First Filipino-Canadian Senator Recounts Rise through the Ranks

The appointment of Tobias Enverga Jr. as part of the Canadian Senate proves that Filipino excellence continues to gain recognition worldwide. His broad range of experience and involvement in different socio-civic organizations made him one of the recipients of Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee medal of distinction in 2012. Enverga’s achievements will surely motivate other Filipino-Canadians to achieve their own high aspirations. Read the inspiring story about how a struggling overseas Filipino worker became a respected public servant:

POEA Bans Deployment of Workers to parts of Thailand


The government requires OFWs in Thailand to be cautious and vigilant due to the declaration of state of emergency in some parts of the country namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi Province; Lad Lum Kaew District (Pathumthani Province); and Bang Phli District (Samutprakan Province). In effect, the POEA board debarred the deployment of newly hired OFWs intending to work in the four specific areas. Moreover, the Philippine embassy in Thailand is regularly monitoring the developments and is totally in control should the situation get worse.

Provinces growing, but people remain poor

Despite the growing economy, the plight of the poor still remains as they are being left behind in the development process. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan points out the reasons behind this phenomena and shared strategies to address and improve the situation.

Overseas Filipinos sent USD 22.8 Billion in 2013

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BSP reports that remittances hit an all-time high of 22.8 billion US Dollars for the year 2013. For December alone, overseas Filipinos sent home a record 2.2 Billion US Dollars. The amount is an increase of 6.4 percent  year on year. USD 22.8 billion dollars represent about 8.4 percent of Gross domestic product in 2013.