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48 Filipino victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi to arrive home, Friday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

Forty-eight (48) overseas Filipino workers are set to arrive in the country from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The OFWs hold visit visas and have been victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi.

Through the Philippine government’s repatriation program, their documents were processed for them to be able to come home to the Philippines.

Philippine Ambassador to UAE Constancio Vingno Junior said they are taking all the necessary measures to help these OFWs, adding a number of Filipinos are being accommodated in the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“We can only accommodate so much here, and it’s not a healthy environment if at any more time we had 200 people here. We have so little space that’s why we are trying our best repatriate on a weekly basis,” Ambassador Vingno said.

The new batch of repatriated OFW’s is expected to arrive in the country Friday morning. – UNTV News & Rescue

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PHL totally lifts OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Overseas Filipino workers

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 16, directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to totally lift the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the directive was in line with the recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o.

In a text message to UNTV, the Labor Secretary confirmed that he received the order from the President though he did not give further details.

Last week, the Philippine government ordered the partial lifting of the ban on skilled and semi-skilled workers to Kuwait following the signing of the agreement on the protection of Filipino workers in the Gulf State. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Russia eyes model employment contract for OFWs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

(L-R) Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

 

MOSCOW, Russia – The Russian government is considering the creation of an agreement with the Philippines on the welfare and protection of Overseas Filipino Workers.

During his visit to Moscow, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday, May 15, announced the positive developments in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Cayetano confirmed that the Russian government is open to having a labor agreement with the Philippines.

“Sa aking hinahangaan na si Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sapagkat sinabi niya, very positive iyong answer niya and in fact, mamadaliin nila ang isang model employment contract na makakatulong sa lahat ng kababayan natin sa Russia,” Cayetano said.

(I admire Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for his positive response. In fact, they will rush the creation of a model employment contract that will help our fellow Filipinos in Russia.)

Cayetano expressed gratitude to the Russian government for the warm welcome extended to the Philippine delegation.

Before he left, Cayetano conveyed his message to the Filipino community in Russia:”Basta po sa OFWs, for Filipinos abroad anywhere, anytime, we will fight for you,” he concluded — Ronald De Guzman / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte appoints Presidential Adviser Abdullah Mama-O as Special Envoy to Kuwait

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

(Left) Newly appointed Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-O

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Abdullah Mama-o as Special Envoy to Kuwait.

This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque in a press briefing Tuesday, May 8.

The President ordered Mama-o to go back and stay in Kuwait while the repatriation process of OFWs is ongoing. Mama-O was in Kuwait last week and met with Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah to ease the tension between the two countries following a recent labor row.

Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s supposed trip to Kuwait yesterday was deferred. There is no announcement yet as to when they will leave for Kuwait. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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