• 5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Tanim Bala

    Overseas Filipino workers have recently become the targets of the alleged tanim-bala (bullet- planting) scam in the country’s airports. This is why the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) gave the following tips on how the public, especially arriving OFWs can avoid being a victim of such modus or scheme. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda […]

    Selies Galvez 2 min read
  • Overseas votes to become game changer in 2016 polls

    The 1.3 million mark of registered overseas voters has been surpassed. Advertisement Advertisement And the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) believes this number can be a game changer in the May 2016 elections. “Since overseas Filipinos are considered to be their family’s breadwinners, it is not a stretch to surmise that each […]

    Selies Galvez 2 min read
  • Mobile Voting for Overseas Absentee Voters

    Good news to overseas absentee voters. For the first time, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is adopting mobile voting in the May 2016 polls. This means the vote counting machines (VCMs) will be brought to areas with a huge a number of Filipino voters to make voting more convenient. And since Filipino seafarers often find […]

    Selies Galvez 2 min read
  • 1 million overseas votes expected in 2016

    The May 2016 Presidential elections may be the first to have over a million active registered overseas voters. This is if the current phase of registration continues. On August 19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Overseas Voting Secretariat (OVS) announced that overseas voters (OV) registration already reached a total 600,823 new OV registrants. And […]

    Selies Galvez 3 min read
  • Buhay OFW ay di biro!

    Akala yata ng nakakarami, masarap ang mamuhay sa ibang bansa. Masasabi kong may iba’t ibang estado ang pamumuhay ng isang OFW (overseas Filipino worker). Mapalad kung tawagin ang mga OFW na mayroong maayos na trabaho at mataas na suweldo. Bukod sa natutustusan nila ang pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya, nagagawa din nilang tugunan ang mga pansariling […]

    Rainelda Garcera 2 min read
  • Party list solon urges fasttracked approval of new BBL

    Abakada Party List Representative Jonathan de la Cruz has joined Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto in calling for the fast track approval of a new BBL. Not the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law but the Balikbayan Boxes Law. Noting that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now residing in foreign lands and returning residents, collectively acknowledged as our […]

    Site Administrator 2 min read
  • OFWs protest government policies by staging ‘zero remittance day’

    Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) help keep the country’s economy afloat through their remittances, that’s why a one-day remittance boycott could translate to losses of over US$67 million, or some P3.1 billion, for the Philippine economy. At least based on the estimate of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero as more than one million OFWs who joined the “Zero […]

    Selies Galvez 3 min read
  • OFWs buck stricter measures, additional taxes for balikbayan boxes

    Overseas Filipinos are up in arms over the plans of the Bureau of Customs to impose higher taxes and stricter measures on balikbayan boxes or care packages sent to their families in the Philippines. According to Customs officials, the measure is intended to curb abuses in the use of balikbayan box privileges after they discovered […]

    Angie Chui 5 min read
  • Internet voting for Pinoy seafarers in 2016?

    Due to the nature of their work, Filipino seafarers often find it difficult to vote during elections. This may already be a thing of the past, if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is allowed to adopt internet-based voting in the May 2016 polls. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Rafael Seguis believes internet voting will […]

    Selies Galvez 2 min read
  • Dalawang Klase ang OFW

    “Wow sosyal!” ito na ang reaksyon ng nakararami tuwing nalalamang ikaw ay isang OFW. Pero ano nga bang klaseng buhay meron ang isang OFW, o Overseas Filipino Worker? Para sa akin, mayroong dalawang mukha ang OFW: isang “Purdoy” (i.e. poor OFW) at sabihin na nating yung “Matinik”  (i.e. wise OFW ). Umpisahan ko sa “Purdoy” […]

    Rainelda Garcera 2 min read
  • Diploma Para sa Aming mga OFW

    Anak, mag-aral kang mabuti! Ito ang madalas marinig sa aming mga buhay abroad. Mga OFW na walang takot makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa. Hindi biro mangamuhan sa ibang lahi. Walang tumbas ang pangungulila at mapalayo sa ating pamilya. Talagang, mahirap mamuhay sa ibang bansa nang mag- isa. Pero lahat nang pagtitiis at hirap na yun ay […]

    Rainelda Garcera 1 min read