of Overseas Filipinos in December of every year, in line with the International Migrants Day, is recognizing the valuable role and productive contribution of migrants both in the Philippines and their countries of destination.

The silent struggle of returning OFWs
by Patty Pasion October 28, 2017

After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?

OFWs: 'Sunday Beauty Queen' an eye-opener for families
by Don Kevin Hapal January 15, 2017

Overseas Filipino workers laud the documentary film, which won Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival but struggled to remain in theaters.

Why I speak only Filipino to my American baby
by Kristine Sydney November 19, 2016

What I hope my daughter will get someday: an understanding of where I am from, of where she, too, is from

How Duterte gov't cared for OFWs in first 100 days
by Don Kevin Hapal October 07, 2016

In his campaign, Duterte promised to make OFW concerns his top labor priority. Did he live up to his promise?

Filipino in Trump's America
by Frankie Concepcion November 10, 2016
'The sad truth is that this is just another symptom of what has been going on in the rest of the world'
Today I looked out into a classroom of faces either brimming with tears or trying not to cry. I’ve seen my fellow teachers cry. On the street, I have heard strangers make jokes about "deporting illegals". I have known grown men and women who are afraid of leaving their homes. I have walked into schools and colleges, places of learning, and been met with the silence that comes with the realization that our world is not what we thought it was.
This is the truly devastating thing about today’s America.

Come home, PH gov't urges undocumented Filipinos in U.S.
by Pia Ranada November 16, 2016
'The government is ready to provide them assistance,' Malacañang assures Filipinos thinking of returning to the Philippines amid the deportation threat of US president-elect Donald Trump against illegal immigrants.

For the undocumented Fil-Am: Living in fear
by Rene Pastor November 15, 2016
Trump's election has spawned a tsunami of fear among undocumented migrants in the US.

Filipinos and the politics of acceptance
by Frankie Concepcion December 06, 2016
What I have learned from history is that often, Filipinos have been asked to accept the very tragedies which have defined us.

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OFWs in peril of 'drug war' killings – Human Rights Watch
by Phelim Kine October 13, 2016
'Unless the Duterte government rethinks its abusive war on drugs, Filipinos living outside the Philippines won't be much safer than those living in the country'
This is a press release from Human Rights Watch.
Lawmakers link alleged ISIS member to OFW medical service provider
by Mara Cepeda April 11, 2017 - with video
Lawmakers urge the Department of Justice to probe deeper into the operations of Winston Q8.
Lawmakers have linked a recently-arrested Kuwaiti national suspected to be a member of the Islamic State (ISIS), to a firm that once monopolized the provision of medical services to Kuwait-bound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

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Depression among OFWs: 'The struggle is real'
Jojo Dass February 01, 2020

OFWs are vulnerable to depression as they live away from their families and have to overcome language and cultural barriers, say experts

Back to work:

5 words of wisdom from the Pope
Paterno Esmaquel II Jan 04, 2015

Filipinos go back to work on Monday, January 5, after a long Christmas and New Year break filled with family reunions, parties, food, and sleep – lots of sleep.
Feeling lazy? Unmotivated? 5 quotes compiled from Pope Francis as we return to the office after the holidays.


"OFW" Theme Song ...Ang Kantang Nakakaiyak at NakakaTouch (PUSONG OFW)

Over 100,000 Filipinos affected by Cathay Pacific data breach
November 10, 2018

The National Privacy Commission orders Cathay Pacific to explain why it only reported the data breach several months after it happened

OFWs can now rate recruiters online
Aika Rey July 26, 2018

OFWs can look for their agencies and rate it with stars – 5 stars as the highest. Reviews cover recruitment fees, pre-departure orientation, and the employment contract.

OFWs to receive digital literacy, business training from Facebook
Aika Rey June 07, 2018

'This can be used to avoid scams – knowing what types of information can be sourced from legitimate source. That's why the entry point of safety,' says OWWA chief Hans Cacdac.
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) can now take advantage of digital literacy and online business trainings from social media giant Facebook starting July 2018.

Can't an OFW have an opinion about the Philippines?
Bianca Villar-Gomez, May 12, 2016

"Yes, I have been absent but my love for the country has not diminished by an inch in a way that is difficult for me to explain"

OFWs as modern-day heroes: Seriously?
Analiza Perez-Amurao, July 10, 2016

Faced with all sorts of imaginable and unimaginable migratory experiences, beyond the votes that they cast, OFWs now want their voices to be heard

Avoid Christmas rush! PHLPost says send mail, parcels before these dates
October 13, 2018

Postmaster General Joel Otarra says the advisory is also for overseas Filipino workers sending mails and parcels to the Philippines


Paalis, Pabalik: A short docu on OFWs
Pam Roque May 01, 2015

The lives of two personas, Paalis and Pabalik. Both are products of the Filipino Diaspora inherent in our culture.

For OFWs, love knows no distance
April 27, 2018

Our modern Filipino heroes prove that you can be there for your family, wherever in the world you may be

How OFW parents make up for lost time
April 30, 2018

More than the toys and gifts, it's the little things that Pedro and Morena do for their son whenever they're at home that count.

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Tribute to a migrant mother
Ana P. Santos May 01, 2017 - with video

'I dream of the day when we can all be together again', overseas Filipino worker Norma Brion tells her children

The video can also be looked in HD HERE

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah, Malaysia
August 20, 2018

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak

When the bell rings: My story of getting bullied
Don Kevin Hapal January 17, 2017
Bullying is more than just physical harm. It’s the harshest form of rejection, one that gets in the way of our growth and self-discovery.
Don Kevin Hapal was a high school student in Athens, Greece. He now works as a social media producer and Balikbayan coordinator for
Children Left-Behind Migration and Filipino Children Left-Behind

Melanie M. Reyes

Overseas Filipinos demand end to 'laglag bala' scam
October 29, 2015
OFWs demand an end to the 'laglag bala' scam that has victimized innocent passengers at the country's main international airport

How to curb 'laglag-bala' modus and airport extortion
Michael Brown September 28, 2015
'Under the current system, a crooked cop can ruin an innocent person's life, just by saying "I found something"'

Where do scam victims go? Put presidential desk at NAIA
October 30, 2015
If you’re an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who’s framed up by airport security with a bullet in your bag, then where do you go for instant help?

Palace on 'bullet scam': Airports have help desks
Ayee Macaraig October 30, 2015
Malacañang says of the 'bullet scam' that has alarmed OFWs and travelers: 'There are already officials deployed in airports. We have public assistance desks.

Gov't will not tolerate 'laglag bala' operation – Abaya
Chrisee Dela Paz November 01, 2015
The DOTC says it is studying the structure of aviation security, setting up additional CCTVs, changing handling procedures, and stepping up the investigation on the alleged 'laglag bala' scam

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OFW na may bala umano sa bag, inaresto
Hinarang at inaresto sa NAIA ang isang OFW na papuntang Hong Kong matapos umanong makitaan ng bala sa loob ng kanyang bag. Pero giit ng OFW, biktima siya ng "tanim-bala." Oct 26, 2015

Why some OFWs fear going home
Some Filipinos abroad are now afraid of visiting the Philippines after hearing reports that passengers at NAIA are being victimized by airport personnel who plant bullets in baggage. - The World Tonight, ANC, October 29, 2015

Expert tells how to avoid 'tanim-bala' scam
Sa social media inilibas ng mga netizen ang kanilang galit at pagkadismaya sa isyu ng "tanim-bala" modus na umano'y nangyayari sa NAIA. May ibinigay namang tips ang isang eksperto at maging ang mismong DOTC para huwag maging biktima. Oct 30, 2015

DOTC takes steps vs 'tanim-bala' scam
The Department of Transportation and Communications will convene concerned agencies Monday to discuss the so-called bullet planting or "tanim-bala" scam. Nov 1, 2015

A Prayer For Overseas Filipino Workers - OFW

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Duterte signs EO creating Overseas Filipino Bank
The plan is for the Overseas Filipino Bank to be a 'policy bank dedicated to provide financial products and services tailored to the requirement of overseas Filipinos'
Signed on September 28 but released to the press on Monday, October 9, EO 44 ordered the Philippine Postal Corporation and the Bureau of the Treasury to transfer their PSPB shares to the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) at zero value.

OFWs ask for more seats on Overseas Filipino Bank's board
Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times January 29, 2018
'Ang banko na iyan ay ipinatayo para sa mga OFWs, nararapat lamang na ang magkokontrol nyan at magpapalakad ay mga OFWs!' says the group's chairman

OFW bank to open on January 18
January 16, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank on Thursday, January 18

BALIKBAYAN LAW - Who is a Balikbayan - Balikbayan program - Etc.

Look also HERE

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BALIKBAYAN LAW - Who is a Balikbayan?

per BI Memorandum Order dated 01 July 2008

RA6768 Republic Act No. 6768



Under R.A. 6768, a former Filipino citizen and his/her spouse and children traveling with him/her are entitled to visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year.

Republic Act No. 9174


Balikbayan Program FAQ

What is the "Balikbayan Program" of the Philippines and many other good informations


Duty FREE Philippines Balikbayan Plus Program (Updated Mar 3 2007)

Balikbayan Plus Program Establishment Guide

Warning on limits of Balikbayan privilege
by Lian Buan January 04, 2019


Pinoy Homecoming, a special program of the Philippine Department of Tourism

Some you are entitled to as part of this program are:
Special Incentives
Bonus Programs
To avail of these advantages, one must be a full pledged Balikbayan as categorized under Republic Act 6768 - The Balikbayan Law as amended by R.A. 9174

This is a 30-second TVC for Pinoy Homecoming, a special program of the Philippine Department of Tourism targeting Balikbayans and Filipinos overseas to come home and avail of the low tour packages and freebies they will enjoy once home.

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OFW Watch - Mobile applications (App)

Over 4,000 locally cached listings of all Philippine Embassies, Consulates, OWWA, POLO offices and licensed recruiting agencies.

Each listing contains detailed information, including maps, hotlines, fax numbers, email addresses, directions and contact names.

Do you know your rights? With OFW Watch mobile… you will. Every major piece of legislation regarding the OFW is inside. From the Migrant Worker’s Act of 1995 to the actually rules and regulations governing POEA and OWWA. No connection required!

FAST FACTS: Avoiding double taxation for nonresidents
April 01, 2017
The Philippines is currently a signatory to 41 tax treaties that address double taxation situations
How OFWs can avoid getting buried in debt
by Ana P. Santos October 03, 2017

For migrant workers, failing to pay off loans can mean jail time and loss of income

Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW balikbayan) - Etc.

Remark many of the videos are in the album "Government Authorities - Etc."


in the album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

IMPORTANT about Human Rights and

e.g. Citizenship, Dual Citizenship, Residence permission, Passport, Retirement, Tax HERE and Laws

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New law creates social welfare attachés for OFWs
Sofia Tomacruz July 17, 2019

Social welfare attachés will be responsible for assisting and managing cases of overseas Filipino workers in distress, trafficking victims, and abandoned children, among others

Being a Filipino abroad in the time of Duterte
by David Lozada July 01, 2017

At the end of the day, my passport says 'Pilipinas' and not 'Duterte', so I represent the values our heroes died for.

I do not represent Duterte, says a Filipino abroad.

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract
October 03, 2017

The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs

How much does it cost to work abroad?
October 04, 2017
Here's what OFWs and their employers need to pay

Challenges in deploying Filipino household service workers to China
by Meiting Li March 23, 2018

China is indeed likely to open its doors to Filipino household service workers, but there will be challenges and restrictions

Social media used to lure trafficked Filipinas
by Boy Ryan B. Zabal January 21, 2017

One of the victims was befriended by recruiters using social media with false promises of legitimate and better work opportunities overseas.

Lack of sex education hurts female labor migrants
by Ana P. Santos July 01, 2017

Getting pregnant has little to do with promiscuity but everything has to do with ignorance.

One-stop service center for OFWs opens for business
by Don Kevin Hapal August 15, 2016

The one-stop service center is now ready to serve as many as 2000 to 3000 OFWs everyday.
The center includes representatives from various agencies with services that are all “relevant to OFWs,” and is now ready to serve as many as 2,000 to 3,000 OFWs daily, according to POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.
The service center, located at the ground floor of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) in Mandaluyong City, aims to reduce transportation expenses of OFWs and shorten the processing time for their documents.

the Video Remark this is an album in the album POEA in the album "Government Authorities - Etc."

Lack of guidelines on newly launched OFW ID causes confusion
by Don Kevin Hapal July 17, 2017
OFWs slam the agency for announcing the IDs without clear guidelines.
The lack of implementing guidelines on the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) newly launched Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) identification card has left many OFWs confused regarding its benefits and functions.

Duterte approves special OFW card
by Pia Ranada February 08, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte decided on the iDOLE-OFW Identification Card System during a Cabinet meeting, says Malacañang

Which countries pay OFWs the highest?
by Don Kevin Hapal November 23, 2016

Here are the top paying countries and most in-demand jobs abroad, according to the's 2016 Overseas Report.

The au pair recruitment business
by Ana P. Santos and Purple S. Romero August 17, 2016

One recruiter admits telling au pairs who want to go to Europe to be ready with the money

Look Part 2 August 18, 2016 HERE

Looking back: Skirting the au pair ban
by Purple S. Romero August 17, 2016
For the au pairs who paid off immigration personnel then, the bribery was part of what they had to do to get out of the country. It was an arrangement that was mutually beneficial.

“He’s carrying a box of Dunkin Donuts. I’m holding a teddy bear.”
This was the secret code between Rene (not his real name) and the immigration personnel, who was supposed to “escort” him inside the departure area of the international airport in Manila and out to his plane.

Au pairs: Different lists, one destination
by Purple S. Romero August 18, 2016
Checking if an au pair agency is operating legally can be quite tricky

An au pair's story: Moving on, moving away
by Ana P. Santos August 18, 2016
Now 33, May Arnaldo is set to graduate this December with a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Information Technology at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines
October 05, 2017

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity

How OFWs can avoid illegal recruitment
October 24, 2017 - with Video

Despite laws protecting migrant workers, OFWs continue to fall victim to illegal recruitment schemes

What you need to know about overseas Filipino workers
by/Jodesz Gavilan December 05, 2015

December is the 'Month of Overseas Filipinos'. Do you know enough about our country's 'bagong bayani'?
The sacrifices overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) make just to provide a better life for their families earned them the title of the nation’s bagong bayani (new heroes).

Be part of your family’s milestones: Tips for OFW parents
Therese Reyes April 22, 2016

Even if you’re far away, you can still drive your family towards big opportunities

Filipina waitress in U.S. shares first racist encounter
by Don Kevin Hapal December 22, 2016

Instead of tipping her, students write ‘build that wall, Trump daddy’ on the receipt’s tip column and ‘nah’ on another receipt.

6 ways my mom changed after becoming an OFW
by Don Kevin Hapal October 02, 2016

Perhaps it's the loneliness or maybe there's something in the Italian breeze – but after some time abroad, my mom has changed a lot.

6 ways Brexit will affect Filipinos in UK
by John Sio August 21, 2016

What will be Brexit's impact to the estimated 300,000 Filipinos living in the UK?


Love, money and making both work
August 04, 2016
Fear of not being loved prevents many OFWs from making rational financial decisions

Want to return to PH earlier? Here's what you should do
by Don Kevin Hapal September 02, 2016
Vince Rapisura says temporary economic migrants should make it a goal to be able to come back after a maximum of 10 years

Planning to invest? Protect yourself from investment scams
August 11, 2016
While saving is good, investing your money can help you reach your financial goals even faster.

Both by Don Kevin Hapal

Don’t want to be an OFW forever? Follow these 5 money tips
Don Kevin Hapal October 03, 2016

How can OFWs better manage their finances and reach their financial goals faster? Here are some tips from a wealth expert.

Make your way back home
Therese Reyes December 11, 2015

Financial tips to help OFWs come back home
It’s an image that’s familiar to many of us: a melancholic family parting ways with a mother or father at the airport, bound for work in a foreign country.
The decision to do what’s right for the family and to provide a comfortable and secure life for them is never easy, and doing so apart from those you love makes it even more difficult. So if you work abroad and have been living apart from your children, you truly deserve to be called a modern-day hero. But it could also be time to start working towards something else they need your presence.


'Emotions preventing OFWs from financial success'
by/David Lozada May 29, 2016

A financial expert says many overseas Filipino workers send most of their earnings to their families – and fail to save for themselves – because they feel emotions such as guilt and shame


Bureau of Immigration of Philippines - BI

also with important informations for tourists

the Videos

Know about the program and services of Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, from processing to legal matters with BI Commissioner Ricardo David and BI-Spokeperson & Intelligence Chief Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang


District and Field Offices - Visa Fees and Taxes

also with important informations for tourists

Emigration Clearance Certificate, ECC
The passport had a stamp saying visitors whose total stay in the country is more than 6 months are required to get an ECC.


Immigration Administrative Circular No. SBM-2013-007

The public shall be denied access to the bureau if they fail to observe the Dress Code Policy


Both articles are in 1 pdf file


EIGHTH Edition


PhilHealth para sa OFW: Magbayad ng Kontribusyon
Nov 3, 2014
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation para sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

Look the FULL description on the video

Remark this is a video in the album "PhilHealth" in the album "Insurances"

Look more HERE

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)


Diaspora to Development D2D

The Credit Information Corporation (CiC)

is a government-owned and controlled corporation that is envisioned to be the leading provider of independent, reliable and accurate credit information in the Philippines.

the Videos

"Can your credit history follow you overseas?"
Financial secrets don't stay secrets for long in this globally interconnected environment. On The Money's resident financial adviser Salve Duplito talks to overseas Filipino workers who may soon be facing this challenge. Jun 13 2015


"Why some OFWs remain poor despite working abroad"
While most Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) earn better in other countries, some of them still experience financial problems despite years of hard work due to inefficient money management. Sep 20, 2015

OWWA to OFWs: 'Beware of loan scam'

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration alerts OFWs on a new loan scam by predators pretending to be OWWA

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) issued a warning on Friday, August 14 2015, to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in light of a loan scam that is circulating “throughout the OFW community.”


E-mail scam dupes medical workers
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is warning against an e-mail scam that has swindled medical workers. Sep 12, 2015

Remark this is an album in the album Text & E-mail Scams in the album Scams & Indentity theft

Look more HERE


Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Development Projects"

OFs-RED Project

The "Overseas Filipinos Diaspora Remittances for Development Project: Building a Future Back Home" or OFs-RED addresses the goal of harnessing the potential of overseas remittances for poverty reduction and consequently, local economic development. The Project is being implemented by the National Economic and Development Authority and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. It is funded by the United Nations Development Programme.


The Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development: Building a Future Back Home (OFs-RED) Project

MANILA, Philippines, April 5, 2011 -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of the Philippines today launched a US$250,000 major project wholly funded by Western Union to harness the power of remittances from migrant workers to drive sustainable economic development in the Philippines

The need to #RemitSmarter
Ezra Ferraz by/ Mar 27, 2015

Overseas Filipinos have more choices than ever before, but only time will tell if they would adopt any of the newer remittance solutions

OFW's: Grow your Money and Enjoy Financial Freedom


Look RA 8042 - RA 9422

House committee pushes travel tax exemption for all OFW kids
by Don Kevin Hapal October 12, 2017
A bill seeks to amend the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 to extend travel tax exemption to children of both solo and married OFW parents


Commission on Elections, or COMELEC

COMELEC Instructional Video: Where to register as an Overseas Absentee Voter

COMELEC Instructional Video on PWD (People With Disabilities) Voter Registration, with FSL, Filipino Sign Language translation

Pre-employment seminar now mandatory for OFWs
by Mara Cepeda 1:21 PM, June 16, 2016

The Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) is the government's online tool against illegal recruitment and for OFW safety in their host countries

Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminars - PDOS

PDOS overview

Amendments to Omnibus Guidelines for Minors Traveling Abroad

and the Videos

Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminars - PDOS

Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Executive Director Mary Grace Ampil Tirona encourages Pinoys to get acquinted with the laws and cultures of the countries they are moving into. FO is offering Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS) to help prepare kababayans for the new life in foreign lands. She was one of the three resource persons during the PIA Communication and News Exchange Forum (CNEX)
Congress approves translation of OFW contracts into local dialects.

The Congress approved in its third and final reading the translation of overseas employment contracts to local dialects to ensure that OFWs understand fully the contracts that they will sign. Employment agencies who will not follow said law will face penalties. Sep 4, 2015

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration - POEA

the Video "How POEA is going after illegal recruiters" Apr 29, 2015

Overseas Filipino Workers OFW

Citizen Services

Need a Birth Certificate? Want a Passport - Seaman's Book - Visa or ??? Citizen Services allows for convenient access to various government services from the DFA, NSO and POEA

Many good informations and more links

MasterCitizen's Blog

A blogsite where the common citizen can find facts and guides.

OWWA - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

the Video

Work and Benefits

Remark this is an album in the album "Government Authorities - Etc." is a Filipino website for new OFWs and for Filipinos who want to migrate, find an overseas job or work abroad.

OFW - Scam Alerts

This site is often updated with the newest alerts

Look more HERE

"What is PESO" - Public Employment Service Office, PESO

a non-free charging multi-employment service facility or entity established or accredited by Department of Labor and Employment, DOLE pursuant to Republic Act No. 8759 otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999.

The PESO are linked to the Regional Offices of DOLE for coordination and technical supervision, and to the DOLE Central Office, to constitute the National Employment Service Network.

the Video


Human Trafficking in the Philippines


#FightTrafficking: Protecting OFWs from modern-day slavery

Rappler speaks with migrant workers' right advocate Susan Ople and POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac on OFWs and human trafficking - Aug 12, 2015

the article Not all drug mules are OFWs
by/Ryan Macasero 9:16 Aug 15, 2015


How to avoid human trafficking syndicates

Muling pinaalalahanan ng OWWA ang mga OFW na mag-ingat at huwag agad magtiwala kahit kanino.

Apr 27, 2015


OFW - Anti Human Trafficking Infomercial

Don´t be a victim of human trafficking

Know the tell-tale signs and be vigilant. Call 1434 for Metro Manila, (02) 1434 for outside Metro Manila, (632) for outside Philippines.


Movement of Anti-Trafficking Advocates - MATA

Three youth participants of the National Youth Summit of the Movement of Anti-Trafficking Advocates talk about their own fight against human trafficking. Hidaya, Nohman, and Vicky participated in a week-long workshop at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City to become youth ambassadors in their own communities and help end exploitation and trafficking. The workshop is produced by the MTV Exit campaign with assistance from USAID, AusAID, and the Visayan Forum Foundation.


Vulnerability of Human Trafficking Victims

Stand Up to End Human Trafficking


Protecting OFWs from human traffickers

September 21, 2015 by/the Department of Labor and Employment

Republic Act 9208 or “Anti-Trafficking in Persons”

a penal law against human trafficking, organ trafficking, sex tourism, sex slavery and child prostitution

Look RA 9208 Implementing Rules and Regulations HERE

The ban on trafficking of persons for the purpose of removal or sale of organs is contained in Section 3(a) of Republic Act 9208

Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, RA 10364

the Video:
Republic Act 9208 or “Anti-Trafficking in Persons

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, IACAT

coordinate and monitor the implementation of Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003".

the Video

Look the full description of the video HERE

Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers - Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers
Look as pdf HERE or as Video
Drug syndicates use social media for recruitment
by/Chay F. Hofileña May 01, 2015

Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship.
No different from terrorists, drug syndicates targeting potential drug couriers in the Philippines have resorted to social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, to recruit new victims.
Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship.

Look the article as pdf HERE

the articles Drug groups tap persons with HIV as couriers
by/Aries Rufo May 01, 2015
Drug syndicates think that tapping an HIV-positive foreign courier will result in repatriation to the country of origin rather than arrest.

International drug gangs prey on Filipinos abroad
by/Agence France-Presse Updated April 22, 2015
With many coming from poor farming areas and lacking in street smarts, they are easy pickings for international crime gangs on the hunt for drug mules


is a non-profit, non-stock and tax-exempt non-government organization in the Philippines established in 1991. VF works for the welfare of marginalized migrants, especially those working in the invisible and informal sectors, like domestic workers, and trafficked women and children.

IMPORTANT: the Video

Remark this is an album in the album "Organizations working in the Philippines"


Operation Nemesis: Investigating the exploitation of Filipinas in Czech Republic
Ondrej Golis, iROZHLAS June 08, 2019
According to the investigation, once the Filipinas reached the Czech Republic, the conditions they were promised suddenly changed.

Videos about:

Being a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan

Financial Literacy for OFWs
Rappler talks to Vince Rapisura, president and CEO of Social Enterprise Development Partnerships Inc (SEDPI), to discuss OFW spending habits and emotions, and to give tips on how migrant workers can become financially independent. July 04 2016 - Look also HERE and the article:

Are you an OFW? Here are bad spending habits you need to break
by Don Kevin Hapal July 05, 2016
Know how to set financial goals, manage your income, and borrow money wisely.

"Buhay Pinoy Abroad, Buhay OFW" by Ercof

This video depicts the typical life of an overseas Filipino and an overseas Filipino family searching for a gainful family life through remittances from abroad. This will enlighten the public about who are the country's major economic saviors and what sacrifices do they face.

Ercof Philippines -
Pinoy au pairs

We take a closer look at the lives of au pairs. Au Pairs normally stay with a host family in a foreign country to learn about language and culture, while helping with daily chores. But for some Filipinos, au pair programs become opportunities to become undocumented domestic workers. While living with their host families for 18 months, they serve as nannies, cooks and all-around helpers.  Look the full description both in English and Tagalog of the video HERE
Filipina au pair in Denmark - Documentary

This documentary is mainly in Tagalog with Danish subtitles.

The term AU PAIR refers to a cultural exchange, where young people can experience a foreign country in return for light housework and nursing - and a small allowance. In reality, au pairs are very cheap domestic help for busy families all over the world. Au Pair follows three Philippine girls as they leave their families behind and try to make a better future for themselves abroad.
No More Balikbayans - The truth is, life abroad is hard

They all leave the country burning with desire for a better of life. Yet many return home as cold and lifeless corpses. Wala Nang Balikbayan is about the many vulnerabilities that Overseas Filipino Workers face abroad, at times leading to their death either under mysterious circumstances or through capital punishment. In this documentary, OFWs are victims of abuse and the Philippine governments criminal neglect. They are, however, also beginning to fight for their rights and to question the ultimate folly of the government's labor export program.
Para kay Mama: A Rappler Documentary

Aug 28, 2014.

"AboutPhilippines" says: Just look and understand - A Real good documentary!

the article Tagle: In Philippines, love can separate families

Paterno Esmaquel II Oct 09, 2014
Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'
Buena Bernal Oct 23, 2014

'The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status,' says Human Rights Watch.
Sexual violence, isolation and forced confinement, unpaid wages, long working hours with limited food, and regular beating are just some of the conditions migrant domestic workers in oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) endure in the hands of their employers.

Quezon City resident Marelie Brua returned home to the Philippines after suffering maltreatment and a meager 800-dirham ($217 or P9,712) monthly pay under the employ of an Arab family.

A mere animal "bought" at a price is how domestic workers to the UAE are regarded, Brua shared in an HRW clip.

This "seemingly entrenched pattern" of abuses was detailed in a 79-page report by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Thursday, October 23 2014, - "I Already Bought You" - urging the UAE government to enact reforms to put an end to it. (look below link)

Look also the full article HERE
Modern Day Slaves - OFW Overseas Foreign Workers

This documentary concerns Filipino overseas foreign workers (or OFWs) and what they are forced to endure, including abuse in foreign countries and neglect in their home country.
Modern slavery. Documentary about Filipino overseas, especially in the United Arab Emirates and other Arabic Persian Gulf states

The death penalty of Sarah Balabagan triggered this Canadian documentary, shown on Dutch tv, about Filipino overseas workers and the allegedly inhumane, abusive, and exploitive working conditions tsome face in especially the United Arab Emirates and other country's around the world. Sarah Balabagan (born August 16, 1979) (her family name is phonetically pronounced as Ba-la-BAH-gan) was a Filipina prisoner in the United Arab Emirates during 1994 - 96 whose case caused a good deal of controversy.

Important look also HERE and the article: "Sarah Balabagan, from Muslim to Christian"
Struggling Life of an OFW
Aug 7, 2017
Mission Possible features the story of Rachelle Agustin, a single mother who worked abroad and suffered abuse from her employers while working as a domestic helper in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Look article: OFW in Riyadh cries for help after employer 'tried' to kiss her
Raymon Dullana January 25, 2019
An overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, posts a video of herself crying and seeking help after her employer tries to kiss her on the nape
The Struggles of an OFW
May 30, 2016
Former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), Annalyn Mancilla, was a victim of an illegal recruitment. Due to this, she experienced a lot of sufferings from her employers in Saudi Arabia.
Distressed OFWs in Malaysia find their way home

A resource center should be open for 24 hours, seven days a week and in the case of the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, it serves as a “halfway house” for distressed Filipino workers. Video by Kristine Angeli Sabillo. Jun 22, 2015
Overseas Filipino workers brave job hazards for survival

The Philippines is the largest organised labour-exporting country in the world, according to statistics from the US-based Brookings Institution. An estimated eight million Filipinos live and work overseas, but for many workers trying to earn a living the job is proving dangerous and even fatal. Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports. (Oct 16, 2010)
Balikbayan OFW - Filipino maids face discrimination and abuse in Singapore
Philippines to probe 'budget' maids in Singapore

The Philippines will investigate reports of Singaporean agencies offering Filipino maids at "discounted" rates. Singaporean agencies reportedly treat Filipino domestic workers like 'commodities,' offered at 'super promo' rates in malls. Jun 30, 2014

Look the full story

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Buy a discount maid at Singapore's malls
In Singapore, maids are put on display and made available for 'purchase' in central shopping malls.
Michael Malay Last updated: 27 Jun 2014 08:16

Singapore downplays report on Filipino 'budget' maids.

The Philippines, however, suspends the accreditation of one of the two Singaporean companies allegedly offering Filipino maids like 'commodities'

Jul 03, 2014
OFWs Untold Stories

OFWs turned hungry and homeless

They're hailed as heroes propping up the Philippine economy. But some overseas Filipino workers don't always come home with a success story. David Lozada reports. Jan 16, 2014
Red Cross:

Untold Stories unfolds the case stories of illegal recruitment and unjust treatment of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) through the Social Services department addressed the plight of the OFWs by providing welfare services to them and to their families through responsive and sustainable programs

What's the au pair cultural exchange program all about?
Ana P. Santos July 30, 2016

The Philippines is the top sending country of au pairs to Denmark; more than 80% of all au pairs are Filipinos. The Filipino au pair continues to be in high demand.

1 JANUARY 2015


the article Pope to shoppers: Don't buy products made by modern-day slaves
by/Agence France-Presse Dec 11, 2014

His message, by the Vatican on Wednesday, December 10, slams "the growing scourge of man's exploitation by man," an "abominable phenomenon" covering everything from forced prostitution to child soldiers and slave labour in factories.
"I think also of persons forced into prostitution, many of whom are minors, as well as male and female sex slaves... (of) women forced into marriage, those sold for arranged marriages and those bequeathed to relatives of deceased husbands," he says.
According to the 2014 Global Slavery index, last month, nearly 36 million men, women and children are trapped in modern-day slavery, the definition of which ranges from forced marriages to people coerced into prostitution, fighting wars or manual labour like picking cotton.


OFWs Christmas

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The OFW Christmas list
Shakira Sison December 17, 2015
'Instead of resenting them for being away, OFWs hope their families realize their lack of choice'

Celebrating an overseas Filipino Christmas
Marj Casal December 06, 2017
Even if they’re away from home, Filipinos abroad find ways to celebrate a traditional Pinoy Christmas

When OFWs party
Don Kevin Hapal December 02, 2016
It’s a night of happiness and games and good food – but also a night to remind them of all the things they miss from home.
It’s that time of the year again.
They all share one thing in common: they are about to celebrate Christmas away from their loved ones.

Part 1: An undocumented OFW’s most awaited Christmas
Lian Nami Buan December 31, 2016

Regina Laborce came to the UK in 1997 with a tourist visa and worked as an undocumented domestic helper for 14 years before she got to see her daughter again.


Part 2: An OFW's special London Christmas with her daughter
Undocumented migrant Regie Laborce had to send her two-year-old daughter back to the Philippines from the UK for practical reasons. After obtaining legal status, she brings back 19-year-old Gienell to the land of their dreams.


Christmas Live Jam:
A special show dedicated to OFWs
Five musicians comprise our Christmas Live Jam lineup. The show is especially dedicated to OFWs who will not be able to come home to their families this year.

Remark this is an album in the album Christmas Hymns, Songs, Carols examples

the article by Wyatt Ong December 18, 2016
Christmas Live Jam


Remark these are albums in the album Christmas in the Philippines in the album Advent, Christmas & Holy Three Kings in the Philippines

Children of OFWs talk about Christmas without their parents
December 23, 2015
The celebration is different for the children of overseas Filipino workers
How are the holidays like for these kids who live far away from their OFW parents? Watch this Rappler Christmas special.


Bring them home this Christmas
November 14, 2018
An OFW father and the son he left back home are at the core of a new digital film. Century Properties
Christmas is the most celebrated time of the year for us Filipinos. And for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Christmas won’t be complete without celebrating it at home with their loved ones.


Christmas 2008 / Pasko 2008 - sa Pilipinas

This video features the yearly acitivities of establishments, malls, business districts and people in celebrating the spirit of christmas in the Philippines.

This video is dedicated to the people of the Philippines who are outside of the country working for a better future.

OFW policy and OFWs Migrant life in Middle East e.g. Libya - UAE - Kuwait - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Etc.

IMPORTANT: Look also above the Videos

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Philippines orders evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq - Etc.
Sofia Tomacruz January 08, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Alert Level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation has been raised in the country

The Video: Sitwasyon ng mga OFW sa gitna ng tensyon ng airstrikes sa Iraq
Jan 24, 2020 GMA Public Affairs

The Video: OFW sa Iraq, ayaw umuwi ng Pilipinas sa kabila ng tensyon
Jan 24, 2020 GMA Public Affairs

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries
Mara Cepeda January 21, 2020
The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night
Sofia Tomacruz January 13, 2020
The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday
JC Gotinga January 11, 2020
Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East
January 11, 2020
The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East
January 11, 2020
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East
Michelle Abad January 10, 2020
Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Lebanon, urges Filipinos to remain vigilant
Sofia Tomacruz January 10, 2020
The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon
Janella Paris January 09, 2020
Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Cimatu to fly to Middle East to start evacuating Filipinos from Iraq
JC Gotinga January 08, 2020
'We will do everything to bring out Filipinos there,' says the environment chief who's been appointed special envoy to oversee repatriations from the Middle East

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq 'ASAP'
JC Gotinga January 08, 2020
Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

The Video: Labor chief Bello outlines gov't plan for OFWs in Middle East

DOLE to send response teams to Middle East to aid in evacuation
Sofia Tomacruz January 08, 2020
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says teams will be deployed to assist in repatriation of Filipino workers in case it is needed

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East
Aika Rey January 08, 2020
The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

Duterte creates body to craft evacuation plan for OFWs in Middle East
Sofia Tomacruz January 07, 2020
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former special envoy to the Middle East, is set to fly to the region to meet with officials of countries hosting Filipino workers

AFP ‘ready to deploy anytime’ to evacuate Filipinos in Middle East
JC Gotinga January 06, 2020
In case violence escalates in the region, the Philippine military says it will deploy aircraft and vessels to take Filipinos out of Iran and Iraq

Duterte wants 'standby fund' for Filipinos' evacuation from Middle East
Sofia Tomacruz January 06, 2020
'We do not know what would be the end result of that crisis.... Kinakabahan ako,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte to AFP: Be ready to evacuate Filipinos if Middle East tensions rise
January 05, 2020
There are 1,600 and 6,000 Filipinos in Iran and Iraq, respectively

TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East
Pauline Macaraeg January 04, 2020
'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

Philippine Church urges probe into Filipino deaths in Saudi Arabia
Vatican News 25 June 2020

The Catholic Church of the Philippines has called on the government to investigate the deaths of more than 350 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia, who allegedly died of natural causes

PH diplomat asks families to convince OFWs in Libya to come home
April 20, 2019

‘We understand they are here to provide for their families back home, but the situation here is becoming increasingly dangerous for those who want to stay,’ says Charge d'Affaires Elmer Cato

The Department of Foreign Affairs had started repatriating OFWs from Libya’s largest city last Thursday, April 18

DFA orders evacuation of Filipinos in Tripoli
Paterno Esmaquel II May 01, 2019
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr raises Alert Level 4 in Tripoli and surrounding areas 'due to increased threats' faced by more than 1,000 Filipinos there

Kafala System

Understanding Kafala: An archaic law at cross purposes with modern development

Kafala was "supposed to be a good system that makes it incumbent upon nationals to look after non-nationals.” Today it's a tool of extreme exploitation and oppression.

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The Video: 'Kafala system' luluwagan na ng Saudi Arabia
Nov 10, 2020 CNN Philippines
Ano nga ba ang epekto sa mga Filipino worker ng pagluluwag ng 'kafala' system sa Saudi Arabia? Makakapanayam natin si Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola.

200 OFW 'baby cases' in Dubai in Q1 2018
Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times June 26, 2018

DUBAI, UAE – The Philippine Consulate General here handled a total of 200 “baby cases” in the first quarter of this year, mostly involving jobless overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have resorted to an affair for survival, but whose partners have run away after getting them pregnant, officials told The Filipino Times.

PH condemns killing of yet another Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait
JC Gotinga December 30, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs notes the 'continuing incidents of violence and abuse' of Filipino domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country

The Video: Deployment ban to Kuwait a 'possibility' after OFW death: labor chief
ABS-CBN News Dec 31, 2019
Filipino authorities are working to repatriate the remains of the victim, Jeanelyn Villavende from Nuralla, South Cotabato. Her female employer is accused of killing her.

Philippines lifts deployment ban to Kuwait
Janella Paris February 14, 2020
The lifting of the ban means newly-hired and returning skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, professionals, and household service workers can return and work in the Gulf state

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented
Sofia Tomacruz January 17, 2020
The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

Philippines orders total deployment ban to Kuwait
Janella Paris January 15, 2020
The total deployment ban covers all newly hired workers – domestic workers, skilled workers, and professionals

Murdered OFW in Kuwait wanted to go home months before death
Sofia Tomacruz January 02, 2020

The Department of Labor and Employment says Jeanelyn Villavende repeatedly asked her recruitment agency to bring her home 3 months before she was beaten to death

Duterte wants death penalty for OFW Villavende's killers
Sofia Tomacruz March 10, 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte says his 'heart bleeds' for overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East

Philippines sets ‘partial’ deployment ban to Kuwait
Sofia Tomacruz January 02, 2020

The Philippine government sets a partial deployment ban to Kuwait following the death of another overseas Filipino worker, the Department of Labor and Employment confirms

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello
Sofia Tomacruz January 28, 2020
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis
Rambo Talabong March 04, 2018

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

On Kuwait: We need a president, not a suitor
Ana P. Santos May 01, 2018

This is not the time for pronouncements sweetened only by your saccharine but empty rhetoric. The lives of thousands of Filipino workers and their families are at stake.

Migrante demands apology from Kuwait celeb who ranted vs maids' day off
Lian Buan July 21, 2018

'By projecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and false sense of superiority,' says Migrante.
Migrant group Migrante international has demanded a public apology from a Kuwaiti social media influencer celebirty Sondos Al Qattan who said that maids in her country should not be given days off or rest days.

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the articles:

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group
Sofia Tomacruz July 22, 2018
Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers

Netizens slam Kuwaiti influencer for saying Filipino domestic workers shouldn’t have days off
Coconuts Manila Jul. 20, 2018

Look too: The Video sparked outrage!
Sondos Al Qattan, a social media celebrity and make-up artist, posted a video on Twitter criticizing the new rules for hiring Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait, StepFeed reported. Al Qattan said domestic workers should not be allowed to keep their passports and should not be given one day off per week.

FACT CHECK: Kuwait did not apologize over diplomatic row
May 02, 2018

A blog post claiming that Kuwait has apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte over a diplomatic row

Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos for urging OFW maids to escape
Paterno Esmaquel II April 23, 2018 - with Videos

This comes after Kuwait's foreign ministry summoned the Philippine ambassador over a video showing the rescue of Filipino domestic workers from Kuwaiti homes

Kuwait frees 4 Filipino drivers in OFW rescues
Paterno Esmaquel II May 09, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that by May 11, the Philippines hopes to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Kuwait for the better treatment of OFWs there

There are other victims that need rescuing

Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait
Paterno Esmaquel II May 03, 2018 - with Video
Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait after conducting allegedly illegal rescues of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state.

Duterte should just tell the Kuwaitis to go to hell
AND President Duterte won’t be the first head of state to do that.

OFW deployment ban to Kuwait not permanent – Malacañang
Pia Ranada April 30, 2018
The ban may be lifted if Kuwait signs the memorandum of understanding on minimum conditions for OFW welfare, says the Palace

Leave Kuwait? Domestic helpers willing, but not the skilled workers
Don Kevin Hapal April 30, 2018
'Bago niya pauwiin, tingnan muna niya ang unemployed sa Pilipinas. Sa Boracay nga, andami nang walang trabaho. Bigyan niya muna ng trabaho ang mga nasa Pilipinas,' says a professional who has worked in Kuwait for 35 years

Duterte: Kuwait deployment ban 'stays permanently'
Mick Basa April 29, 2018
President Duterte promises to knock on China's doors to consider hiring more Filipinos, as he urges overseas Filipino workers to leave Kuwait

'Come home,' Duterte urges OFWs in Kuwait amid diplomatic row
April 28, 2018
In a speech before the Filipino community in Singapore, the President also thanks the Kuwaiti government for the 'generosity in the past years'

Duterte to make big announcement on Kuwait crisis
Paterno Esmaquel II April 27, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says this is 'a position that he personally crafted,' and that 'shows really his experience in governance'

Kuwait 'OFW rescue' was government's duty, says DOLE's Paras
Eloisa Lopez April 27, 2018 - with Video
Labor undersecretary Jacinto Paras says it was unfortunate that 'someone irresponsible' shared the rescue video on social media

Human Rights Watch hits Kuwait for ‘punishing’ embassy staff aiding OFWs
Don Kevin Hapal April 27, 2018
Rothna Begum of HRW says Kuwaiti authorities should not be punishing embassy officials for helping domestic workers in danger

and all below by Paterno Esmaquel II

'Tokhang' style: How Philippines rescued OFWs in Kuwait
April 26, 2018 - with Video
Tokhang – literally to 'knock and request' – is how the Philippine embassy rescued abused overseas Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

Kuwait issues arrest warrants vs 3 Filipino diplomats
April 26, 2018
The Philippines confirms that aside from 3 diplomatic personnel facing arrest, 4 of the embassy's Filipino hires remain detained in Kuwait

Philippines protests expulsion of Ambassador Villa from Kuwait
April 26, 2018
The Philippines, in a diplomatic note, conveys its 'strong surprise and great displeasure' after Kuwait declared Ambassador Renato Villa as 'persona non grata'

Philippines 'disturbed' by Kuwait's expulsion of PH ambassador
April 26, 2018
'We hope that this development will not lead to further worsening of bilateral ties between the two countries,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Kuwait orders Philippine ambassador to leave
April 25, 2018 - with Video
'Kuwait gives Philippine ambassador one week to leave the country,' the state-run Kuwait News Agency says

Philippines apologizes to Kuwait for 'emergency' OFW rescues
April 24, 2018
'This was all done in the spirit of emergency action to protect Filipinos,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after the OFW rescues angered Kuwait


Duterte mulls 'total ban' on OFW deployment to Kuwait
Pia Ranada January 18, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte says the ban may be needed to addressed cases of sexual abuse among Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait.

Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban
Paterno Esmaquel II May 17, 2018
UPDATED The President gives the instruction to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, 'upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o'

HRW: Deployment ban to Kuwait increases risk of OFW abuse
Don Kevin Hapal February 22, 2018
Human Rights Watch also says Kuwait should 'confront the outcry' over the reports of abuse by taking 'immediate steps to reform the kafala system'

Duterte lists down demands for OFW protection in Kuwait
Pia Ranada March 21, 2018
The Philippine leader wants Kuwait to ensure OFWs get 7 hours of sleep, enjoy holidays, and won't have their passports confiscated by their employers.

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait
Aika Rey February 12, 2018
3rd UPDATE The total deployment ban comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait?
Jee Y. Geronimo January 27, 2018

But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers.

Duterte lashes out at Kuwait over mistreatment of Filipino workers
Mick Basa February 09, 2018
'What are you doing to my countrymen?' Duterte asked. 'Is there something with your culture, is there something wrong with your values?'

The Video:
Press conference on reported OFW abuses in Kuwait
President Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference on the reported abuses on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on February 9, 2018.

PH recruiters back suspension of OFW deployment to Kuwait
February 10, 2018
Cebu Pacific says it is mounting a special flight for Filipinos in Kuwait who want to be repatriated.
Philippine recruitment agencies serving Kuwait employers on Saturday, February 10, expressed support for the Philippine government's decision to suspend the deployment of workers to the Arab nation.


Balik Pinas, Balik Hanap buhay

Feb 17, 2018
The government's effort to financially help returning OFWs from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. OWWA administrator Hans Cacdac talks about their program that would help OFWs build their livelihood

Kuwait 'bewildered' by PH’s deployment ban - report
Don Kevin Hapal January 23, 2018

Kuwait expresses its 'regret and bewilderment' on the president’s decision to suspend the dispatch of workers to Kuwait.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday, January 19, issued Administrative Order No. 25, ordering the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to stop processing and issuing overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers.

Time to rethink our OFW policy in Middle East
Richard Javad Heydarian January 19, 2016

From an employment and security perspective, the economic slump in the Persian Gulf isn’t the best news for the Philippines’ labor export policy

Filipinos in limbo in Qatar
Unpaid wages, workers stranded
Ana P. Santos June 8, 2017

For the workers stranded in the labor camps, reforms and resolutions cannot come fast enough.

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Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts
Agence France-Presse April 29, 2018

UPDATED Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

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The boyfriend system
Ana P. Santos August 31, 2017

Zina laws treat sex out of marriage and pregnancy out of wedlock as crimes punishable by imprisonment. But without means to seek legal recourse, it is mostly low-skilled migrant woman who face charges.

Zina laws and stories of other women who have been jailed for violating them has made Amelie extra careful, and though she hates to admit it, sometimes extra nosy and suspicious.

Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?
Ana P. Santos and Sofia Tomacru September 10, 2017

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

How the kafala system enslaves workers in Qatar
Ana P. Santos September 6, 2017

In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers so much control over workers but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints.

IN PHOTOS: How migrant workers in Qatar spend their day off
Ana P. Santos September 23, 2017
For migrant workers in Qatar, Fridays are the one and only day they have to themselves

Ana P. Santos September 24, 2017
The women’s resource shelter offers skills training so the OFWs will have a fall back when they go back home

and above and

SNAPSHOT: Qatar's labor market
September 01, 2017
Labor migrants comprise about 90% of Qatar's population

the Video:

Inside Qatar's labor camp
Sep 6, 2017
Majority of Qatar's migrant labor force live inside camps set up far away from the City Center. What is life like inside one of Qatar's labor camps?

Migrant life in Qatar

Workers whose jobs abroad are secured through murky loans and payment schemes leave hopes for a better life buried deep in debt
First of 2 Parts

part 2:

The burden of reporting illegal recruitment falls on workers.
But with little to no legal recourse, what comes next?


Migrant life in Qatar
October 25, 2017 - with Video

Qatar's population is made up mostly of migrant workers.
The Qataris have introduced reforms but labor groups claim these are band-aid remedies.
Unless the kafala system is radically altered, labor abuses will continue.

Qatar 'to introduce' minimum wage for workers
October 25, 2017

The announcements of the reforms come on the eve of an International Labor Organization meeting that could open an investigation by the UN agency into Qatar's treatment of migrant workers

Raising my baby behind bars
with Video

In much of the Gulf countries like Qatar, pregnancy out of wedlock is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
Joanne spent two years and 10 months in a jail in Doha for her pregnancy and unpaid loans. William spent the first years of his life in prison with his young, unmarried mother.

'Selda Inosente' a documentary by Kara David
Mar 14, 2018

Number of abandoned Filipino babies in Middle East on the rise
Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times May 19, 2017

The reason? Women who get pregnant but can't produce a marriage certificate face detention.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report

"I Already Bought You"

released Thursday, October 23 2014, urging the UAE government to enact reforms to put an end to it.

PH officials laud new UAE law protecting household workers
Jojo Dass and Gelin Castro, The Filipino Times October 09, 2017

The new law is signed in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns over human trafficking and illegal recruitment

These are the top killers of OFWs in Dubai and Northern UAE

Cardiac and pulmonary arrest are the most common causes of death among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Around 1,000 OFWs diagnosed with cancer in UAE every year Working away from home and loved ones – with the emotional and psychological stress it entails – 'may play a role' in getting the dreaded disease, doctors share.

Both by Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times December 12 and 28, 2017

Saudi Arabia executes 39-year-old Filipina helper
Paterno Esmaquel II January 31, 2019

Saudi Arabia carries out the death penalty against a 39-year-old Filipina household service worker found guilty of murder

OFW's execution in Saudi shows PH can't adopt death penalty
Paterno Esmaquel II January 31, 2019
Reimposing the death penalty will make the Philippines 'lose the argument of respecting our culture'.
The recent execution of a 39-year-old Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia shows the Philippines cannot adopt the death penalty, said Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr.


POEA - Saudi Arabia AVP

This is an audio-visual presentation for those who are going to work at Saudi Arabia.

Learn the DOs and DON'Ts

Remark this is an album POEA, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in the album Government Authorities - Etc.

DFA advisory on spreading rumors on social media
April 13, 2016
Please be reminded to refrain from posting or sharing unconfirmed or baseless information on social media that may be considered as rumor mongering.
This advisory comes from the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and North Emirates, where it is considered a criminal offence.

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About OFWs Migrant life in ASEAN e.g. China, Hong Kong, Japan

IMPORTANT: Look also above the Videos

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ASEAN urged to protect 'invisible' domestic workers
Patty Pasion October 26, 2017

There are 10 million domestic workers, making up 20% of the total migrant workforce in the region in Southeast Asia but they remain “invisible” in the region’s labor sector.

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China
Mara Cepeda October 24, 2016

Most of these undocumented OFWs are working as household workers and private tutors, says ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz

Domestic worker abuse in Hong Kong continues – NGO
Daisy CL Mandap Jun 17, 2015

There is a marked increase in the number of physical abuse cases reported to the Mission, from 3.6% of total reported cases in 2013 to 9% in 2014.

The modern slaves of Hong Kong
Toni Tiemsin, May 25, 2017

Sa Hong Kong, mapalad na ang kasambahay na may privacy sa kanilang sariling kwarto, na karaniwang sinlaki lamang ng banyo sa mga fastfood sa Maynila.

The Video: Hong Kong foreign domestic workers victimized by 'doxxing'
Dec 24, 2019 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has confirmed it has received a report over the exposure of personal details from passports and Hong Kong identity cards of Filipino domestic workers in a Facebook group.


Japan announces guidelines for OFW housekeepers
Jun 8, 2016

Good news mga Kapamilya! Naglabas na ng panuntunan ang Japan para sa mga gustong mag apply sa kanila bilang housekeeper. Pero may babala naman ang POEA sa mga nag-aaply ng trabaho sa UK.

Laws - codes & Rules - OFWs, Balikbayan, Passport, Immigration

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Bureau of Immigration

Know about the program and services of Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, from processing to legal matters with BI Commissioner Ricardo David and BI-Spokeperson & Intelligence Chief Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang


BALIKBAYAN LAW - Who is a Balikbayan?

BI Memorandum Order dated 01 July 2008

RA6768 Republic Act No. 6768



Under R.A. 6768, a former Filipino citizen and his/her spouse and children traveling with him/her are entitled to visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year.

RA 9174 Republic Act No. 9174



The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) & Bureau of Immigration

on Expat Insights into how to come and make Philippines your home for life with the General Manager of the Philippines Retirement Authority, Mr. Vernie Atienza.

Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV)

Duty FREE Philippines Balikbayan Plus Program

Balikbayan Plus Program Establishment Guide


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Act

Republic Act No. 10706, Seafarers Protection Act


Dual Citizenship

It´s possible for Filipino to hold dual citizenship or more than one citizenship at the same time.


A Primer on the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 3rd edition

The Video: Dual citizens: Which passport to present when traveling to the Philippines?
Philippine Retirement & Travels Apr 1, 2019
It also briefly talks about using the Philippine passport when traveling to other foreign countries.

Since July 2007, the Philippine Passport is a Machine Readable Passport.


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Balikbayan boxes

Door to door service

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Freight Transport

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Freight - Package & Door to door service - Shipping & Forwarding agents - etc.

to and from Philippines

What´s a Balikbayan Box
LIST: Customs-certified forwarding companies
August 15, 2017

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) released on Monday, August 14, an updated list of registered deconsolidators in the country, urging Filipinos abroad to transact only with Customs-certified forwarding companies.

How To Send Balikbayan Box to the Philippines (New Rules 2019)
Ryazan Tristram Oct 13, 2019

The new policy regarding the rules of sending the Balikbayan boxes to the Philippines affects a lot of Filipinos abroad.

As holiday season starts, Customs suspends revised balikbayan box rules
Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times October 05, 2017
The revised rules on balikbayan boxes are suspended until March 21, 2018

Balikbayan boxes tax-free starting Christmas
Good news for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Starting Christmas Day, December 25, balikbayan boxes sent by Filipinos abroad will be duty-free and tax-free.
This is after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Finance (DOF) signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) covering a portion of the Customs and Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Things to know about balikbayan boxes
When do most Filipinos send balikbayan boxes? Where do most balikbayan boxes come from? Find out here

both by Don Kevin Hapal December 10, 13, 2016

Recto asks Customs to amend new balikbayan box rules
July 27, 2017
The senator warns that BOC’s new rules might make the balikbayan boxes vulnerable to theft and pilferage

No tax increase on balikbayan boxes – Customs
Updated August 24, 2016
The strict compliance reminder of the Bureau of Customs is to ward off smugglers but Senator Ralph Recto urges other move than 'nitpicking' on balikbayan boxes.

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What can be taxed from balikbayan boxes?
Dec 23, 2016

Customs launches Balikbayan Tax Calculator app
Don Kevin Hapal July 12, 2016

The application estimates the amount of custom duties and taxes Filipinos will need to pay for sending items home

Aquino signs law increasing tax-exempt value of balikbayan boxes
May 31, 2016

Republic Act No 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, CMTA on May 31, which increases the tax-exempt value of items sent via balikbayan boxes by OFWs to their families back home.

the Video

Implement new tax exemption rules on balikbayan boxes
Paterno Esmaquel II Published
November 12, 2016
Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara says this will help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sending home goods for Christmas


Balikbayan Box Tutorial
A short how-to video on preparing a balikbayan box to send to the Philippines. Dec 20, 2013

Dos & Don'ts for Sending Balikbayan Boxes

Send Balikbayan Boxes Safely

Balikbayan Box Problems

Balikbayan Boxes Inspected & Delayed

Customs: All balikbayan box items to be taxed

Customs chief Alberto Lina defended Monday the agency's plan to open balikbayan boxes, saying the bureau is mandated to prevent the entry of contraband items as well as assess the value of items that need to be taxed. Aug 23, 2015

Customs implements random checks on balikbayan boxes

Sinimulan na ng Bureau of Customs ang random checking sa mga dumarating na balikbayan box. Bahagi ito ng paghihigpit ng ahensya sa mga nakakalusot na high-value items na ibinebenta. Pero umalma dito ang grupo ng mga OFW. I-Bandila mo, Apples Jalandoni. Bandila, August 20, 2015, Huwebes

Why the Bureau of Customs opens your #BalikbayanBox"
Aug 24, 2015
Customs commissioner Bert Lina speaks up on the controversy surrounding the pilferage of items in balikbayan boxes.
In light of the controversy surrounding the pilferage of items in overseas Filipino workers' balikbayan boxes, commissioner Bert Lina talk to Rappler about the Bureau of Customs' standard operational procedures when inspecting imported packages.

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New customs rule: No opening of balikbayan box unless receiver is present
Don Kevin Hapal December 23, 2016
'Leave the balikbayan boxes alone. They are a privilege accorded to OFWs.... Do not disrespect the law,' Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tells customs inspectors.

September 2, 2015 Customs releases revised rules, regulations on balikbayan boxes
The order shall take effective immediately and states that in case a balikbayan box is placed under alert, it will be subjected to 100% physical examination
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) released on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 its revised rules and regulations on the importation of balikbayan boxes.
Among the operational provisions in Customs memorandum order released September 2 include that the OFWs balikbayan boxes shall not be subjected to random or arbitrary physical inspection. "Instead they shall undergo mandatory X-ray scanning"

Aquino stops 'physical' check of balikbayan boxes
Aug 24, 2015
President Aquino instructed the customs bureau Monday night that 'only in cases where there are derogatory findings from the X-ray or K-9 examination will there be a physical inspection of goods'

"Customs heeds Aquino's order on Balikbayan boxes"
Lynda C. Corpuz August 25, 2015
The bureau will follow effective immediately President Aquino’s directive on 'no physical check' of balikbayan boxes, Customs' Bert Lina says!

12 DO's and DONT's of Balikbayan-box shipping

'BOC reminder on balikbayan boxes vs smugglers, not OFWs'
Malacañang gives the assurance as it urges OFWs to give the government feedback on the Bureau of Customs' stricter rules on balikbayan boxes
The Bureau of Customs' reminder to not abuse balikbayan box privileges is a deterrent to smuggling and not meant to single out overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Malacañang said on Saturday, August 22. 2015

OFWs: Hands off our balikbayan boxes!
Don Kevin Hapal Aug 23, 2015
OFWs turn to social media to express their disappointment and complaints about items in their balikbayan boxes that were reportedly stolen or damaged upon 'inspection'

Balikbayans - OFWs - Returning Resident - Etc.

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National Reintegration Center for OFWs

Gabay ng OFW sa Kanyang Pagbabalik

Balikbayan OFW - P2B Reintegration Program for OFWs

the Videos in the album OWWA in authorities

Balikbayan OFW - P2B Reintegration Program for OFWs & Steps for former OFWs in securing a loan from the government

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), launched a P2 billion overseas Filipino workers (OFW) Reintegration Program in line with President Benigno Aquino III’s agenda of providing sustainable business to OFWs and their families.


Money tips for returning OFWs
Apr 16, 2018

For millions of Filipinos working abroad, coming home to their loved ones after years of working hard for their future is the ultimate goal.

Home Development Mutual Fund - Pag-IBIG Fund

Housing Loan Program

Look also HERE and RA-9679 HERE

the article How Pag-IBIG can help you get a home Ezra Ferraz Nov 22, 2014


Pag-IBIG Fund is the other name, albeit an easy to remember one, of the Home Development Mutual Fund, HDMF. Pag-IBIG is an acronym which stands for...
Pagtutulungan sa Kinabukasan:
Industriya, at
a government-controlled, corporation that serves as provident and housing fund, pooling together the investments of its members.

Pagibig Financing - Housing Loan, Pag-IBIG Membership, Mortage, Insurance, Foreclosures.

The Pag–IBIG Overseas Program is a voluntary Savings Program, wherein members are given a chance to set aside money for their future housing investments.
Pag-IBIG Fund Explained in 90 Seconds

Ano ang Pag-IBIG fund? Paano sumali? Magkano ang simulang kontribusyon? Alamin ang mga sagot sa iyong Frequently Asked Questions tungkol sa PAG-IBIG Fund! Nov 21, 2014

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Look more about Pag-IBIG Fund and Facebook

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Returning Resident, Balikbayan Shipment

The Foreign Service of the Philippines

Tax exemption privileges of filipinos who are permanent residents abroad and returning to the Philippines for good and former filipino citizens who have acquired citizenships of other countries and are returning to the Philippines to settle permanently

Continue to Philippine Immigrant Visa Non Quota 13(G) or 13(A)

News, Organizations & Forums - Etc. for Balikbayans - OFWs

Look also: Filipino Organizations & Forums - Worldwide

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The Global Pinoy Center

is a specialized all-in-one convenience stop within SM Supermalls offering various exclusives services, perks, and privileges to welcome and uplift the Global Pinoys. Membership is being offered to past, present, and future OFWs, Immigrants, Balikbayans, and their immediate Beneficiaries such as parents, spouse, siblings, and children, and guests.

the Video

OFW Journalism Consortium

is a global non-profit media service reporting on the migration experience of Filipinos as well as policies and other issues that concerns the overseas Filipino workers

is the leading overseas job site for applicants who wish to work abroad. All jobs posted are from POEA licensed recruitment agencies only.


Balikbayan - OFW TV program public service in The Filipino Channel (TFC)

Balikbayan Box is a weekly public service OFW TV program in The Filipino Channel (TFC). The show tackles the reality issues of Overseas Filipino Workers and their families. Hosted by young and dynamic personalities Joan Villafuerte, former reporter of Bantay Bata 163, and News Reporter/TV Host Atom Araullo.

This is an album in the album Radio & Television stations

Look more about The Filipino Channel (TFC) HERE

balikbayan Magazine

is a monthly travel and lifestyle journal for balikbayans and Filipino expats

Every issue is a valentine to everything we love about the Philippines. The places in the heart, the faces, the food, the music, the history, the culture, the adventure, the lifestyle, the moments and the memories. It’s the survival guide from A to Z


Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc.

Atikha is a non-government organization that provides economic and social services to overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines. The organization aims to help address the social cost of migration and tap the development potential of migration.

Migrante International

was founded in December 1996 after the death of Filipina domestic helper Flor Contemplacion who was hanged in Singapore for allegedly murdering another Filipina domestic worker in 1995. The Flor Contemplacion case aroused wide indignation over the Philippine government’s inaction and failure to save her life and brought to national awareness the life and death situation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Since then, Migrante International has become an active defender of the rights and welfare of OFWs

"OFW crisis Hotline"

Migrante Saudi Arabia

is an alliance of various OFW groups committed to protecting and upholding the rights and welfare of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia and their families in the homefront.


is an organization of Overseas Filipino Workers, migrant returnees, and their families. It was established in 1983, and blossomed into a massive organization with local chapters in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces such as Rizal, Pampanga, Zambales, Pangasinan, Bataan, Ifugao, Benguet, Bicol, Cagayan, Tarlac, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu and Zamboanga.


is a self-help association of Overseas Filipino Workers OFW(s) first established in Geneva, Switzerland. KAKKAMPI has K-Groups in Geneva, Switzerland; Barcelona, Spain; and in the Philippines.

The Facebook with links about KAKKAMPI

and look the KAKKAMPI video library HERE

Global OFW Global OFW - The Online Resource for OFWs
Philippine Migrants Rights Watch
Organizations of Overseas Filipinos
The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)

There are some 800,000 migrant workers or more in Singapore and HOME has provided direct assistance to more than 50,000 men and women migrants and victims of human trafficking and forced labour, who availed of our programme and services.
Filipino Digerati Association, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

is a non-profit organization which helps expand the skills set of OFWs so they can transition into higher paying work or reintegrate back home. Filipino Digerati is under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy and Consulate in Dubai.

the Video

"OFW Skills Go Digital"
Can our OFWs transition into higher paying work?

Jul 23, 2014

The Philippine Women´s Network in Denmark
Associated Marine Officer's And Seamen's Union of the Philippines


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Being - getting a filipina - filipino Au-Pair - Maid - Housekeeper - Worker - Agencies

Remark that many of the Au-Pair agencies also work as Nanny - Housekeeper agencies

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Do you know of au pair scams?
July 07, 2016

Share with us your experiences or your stories. Help save another Filipino from being victimized.


How to choose the best kasambahay?

Mutya Ng Masa gives tips to employers on what characteristics they should look for a house helper or kasambahay.
Oct 14, 2014

Not 'just' a maid: How this center trains Hong Kong OFWs
Don Kevin Hapal April 22, 2018

The Fair Training Center in Parañaque City teaches Hong Kong OFWs to 'professionalize' their work – and not just to please their employers abroad

Philippines Invests in a School for Super Maids

A Government agency - Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - helps women to find a job abroad as maids. The so called supermaids program trains them to iron, sweep and make the bed.
The President said that the housemaids will be trained to upgrade their knowledge and become supermaids.

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Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration
September 19, 2017

Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and also gave updates on the release of the guidelines and other emerging markets for OFWs.

Procedures for Au Pair Application (Norway & Denmark)

On equal terms – An evaluation of the Norwegian au pair scheme

Allegedly, it is not only Norwegian politicians, but also some Danish politicians, who have waited for this report.  This signifies that the outcome of this evaluation report in Norway, will most likely affect the Danish au pair scheme. Hence, affecting most the Filipina au pairs who also represent the majority of au pairs in Denmark.

Guidelines - Procedures for Au Pair Application (Sweden)

Guidelines for Engaging an Au Pair from the Philippines to Sweden: Step by Step process

Procedures for Au Pairs on Holiday/Leave in the Philippines
Application for a residence permit for Au pair in Denmark

in English and Danish

REMARK: Don´t date a DANE, because it´s nearly impossible to get a foreign spouse comming from outside DENMARK to live with DANE in DENMARK here in 2018 even he - she has worked there before!

Filipina Au Pair Network
Eu Au-pair

Eu Au-pair operates world-wide and provides an interractive platform for both Au pairs and families.

Au Pair .com was founded in 1999 and is one of the most popular au pair databases.
Au-pair Search: Interactive database and directory for au-pairs, families and au pair agencies world-wide.
Au Pair Care is the leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families since 1989.
Au Pair Care´s Au Pair Handbook

is designed to provide you with practical information about the au pair exchange program. This handbook provides information on how to:

understand the au pair program guidelines and requirements
interview and match with your host family
prepare for your year in the United States
complete the required Pre-Departure Orientation Project
settle in for a successful year with your new host family and community

Au Pair, Nanny, and Jobs Site!
GreatAuPair is the world’s largest, most-trusted online Au Pair & Nanny Agency
Filipino Maids

The largest maid information hub in Singapore

Think of what your relatives will say, if you will be a BALIKBAYAN

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'Ang yabang mo na!' and other things balikbayans are told
Shakira Sison Nov 20, 2014

Why do we call balikbayans "mayabang"? Even before they say a word, the difference in their attire, mannerisms, or speech suddenly brands balikbayans as boastful. You came home one day after a few years of living abroad. After the welcome hugs came the comments of who you've become now that you're back from another land.
Overseas Pinoys help when they can, but being abroad where there may be better opportunities does not mean there are no financial struggles. Wearing different clothes or having a different outlook does not make OFWs mayabang (braggart) or hindi na maabot (unreachable). Not raining money on everyone does not make them madamot (selfish).

He wants me to stop 'throwing away' money on my family
Dr Margarita Holmes and Jeremy Baer November 15, 2015
Everything's great – except he hates that she supports her brother financially, saying that it's 'disgusting that Asian children are expected to spend for their families...

When OFWs come home
Shakira Sison Dec 25, 2014
The OFW will say he or she wants nothing because they can always buy it abroad. The truth is that they'd spend their last money on something that would make someone else smile.

OFWs on money spending: Learn to say ‘no’ to extended family
Dwight Angelo de Leon July 05, 2016

Why should overseas Filipinos workers learn to manage and limit the remittances they send to their extended families back home? Two migrants share their stories

OFWs & etc. filipinos on death row - Abroad - Etc.

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3 OFWs on death row in China
Camille Elemia July 14, 2017
Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana says there are high hopes that at least one of the cases would be reduced to a life sentence
9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff
June 08, 2017
The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for 'waging war' against Malaysia's head of state in 2013
The Malaysian Court of Appeal on Thursday, June 8, sentenced 9 Filipinos to death over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013.

Philippines to appeal Malaysia death sentence on 9 Filipinos
Paterno Esmaquel II June 16, 2017 - with video
The 9 Filipinos face Malaysia's death row over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013

Capital punishment in PH jeopardizes OFWs on death row
Mara Cepeda February 23, 2017
Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao tells congressmen, 'Ang pagboto po natin ng yes sa death penalty ay katumbas sa pagdiin sa kanila sa kamatayan'
Migrante asks Duterte to seek clemency for OFWs on death row
Raisa Serafica April 12, 2017
The global network of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) Migrante International urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to try to "save the lives of all overseas Filipino workers on death row" by seeking clemency for them.
Duterte can't seek clemency for OFWs on Saudi death row – Abella
Paterno Esmaquel II April 11, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says 'there is no place for us to be asking for clemency at this stage' because the process has not reached the level of Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Duterte to 'bring home' some OFWs on death row
April 10, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte leaves for a week-long trip, which will take him to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he will bring home some of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are on death row in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar all implement the death penalty, which Duterte wants to have reinstated
Duterte made the remarks in a press briefing at the Davao International Airport on Monday afternoon, April 10, shortly before his departure.

January 27, 2017
At least 71 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are on Death Row in different parts of the world, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
92 migrant Filipinos on death row; 3,800 jailed
Paterno Esmaquel II May 06, 2015
The Philippine government is urged to create 'a special body that looks into victims' assistance' in cases of Filipinos on death row.
A week after Indonesia postponed the execution of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, the Philippines said it is closely watching the cases of 92 Filipinos on death row around the world.
SC asked to rule as clock ticks on Mary Jane Veloso local trial
Lian Buan September 26, 2019

If the SC does not hand down a ruling before October 28, the prosecution would be forced to wrap up its case against Veloso's recruiters without presenting her as witness

Saved at the last minute: SC allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify in local case
Lian Buan October 11, 2019
The OFW's lawyers hope this can play a significant role in removing her from death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking charges

Injustice in Court of Appeals: Failing Mary Jane Veloso
Tony La Viña and Christian Laluna January 25, 2018
Philippine legal procedure is horribly ill-equipped for 21st century transnational issues like human trafficking and modern slavery, the drug trade, terrorism, regional environmental degradation, money laundering, and the legal needs of the Filipino diaspora, all of which cross state borders

Mary Jane Veloso runs to Supreme Court: Let me testify vs my recruiters
Lian Buan September 03, 2018
Nagtaka ako nung bibitayin siya, hindi siya umiyak, pero noong isang araw, umiiyak si Mary Jane. Ang sabi, 'Nanay tulungan niyo ako, inip na inip na ako,’ says Celia Veloso

The story of Mary Jane Veloso, in her own words
April 29, 2015
In a narrative, Mary Jane Veloso herself tells the story of how she was framed and duped into unknowingly acting as a drug mule.

CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter
Lian Buan June 08, 2018
The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here.

Mary Jane Veloso's birthday wish: 'Hear my testimony in court'
January 10 marks trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso’s 33rd birthday - the 8th time she’s celebrating it behind bars.
Veloso family unable to visit Mary Jane on 33rd birthday
The Veloso couple says they were not permitted by the Department of Foreign Affairs
Both articles by Patty Pasion January 10, 2018

and also the Videos in the album "OFWs on death row - Abroad - Etc." - in the album "Death Penalty, Walk for Life & OFWs on death row abroad, Etc.":
Mary Jane Veloso asks Duterte to save her from death row in birthday message, and Veloso family shares their wish for Mary Jane's 33rd birthday

Mary Jane Veloso’s lawyers slam CA decision to block her testimony
Lian Buan January 05, 2018
'Just let her speak out and let her story stand on its own. Or shall we wait for her to be sent to the gallows with her mouth gagged?' says the National Union of People's Lawyers.

CA halts taking of Mary Jane's deposition in Indonesia
March 27, 2017
Veloso's lawyers call the TRO an 'utter disappointment'

Aquino 'broke protocol' to save Mary Jane Veloso
April 29, 2015
The Philippine government narrates last-minute, behind-the-scenes moves to save 30-year-old Mary Jane Veloso from Indonesia's death row

Mary Jane Veloso execution delayed
April 29, 2015
UPDATED Eight other death row convicts – 7 of them foreigners – were put to death after midnight local time. Veloso's execution was delayed due to a 'last-minute plea' from the Philippine government.

Duterte may make plea for Mary Jane Veloso’s life in Indonesia
Pia Ranada September 05, 2016 - with Video
'I may just have to ask Widodo in the most respectful and very, very courteous way,' says President Duterte about asking the Indonesian President for clemency for Veloso

Indonesia says Duterte has given it permission to execute Mary Jane Veloso
Oliver Holmes in Bangkok 12 September 2016 - with Video
Jakarta claims President Rodrigo Duterte sanctioned execution of Filipina, who supporters say was duped into smuggling heroin

Report: Duterte gave go signal to execute Mary Jane Veloso
President Rodrigo Duterte had given the go signal to execute convicted Filipina Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia, according to a report.
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Yasay says: No green light on Veloso execution
Patricia Lourdes Viray
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. on Monday denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte has given a "green light" to the execution of Filipino Mary Jane Veloso

both September 12, 2016

Veloso family visits Mary Jane on her 32nd birthday
January 15, 2017
'The children clung to their mother, making up for all the time that they were separated from their mother, not wanting the moment to end,' says Migrante International on the family's visit to Indonesia.

After 2 years, Mary Jane Veloso to testify in cases vs recruiters
February 25, 2017
Veloso's testimony will be taken through deposition on April 27 in Indonesia for the cases filed against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao.

Celia Veloso clarifies: 'I do not support death penalty'
Don Kevin Hapal April 28, 2017
The mother of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso says what she supports is President Duterte's war on drugs, which should target the syndicates.

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OFW Jennifer Dalquez saved from death row in UAE
Paterno Esmaquel II June 20, 2017

(3rd UPDATE) While acquitted of murder, OFW Jennifer Dalquez 'was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment... for stealing a mobile phone,' the DFA says.

OFW saved from UAE death row reunites with family in PH
November 02, 2018 - with Video
Jennifer Dalquez comes home after spending almost 4 years in an Abu Dhabi prison

OFW Jennifer Dalquez coming home to PH
Don Kevin Hapal November 01, 2018
Jennifer Dalquez, who was sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates for murder but later acquitted, is expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, November 2

the Videos in the album OFWs on death row - Abroad - Etc. in the album Death Penalty, Walk for Life & OFWs on death row abroad, Etc.

TIMELINE: How Jennifer Dalquez ended up on death row
Don Kevin Hapal March 31, 2017

Here's what has happened so far in the case of Jennifer Dalquez, an OFW jailed in the United Arab Emirates.

OFW on death row in UAE, kin appeal to Duterte for help
February 27, 2017
Jennifer Dalquez claims her Arab employer tried to rape her at knifepoint and that she accidentally killed him while defending herself.

OFW Jennifer Dalquez seeks acquittal
Don Kevin Hapal April 26, 2017
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio Vingno Jr says Jennifer Dalquez's lawyer moved for her acquittal after the sons of her victim skipped a hearing they were instructed by the court to attend

UAE court postpones ruling on OFW Jennifer Dalquez again
Don Kevin Hapal March 27, 2017
She is accused of killing her employer. The court will rule on her case April 12 instead, after one of the victim's children failed to attend the latest hearing.

Fate of Jennifer Dalquez in hands of victim’s children
Don Kevin Hapal March 26, 2017 - with Video
The Court of Appeals in Al Ain Judicial Court has postponed its ruling on the OFW's case, originally set for February 27, to March 27

Parents of OFW on death row in UAE seek Congress’ help
Mara Cepeda March 01, 2017
Lawmakers file a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to seek executive clemency for Jennifer Dalquez

Mother of Filipina maid sentenced to death appeals for help
February 11, 2017
Embassy official said they are providing legal assistance to the convict
Dubai: The mother of a Filipina maid who was sentenced to death in Al Ain has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte and authorities to help their daughter.

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British lord calls for ‘due clemency’ for OFW Jennifer Dalquez
Don Kevin Hapal March 28, 2017

'It is clear from the evidence that her action was not pre-meditated, but a desperate response to an unprovoked sexual attack,' Lord Singh of Wimbledon writes to United Arab Emirates' ambassador to London.

9 Filipinos sentenced to death over Sabah standoff
June 08, 2017
The Malaysian Court of Appeal imposes the death penalty on 9 Filipinos for 'waging war' against Malaysia's head of state in 2013
The Malaysian Court of Appeal on Thursday, June 8, sentenced 9 Filipinos to death over the Sabah standoff that killed at least 70 people in 2013.

God Bless you & Many regards
"A Balikbayan family"

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