Global News Briefs
The United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) has imposed a one-year ban on Filipino workers seeking jobs across the US under the federal H-2A and H-2B programs due to overstaying and human trafficking concerns, reports (Inquirer.net)..
Marc de la Cruz played Alexander Hamilton on Broadway becoming the first Filipino and Asian-American to play the titular character. The Hawaii born, New York-based Filipino-Japanese actor and singer officially made his debut back in December 2 (Town and Country Philippines).
The Philippines finished 2018 with the largest net outflow of dollars from the local economy in four years due to the country’s yawning trade deficit — a situation mitigated only by the recent strength of the peso and remittances that traditionally surge during the holiday season (Inquirer.net).
Two Philippine companies, the Lopez-led First Gen Corporation and Energy Development Corporation (EDC), have been included in the latest list of the world’s top 200 biggest and greenest companies, reports Inquirer.net.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is requiring some of those renewing their passports to bring their birth certificates as its previous outsourced passport maker “took away” all its applicants’ data, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said, reports Philstar.com.