BI rescues underage OFWs from trafficking syndicate

Marje Pelayo   •   April 22, 2021   •   199

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public against syndicates who are engaged in trafficking minors and underage females to work abroad.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after officers at the international airports in Pampanga and Manila intercepted two overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that presented falsified travel documents to appear older and be able to work abroad.

The passengers, who both hail from the Southern part of the country, were recruited to work as household helpers in Saudi Arabia.

Both were stopped from leaving by members of the BI’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU).

Alias “Ria” was intercepted at the Clark International Airport (CIA) last Thursday while alias “Lea” was rescued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday.

According to Morente, the victims are suspected to have falsified their birthdates to make it appear they meet the age requirements for domestic helpers eligible to work in Saudi Arabia apart from inconsistencies in the answers during interrogation particularly their age.

Both victims were later turned over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) for assistance in filing of complaints against their recruiters.

DFA logs two new COVID cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported two new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad.

Likewise, three overseas Filipino workers (OFW) recovered from the infection and no new fatalities were recorded.

Overall, DFA logged a total of 20,424 cases of COVID-19 among Filipinos from different parts of the world.

Of this number, 7,108 are currently undergoing treatment.

Also, 12,096 recovered and a total of 1,220 succumbed to the disease in all 94 countries and territories around the globe.

DFA facilitates return of over 300 distressed OFWs from UAE

Maris Federez   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 325 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFW) arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Thursday (June 17), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The DFA said this was the third flight from UAE especially chartered by the department this year through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) using the DFA’s Assistance to National Fund.

The DFA-OUMWA welcomed the latest group of repatriates, which included 88 pregnant distressed overseas Filipinos upon their arrival in Manila.

“To our kababayan in distress, we hear you. We are here for you,” stated DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, stressing her vow to continue providing assistance to all OFWs in need.

“This recent arrival is a clear testament of our commitment to bring you home,” she added.

The DFA said that through the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, the department will continue to accept applications for future repatriations from the UAE.

The previous chartered flight from the UAE last 31 June 2021, brought home 396 overseas Filipinos.

In conformity with health protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) – Bureau of Quarantine, the repatriates will undergo stringent facility-based quarantine provided by the Philippine government. They shall also be subjected to RT-PCR Testing for COVID19.

The Philippine government upholds the One-Country Team Approach by continuously collaborating and cooperating with the DOH, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the Philippine Coast Guard to ensure the safety and welfare of our Kababayans, the DFA said. —/mbmf

DOTr, DOLE to provide jobs to repatriated OFWs affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr), along with other government agencies, has signed a memorandum that would provide job opportunities for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

During the 2021 Migrant Workers’ Day celebration on Monday (June 7), DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to provide OFWs displaced by the pandemic with employment opportunities in the DOTr.

“Our repatriated OFWs who are out of work will be able to work under the DOTr at narito sila sa sarili nilang bansa. They no longer need to go out of the country because work is here at home. Second, we will not be looking elsewhere in getting the needed workforce to finish various infrastructure projects,” he said.

Under the said agreement, the DOTr will provide OWWA with a list of vacant positions and skills required where an OFW can apply for work. These include projects under the Build Build Build Program.

Tugade reported that 2,000 jobs will be made available under the PNR Clark Phase 1 Project.

He also said that the department will not only prioritize hiring OFWs, but also displaced public utility drivers and conductors once the project becomes operational. AAC

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