(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
Malacañang is not convinced that the Philippines has surpassed Indonesia in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
During a press briefing on Friday (August 7), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines is conducting more COVID-19 tests which resulted in more confirmed cases.
“Ibig sabihin po dahil mas maigiting ang ating pagte-test hindi totoo na mas marami tayo kaso kaysa sa Indonesia. Hindi lamang nalalaman ng mga Indonesian kung sino-sino ang mga umiikot na mayroong sakit at least tayo alam kung sino po sila (It means we are conducting more tests. It is not true that we have more cases than Indonesia. The Indonesians don’t know who are sick at least, on our case, we know),” he said.
The Department of Health (DOH) has previously explained that the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines cannot be compared to other countries because of the population difference and health care system.
Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said no country can say they have been successful in their fight against COVID-19.
“No country could ever say they are successful. Look at Japan, look at Italy, even Vietnam, and Singapore,” he said. “We focus on what we are doing is appropriate, proper, and practical rather than everyday compare yourself.” -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines — Several groups of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have expressed their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte on his State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Around 300 Filipinos representing several groups of OFWs from different countries met online and simultaneously watched the President’s SONA.
They said the chief executive did not let them down as he urged Congress “to pass a law establishing the Department of Overseas Filipino solely on addressing the concerns of Filipinos abroad and their families.”
Last March, the lower House passed the creation of the Department of Filipino Overseas and Foreign Deployment. The Senate, on the other hand, is still hearing the bill.
In his SONA, the President reiterated his commitment of support to OFWs.
He called on the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies to allocate trainings and programs for OFWs.
With this, the United Filipino Global International thanked the president for his concern over them.
“The SONA speech of the president, I think we are very happy kasi alam naman po namin ang kaniyang intention. Ang kaniyang speech ay para talaga tumulong nang totoo na walang halong pamumulitiko,” said Gemma Sotto, chairperson of United Filipino Global International. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf
The Department of Labor of Employment (DOLE) has reported sending home around 100,000 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
“The latest batch of 1,691 home-bound OFWs, all of whom tested negative for COVID-19, took their rides back to their respective provinces on Saturday based on data of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” DOLE said in a statement.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has assured that the government will exhaust all means to help OFWs regain jobs they lost abroad due to the pandemic.
The Labor Department also reported over 34,000 OFWs were sent home by the government to their respective regions last May, and more than 61,000 during the succeeding months.
Meanwhile, the number of OFWs affected by the pandemic seeking assistance further has soared to 572,442. —AAC
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