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With the steady inflow of remittances to the Philippines and the growing awareness of its potential for sustenance and development, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) recognized the need to establish BaLinkBayan. A quip on the Filipino word balikbayan (a returning overseas Filipino), BaLinkBayan is a means to connect Filipino individuals and communities to the Philippines through the Diaspora to Development (D2D) program of the CFO. This program promotes and supports diaspora-driven initiatives such as investment, philanthropy, and technology and skills transfer.

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Join the SBA as they celebrate Women’s Small Business Month and help you either start or grow a business. SBA’s Assistant Administrator for Women’s Business Ownership, Erin Andrew will discuss how to turn your idea or hobby into a business and help you grow your existing business through programs like SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative and government contracting opportunities.


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DFA SENDS RAPID RESPONSE TEAM TO ASSIST OFWS STRANDED IN SAUDI ARABIA

OUMWA118 July 2016 - Last June 2016, the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) sent a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to assist OFWs stranded in work camps throughout Saudi Arabia. The DFA RRT found that at least 11,000 OFWs in several large Saudi construction and maintenance companies and their sub-contractors were not paid their salaries on time, ranging from 2 to 6 months. Some OFWs were also no longer receiving food allowances and were threatened with eviction from their accommodations. The DFA RRT provided immediate humanitarian assistance to these OFWs, and brought their situation to the attention of the senior officials of these companies, and with the Saudi government authorities.

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