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5 words of wisdom from the Pope
by/Paterno Esmaquel II Published Jan 04, 2015

Filipinos go back to work on Monday, January 5, after a long Christmas and New Year break filled with family reunions, parties, food, and sleep – lots of sleep.
Feeling lazy? Unmotivated? 5 quotes compiled from Pope Francis as we return to the office after the holidays.


Paalis, Pabalik: A short docu on OFWs
by/Pam Roque Published May 01, 2015

The lives of two personas, Paalis and Pabalik. Both are products of the Filipino Diaspora inherent in our culture.

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

Children Left-Behind Migration and Filipino Children Left-Behind

By: Melanie M. Reyes

Overseas Filipinos demand end to 'laglag bala' scam
by/Rappler Published October 29, 2015
OFWs demand an end to the 'laglag bala' scam that has victimized innocent passengers at the country's main international airport

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How to curb 'laglag-bala' modus and airport extortion
by/Michael Brown Published September 28, 2015
'Under the current system, a crooked cop can ruin an innocent person's life, just by saying "I found something"'

Thank you for bringing to my attention the "laglag-bala scam," an alleged extortion scheme involving personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. I have filed Senate Resolution No. 1635 on Thursday, October 29, seeking an investigation on the scandal.

Santiago: ‘Laglag-bala’ shows how corruption defeats law
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Friday said the alleged “laglag bala” (also referred to as tanim-bala or planting a bullet) scam that victimizes airline passengers was a reflection of how corruption defeats the rule of law. October 30th, 2015

Where do scam victims go? Put presidential desk at NAIA
by/Rappler Published October 30, 2015
If you’re an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who’s framed up by airport security with a bullet in your bag, then where do you go for instant help?

Palace on 'bullet scam': Airports have help desks
by/Ayee Macaraig Published October 30, 2015
Malacañang says of the 'bullet scam' that has alarmed OFWs and travelers: 'There are already officials deployed in airports. We have public assistance desks.

Gov't will not tolerate 'laglag bala' operation – Abaya
by/Chrisee Dela Paz Published November 01, 2015
The DOTC says it is studying the structure of aviation security, setting up additional CCTVs, changing handling procedures, and stepping up the investigation on the alleged 'laglag bala' scam

and the Videos

OFW na may bala umano sa bag, inaresto
Hinarang at inaresto sa NAIA ang isang OFW na papuntang Hong Kong matapos umanong makitaan ng bala sa loob ng kanyang bag. Pero giit ng OFW, biktima siya ng "tanim-bala." Published on Oct 26, 2015

Why some OFWs fear going home
Some Filipinos abroad are now afraid of visiting the Philippines after hearing reports that passengers at NAIA are being victimized by airport personnel who plant bullets in baggage. - The World Tonight, ANC, October 29, 2015

Expert tells how to avoid 'tanim-bala' scam
Sa social media inilibas ng mga netizen ang kanilang galit at pagkadismaya sa isyu ng "tanim-bala" modus na umano'y nangyayari sa NAIA. May ibinigay namang tips ang isang eksperto at maging ang mismong DOTC para huwag maging biktima. Published on Oct 30, 2015

DOTC takes steps vs 'tanim-bala' scam
The Department of Transportation and Communications will convene concerned agencies Monday to discuss the so-called bullet planting or "tanim-bala" scam. Published on Nov 1, 2015

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

A Prayer For Overseas Filipino Workers - OFW

Look the prayer HERE

BALIKBAYAN LAW - Who is a Balikbayan - Balikbayan program - Etc.

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BALIKBAYAN LAW - Who is a Balikbayan?

per BI Memorandum Order dated 01 July 2008

RA6768 Republic Act No. 6768


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Under R.A. 6768, a former Filipino citizen and his/her spouse and children traveling with him/her are entitled to visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year.

Republic Act No. 9174


Balikbayan Program FAQ

What is the "Balikbayan Program" of the Philippines and many other good informations


Duty FREE Philippines Balikbayan Plus Program (Updated Mar 3 2007)

Balikbayan Plus Program Establishment Guide

Pinoy Homecoming, a special program of the Philippine Department of Tourism

Some you are entitled to as part of this program are:
Special Incentives
Bonus Programs
To avail of these advantages, one must be a full pledged Balikbayan as categorized under Republic Act 6768 - The Balikbayan Law as amended by
R.A. 9174

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This is a 30-second TVC for Pinoy Homecoming, a special program of the Philippine Department of Tourism targeting Balikbayans and Filipinos overseas to come home and avail of the low tour packages and freebies they will enjoy once home.

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "DOT, Department of Tourism"

OFW Watch - Mobile applications (App)

Over 4,000 locally cached listings of all Philippine Embassies, Consulates, OWWA, POLO offices and licensed recruiting agencies.

Each listing contains detailed information, including maps, hotlines, fax numbers, email addresses, directions and contact names.

Do you know your rights? With OFW Watch mobile… you will. Every major piece of legislation regarding the OFW is inside. From the Migrant Worker’s Act of 1995 to the actually rules and regulations governing POEA and OWWA. No connection required!

Philippine Laws on Working/Living Abroad

Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW balikbayan) - Etc.

Remark many of the videos in this section are in the album "Government Authorities - Etc."


in the sub-album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

IMPORTANT look also about e.g. Citizenship, Dual Citizenship, Residence permission, Passport, Retirement, Tax HERE and Laws

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Bureau of Immigration of Philippines

also important informations for tourists

Look also the Videos

Know about programs and services of Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, from processing to legal matters with BI Commissioner Ricardo David and BI-Spokeperson & Intelligence Chief Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang


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District and Field Offices - Visa Fees and Taxes

also important informations for tourists

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS ETC. FOR FILIPINOS (also filipinos balikbayan)

Immigration Administrative Circular No. SBM-2013-007


The public shall be denied access to the bureau if they fail to observe the Dress Code Policy


Both articles are in 1 pdf file


EIGHTH Edition

Philippine Shippers' Bureau (PSB)

If you're planning to send ??? from abroad to the Philippines, please check first with the Philippine Shippers' Bureau - if the Philippine counterpart of those freight forwarding companies abroad are accredited.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)

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Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development (OFs-RED)

The CFO is part of a project called OF-RED which is aimed at leveraging overseas Filipinos' (OFs) remittances for economic development. The main proponent of the project, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), received a grant from the United Nations Development Programme (Project ID # 76817) to carry out the project entitled OF/Diaspora Remittances for Development (OF-RED): Building a Future Back Home.

Look also about "Diaspora to Development D2D" HERE

The Credit Information Corporation (CiC)

is a government-owned and controlled corporation that is envisioned to be the leading provider of independent, reliable and accurate credit information in the Philippines.

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"Can your credit history follow you overseas?"
Financial secrets don't stay secrets for long in this globally interconnected environment. On The Money's resident financial adviser Salve Duplito talks to overseas Filipino workers who may soon be facing this challenge. Published on Jun 13 2015


"Why some OFWs remain poor despite working abroad"
While most Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) earn better in other countries, some of them still experience financial problems despite years of hard work due to inefficient money management. Published on Sep 20, 2015

Remark these are albums in the album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan & Balikbayan Box Tutorials"

OWWA to OFWs: 'Beware of loan scam'

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration alerts OFWs on a new loan scam by predators pretending to be OWWA

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) issued a warning on Friday, August 14 2015, to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in light of a loan scam that is circulating “throughout the OFW community.”


E-mail scam dupes medical workers
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is warning against an e-mail scam that has swindled medical workers. Published on Sep 12, 2015

Remark this is an album in the album "Text & E-mail Scams" in the album "Scams & Indentity theft"

Look more HERE

Alternative employment offered for Pinay maids abroad (HSW)
By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) Updated June 27, 2014

Filipina domestic helpers abroad were urged yesterday to consider other employment opportunities.

The government is offering alternative employment for women seeking to work as household service workers (HSWs) abroad.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) lay the groundwork for a paradigm shift to improve the employment and lives of Filipino HSW


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OFs-RED Project

The "Overseas Filipinos Diaspora Remittances for Development Project: Building a Future Back Home" or OFs-RED addresses the goal of harnessing the potential of overseas remittances for poverty reduction and consequently, local economic development. The Project is being implemented by the National Economic and Development Authority and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. It is funded by the United Nations Development Programme.


The Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development: Building a Future Back Home (OFs-RED) Project

MANILA, Philippines, April 5, 2011 -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of the Philippines today launched a US$250,000 major project wholly funded by Western Union to harness the power of remittances from migrant workers to drive sustainable economic development in the Philippines



Information on financial and communication services for Overseas Filipino Workers and their families

The need to #RemitSmarter
Ezra Ferraz by/ Published Mar 27, 2015

Overseas Filipinos have more choices than ever before, but only time will tell if they would adopt any of the newer remittance solutions

OFW's: Grow your Money and Enjoy Financial Freedom


Look RA 10022 as pdf HERE

Look also RA 8042 HERE or as pdf HERE

Look also RA 9422 HERE or as pdf HERE


Commission on Elections, or COMELEC

COMELEC Instructional Video: Where to register as an Overseas Absentee Voter

COMELEC Instructional Video on PWD (People With Disabilities) Voter Registration, with FSL, Filipino Sign Language translation

Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminars - PDOS

Look the rules HERE

Look also PDOS overview

Amendments to Omnibus Guidelines for Minors Traveling Abroad

and the Videos

Remark these are albums in the sub-album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminars - PDOS

Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Executive Director Mary Grace Ampil Tirona encourages Pinoys to get acquinted with the laws and cultures of the countries they are moving into. FO is offering Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS) to help prepare kababayans for the new life in foreign lands. She was one of the three resource persons during the PIA Communication and News Exchange Forum (CNEX)


Congress approves translation of OFW contracts into local dialects
The Congress approved in its third and final reading the translation of overseas employment contracts to local dialects to ensure that OFWs understand fully the contracts that they will sign. Employment agencies who will not follow said law will face penalties. Published on Sep 4, 2015

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration - POEA

Look also the Video "How POEA is going after illegal recruiters" Published on Apr 29, 2015

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

Overseas Filipino Workers OFW

POEA Overseas Exit Clearance for OFWs

The exit clearance come in the form of an E-Receipt (electronic receipt) or an Overseas Employemnt Certificate (OEC) certifying to the regularity of a workers recruitment and documentation and ensures exemption from travel tax and airport terminal fee. It is presented at the POEA Labor Asistance Center (LAC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) counter at the airports, prior to departure.

The E-Recipt or OEC serves as the worker's guarantee that he/she is covered by government protection and benefits.

Look also HERE

OWWA - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

Look also HERE and the Video

Work and Benefits

Remark this is an album in the album "Government Authorities - Etc." is a Filipino website for new OFWs and for Filipinos who want to migrate, find an overseas job or work abroad.

Look also OFW - Scam Alerts

This site is often updated with the newest alerts

Look more HERE

The Public Employment Service Office (PESO)

is a non-free charging multi-employment service facility or entity established or accredited by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) pursuant to Republic Act No. 8759 otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999.

The PESO are linked to the Regional Offices of DOLE for coordination and technical supervision, and to the DOLE Central Office, to constitute the National Employment Service Network.

Look "What is PESO" HERE and the Video


Human Trafficking in the Philippines


#FightTrafficking: Protecting OFWs from modern-day slavery

Rappler speaks with migrant workers' right advocate Susan Ople and POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac on OFWs and human trafficking - Published on Aug 12, 2015

Look also the article "Not all drug mules are OFWs"
by/Ryan Macasero Published 9:16 Aug 15, 2015


How to avoid human trafficking syndicates

Muling pinaalalahanan ng OWWA ang mga OFW na mag-ingat at huwag agad magtiwala kahit kanino.

Published on Apr 27, 2015


OFW - Anti Human Trafficking Infomercial

Don´t be a victim of human trafficking

Know the tell-tale signs and be vigilant. Call 1434 for Metro Manila, (02) 1434 for outside Metro Manila, (632) for outside Philippines.


Movement of Anti-Trafficking Advocates - MATA

Three youth participants of the National Youth Summit of the Movement of Anti-Trafficking Advocates talk about their own fight against human trafficking. Hidaya, Nohman, and Vicky participated in a week-long workshop at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City to become youth ambassadors in their own communities and help end exploitation and trafficking. The workshop is produced by the MTV Exit campaign with assistance from USAID, AusAID, and the Visayan Forum Foundation.


Vulnerability of Human Trafficking Victims

Stand Up to End Human Trafficking


Remark these are albums in the album "Human Trafficking Infomercials, Don´t be a victim!"


Look also

Protecting OFWs from human traffickers

September 21, 2015 by/the Department of Labor and Employment

Republic Act 9208 or “Anti-Trafficking in Persons

a penal law against human trafficking, organ trafficking, sex tourism, sex slavery and child prostitution

Look RA 9208 HERE and Implementing Rules and Regulations HERE

The ban on trafficking of persons for the purpose of removal or sale of organs is contained in Section 3(a) of Republic Act 9208

look also HERE and the Video

Republic Act 9208 or “Anti-Trafficking in Persons

PHILIPPINE LAWS AUDIOBOOK Published on Feb 27, 2014

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT)

coordinate and monitor the implementation of Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003".

Look also the Video

Look the full description of the video HERE

Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers - Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers
Look as pdf HERE or as Video
Drug syndicates use social media for recruitment
by/Chay F. Hofileña Published May 01, 2015

Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship.
No different from terrorists, drug syndicates targeting potential drug couriers in the Philippines have resorted to social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, to recruit new victims.
Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Look also the articles Drug groups tap persons with HIV as couriers
by/Aries Rufo Published May 01, 2015
Drug syndicates think that tapping an HIV-positive foreign courier will result in repatriation to the country of origin rather than arrest.

International drug gangs prey on Filipinos abroad
by/Agence France-Presse Updated April 22, 2015
With many coming from poor farming areas and lacking in street smarts, they are easy pickings for international crime gangs on the hunt for drug mules


is a non-profit, non-stock and tax-exempt non-government organization in the Philippines established in 1991. VF works for the welfare of marginalized migrants, especially those working in the invisible and informal sectors, like domestic workers, and trafficked women and children.

IMPORTANT: Look also HERE and the Video

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Organizations working in the Philippines"

Videos about:

"Being a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

Remark these are albums in the sub-album "Being - getting a filipino Worker, OFW, Balikbayan"

"Buhay Pinoy Abroad, Buhay OFW" by Ercof

This video depicts the typical life of an overseas Filipino and an overseas Filipino family searching for a gainful family life through remittances from abroad. This will enlighten the public about who are the country's major economic saviors and what sacrifices do they face.

Ercof Philippines -


Pinoy au pairs

Au Pair programs are banned by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs. But some still manage to join these programs and end up working illegally abroad.

We take a closer look at the lives of au pairs. Au Pairs normally stay with a host family in a foreign country to learn about language and culture, while helping with daily chores. But for some Filipinos, au pair programs become opportunities to become undocumented domestic workers. While living with their host families for 18 months, they serve as nannies, cooks and all-around helpers.  Look the full description both in English and Tagalog of the video HERE


Filipina au pair in Denmark - Documentary

This documentary is mainly in Tagalog with Danish subtitles.

The term AU PAIR refers to a cultural exchange, where young people can experience a foreign country in return for light housework and nursing - and a small allowance. In reality, au pairs are very cheap domestic help for busy families all over the world. Au Pair follows three Philippine girls as they leave their families behind and try to make a better future for themselves abroad.


No More Balikbayans - The truth is, life abroad is hard

They all leave the country burning with desire for a better of life. Yet many return home as cold and lifeless corpses. Wala Nang Balikbayan is about the many vulnerabilities that Overseas Filipino Workers face abroad, at times leading to their death either under mysterious circumstances or through capital punishment. In this documentary, OFWs are victims of abuse and the Philippine governments criminal neglect. They are, however, also beginning to fight for their rights and to question the ultimate folly of the government's labor export program.


Para kay Mama: A Rappler Documentary

Published on Aug 28, 2014. says: Just look and understand - A Real good documentary!

Look also the article "Tagle: In Philippines, love can separate families by/Paterno Esmaquel II Published Oct 09, 2014" HERE


Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'

by/Buena Bernal Published 10:00 Oct 23, 2014

'The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status,' says Human Rights Watch.
Sexual violence, isolation and forced confinement, unpaid wages, long working hours with limited food, and regular beating are just some of the conditions migrant domestic workers in oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) endure in the hands of their employers.

Quezon City resident Marelie Brua returned home to the Philippines after suffering maltreatment and a meager 800-dirham ($217 or P9,712) monthly pay under the employ of an Arab family.

A mere animal "bought" at a price is how domestic workers to the UAE are regarded, Brua shared in an HRW clip.

This "seemingly entrenched pattern" of abuses was detailed in a 79-page report by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Thursday, October 23 2014, - "I Already Bought You" - urging the UAE government to enact reforms to put an end to it. (look below link)

Look also the full article HERE


Modern Day Slaves - OFW Overseas Foreign Workers

This documentary concerns Filipino overseas foreign workers (or OFWs) and what they are forced to endure, including abuse in foreign countries and neglect in their home country.


Modern slavery. Documentary about Filipino overseas, especially in the United Arab Emirates and other Arabic Persian Gulf states

The death penalty of Sarah Balabagan triggered this Canadian documentary, shown on Dutch tv, about Filipino overseas workers and the allegedly inhumane, abusive, and exploitive working conditions tsome face in especially the United Arab Emirates and other country's around the world. Sarah Balabagan (born August 16, 1979) (her family name is phonetically pronounced as Ba-la-BAH-gan) was a Filipina prisoner in the United Arab Emirates during 1994 - 96 whose case caused a good deal of controversy.

Important look also HERE and the article: "Sarah Balabagan, from Muslim to Christian"

Look also HERE


Distressed OFWs in Malaysia find their way home

A resource center should be open for 24 hours, seven days a week and in the case of the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, it serves as a “halfway house” for distressed Filipino workers. Video by Kristine Angeli Sabillo. Published on Jun 22, 2015


Overseas Filipino workers brave job hazards for survival

The Philippines is the largest organised labour-exporting country in the world, according to statistics from the US-based Brookings Institution. An estimated eight million Filipinos live and work overseas, but for many workers trying to earn a living the job is proving dangerous and even fatal. Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports. (Oct 16, 2010)


Balikbayan OFW - Filipino maids face discrimination and abuse in Singapore


Philippines to probe 'budget' maids in Singapore

The Philippines will investigate reports of Singaporean agencies offering Filipino maids at "discounted" rates. Singaporean agencies reportedly treat Filipino domestic workers like 'commodities,' offered at 'super promo' rates in malls. Published on Jun 30, 2014

Look the full story HERE

Look also the articles:

Buy a discount maid at Singapore's malls
In Singapore, maids are put on display and made available for 'purchase' in central shopping malls.
Michael Malay Last updated: 27 Jun 2014 08:16

Singapore downplays report on Filipino 'budget' maids.

The Philippines, however, suspends the accreditation of one of the two Singaporean companies allegedly offering Filipino maids like 'commodities' Updated 9:57 PM, Jul 03, 2014


OFWs Untold Stories

OFWs turned hungry and homeless

They're hailed as heroes propping up the Philippine economy. But some overseas Filipino workers don't always come home with a success story. David Lozada reports. Published on Jan 16, 2014


Red Cross:

Untold Stories unfolds the case stories of illegal recruitment and unjust treatment of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) through the Social Services department addressed the plight of the OFWs by providing welfare services to them and to their families through responsive and sustainable programs

Domestic worker abuse in Hong Kong continues – NGO
by/Daisy CL Mandap Published Jun 17, 2015

There is a marked increase in the number of physical abuse cases reported to the Mission, from 3.6% of total reported cases in 2013 to 9% in 2014.

1 JANUARY 2015


Look also the article "Pope to shoppers: Don't buy products made by modern-day slaves"
by/Agence France-Presse Published Dec 11, 2014 HERE

His message, published by the Vatican on Wednesday, December 10, slams "the growing scourge of man's exploitation by man," an "abominable phenomenon" covering everything from forced prostitution to child soldiers and slave labour in factories.
"I think also of persons forced into prostitution, many of whom are minors, as well as male and female sex slaves... (of) women forced into marriage, those sold for arranged marriages and those bequeathed to relatives of deceased husbands," he says.
According to the 2014 Global Slavery index, published last month, nearly 36 million men, women and children are trapped in modern-day slavery, the definition of which ranges from forced marriages to people coerced into prostitution, fighting wars or manual labour like picking cotton.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report

"I Already Bought You"

released Thursday, October 23 2014, urging the UAE government to enact reforms to put an end to it.


POEA - Saudi Arabia AVP

This is an audio-visual presentation for those who are going to work at Saudi Arabia.

Learn the DOs and DON'Ts

Remark this is an album "POEA, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration" in the album "Government Authorities - Etc."

Look also HERE


Many good informations

Balikbayan Zone was created for assisting Filipino communities all over the world to find resources about world class Philippines made products and services
Laws - codes & Rules - OFWs, Balikbayan, Passport, Immigration

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Immigration Law

Bureau of Immigration

Know about the program and services of Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, from processing to legal matters with BI Commissioner Ricardo David and BI-Spokeperson & Intelligence Chief Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang


Philippine Immigration Laws
BALIKBAYAN LAW - Who is a Balikbayan?

per BI Memorandum Order dated 01 July 2008

RA6768 Republic Act No. 6768



Under R.A. 6768, a former Filipino citizen and his/her spouse and children traveling with him/her are entitled to visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year.

RA 9174 Republic Act No. 9174


The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) & Bureau of Immigration

Look about Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV) HERE, HERE and HERE

Look also the Video

Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA)

on Expat Insights into how to come and make Philippines your home for life with the General Manager of the Philippines Retirement Authority, Mr. Vernie Atienza.

Duty FREE Philippines Balikbayan Plus Program (Updated Mar 3 2007)

Look the Balikbayan Plus Program Establishment Guide HERE

Philippine Laws on Working/Living Abroad
Dual Citizenship

It´s possible for Filipino to hold dual citizenship or more than one citizenship at the same time.

Look the informations HERE


A Primer on the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 3rd edition

Since July 2007, the Philippine Passport is a Machine Readable Passport.


look also HERE

Balikbayan boxes

Door to door service

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Freight Transport

Freight - Package & Door to door service - Balikbayan boxes - Shipping & Forwarding agents - etc.

to and from Philippines

LCSN Express Movers INC.

is a privately owned Filipino company engaged in land, air and sea freight forwarding (inbound Manila), International door to door parcel and cargo service, customs brokerage.

Our company is mainly engaged in door to door delivery of balikbayan boxes all over the Philippines from various countries. LCSN is fully licensed as International and Domestic freight forwarding company, accredited by Philippine Shippers Bureau

Consulate General of the Philippines, HK Advisory on safer shipments of Balikbayan Boxes
What´s a Balikbayan Box

Balikbayan Box Tutorial
A short how-to video on preparing a balikbayan box to send to the Philippines. Published on Dec 20, 2013

Dos & Don'ts for Sending Balikbayan Boxes

Send Balikbayan Boxes Safely

Balikbayan Box Problems

Balikbayan Boxes Inspected & Delayed

Customs: All balikbayan box items to be taxed

Customs chief Alberto Lina defended Monday the agency's plan to open balikbayan boxes, saying the bureau is mandated to prevent the entry of contraband items as well as assess the value of items that need to be taxed. Published on Aug 23, 2015

Customs implements random checks on balikbayan boxes

Sinimulan na ng Bureau of Customs ang random checking sa mga dumarating na balikbayan box. Bahagi ito ng paghihigpit ng ahensya sa mga nakakalusot na high-value items na ibinebenta. Pero umalma dito ang grupo ng mga OFW. I-Bandila mo, Apples Jalandoni. Bandila, August 20, 2015, Huwebes

Why the Bureau of Customs opens your #BalikbayanBox"
by/ Published Aug 24, 2015
Customs commissioner Bert Lina speaks up on the controversy surrounding the pilferage of items in balikbayan boxes.
In light of the controversy surrounding the pilferage of items in overseas Filipino workers' balikbayan boxes, commissioner Bert Lina talk to Rappler about the Bureau of Customs' standard operational procedures when inspecting imported packages.

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September 2, 2015 "Customs releases revised rules, regulations on balikbayan boxes"
The order shall take effective immediately and states that in case a balikbayan box is placed under alert, it will be subjected to 100% physical examination
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) released on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 its revised rules and regulations on the importation of balikbayan boxes.
Among the operational provisions in Customs memorandum order released September 2 include that the OFWs balikbayan boxes shall not be subjected to random or arbitrary physical inspection. "Instead they shall undergo mandatory X-ray scanning"

"Aquino stops 'physical' check of balikbayan boxes"
by/ Published 8:00 PM, August 24, 2015 Updated 10:10 PM, Aug 24, 2015
(2ND UPDATE) President Aquino instructed the customs bureau Monday night that 'only in cases where there are derogatory findings from the X-ray or K-9 examination will there be a physical inspection of goods'

"Customs heeds Aquino's order on Balikbayan boxes"
by/Lynda C. Corpuz Published August 25, 2015
The bureau will follow effective immediately President Aquino’s directive on 'no physical check' of balikbayan boxes, Customs' Bert Lina says!

12 DO's and DONT's of Balikbayan-box shipping

'BOC reminder on balikbayan boxes vs smugglers, not OFWs'
Malacañang gives the assurance as it urges OFWs to give the government feedback on the Bureau of Customs' stricter rules on balikbayan boxes
The Bureau of Customs' reminder to not abuse balikbayan box privileges is a deterrent to smuggling and not meant to single out overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Malacañang said on Saturday, August 22. 2015

OFWs: Hands off our balikbayan boxes!
by/Don Kevin Hapal Published Aug 23, 2015
OFWs turn to social media to express their disappointment and complaints about items in their balikbayan boxes that were reportedly stolen or damaged upon 'inspection'

The cargo forwarding service that offers affordable, convenient and reliable sea and air shipments. ABS-CBN Star Kargo assures you that your balikbayan boxes or packages are taken care of from pick-up until delivery. Customers in the US can call toll-free 1-866-STAR-555 to schedule pick-up of their boxes. ABS-CBN Star Kargo has authorized agents in the all major US cities. Aside from balikbayan boxes or packages, we also offer shipping of furniture, appliance, vehicles and other big items for returning residents.

Kaya magpadala na sa Star Kargo, dahil alaga naming ang iyong padala

X-ray on balikbayan boxes X-ray on balikbayan boxes

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BJ Balikbayan Cargo Door to door delivery to any point in the Philippines from Denmark
How to Send a Balikbayan Box to the Philippines
Luzon Brokerage Corporation - LBC Express Philippines

Luzon Brokerage Corporation was founded in the 1950's as a brokerage and air cargo agent. Eventually, the company operated as an air cargo forwarding service provider and was the first to introduce the 24-hour air cargo delivery service. LBC soon became a respected leader offering fast and reliable Express Courier and Money Remittance service throughout the Philippines. Today, LBC offers the widest coverage and network with over 600 strategically located branches nationwide.

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Look also the article "Moving lives closer together"
by/Therese Reyes Published Jun 22, 2015
A homegrown courier company LBC brings Filipinos closer together with a growing global reach

UPS Philippines
FedEx Philippines
DHL Philippines


Forex Cargo - USA

A pioneer in door-to-door delivery of remittance and balikbayan boxes. FOREX has become a household name in every Filipino home in the U.S.

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Dahil Kailangang Makarating!

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Forex Cargo Australia & Forex Cargo UK is a Philippine based company that provides customer support to help online shoppers from the Philippines get their goods from merchants in the USA by way of Forex Cargo’s courier services.
Manila Forwarder
UMAC Cargo has over 19 years of experience in the balikbayan industry.  Our mission is to provide the Filipino community with utmost value for their shipping needs.

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Packing - Sending balikbayan box to the Philippines using UMAC shipping service

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Genesis Cargo Express

We offer cargo shipping solution for the whole South Korea, Container Truck / vans for HouseHold moves. Door to door delivery of balikbayan box to the Philippines.

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TransGlobal Shipping and Storage

 has a wealth of experience moving to the Philippines and can take care of all your relocation needs – from an entire household of furniture to a number of boxes.

Balikbayans - OFWs - Returning Resident - Etc.

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National Reintegration Center for OFWs

Gabay ng OFW sa Kanyang Pagbabalik

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Balikbayan OFW - P2B Reintegration Program for OFWs

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Balikbayan OFW - P2B Reintegration Program for OFWs & Steps for former OFWs in securing a loan from the government

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), launched a P2 billion overseas Filipino workers (OFW) Reintegration Program in line with President Benigno Aquino III’s agenda of providing sustainable business to OFWs and their families.

Home Development Mutual Fund - Pag-IBIG Fund

Housing Loan Program

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Look also the article "How Pag-IBIG can help you get a home by/Ezra Ferraz Published Nov 22, 2014" HERE

Pagibig Financing:

Housing Loan, Pag-IBIG Membership, Mortage, Insurance, Foreclosures

Pag-IBIG Fund is the other name, albeit an easy to remember one, of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF). Pag-IBIG is an acronym which stands for...
Pagtutulungan sa Kinabukasan:
Industriya, at
It is a government-controlled, Philippine corporation that serves as provident and housing fund, pooling together the investments of its members.

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The Pag-IBIG Overseas Program

To help the Overseas Filipino Workers, along with immigrants and naturalized citizens realize their dream home, the Pag–IBIG Overseas Program (POP) was created.

The Pag–IBIG Overseas Program is a voluntary Savings Program, wherein members are given a chance to set aside money for their future housing investments.

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Returning Resident, Balikbayan Shipment

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The Foreign Service of the Philippines

Tax exemption privileges of filipinos who are permanent residents abroad and returning to the Philippines for good and former filipino citizens who have acquired citizenships of other countries and are returning to the Philippines to settle permanently

Continue to Philippine Immigrant Visa Non Quota 13(G) or 13(A)

News, Organizations & Forums - Etc. for Balikbayans - OFWs

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The Global Pinoy Center

is a specialized all-in-one convenience stop within SM Supermalls offering various exclusives services, perks, and privileges to welcome and uplift the Global Pinoys. Membership is being offered to past, present, and future OFWs, Immigrants, Balikbayans, and their immediate Beneficiaries such as parents, spouse, siblings, and children, and guests.

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OFW Journalism Consortium

is a global non-profit media service reporting on the migration experience of Filipinos as well as policies and other issues that concerns the overseas Filipino workers

is the leading overseas job site for applicants who wish to work abroad. All jobs posted are from POEA licensed recruitment agencies only.


Balikbayan - OFW TV program public service in The Filipino Channel (TFC)

Balikbayan Box is a weekly public service OFW TV program in The Filipino Channel (TFC). The show tackles the reality issues of Overseas Filipino Workers and their families. Hosted by young and dynamic personalities Joan Villafuerte, former reporter of Bantay Bata 163, and News Reporter/TV Host Atom Araullo.

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Look more about The Filipino Channel (TFC) HERE

balikbayan Magazine

is a monthly travel and lifestyle journal for balikbayans and Filipino expats

Every issue is a valentine to everything we love about the Philippines. The places in the heart, the faces, the food, the music, the history, the culture, the adventure, the lifestyle, the moments and the memories. It’s the survival guide from A to Z


Overseas Filipino Channel

Community portal for a new breed of overseas Filipinos

An online community portal offering articles, videos, and forums that relate to the OFW experience.

Asian Journal

The Filipino-American Community Newspaper

Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. Atikha is a non-government organization that provides economic and social services to overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines. The organization aims to help address the social cost of migration and tap the development potential of migration.
Migrante International

was founded in December 1996 after the death of Filipina domestic helper Flor Contemplacion who was hanged in Singapore for allegedly murdering another Filipina domestic worker in 1995. The Flor Contemplacion case aroused wide indignation over the Philippine government’s inaction and failure to save her life and brought to national awareness the life and death situation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Since then, Migrante International has become an active defender of the rights and welfare of OFWs

"OFW crisis Hotline"

Migrante Saudi Arabia

is an alliance of various OFW groups committed to protecting and upholding the rights and welfare of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia and their families in the homefront.


is an organization of Overseas Filipino Workers, migrant returnees, and their families. It was established in 1983, and blossomed into a massive organization with local chapters in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces such as Rizal, Pampanga, Zambales, Pangasinan, Bataan, Ifugao, Benguet, Bicol, Cagayan, Tarlac, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu and Zamboanga.

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is a self-help association of Overseas Filipino Workers OFW(s) first established in Geneva, Switzerland. KAKKAMPI has K-Groups in Geneva, Switzerland; Barcelona, Spain; and in the Philippines.

The Facebook with links about KAKKAMPI

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Global OFW Global OFW - The Online Resource for OFWs
Philippine Migrants Rights Watch
Organizations of Overseas Filipinos
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Empowerment

"The continuing saga in our fight for OFW empowerment and recognition can only be achieved through a unified collective effort among our ranks" – Bong Amora

The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)

There are some 800,000 migrant workers or more in Singapore and HOME has provided direct assistance to more than 50,000 men and women migrants and victims of human trafficking and forced labour, who availed of our programme and services.
Filipino Digerati Association, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

is a non-profit organization which helps expand the skills set of OFWs so they can transition into higher paying work or reintegrate back home. Filipino Digerati is under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy and Consulate in Dubai.

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"OFW Skills Go Digital"
Can our OFWs transition into higher paying work?

Published on Jul 23, 2014

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The Philippine Women´s Network in Denmark

is the premium publication for the foreign immigrants, expat communities, Balikbayans, high-net worth Filipinos and OFWs and international visitors in the Philippines

Associated Marine Officer's And Seamen's Union of the Philippines


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Look about "AMOSUP Retirement / Provident Fund" HERE

Being - getting a filipina - filipino Au-Pair - Maid - Housekeeper - Worker - Agencies

Remark that many of the Au-Pair agencies also work as Nanny - Housekeeper agencies

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This Act shall be known as the “Domestic Workers Act” or “Batas Kasambahay”

Look the RA 10361 as pdf HERE and the RA 10361 IRR as pdf HERE

Procedures for Au Pair Application (Norway & Denmark)

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On equal terms – An evaluation of the Norwegian au pair scheme

Allegedly, it is not only Norwegian politicians, but also some Danish politicians, who have waited for this report.  This signifies that the outcome of this evaluation report in Norway, will most likely affect the Danish au pair scheme. Hence, affecting most the Filipina au pairs who also represent the majority of au pairs in Denmark.

Guidelines - Procedures for Au Pair Application (Sweden)

Guidelines for Engaging an Au Pair from the Philippines to Sweden: Step by Step process

Procedures for Au Pairs on Holiday/Leave in the Philippines
Mamamayan sa Denmark

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Information about the possibilities for foreign nationals to reside in Denmark (visa)

Marriage - Work - Au pair - Studies etc.

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The rules for you can be granted a residence permit e.g. for Au pair in Denmark


REMARK: Don´t date a DANE, because it´s nearly impossible to get a foreign spouse comming from outside DENMARK to live with DANE in DENMARK here in 2015 even he - she has worked there before!

Application for a residence permit for Au pair in Denmark

in English and Danish

Work permits for au pair employment in Sweden
Philippines Invests in a School for Super Maids

A Government agency - Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - helps women to find a job abroad as maids. The so called supermaids program trains them to iron, sweep and make the bed. The President said that the housemaids will be trained to upgrade their knowledge and become supermaids.

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How to choose the best kasambahay?

Mutya Ng Masa gives tips to employers on what characteristics they should look for a house helper or kasambahay.

Published on Oct 14, 2014

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Filipina Au Pair Network


"Ung I Huset" is the place where families and nannies meet.

As a nanny you can post your profile so families can contact you. As a Family you can choose to post a job so the nannies can contact you, and you can get help in the forum with all kind of questions of being Au-pair - Nanny in Denmark.

employment service, offer you a full service and is your entrance to a new future.

Aupair Denmark

is a bureau that communicate aupairs from all over the world to Danish homes.

  • We guide Danish families to find the right suitable au-pair.
  • We help the au-pair and family with the formalities and paper work.
  • We help the au-pair and family on conflict situations.
  • We help an au-pair to get to a safe home with reasonable work terms.

It is free to apply to be an au-pair in Denmark. Fill out the form

Eu Au-pair

Visa Requirements by Country for Au-pair

Click on the country to go direct to the information for each country.

Eu Au-pair operates world-wide and provides an interractive platform for both Au pairs and families.

Welcome to!

Welcome to our website. If you're here, you are probably looking for Au Pair or a family. You found the right place! Register today and check information on how to receive our free membership.

Au Pair .com was founded in 1999 and is one of the most popular au pair databases.
The Philippine Aupair website
Au-pair Search: Interactive database and directory for au-pairs, families and au pair agencies world-wide.

Look also AU PAIR program in DENMARK with Many good informations and forms HERE

Au Pair Care is the leading au pair agency providing live-in childcare services to American families since 1989.
Au Pair Care´s Au Pair Handbook

is designed to provide you with practical information about the au pair exchange program. This handbook provides information on how to:

understand the au pair program guidelines and requirements
interview and match with your host family
prepare for your year in the United States
complete the required Pre-Departure Orientation Project
settle in for a successful year with your new host family and community

Au Pair, Nanny, and Jobs Site!
GreatAuPair is the world’s largest, most-trusted online Au Pair & Nanny Agency
Au pair Agency, Au Pair Jobs And Nannies
Filipino Maids

The largest maid information hub in Singapore

Think of what your relatives will say, if you will be a BALIKBAYAN

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'Ang yabang mo na!' and other things balikbayans are told
by/Shakira Sison Published Nov 20, 2014

Why do we call balikbayans "mayabang"? Even before they say a word, the difference in their attire, mannerisms, or speech suddenly brands balikbayans as boastful. You came home one day after a few years of living abroad. After the welcome hugs came the comments of who you've become now that you're back from another land.
Overseas Pinoys help when they can, but being abroad where there may be better opportunities does not mean there are no financial struggles. Wearing different clothes or having a different outlook does not make OFWs mayabang (braggart) or hindi na maabot (unreachable). Not raining money on everyone does not make them madamot (selfish).

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He wants me to stop 'throwing away' money on my family
by/Dr Margarita Holmes and Jeremy Baer Published November 15, 2015
Everything's great – except he hates that she supports her brother financially, saying that it's 'disgusting that Asian children are expected to spend for their families...

When OFWs come home
by/Shakira Sison Published Dec 25, 2014
The OFW will say he or she wants nothing because they can always buy it abroad. The truth is that they'd spend their last money on something that would make someone else smile.

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The "Balikbayan family-union -" far away from the beloved Philippines