Seafarers, called to unite on fight for their rights and welfare

MANILA, June 25, 2011—The International Seafarers’ Action Center (ISAC) calls on different mariners’ and seafarers’ groups to intensify its struggles for their rights and welfare, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) declares June 25 as the 1st Day for the Seafarer. In a statement, ISAC said that seafarers face myriad of problems, which solutions remain […]

Fil-Ams to help Japan calamity victims

MANILA, March 25, 2011—Filipino-Americans in the United States are once again united in helping their kababayans who have been affected by the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan. Filipino communities, especially those who have been engaged in the religious service, had launched their own help campaign drive for Filipinos severely affected by the catastrophe. […]

OFWs in Taiwan assails compulsory insurance fee

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan have assailed the new law making an insurance plan compulsory among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Dave Chang, chairperson of Migrante in Taiwan has said in a statement that the new regulation will just shoo away prospective employers for it will just be add to their already heavy […]

In light of delayed repatriation of OFWs remains Migrante urges Congress to probe OWWA, DFA funds

Migrant workers’ watchdog Migrante International urges the Congress to investigate the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) on how they spent their funds and why they have failed in bringing dozens of frozen cadavers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Mid-east and other parts of Asia, home.

Exclusion of foreign domestic workers in new HK salary law, enslavement—group

Antipolo City, July 20, 2010—The Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body or AMCB, a Hong Kong-based alliance of foreign domestic workers, assails the latest decision of the HK government not to include foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in the recent salary hike. Calling it “slavery, marginalization, and discrimination,” the new salary law had excluded FDWs in the statutory […]

Jailed OFW in Riyadh needs blood money to save life

A 30-year old Filipino migrant worker in Saudi is in need of blood money in order to save his life. Joselito Zapanta, a Kapampangan, and a father of two little kids, was sentenced to death last April 14 for murdering his Sudanese landlord. He was also accused of theft. He is now staying at the Malaiz Central Jail in the Saudi capital of Jeddah.

Migrante-ME alarmed over video of Pinay allegedly gang-raped, killed in UAE

Migrants’ group, Migrante Middle East (ME) urges the government to immediately verify and investigate the alleged gang raping and killing of two Filipina overseas workers in the United Arab Emirates, whose video is now circulating in Facebook.