• In this 8,000 sq. km.-wide city of some 320,000 residents, Fe Arquisola-Obaga (see horizontal photo) is Valladolid’s only Filipino nurse —working at the Sanidad Castilla y Leon (SACYL).
  • Allan Cabiles, an automobile engineer, think that salaries and benefits that Malaysians will offer to Filipinos matter more than a new immigration perk that allows skilled foreign workers in stay longer in this Southeast Asian country.
  • THE outlet of the popular Brazilian coffee shop Bracafe in Paloma district is Filipinos’ favourite hangout, like this gentleman in a cap.
  • The exhibit “Rizal in Our Midst: A Homage to Greatness” showcases the different denominations ranging from five centavos to as high as 100 pesos since 1903 where the image of Rizal or his monument appears.

News Flash

  • Central Bank:
    OFW remittances slowed down in February 2012

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    Exclusive: Crisis won't cut off Pinoys' Social Security Benefits from Spain
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    Exclusive: Pag-IBIG hands out P36B housing loans to OFWs
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Report: “OFW remittances slowed down in Feb” — Central Bank

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in News Flash

MONEY sent home by Filipinos working overseas may have continued to grow in February but in a slower pace, partly as a result of deployment bans that imposed by the government.

In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that remittances from overseas Filipinos coursed through banks rose to $1.6 billion in February, up by close to 6 percent versus the $1.5 billion that was sent during the same period from a year ago.

Report: Gab to discuss migration’s quirks in Asia, Middle East

Written by Ruben Jeffrey Asuncion, OFW Journalism Consortium on . Posted in News Flash

MANILA–THIS city will be the venue for top labor officials across Asia to review attempts on improving their governments’ handling of overseas work.

These governments sending and receiving migrant workers will, at the Second Abu Dhabi Dialogue this April 17 to 19, attempt to find “bilateral, unilateral, and multilateral government actions” surrounding overseas employment.

Exclusive: Crisis won’t cut off Pinoys’ social security benefits from Spain

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in News Flash

An OFW Journalism Consortium news flash exclusive

MANILA—AN economic crisis plaguing Spain will not stop the enforcement of a social security pact between Spain and the Philippines.

Social Security System (SSS) Vice President Judy Frances See told the OFW Journalism Consortium the Spanish government has not fallen short in providing the social security benefits of Filipinos even if these Filipinos have returned to the Philippines.

Exclusive: PAG-IBIG hands out P36B housing loans to OFWs

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in News Flash

An OFW Journalism Consortium news flash exclusive

MANILA—THE Home Development Mutual Fund or the Pag-IBIG Fund, reported that some P36 billion in total housing loans have been granted to over-40,000 members who are overseas Filipino workers since 2007.

Tessie Gonzales, deputy chief executive officer of Pag-IBIG, told a recent forum on social security for OFWs that in 2011 alone, 26 percent of loans handed out the by fund went to OFWs.