Filipinos trafficked as crypto scammers in Cambodia

FILIPINOS have been victimized into becoming online scammers by an alleged Chinese group operating in Cambodia, a senator reported on Wednesday.   “Filipinos are becoming the main target of human trafficking syndicates,” Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” N. Hontiveros-Baraquel said in a statement. “After we helped some Filipinos in Myanmar who were abused and forced to work […]

Editorial: Seeking ‘Kabataang Pinoy’

“Are you dense?” Among young people, “dense” translates into a failure to comprehend (“ride on”) a conversation or to be sensitive to nuances in a relationship or situation. According to the 2021 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS5) preliminary findings presented during the Oct. 14 YAFS5 National Dissemination Forum held at a hotel in […]

Marcos vows to boost quality of jobs as Filipinos seek more work

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday vowed to boost the quality of jobs in the Philippines, after underemployment continued to worsen in September at 15.4%. The president vowed to improve job quality “to address underemployment while bolstering job opportunities in the country,” the presidential palace said in a statement.  “Ever since we started with […]

PHL waives Singapore employer bond, guarantee requirements

THE PHILIPPINES has waived the performance bond and bank guarantee requirements for Singapore employers seeking to hire Filipino workers, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) said on Wednesday. In a statement late Wednesday, Migrant Workers Secretary Susan V. Ople said she informed her counterpart, Singapore Manpower Minister Tan See Leng, of the waiver at a […]

Fake job text scams likely to persist as joblessness worsens

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Senior Reporter FILIPINOS can expect more phishing attacks as unemployment in the country continues to worsen, experts said. Cybercriminals use text messages to trick mobile phone users into visiting malicious websites to obtain their personal information, including banking information, credit cards, and addresses. “The phishing machinery relies on urgency or something […]

Editorial: Reexamining Edsa

Seethe. Do not forget. Let Edsa be more than a “page from history.”Last February 25, Indonesian teacher Reny waited online for 30 minutes before concluding that the Filipinos studying Bahasa with her was not turning up. After Reny messaged, her students replied that Feb. 25 was a public holiday in the Philippines, a “long weekend.”Reny […]

Smart Communications extends assistance to stranded Filipinos in Ukraine

SMART Communications, Inc., the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it is extending assistance to Filipinos stranded in Ukraine, which is reportedly being invaded by Russia. “We are monitoring the situation in Ukraine and are ready to assist our kababayans (compatriots). It is important to equip them with services to help them communicate […]