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To all domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, you do not need to submit a Good Conduct & Behaviour Certificate — just yet. Recently, it was announced that domestic workers from these two countries don’t have to comply with the requirement until the middle of this year. The statement was made by the Ministry of… Read More

For Filipinos in the UAE, please take note that there’s a new requirement in getting a work visa permit. In pursuant to Cabinet Decree No. 1/8 of 2017, all aspiring foreign workers must obtain a Good Conduct & Behaviour Certificate from their home countries. In the Philippines, the Good Conduct Certificate is equivalent to the “No… Read More

There are around 10 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the world today. They work in various jobs in Dubai, Hong Kong, Canada, United Kingdom, and many other places. Most — if not all — regularly send money to their families back home in the Philippines. With so many OFWs, have you ever wondered exactly… Read More

Last Thursday, we witnessed the launching of the Overseas Filipino Bank in Manila. The much-awaited bank was inaugurated by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who delivered on his campaign promise to millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the globe. Soon after the opening of the first ever Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB), many OFWs have been asking… Read More

A few months ago, we shared the news that a bank for OFWs, which will specifically cater to Filipinos working abroad — will open this year. Sure enough, the Office of the President in the Philippines has announced the opening of the bank today, 18th January 2018. In a recent press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry… Read More

The Philippines and United Arab Emirates recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the hiring of domestic workers. Under this agreement, only registered agencies are allowed to recruit domestic workers from the Philippines for employment in the UAE. The memorandum was signed at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) office in Abu… Read More

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has been introducing new and upgraded programs for OFWs lately. There’s the OWWA scholarship program, which caters to OFW dependents. And now, there’s also an enhanced livelihood program for OFW returnees. The “Balik Pilipinas! Balik Hanapbuhay!” (BPBH) program is designed for OFWs who have come back to the Philippines… Read More

A new bank is coming to town, and it’s specifically for Filipinos. That’s right! Plans are underway for the first ever OFW Bank to be established in Dubai this coming January 2018. The much-awaited OFW Bank is part of the current administration’s efforts to improve services for Filipinos overseas. It will soon follow iDOLE, the… Read More

Being an OFW has its perks: a higher salary, travel opportunities, and learning experiences that we wouldn’t have gained if we didn’t decide to go abroad. With greater purchasing power, however, we may be tempted to spend our hard-earned money on things that do not really last. While there is certainly nothing wrong with sending… Read More

Being an OFW is not easy. Aside from the demands of daily work and the challenge of living in a foreign land, there is a constant battle that you have to face: homesickness. “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” as the slogan goes. Indeed, this country is filled with exciting places, loving people, fantastic food,… Read More

Going abroad is a big decision, mainly because it involves major changes in the family set up. Some OFWs are able to bring their spouse and children to their host countries, but there are many who end up leaving their families behind while working overseas. If you had to leave your kids back home, I’m… Read More

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Meet Honey, a senior head mixologist and pre-opening supervisor for a restaurant that is opening very soon in Business Bay area – Cuisinero Uno. Honey studied Computer Science in college but accidentally got into the Food and Beverage industry. Last 2015, she won a gold medal award in a beverage competition at the SIAL Middle East, competing… Read More

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Meet Ernesto, an IT engineer who came to the UAE 10 years ago. He started as an IT Technician and worked his way to becoming an IT Operations Assistant Manager. He is the only Filipino in the IT department of an established group of companies, working with Pakistanis for 8 years now. Learning about Ernesto’s career shows… Read More