President Duterte signs law enabling national ID system; Filipinos abroad can register at embassy or consular offices Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Philippine ID System Law, a long-awaited measure that aims to provide a nationwide database of all Filipinos and a card that would greatly ease their transactions with the government. Under the law, the ID with a microchip embed would include the name, gender, place of birth, as well as fingerprints and iris scan of the bearer, among others. During his regular press briefing at the palace, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte signed the Philippine ID System (PhilSys) in Malacañang on Monday afternoon. “As we all know, the President is averse to bureaucratic red tape. Through PhilSys, we hope to i
The massive fish is mainly found in tropical waters. A video of a Filipino man carrying a giant fish on his shoulders has gone viral. The angler, Joseph Bautista, had been trawling off the Philippines coastline in Atimonan when he caught the giant fish. The massive 30kg moonfish will not be sold, but rather he will eat it at home with his family, according to Daily Mail. Also known as Opah, the pink-toned fish are mainly found in tropical waters. Watch the video below: Source
Sixty-five (65) distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Abu Dhabi arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday, July 24. The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi said most of the repatriated OFWs were victims of illegal recruitment. With the arrival of the OFWs, the total of repatriated OFWs from Abu Dhabi since January 2018 has risen to 969, of whom 757 were housed at the Philippine Embassy while 212 were walk-in clients. The Embassy hopes that the numbers will drop with the signing of the UAE Law UAE Law for Domestic Workers and the Philippines-UAE Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Cooperation in 2017. Earlier, Chargé d’Affaires Pangilinan-Daquipil said the UAE has implemented measures to ensure the rights of Filipino domestic workers in the Midd
Canada is in need of agricultural workers, particularly mushroom pickers, butchers, and oyster harvesters. The mushroom industry of Canada is roughly 900 million Canadian dollars. An example to this is the bountiful operation of a mushroom farm in Sharon, Ontario, Canada. This is the reason why OFW Suzette Alcaro was encouraged to migrate to Canada after working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong. The monthly salary of Alcaro in Canada as a mushroom picker is $3,600 or P150, 000. They are also given free accommodation, transportation, meal allowance and health insurance. Alcaro also wants to bring her family to Canada. This can actually happen as long as she won’t violate her labor contract. “Once nanaka-work permit ka as an agricultural worker for one year then ‘yung employe
The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has announced in a statement that the Certificate of Good Moral Conduct for Filipino and Indonesian workers will be suspended until June 2018. “As for the rest of the nationalities,” the circular says, “the Tasheel Centre must request a good moral and conduct certificate if the household worker is outside the country or [on] “tourist visa”. Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes said in a video, Feb. 15, that this will apply to new workers as well as to Filipinos who will be changing their employment. Meanwhile, the circular has created a confusion among Filipino expats in the UAE if it will cover all workforce sectors or to household helpers (domestic helpers) alone. Cortes told The Filipino Times, in a messa
Filipinos can visit these 63 countries and territories without securing a visa MANILA, Philippines – Are you looking for the next country to visit in 2018? Good news: Philippine passport holders can now travel to 63 countries and territories visa-free! This makes the Philippines rank 72nd out of 199 passports according to Henley and Partners’ latest Visa Restrictions Index for 2018 – an improvement from last year’s 75th rank. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government is working to improve access to other countries. (READ: 15 destinations around the world for Filipino travelers) “We are assuring everyone that our people at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to work toward securing visa-free access of Filipinos to more co
They were deemed 'off-limits' in an advisory The Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) has reminded Filipino expats across the world, the UAE included, that 24 countries still remain off-limits to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for 2018. According to the POEA memo retrieved by the Manila Bulletin, Advisory 21 series of 2017 said that 24 countries and territories were placed under a pending deployment ban due to their unsuitable security and economic conditions which could endanger the lives of Filipinos. "Except when specified, the coverage of this advisory shall apply to land-based deployment and will remain valid unless updated by subsequent issuance(s)," the POEA said. Of the 24 countries and territories, total deployment ban was imposed on nine countries due to ...
Sending parcels and cargoes locally or regionally however, will have 5 per cent vat Kabayans, please note: sending balikbayan or cargo boxes to the Philippines is still VAT-free but starting from January 2, the cost of cargo boxes, used to send parcels back home, will have 5 per cent value-added tax, a manager of a Filipino-owned courier company told Khaleej Times on Monday. "Starting from January 2, prices of balikbayan boxes will carry 5 per cent VAT," Veronica Rey, LBC Express communications and marketing officer Middle East, told Khaleej Times. "This means a balikbayan box previously priced at Dh15 will become Dh15.75; Dh 20 box will become Dh 21 and our Dh25 jumbo box will become Dh26.25. Rey clarified that sending cargo to the Philippines and other countries (except GCC) ...
As far as our experience, Filipinos are very kind, their overall record in UAE is respectable. UAE Government is trying their best to provide them same benefits that other nationalities are getting here in UAE, Such as: Weekly day off, giving 30 days of annual paid leave, ensuring the right to retain personal documents including passport, ID card, work permit, rest of at least 12 hours a day, including 8 hours of continuous break, and no discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or religion. This will not just benefit the maids but also other Filipino nationals who are working as a Security guards, house cooks, drivers, gardeners and all other house hold workers. The draft is already generated and is just waiting for a Sign, But the problem begin when someone get caught d...
To Filipinos traveling overseas, getting a visa can be a time-consuming, if not resource-draining exercise. Consulates and embassies often require plenty of documentation to justify them granting visas: financial statements and proof of employment are among them. And that’s if the destination country has its consular presence in the Philippines. Given such challenges faced by a legitimate tourist, another alternative is to visit countries that don’t require Philippine passport holders to apply for visas. Asia ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Brunei Darussalam – 14 days Cambodia – 21 days Indonesia – 30 days Laos – 30 days Malaysia – 30 days Myanmar – 14 days Singapore – 30 days Thailand – 30 days Vietnam – 21 days Non- ASEAN Azerbaijan – 30 days visa is