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The Commission on Filipinos Overseas congratulates and welcomes Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik as its newly appointed Executive Director. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed Usec. Pimentel-Naik on February 6, 2018. She took her oath of office at Malacañang on February 13, 2018. 

Usec. Pimentel-Naik values excellence in governance and integrity grounded in deep faith in God.

She rose from the ranks starting government service as a front desk officer. Prior to her appointment to CFO, she served as Assistant Secretary at the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office and Political Affairs Officer at the Office of Senator Aquilino “Koko” L. Pimentel III. She is also the National Chairperson of the Committee on Membership of PDP Laban. Usec. Pimentel-Naik is determined to help President Duterte push for reforms to ensure that Filipinos, including those living and working overseas, will enjoy the fruits of both their toil and the country’s resources.

The CFO was established in 1980 and is an attached agency of the Office of the President of the Philippines. Its mandate includes maintaining and strengthening ties with overseas Filipinos and promoting migrant welfare and interests.

The government has warned overseas Filipino workers against illegal recruiters offering fake jobs for household service workers in Russia.

The warning, contained in an advisory by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) OIC Bernard Olalia, was given mostly to Filipino household workers in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East.

POEA Advisory No. 17 stated that the Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece noted an increasing number of illegal recruitment of Filipinos in Greece and Cyprus for deployment to Russia.

"The Embassy further cited that most are recruited from Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East as household workers and are often charged huge fees by illegal recruiters," Olalia said in his advisory.

Filipino workers were reminded that Russia has no visa category for household service workers and holders of tourist or commercial visas are not allowed to work in Russia.

Olalia said "improperly documented workers are subject to detention, fines, and deportation."


Source: Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News, January 8, 2018



DECEMBER 2015         

Responding to Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis
Reducing the Vulnerabilities of Crisis Affected Populations, Including Migrants, in Preparedness, Response and Recovery Efforts
Sarah Craggs, Laura Lungarotti, Michela Macchiavello, Agnés Tillinac,
International Organization for Migration


Trafficking in persons is a complex and serious crime. The short- and long-term physical and emotional implications can be debilitating and life altering for the victims. The MICIC Initiative aims to help save lives and protect the rights and dignity of migrants. While it is well recognized that trafficking in persons takes place in times of peace, it can equally take place in times of crisis.  Migrants are abused, exploited, and lose their lives at the hands of human traffickers in times of armed conflict or natural disaster. This dimension, however, is largely overlooked by governmental and non-governmental actors alike and merits specific attention.

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