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Sri Lankan president all praises for Duterte’s drug war

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, January 16, praised President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs and dubbed it as “an example to the whole world”. During a state banquet as a part of Sirisena’s state visit in the Philippines, the Sri Lankan...

Man dies, mother and daughter sustain injuries in Sharjah attack

Authorities are now investigating the incident which took place in a building in Al Butina area, Sharjah which took the life of a 46-year-old Sudanese man and left a 33-year-old Indian woman and her daughter injured. A police team immediately went to the scene of the...

Filipina tourist missing in Indonesia since Christmas

A Filipina tourist has been missing in Bali, Indonesia since Christmas, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta said it has filed a missing person report for Ella Balmaceda Paaño after her family in the Philippines reported...

First OFW global summit tackles growing number of distressed OFWs in Middle East

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The first-ever OFW Global Summit, which was held last January 7 in Taguig City, discussed the increasing number of distressed and maltreated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East as one of its main topics.

Titled “One Voice for Better Rights, Welfare and Protection of our OFWs,” the summit was attended by veteran and young OFW advocates to discuss several problems that OFWs go through as well as the possible solutions that can be done to help solve them.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in particular were urged to exert more effort in order to help distressed, maltreated, abused, and, in some cases, murdered OFWs.

Since the budget for the assistance of distressed OFWs increased, DFA and OWWA were advised to look for more qualified staffs and lawyers who can help OFWs, particularly in the Middle East.

Other issues that were addressed during the summit were financial literacy of OFWs, and reintegration programs for returning OFWs. These issues are essential especially if an OFW will be staying in the Philippines for good.

The summit attendees also agreed that there should be a different government sector for OFWs and other expats.
The first OFW Global Summit was attended by OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Frank Resma, ACTS-OFW party-list Representative John Bertiz, and President of the Blas F. Ople Center, Susan Ople.

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