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6.1-magnitude quake jolts Philippines

6.1-magnitude quake jolts Philippines

OFW, WORLD NEWS
The tremor was also felt in Surigao City in Surigao del Norte province and Gingoog City. An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Surigao del Sur province in southern Philippines on Monday, authorities said. The Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said the offshore quake, which struck at 6.13am, hit at a depth of 77 km, about 66 km northeast of Bayabas town on Mindanao island, reports Xinhua news agency. The tremor was also felt in Surigao City in Surigao del Norte province and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental province, Phivolcs added. The institute said the quake, which was tectonic in origin, will cause no damage, but aftershocks are expected. The Philippines has frequent seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific "Rin...
Philippines deports US Marine in transgender killing

Philippines deports US Marine in transgender killing

OFW, WORLD NEWS
A US Marine convicted of killing a Filipino transgender woman was deported Sunday after a presidential pardon cut short his detention in a case that renewed outrage over a pact governing American military presence in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton said in a farewell message that he was "extremely grateful" to President Rodrigo Duterte for pardoning him and expressed his "most sincere sympathy" to the family of Jennifer Laude, who he was convicted of killing in 2014 after finding out that she was a transgender in a motel northwest of Manila. During his five-year confinement, Pemberton said he spent "much time contemplating the many errors" he committed the night Laude died. "He wishes he had the words to express the depth of his sorrow and regret," according to Pem...
Marcos to Duque: Abolish 3-percent OFW premium to PhilHealth

Marcos to Duque: Abolish 3-percent OFW premium to PhilHealth

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Senator Imelda “Imee” Marcos on Sunday urged Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to keep his word and work for the permanent abolition of the three-percent premium that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) pay to PhilHealth. Senator Imee R. Marcos (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Marcos said Duque should make good on his word in support of the measure during last week’s Senate inquiry into the state health care insurer’s fund anomalies. “May kasabihan, ‘Kung gusto, maraming paraan; kung ayaw, maraming dahilan’ (It’s been said that if you want something done, you’ll find many ways to get to it; if you don’t, you’ll find many excuses). Let’s stand by our OFWs and finally get this done!” Marcos said. The senator asserted that PhilHealth can unburden OFWs of
Photos: After factory layoff, Filipina artist cashes in on ‘leaf art’ venture

Photos: After factory layoff, Filipina artist cashes in on ‘leaf art’ venture

OFW, WORLD NEWS
1 of 8 When the coronavirus struck and cost Mary Mae Dacanay her factory job in the Philippines, the 23-year-old came up with a unique new source of income - turning leaves into celebrity art. | Above: Mary shows one of her leaf artworks, a tribute to COVID-19 front liners, in her home in Binan, Laguna. Image Credit: REUTERS 2 of 8 Dacanay saw her redundancy as chance to enjoy her favourite pastime - art - but at first had difficulty sourcing materials in a country that has had in place some of the world's longest and strictest coronavirus measures. | Above: Dacanay makes portraits and illustrations out of leaves. Image Credit: REUTERS (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 3 of 8 With no luck finding canvas, Dacanay has instead p...
At least AED 10,000 Salary Required from Filipinos in UAE to Get Affidavit of Support for Visiting Relatives

At least AED 10,000 Salary Required from Filipinos in UAE to Get Affidavit of Support for Visiting Relatives

GULF NEWS, OFW, UAE NEWS
Filipinos in the UAE are now required to present proof that they are earning at least AED 10,000 to secure a supporting travel document for their family members who will be visiting the UAE, according to a new policy implemented by the Philippine missions. The new salary requirement for the ‘affidavit of support and guarantee’ (ASG) is part of an updated policy that took effect on August 24. Higher Salary Requirement Imposed on Filipinos in UAE to Get Affidavit of Support for Visiting Relatives According to the post, a single expat who wishes to sponsor a relative’s visit to the UAE, he/she must show proof of an AED 10,000 monthly income. Meanwhile, for a married couple, a combined income of at least AED 14,000 is required. And for a family of four – either a husband and wif
Around 33,000 college-level children of OFWs to receive ₱30,000 one-time grant

Around 33,000 college-level children of OFWs to receive ₱30,000 one-time grant

OFW, WORLD NEWS
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday that around 33,000 children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are in college will receive a one-time ₱30,000 cash assistance. Those qualified to receive the one-time grant are college-level kids of displaced, non-returning, repatriated, or deceased OFWs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The qualified grantee must be enrolled or intending to enroll in a state university or college or in private higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). “The project will be allotted with the amount of ₱1 billion which will benefit about 33,000 students from OFW families,” Duterte said of the project, organized under CHED’s Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education or Uni
Filipinos in UAE concerned about new travel rule by Philippines immigration

Filipinos in UAE concerned about new travel rule by Philippines immigration

GULF NEWS, OFW, UAE NEWS
Dubai/ Abu Dhabi: Filipino expats have expressed their concerns after the salary threshold for securing a supplementary travel document mandated by Philippines Immigration for a Filipino to bring a family member over to the UAE has been revised. The minimum salary required to acquire an Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoS), an attested letter issued to Filipino tourists as a proof that they have the support of their family during their stay in the UAE, was raised from Dh3,500 to Dh10,000 with effect from August 24, 2020. The AoS is presented to Philippines immigration officials before travellers can fly to the UAE. It is, however, not required by UAE immigration authorities upon entry to the country. Revised policy The Philippines missions in the U...
2 Filipinos killed in Abu Dhabi restaurant blast: Embassy

2 Filipinos killed in Abu Dhabi restaurant blast: Embassy

GULF NEWS, OFW, UAE NEWS
A large Filipino community resides in the area where the blast happened. Two Filipino residents were killed in the gas explosion that ripped through a fast-food restaurant in Abu Dhabi on Monday, the Philippine Embassy confirmed on Tuesday. "It is with deep sadness that the embassy shares the latest information that two Filipinos died from the unfortunate accident yesterday caused by a gas explosion at a restaurant at Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Road, (also known as Airport Road) in Abu Dhabi," the mission said in a statement. Ambassador Hjayceelyn M. Quintana reached out to the families of the deceased to express condolences and gave assurance that all necessary assistance will be provided. "The Embassy continues to work with the UAE authorities to obtain details on some injured
At least AED 10,000 Salary Required from Filipinos in UAE to Get Affidavit of Support for Visiting Relatives

At least AED 10,000 Salary Required from Filipinos in UAE to Get Affidavit of Support for Visiting Relatives

GULF NEWS, OFW, UAE NEWS
At least AED 10,000 Salary Required from Filipinos in UAE to Get Affidavit of Support for Visiting Relatives Filipinos in the UAE are now required to present proof that they are earning at least AED 10,000 to secure a supporting travel document for their family members who will be visiting the UAE, according to a new policy implemented by the Philippine missions. The new salary requirement for the ‘affidavit of support and guarantee’ (ASG) is part of an updated policy that took effect on August 24. According to the post, a single expat who wishes to sponsor a relative’s visit to the UAE, he/she must show proof of an AED 10,000 monthly income. Meanwhile, for a married couple, a combined income of at least AED 14,000 is required. And for a family of four – either a h
Applying for an ICA Permit? Here’s How

Applying for an ICA Permit? Here’s How

GULF NEWS, OFW, UAE NEWS
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) on Monday, August 24, has announced that it has streamlined the process of applying for a UAE entry permit. Residents who wish to return to the UAE can now apply for an ICA permit either through the ICA official website (http://ica.gov.ae) or the smartphone app ICA UAE eChannels. ICA Announces Updated, Simplified UAE Entry Permit Application According to the ICA, through the new and streamlined processes, users will only need to register and create an account and UAE Pass, submit the application, settle the fees, and wait for the permit to be sent via their personal emails in easy steps, the Khalreleej Times reported. In an official tweet, the ICA said: “Please make sure you enter your ID number and expiry date