Despite Hong Kong’s decision to terminate the visa-free travel perks of blue and red passport holders, DOLE guarantees that the government will ensure the protection and welfare of the OFWs. Therefore, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz advised oversees Filipinos to continue their commitment and dedication to work and maintain good relations with their employers.
The newest reform on India’s visa-on-arrival (VOA) system allows tourists a comfortable and hassle-free travel. Holidaymakers can now apply for their visa online and can claim it on arrival at any airport, avoiding the long queues and waiting time. Indian government recognized the need to revolutionize the previous VOA system because it would boost tourism, earnings from which could help reduce the country’s increasing financial deficit.
Filipino-American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPRO) delegates shared their stories and experiences touring around the Philippines at a town hall meeting in New York. Some of the delegates conveyed that the program helped them develop a stronger appreciation of the Philippines. They also encouraged other participants to not just visit, but also to contribute, establish partnerships, and collaborate with their fellow Filipinos. Another FYLPRO will be held July this year and there will be 10 slots available. Applications of interested applicants will be accepted by the end of February.
The resourcefulness, courage and creativity of Mr. Enrico S. Fojas allowed him to find success in our country just before leaving the Philippines for greener pastures abroad. His business on cookie mill feeds made of recycled stale breads, coconut and other organic ingredients, was recently recognized as the top microenterprise in the Philippines. He was awarded by the Citi Micro-Entrepreneurship Awards (CMA) last December 2013, along with other regional microentrepreneurs.
A resolution sponsored by the Philippine government was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, in their efforts to minimize gender discrimination and women vulnerability while abroad. This resolution appeals to all countries to create a fair mechanism for women domestic workers in filing complaints of rights violation against their employers.