Category Archives: ofws

ALPSIDE DOWNED: The Box Of Our Tears

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 09 March) — March 31 this year should be a red-letter day for OFWs. That’s the day when the Philippine customs ends its suspension of the revised rules on the sending of our balikbayan boxes. The new set of rules — Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 — took effect last August […]

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DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Chinese-Filipino Business Club. 19 Feb 2018

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 10TH BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONVENTION AND 20TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE CHINESE FILIPINO BUSINESS CLUB IN [Delivered at Fiesta Pavilion in Manila Hotel, […]

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DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Chinese-Filipino Business Club. 19 Feb 2018

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 10TH BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONVENTION AND 20TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE CHINESE FILIPINO BUSINESS CLUB IN [Delivered at Fiesta Pavilion in Manila Hotel, […]

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DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Presscon, Matina Enclaves, Davao City. 09 Feb 2018

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk PRESS CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE [Matina Enclaves, Davao City | 9 February 2018] I have a statement to make then we can entertain […]

Duterte bans deployment of workers to Kuwait; orders repatriation in 72 hours of workers who want to come home

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 February) — President Rodrigo Duterte has banned the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait due to the increasing number of abuses and deaths, including Filipina worker Joanne Daniela Demafelis whose body was recently discovered inside a freezer of an abandoned apartment in Al-Shaab, Kuwait. In a press conference at […]

NoKor missile threat: DOLE says it is ready to evacuate OFWs in Guam

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 August) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is ready to evacuate over 100,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Guam should North Korea make good its threat to launch missiles against the US territory in the Pacific. In an interview Friday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reporters that a repatriation program […]

Labor dep’t opens one-stop shop for OFWs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 August) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 11 opened on Friday its One Stop Shop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) which houses 16 government agencies that issue documentary requirements to overseas workers. During the opening ceremony at the Gaisano Mall of Davao, Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said they heeded President Rodrigo R. […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Arrival from MidEast. 17 April 2017

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk ARRIVAL STATEMENT  OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE ON HIS STATE VISITS TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN AND STATE OF QATAR [Delivered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, Pasay City | 17 April 2017] Kindly sit down. You know, before anything else, I […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Filipino Community in Riyadh. 12 April 2017

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS MEETING WITH THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA [Delivered at Riyadh Marriott Hotel, Riyadh Saudi Arabia | 12 April 2017] Salamat po. Sit down. I have to reintroduce your government officials or workers in government kasi para makilala ninyo, spend time with […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Meeting with Filipino Community in Singapore. 16 Dec 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS MEETING WITH THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE [Delivered at The Max Pavilion & Hall 9, Singapore Expo | 16 December 2016] Kindly sit down. I am not adept in the Tagalog dialect nor am I well-versed in the Visayan. Kasi sa […]

Migrants’ group wants concerns of OFWS included in CASER

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 December) —   A migrant workers’ group urged the peace panels of the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) consider the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the crafting of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socioeconomic Reforms (CASER). Inorisa Sialana-Elento, executive director of the Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering […]

Peace panels urged to include migrant workers’ welfare in CASER talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December) – A migrant workers’ group urged the peace panels of the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) to include measures that will improve the conditions of overseas Filipino workers when they resume talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socioeconomic Reforms or CASER. Inorisa Sialana-Elento, Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions […]

The woman in the freezer is a mother of 7 from Sulu, victim of human trafficking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 October) – Laida Hajan of Barangay Kapian in Indanan Sulu is coming home soon, in a box from Iraq, a country that was not her destination and where deployment of Filipinos is supposed to be banned. A victim of human trafficking, the 36-year old Laida passed away in her sleep on August […]