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Dividend from labor migration mulled

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net MANILA (OFW Journalism Consortium)–CAN you monetize a child’s separation for more than a year from her mother working overseas? Such question has not only kept…

OFW families saving; junk cars, new homes

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net LOS BANOS, LAGUNA (OFW Journalism Consortium)–RECENT central bank data doesn’t bode too well for those selling cars and houses to families of overseas Filipino workers….

US, Japan, Norway top remittance points of Pinoy seafarers

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net MANILA (OFW Journalism Consortium)—DATA per country from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed that the United States, Japan, and Norway are the top three remittance…

Money source from Pinoys in four Middle East countries growing

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net MANILA (OFW Journalism Consortium)—DESPITE decreasing wage levels, ban on deployment, and nationalization of labor markets, four Middle East destination countries of Filipino temporary contract workers…

Rising number of young Pinays marrying elderly Asians triggers alarm

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net (Editor’s note: The real identities of women in this story are kept confidential as they requested) QUEZON CITY (OFW Journalism Consortium)–TWENTY-year-old Rita pointed to the…

‘Low and slow’ count of OFWs with HIV in MDG range, execs say

by JOYCE ANNE B. ROBIÑO www.ofwjournalism.net MANILA (OFW Journalism Consortium)—THE rising number of overseas Filipino workers with the human immunodeficiency virus hasn’t rattled government and UN executives who assert the…

State insurance no security blanket for OFWs

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO www.ofwjournalism.net MANILA (OFW Journalism Consortium, Vo. 6, Nos. 8-9, Dec. 16)—DESPITE increasing risks in host countries and disasters in the Philippines, Filipinos abroad still feel safer…

Analysts cite OWWA fetters in protecting OFWs

by ISAGANI DE LA PAZ www.ofwjournalism.net MANILA (OFW Journalism Consortium, Vol. 6 Nos. 8-9, Dec. 16)—TWO Filipino-American analysts cited imbalanced services and weak state capacity as some of the factors…

Recruiters seek relaxed immigration law in RP-Japan trade deal

by Jeremaiah M. Opinianowww.ofwjournalism.net QUEZON CITY–RECRUITERS of Filipinos to Japan are tying that country’s immigration law to the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement currently under negotiation, believing that the former is…

What Asean migrant’s rights agenda? – analysts

By Jeremaiah Opinianowww.ofwjournalism.net MANILA—ANALYSTS are far from getting their hopes up that migrant workers’ rights would spike interest among leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations who would meet…

Migration no guarantee out of rural poverty – WB

by Isagani de la Pazwww.ofwjournalism.net MANILA–CONTRARY to popular beliefs, migration, despite the volume of money it brings, has neither brought rural folks out of poverty nor is it a sure…

Exec says undocumented workers bleeding DFA dry

By Neil Allendewww.ofwjournalism.net PASAY CITY—A FOREIGN Affairs executive bared that Filipino workers going abroad through informal channels and encounters problems are causing financial ills for government. Cresente Relacion, executive director…

Labor execs stick to skills as OFW protector

by PATRICIA MARCELOwww.ofwjournalism.net MANDALUYONG CITY—THE light-brown beef stew simmering on a pot in a makeshift kitchen here may save Jennifer Dul-loog’s life as a household service worker in Spain. So…

Pinoys in the US mull ‘hero’ tag

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANOwww.ofwjournalism.net BAY FAIR, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.–OUTSIDE THE five-car intercity train streaks of images rush as white as Rodrigo’s streaks of hair, the flecks of paint on his denim,…

Money from Pinoys abroad still short of spurring growth

by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANOwww.ofwjournalism.net SAN QUINTIN, PANGASINAN–THE spire on a Tudor-style mansion encircled by green rice reeds jutting from acres of land here points people to where money, real dollars,…