OFW News

Pinoys capture senior and youth posts in Australia

By ANTHONY IAN CRUZ January 16, 2008 Two Filipinos — a senior citizen and a young student — have been appointed to key public posts in the Australian region considered by the largest concentration of Filipinos anywhere in Down Under as their home. According to the Philippine consulate-general in Sydney, the Blacktown City Council recently […]

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Obama wins in Iowa, trounces Hillary

I’ve also been quietly following the quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, and I am amazed by the outcome of the Iowa caucuses which resulted in a big and decisive win for Barack Obama. Watch Obama’s victory speech here or watch the YouTube video below: Hillary Clinton placed third — after erstwhile vice presidential candidate […]

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MALAYA: Record $14B from OFW remittances

By ANTHONY IAN CRUZ Malaya January 3, 2008 REMITTANCES by overseas Filipino workers were expected to reach $14 billion in 2007. Labor Secretary Arturo Brion said the record flow was due to “greater access by OFWs to remittance centers and their tie-ups with foreign financial institutions.” As of October, the DOLE said, OFW remittances stood […]

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Mabuhay ang OFWs!

Thanks to MonRam for giving inspiration for my story today. Government has announced rosy statistics especially the $8.6 billion surplus in the balance of payments. In fact, the government may owe this entire amount not to its economic management team or to its incessant borrowings. The economy was saved in 2007 by our OFWs. Yes, […]

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Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto dies in attack

News came in minutes ago: Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has died from an attack. Read here, here, here and here for more news. Bhutto recently returned from exile and has called for demonstrations to overthrow staunch US ally Pervez Musharaff. Musharaff lifted a state of emergency last week and has called for elections. […]

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MALAYA: 15% of GDP accounted for by remittances

By ANTHONY IAN CRUZ Malaya Dec. 21, 2007 A UNITED Nations report found overseas Filipino workers’ remittances to have the biggest share in GDP (gross domestic product) among Asian countries it surveyed. According to the World Youth Report 2007, Chinese and Indian migrant workers each sent over $20 billion to their home countries in 2004, […]

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Brits, OFWs hold protest during Arroyo visit in UK

Here are some photos (courtesy of the Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines) taken during the protest on Dec. 5 at a Four Seasons Hotel at Hamilton Place, Park Lane where President Arroyo was holding a meeting. The protesters assailed President Arroyo over her human rights record, and demanded government action for senior carers […]

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MALAYA: Displaced Pinoy caregivers in UK find a champion

By ANTHONY IAN CRUZ Malaya Dec. 10, 2007 The longest-serving woman member of Parliament in Britain is leading efforts to save 80,000 Filipino caregivers threatened with deportation following the non-renewal of work-permits. Turning 77 on Wednesday, Gwyneth Dunwoody, who represents Crewe and Nantwich in Westminster, is all praises for Filipino caregivers and castigated her government […]

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Marilou Ranario won’t be hanged in Kuwait

Marilou Ranario, the teacher-turned-domestic helper, has been spared from the death sentence. This is good news. While welcoming it as good news, Migrante International correctly points out that this is due to the campaign of Marilou’s family, various OFW groups and OFW advocates. Migrante secretary-general Maita Santiago said 26 other OFWs face the death penalty […]

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