A migrant organization led a march in Manila today to appeal against a death sentence imposed on a Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia. The group Migrante said the government’s last-ditch effort to save the life of migrant worker Joselito Zapanta is “happening late in the game.” Zapanta was found guilty of the murder of a [...]
Vice President Jejomar Binay urged yesterday overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide to make Blessed Pedro Calungsod their patron saint. The presidential adviser on OFW concerns said Calungsod’s heroism could serve as a great inspiration to millions of OFWs facing daily challenges in their places of work. “I would like to hope that after his canonization, Saint Pedro [...]
They have all heard stories of foreign housemaids being abused in Lebanon, and some may even have suffered themselves, but on Sunday Asians and Africans set such demons aside and joined in joyously as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass in Beirut. Lebanon has earned such a bad reputation over mistreatment of domestics that Madagascar, the [...]
Be respectful of your host government’s state religion and its symbols. This was the advice given by a migrant rights’ group to Filipino workers in the Middle East amid escalating violent protests by Muslims in the region against the movie “Innocence of Muslims” that was made by an American and uploaded on YouTube. Migrante-Middle East [...]
A Philippine maid gave a dramatic account of how she escaped her demanding employer to flee besieged Syria, by sliding down a rope after he refused to let her quit her post as war raged around them. As the country was torn apart by civil war fearful Nurmina Canapia pleaded to leave the country along [...]
A shelter for runaway Philippine maids in Dubai has seen its intake double in the past month. The Filipino Workers’ Resource Center normally accommodates less than 50, but after a recent surge in demand it is currently housing over 100 women. The surge has been attributed to the sharp rise in the maids’ workload that [...]
Remittances climbed past the $2 billion mark last June, with the six-month tally hitting $11.27 billion, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported on Wednesday.
Filipino maids who work in Hong Kong share how they cope with the hardships of living far from family and loved ones.
A migrant worker advocacy group has urged the government to do more to help Filipino maids in Saudi Arabia, who it says are at serious risk since Riyadh placed a ban on domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines last year.
Citing physical abuse and breach of contract, 12 sailors are suing the recruitment agency that placed them on two Taiwan-based fishing boats, workers rights group Migrante International said Friday.
Many undocumented Filipino workers now jobless in Saudi Arabia have reportedly resorted to selling their blood to survive while waiting for jobs or their repatriation.
At a time when many countries are seeing their HIV infection rates level off or decline, the Philippines is going in the opposite direction.