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To prepare for the future is any working Filipino’s goal in life. This means a lot of things: education for the kids, health insurance for medical emergencies, or a secured retirement or a convenient house. Such aspirations have prompted many Filipinos to seek employment abroad since better-paying work opportunities are still scarce in the country. To date, there are over 2 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been working around the world. This does not include the undocumented Filipinos who have acquired employment in many countries after gaining entry through tourist visas. Nevertheless, the remittances they are sending back...
Senate of the Philippines
The Senate now moved to make sure OFWs receive enough protection and hence, an adequate standard operating procedure is implemented to alter any diplomatic complications every time a distressed OFW is being rescued. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva told the reporters that “there is a need to change the status quo and improve the condition of Filipino workers abroad,” after he presided over the joint hearing with the Committee on Foreign Relations and Economic Affairs. The said joint hearing discussed the reported death and abuse of our fellow Filipino workers abroad. Villanueva...
SINGAPORE – Despite experiencing a steady economic growth and increase on its domestic spend, the Filipinos still struggle to save for their future. According to a recent study by Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 86% of Filipinos do not have bank accounts. Based on the survey, the majority said that the main reason for not getting a bank account is lack of money. Other reasons cited: no belief on savings in the bank, proximity of bank branches to their home, high service charges, and unreasonable maintaining minimum balance. However, it does not fully reflect the financial behavior of Filipinos. How about...
Nowadays, it has becoming socially acceptable for mothers to work outside due to the increasing economic demands. Filipino mothers have opted to work abroad and toughly endure the consequences of living away from their families in exchange for a better and brighter future for their loved ones. Despite homesickness, work pressure, family problems, etc., they stand strong with hopes that all these sacrifices would lead to a happy life they are dreaming for their families. But what if your only source of strength and hope has been murdered by the administration you campaigned for and supported? Anguished Arrivals Going back...
Philippine passport's validity extended to 10 years
On August 2, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law extending the validity of Philippine Passport from 5 to 10 years for adult passport holders while retaining the 5-year validity for minors. Amendment of RA 8239 Known as Republic Act 10982 which amended the RA 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, this new promulgation tasks the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to design the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) in order to execute the new passport validity. This law could also work to the advantage of DFA as this would ease up their workload since it would mean...