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NGO warns DOH-accredited clinics and recruitment agencies against online medical registration scam victimizing OFWs

News Release January 2, 2018 A non-government organization that specializes in labor migration warned medical clinics and recruitment agencies catering to OFWs not to fall for a dubious scheme hatched allegedly by the GCC Ministry of Health, which imposes a $10-fee online registration fee for every Middle East-bound OFW applicant. “This online registration scheme appears to be a multi-million peso ... Read More »

OFW advocates, recruitment industry seek Senate, House to probe new monopoly on medical tests for Kuwait-bound OFWs

August 15, 2016 Labor advocate Susan Ople urged the labor committees of the Senate and House of Representatives to look into a new medical certification scheme for Kuwait-bound OFWs that charges nearly triple the costs of prevailing medical tests and limits the number of eligible clinics to only seven Metro Manila-based medical centers. The head of the Blas F. Ople ... Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the MERS-CoV

  Q: What is MERS? A: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness. MERS is caused by a coronavirus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” (MERS-CoV).   Q: What is MERS-CoV? A: MERS-CoV is a beta coronavirus. It was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoV used to be called “novel coronavirus,” or “nCoV”. It is different from other coronaviruses that ... Read More »

Ople Center: DoH, DOLE should brief Middle East-bound OFWs about MERS-CoV

April 21, 2014 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that specializes in labor and migration issues, urged the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Employment to tap the recruitment and travel industry as well as providers of pre-departure orientation seminars (PDOS) in providing information about MERS-CoV, or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus to all ... Read More »

DOH informs public of symptoms of the MERS-CoV

  The Department of Health (DOH) advised the public to be wary of the symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS virus that is spreading and affecting people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The MERS virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. It is a communicable disease; it could be passed ... Read More »