Number of OFWs in Israel Rises By 25%

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Israel have reached their highest number in the last five years, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Tel-Aviv. The deployment of OFWs rose from 2,288 in 2015 to 2,850 in 2016 or by 24.56 percent, reports Inquirer.net.

Abducted Korean Strangled Inside PH Nat'l Police HQ

Former Hanjin executive and South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo was strangledinside Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine National Police, shortly after he was kidnapped by rogue policemen in October, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ), reports Inquirer.net.

Number of Filipinos Who Think They're Poor Decreases

The number of Filipinos who consider themselves poor fell to an annual average of 44 percent in 2016, the lowest since 1987, according to a recent Social Weather Stations survey reports ABS-CBN News.

 

Canada Cancels Deportation Order for Filipina Migrant Rights Activist

Prominent migrant worker activist Georgina Gina Bahiwal learned Jan. 13 that Canada’s federal government has canceled the order for her deportation, reports Inquirer.net.


 

86% of PH Households Have No Bank Deposits

The number of Filipino households without bank accounts has risen, says the central bank's 2014 Consumer Finance Survey,, highlighting the challenges of weaning the public away from usurers.Eighty-six percent of households don’t keep money in banks, up from 78.5 percent in 2009. The study is conducted every four years, reports ABS-CBN News.

Pope Names First Filipino American to Lead a Diocese in US

Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City

Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City

Pope Francis has named an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles -- Oscar Azarcon Solis – as the tenth Bishop of Salt Lake City, United States, reports Inquirer.net. 

Foreign Direct Investments Dropped 14% After Duterte 'Split' from US

On the month that President Duterte announced an economic separation with the US, a long-time economic and political ally, the net inflow of job-generating foreign direct investment dropped to a four-month low of $342 million, even as year-to-date FDI remained over a fifth higher than in 2015, reports Inquirer.net.

Filipino Is Among the World's Coding Elite

Kevin Atienza (Source: Kalibrr)

Kevin Atienza (Source: Kalibrr)

Kevin Atienza placed 25th globally in Google Code Jam 2015 and is currently #1 in Southeast Asia. Today, Kevin holds the #2 spot for Google Code Jam 2016. He is also one of the founding software engineers of Kalibrr, the software firm reports. To put that into context, he’s part of the top 0.15% coders in the world.