• 29 April 2015
MANILA, April 29 -- Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has urged all illegal OFWs in Oman to avail of the Sultanate’s three-month amnesty offer to overstaying foreigners, to avoid legal sanctions, including deportation.  “I strongly urge our OFWs in Oman who, for various reasons, have been staying illegally in the Sultanate, to avail of this amnesty and go home to the Philippines or correct their stay to avoid the repercussion of their being illegal foreigners in Oman,” Baldoz  said.  She cited a report from Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa, which said that the Sultanate of Oman is offering the three-month amnesty as part of its continuous efforts to regulate the presence of foreign workers in the country. The three-month amnesty is from 1 April to 30 June. Labor Attaché Mustafa said the Ministry and the Royal Oman Police have been conducting raids of late against undocumented migrant workers, putting tighter controls on work permits and tenancy contracts, and stringently scrutinizing landlords and their tenants. He said Oman’s Ministry of Manpower recently briefed labor attaches of foreign embassies in Muscat about the amnesty.  “This amnes ...Read more

Number of Filipino account holders rise; growth higher among low income and less educated 

 CENTRAL  29 April 2015
MANILA, April 29 -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) estimates that over 3 million new accounts were opened between 2011 and 2014,  based on the latest edition of the World Bank Global Findex which reveals that 31.3% of Filipino adults own a formal account, up by 4.7 percentage points from the ...Read more

DSWD supports amendments to solo parents’ welfare law

 CENTRAL  29 April 2015
QUEZON CITY, April 29 --   The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to support the amendments of Republic Act (RA) 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000. “Solo parents are considered a vulnerable sector of our society. Since child rearing requires both parents, a ...Read more