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By Dheza Marie Aguilar – When I left the Philippines in 2009, I was full of hatred at an inefficient bureaucratic system and desperate to be reunited with the man I love. When my parents brought me to the airport, I hurried my goodbyes, itching to step into the Read more »

‘OFW-friendly’ countries

By Estrella Torres, BusinessMirror – MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued the list of 125 countries where Filipino workers can be deployed and 41 countries where sending of workers will have to be reconsidered owing to their failure to adopt domestic laws that protect migrant Read more »

150,000 Pinoy nurses in Saudi may lose jobs

By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) MANILA, Philippines – At least 150,000 Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia might lose their jobs after the labor localization policy, known as Nitaqat, enters a new phase, according to a migrant workers’ rights group. Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Monterona said Saudi’s Ministry of Health (MoH) Read more »

Filipina fights HK rule denying permanent residence to domestics

By Associated Press A Filipino woman is challenging a legal provision denying permanent residency to the hundreds of thousands of foreign maids in Hong Kong in a landmark court case that sees them fighting for equal treatment with the city’s other foreign residents. A Hong Kong High Court judge Read more »

Migrants in United Arab Emirates Get Stuck in Web of Debt

By Jason DeParle – nytimes.com Before she arrived in this mecca of migrant labor at age 48, Evelyn Naces, a Filipino nurse, had never owned a credit card. Soon she had 14 of them — and like thousands of other foreign workers here, a trip to debtors’ prison. “When they Read more »

Leave Syria now, 17,000 Filipinos urged

By Jerome Aning The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday urged some 17,000 Filipinos, mostly women working as domestic helpers, to leave Syria due to rising cases of violence, saying it would cover the costs of their evacuation.