When Rhea Almazan Pangilinan and her husband learned they were infected with the coronavirus, their 7-year-old daughter became an important source of strength. Rhea narrates how they overcame the month-long ordeal.Content retrieved from: https://gulfnews.com/videos/news/coronavirus-in-uae-how-a-filipino-couple-beat-covid-19-1.1588586212968.
The Philippine embassy in Doha repatriated a total of 278 overseas Filipinos, including an infant, via a chartered Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight recently. The chartered flight included 28 female wards who had sought temporary shelter at the embassy/Philippine Overseas Labour Office’s (POLO) Migrant Workers and other Overseas Filipinos Resource Centre prior to their repatriation, according to a statement on the embassy's website. The repatriates, who were assisted by the embassy and POLO officials and personnel at the airport, arrived individually and in groups, with some of whom went to the airport as early as six hours in advance. "The mounting of the chartered flight, despite Qatar’s inbound travel restrictions, was a result of close co-ordination between the embassy/PO
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — A total of 203 overseas Filipino workers have been infected with the coronavirus disease, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Thursday. #DFAAdvisory As of 26 March 2020, a total of 203 OFs (of which 138 are DOH IHR verified) from the following regions have been confirmed COVID-19 positive: Asia and Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Americas. Here are the latest figures of COVID-19-infected Filipinos abroad. pic.twitter.com/OWUM41MB59 — DFA Philippines (@DFAPHL) March 26, 2020 Of these cases, 93 OFWs are undergoing treatment, while 107 patients have already recovered or been discharged. Meanwhile, three OFWs who contracted the disease—two from Europe, and one from the Asia-Pacific Region—have died. As of March 2
AS of Friday (April 3), at least 21 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have died from Covid-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.In all, a total of 466 cases have been recorded among the OFWs, of whom 316 are undergoing treatment, while 129 have recovered. All of these OFWs, according to DFA, were based in 32 countries in Asia and Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The said regions also reported 8 new recoveries among Filipinos, but unfortunately, seven new deaths were also recorded from the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. The DFA said discrepancies in figures reported in some regions are being addressed to ensure close monitoring of the status of Filipino nationals abroad. The DFA said it remains committed to ensuring our people’s welfare and stands ready to prov
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government continues to combat COVID-19 in the form of massive testing, regular disinfection, and other measures. Just like in most other countries, however, cases of confirmed infections and fatalities continue to rise as well. Unfortunately, among those cases are our fellow Pinoys. On Wednesday, 6th May 2020, the Philippine Embassy in the UAE reported that 21 Filipinos in the country have succumbed to the coronavirus disease. Coronavirus Claims Lives of 21 Pinoys in UAE, according to PH Embassy According to Philippine Ambassador Hjayceelin Quintana, 17 fatalities were recorded in the emirate of Dubai, while four were recorded in Abu Dhabi, the Philippine News Agency reported. That being said, the ambassador assured that the embassy remains c...
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) –– President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered PhilHealth to suspend the collection of higher premiums from overseas Filipino workers, his spokesman Harry Roque said Monday. "Habang meron tayong krisis, ang naging desisyon ng Presidente (ay) huwag na muna tayong magpataw ng karagdagang pahirap sa ating mga OFWs, lalong lalo na sa panahon na napakarami sa kanilang nare-repatriate at nawalan ng trabaho [While we are facing a crisis, the President decided not to impose additional burden on OFWs for now, especially at a time when so many of them have been repatriated and have lost their jobs]," Roque said in his regular press briefing, adding that their membership can be "voluntary" for now. He added that Duterte also suspended the higher premium rates
Highlights Filipino domestic workers must pay $124 per year, or $12 per month, for PhilHealth coverage starting this 2020 Oversease Filipinos who earn more than Php60,000 must pay Php21,000 ($434.23) for annual PhilHealth coverage Overseas Filipinos include their dependents living with them overseas Send your questions re: PhilHealth to email@example.com Dubai: Under Philippine law, every Filipino expatriate worker must pay a 3% monthly premium to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) this 2020. The increase in PhilHealth premiums covers all overseas Filipinos, including their dependents. It was rolled out late last year. On April 22, the state-owned health insurer published a circular explaining the tiered contributi
Thank you for thinking of our dependents healthcare while we are abroad. That’s so nice of you. But no thanks. To the proponents of this new law, what do you think you’re doing? A person working in the Philippines is not obliged to pay PhilHealth if he wants to travel wherever. What makes him less or more Filipino? Lest we don’t need to pay a ‘health’ insurance to travel in and out of the country. Is it our fault that we found a living in a land of milk and honey? Why do we have to take extra burden just because we’re working abroad? Why do you have to make us feel that we owe you where we are right now? In case you still don’t know or have chosen to not know, we are staying overseas for 99.9% of the time. When we get sick, our company-provided medical insurance takes care of t
Taiwan has rejected a Philippine government agency's move to have a Filipina caregiver deported over her supposed “nasty and malevolent” criticisms against President Rodrigo Duterte. Foreign workers in the island nation exercise freedom of speech as they enjoy “citizen treatment,” Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday. The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment announced Saturday it was seeking the deportation of Elanel Egot Ordidor over her social media posts critical of Duterte and his administration’s handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag claimed that Ordidor’s actions “amounted to a crime for which she might be prosecuted both in Taiwan and the Philippines." But Taiwan backed Ordidor and maintained that sh
MANILA, Philippines — The national government stands to lose $4.5 billion (roughly P228 billion) this year in remittances from about 10 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was the assessment given by the ACTS-OFW Coalition of Organizations headed by former party-list congressman Aniceto Bertiz III, who predicted that the $4.5 billion is a conservative estimate under a “best-case scenario.” “Without the pandemic, we would have expected the aggregate incoming cash transfers from Filipinos overseas to grow by $1.5 billion (or by five percent) this year,” he said in a statement issued over the weekend. “However, on account of the severe global economic devastation, we now project total remittances to reach only $27 billion this year, or down