2nd batch of Filipino workers stranded in HK returns home

UNTV News   •   December 27, 2017   •   4763

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MANILA, Philippines – At nine in the evening last Monday, the flight carrying the 49 Filipino Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who were stranded in Hong Kong arrived at the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

They are the second batch of the Filipinos deceived by the Peya Travel Agency in Hong Kong that sold them fake airline tickets.

Despite the exhaustion and anger, it was eased because of the fast action of the Philippine government through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) that paid for their airline tickets in cooperation with the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

“My vacation should just be one week. However, I experienced some problems. Peya fooled us. But thank god. Thank you to the president as for the fast action of OWWA,” OFW Jennely Naquila said.

OWWA designated temporary accommodation for the stranded OFW’s. The agency will also help them go back to their respective provinces.

“Those with someone to fetch them, waiting for them outside, they go with them. Those without someone to fetch them can come with us at the OWWA office. We have a hostel there which is open 24/7. They can stay there while we are preparing their ride back to their provinces,” OWWA Deputy Administrator for Operations Atty. Brigido Dulay said.

Although President Rodrigo Duterte is encouraging the Filipinos to remain in the country, OWWA vowed to help the OFW’s in returning to Hong Kong to work.

Stranded OFWs with round-trip tickets are scheduled to return to Hong Kong on the 8th of January next year.

For individuals with queries, they may call the OWWA hotline number (02) 551-1560 or thru text messaging at 0917-TXTOWWA. – Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

PH increases annual overseas deployment cap of new hire healthcare workers

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has adjusted the annual ceiling on the deployment of newly hired healthcare workers abroad, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) increased the number of healthcare workers that can be deployed abroad from 5,000 to 6,500.

The new cap in annual overseas deployment of healthcare workers was approved by the IATF in a meeting on Thursday.

The adjusted ceiling covers health workers who perform mission critical skills (MCS) with perfected contracts as of May 31, 2021.

“Healthcare workers under government-to-government labor agreements shall, however, be exempted from this adjusted ceiling,” Roque said in a statement.

The new policy comes after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) suspended the deployment of medical professionals after the 5,000 annual ceiling for new hires was reached on June 1.

Duterte vows justice for Absalon cousins killed in Masbate blast — Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to seek justice for football player Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven who were killed by a landmine blast in Masbate City on Sunday (June 6).

In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the President has heard the plea of the victims’ families.

“Nangako ang Pangulo na masusi itong iimbestigahan at pagbabayaran ang may mga sala,” he said.

(The President vowed to thoroughly investigate the incident and hold the perpetrators  accountable)

“Pwede pong hulihin, litisin at parusahan ang mga taong gumamit ng pasabog na ito kahit saang parte ng daigdig because what they did po was a crime against the international community. Mariin namin itong kinukundena,” Roque added.

(Those who use landmines can be can be arrested, put on trial, and punished in any part of the world because what they did  was a crime against the international community. We deeply condemn the act.)

The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on Tuesday took responsibility for the incident and expressed their remorse “over the untimely and unnecessary deaths.”

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported that Keith and Nolven also sustained gunshot wounds.

Based on the necropsy report of the City Health Office in Masbate City, Keith also sustained a gunshot wound on the right eye while Nolven sustained a gunshot wound on the right shoulder blade and on the left lateral distal thigh. AAC

 

 

 

Duterte, Xi call for ‘win-win’ cooperation on 46th anniversary of PH-China ties

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.

The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for  China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.

“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”

“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC

 

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