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Monday, November 29, 2010

Five more OFWs duped by traffickers in Haiti

Diplomatic and overseas labor officials on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) bewailed failure of Philippine authorities to stem illegal deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for non-existent jobs in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Philippine Ambassador to Cuba MacArthur Corsino disclosed that five more workers have fallen victims to the human traffickers, bringing to 26 the number of stranded OFWs in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.

“Yes, five new victims of illegal recruitment tantamount to human trafficking arrived in Haiti the other day [Sunday],” Corsino said in an e-mail. The Philippine Embassy in Havana has jurisdiction over Filipinos in Haiti.

Dolor Bagadiong confirmed by Yahoo! Messenger that the five new victims are staying at a Port-au-Prince house being rented and maintained by the suspected traffickers.

Bagadiong, wife of Filipino community leader Frankie Bagadiong, said that many of the stranded workers were being helped by their group in finding jobs, which are increasingly hard to find in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Corsino warned that continuing incidents of trafficking “cannot be stopped unless action is taken both against the recruiters in Manila and the recruiters’ accomplice, the ‘receiving party’ in Port-au-Prince.”

He said that he has asked Philippine Honorary Consul Fitzgerald Brandt in the Haitian capital city to coordinate with law-enforcement authorities in the investigation and prosecution of the alleged traffickers and their accomplices, even if they are Filipino citizens.

“Per testimony of victims, one alleged Filipino accomplice has been a certain Leo Manning in Port-au-Prince. But there appears to be a new one whose name is not known as of now,” the envoy added.

On the basis of affidavits or testimony by some victims, Corsino said that the illegal recruiter has been identified as Maria Consolacion, a.k.a. Marla Wong or Marla Habas, a resident of Parañaque City (Metro Manila) and Laguna.

The ambassador added that immigration and other authorities in Manila should stop the departure of any Haiti-bound tourists or would-be OFWs, even if they are carrying contracts.

He said that those departing for the Caribbean country should be asked to produce evidence that they are old, long-term residents or long-term job holders, with working permits.

“Any Haiti-bound departure by a Filipino should have a roundtrip ticket,” the envoy added.

Corsino observed that some of the recent victims were recruited by one Tangog Recruitment Agency, which he said is “evidently an illegal recruiter.”

He said that this new illegal recruiter appears to be using the name of DEECO, a South Korean company, to craft fake contracts since DEECO has finished its project in Port-au-Prince and is sending home, not recruiting, workers.

Corsino added that this new recruiter is conniving with a certain “Ethel,” who works in a travel agency in Manila that issues one-way air tickets.

“The POEA [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] should stop those with DEECO contracts,” he said. ”Would-be OFWs bound for Haiti with only one-way air tickets should be stopped and investigated by POEA and [Bureau of] Immigration.”

No action in Manila

Corsino is aghast why the illegal recruiters are not being arrested and jailed in Manila.

“These recruiters are not only like leeches sucking the blood of their kababayans [countrymen], they are giving a bad name to the Philippines in the global fight against human trafficking,” he said.

In Los Angeles, Welfare Officer Adonis Duero of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said that the unchecked trafficking of Filipino workers is giving the country a bad reputation.

Duero, who has the responsibility to assist distressed OFWs not only in the United States but also in neighboring countries, added that it is not enough for the government to close illegal recruitment agencies because they continue to operate by using other recruitment firms.

“The traffickers should be arrested and made to account for their crimes against their hapless victims who end up working like slaves or being left to fend for themselves in foreign lands,” he said.

Bagadiong said that the five new victims, whose names were not immediately available, were staying at a house rented by a certain Ethel, a Filipina.

The supposed half-way house is allegedly being managed by Leo Maning, the father of the alleged mastermind.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sandwich Maker Needed In Saudi Arabia

Job Position:  Sandwich Maker
Location:  Saudi Arabia

Salary - upon interview/ negotiable

* 24 to 35 yrs. old
* w/ atleast 2 yrs. min. experience as a SANDWICH MAKER

All interested applicants pls. apply personally here in our office
ANNEX 1574 B. Gedisco ctr. 1564 A. Mabini st. Ermita, Manila

You may send your resume, employment certificate and other credentials at, you may call us at 3109143, 09059244019, 09082667595,09088926684.

POEA License: POEA-067-LB-120808-PL

Illegal Workers Caught In Saudi Arabia

A Filipino migrant rights group within the Middle East has reported that 26 women and 6 males, all undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), have been apprehended last Tuesday night following raids carried out by a composite crew from Jawasat police and Mutawa, or cultural police, at numerous lodging of migrant staff in Tukbah, Al-Khobar.

The crackdown is according to the Saudi government's intensified marketing campaign towards overstaying and undocumented migrant workers.

With this development, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona appealed to Saudi authorities to respect the rights of undocumented migrants, together with OFWs, in the conduct of its intensified campaign to hunt "illegal" and undocumented migrants.

Monterona said Migrante, as a company advancing and defending the rights and welfare of migrant workers, is urging the Saudi government to consider granting a basic amnesty that might cowl illegal and undocumented migrant workers.

Last October, the Saudi government granted a Royal pardon however it was identified later that it applies solely to pilgrims and holder of go to visas that already lapsed.

The Royal pardon would finish on March 31 next year.

Migrante additionally known as the eye of the Philippine Embassy beneath the leadership of interim charges de affairs Ezzadin Tago to make the same enchantment to the Saudi government and properly signify these apprehended.

"We also call on President Benigno Aquino III, through the Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay and the Department of Foreign Affairs, to lobby to the host authorities the legalization of all undocumented OFWs, giving them the choice to be repatriated or to stay, and find job in the Kingdom," Monterona stated

Monday, November 22, 2010

POEA Jobs Abroad: Caregiver

Job Position:  Caregiver
Principal / Employer: Global Technologies for Medical Supplies & Services K.C.S.C. 
Job Location: Kuwait

  • Candidate must possess at least a Vocational Diploma / Short Course Certificate in any field.
  • Required language(s): English.
  • At least 1 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
  • Preferably 1-4 Yrs Experienced Employees specializing in Healthcare - Nurse/Medical Support & Assistant or equivalent. Job role in Others or equivalent.

POEA Licensed Agency:
A.D.M International Manpower Services Company 

POEA License#: 204-LB-070708-R
3rd Floor Main Bldg Reliance Center 99 E.Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Brgy. Ugong Pasig City --.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

13th Month Pay Is Mandatory

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday reminded employers in the private sector that all wage and salary workers are entitled to the 13th month pay as mandated by law.

To this effect, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, issued Department Advisory No. 03, series of 2010, citing Section 8 of Presidential Decree No. 851 which required employers to pay their employees a 13th month pay on or before December 24 of every year.

Baldoz said every covered employer shall make a report of his compliance with the Decree to the nearest DOLE Regional Office not later than January 15 of each year, adding that the report shall conform substantially to the following form contents:

(1) Name of Establishment
(2) Address
(3) Principal product or business
(4) Total employment
(5) Total number of workers benefited
(6) Amount granted per employee
(7) Total amount of benefits granted
(8) Name, position and telephone number of person giving information

The Labor and Employment chief said that while the law definitely requires employers to pay their rank-and-file employees 13th month pay, the generous granting of a Christmas bonus on the other hand remains basically a management prerogative.

Baldoz reiterated that the Christmas bonus is not a part of such benefit as mandated by law, though employers may also grant their workers bonuses on top of the 13th month pay, depending on their discretion, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and other agreements.

Meanwhile, the DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) has clarified the salient provisions of PD 851 requiring all employers to pay their employees a 13th month pay.

The BWC, which is the DOLE’s agency administering the country’s laws on working conditions, said that the 13th month pay which all employers are required to pay their employees, must not be less than one-twelfth (1/12) of the total basic salary earned by an employee in a calendar year.

While all employers are required to pay their employees the 13th month pay not later than December 24 of every year, an employer may, however, give to his or her employees one-half (1/2) of it before the opening of the school year and the remaining half on or before December 24.

For this purpose, the frequency of payment of the monetary benefit may be the subject of an agreement between the employer and the recognized collective bargaining agent of the employees, the BWC stressed.

“Any query on this story, please dial the Bureau of Working Conditions at trunk line 527-3000, local 302.”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2 Filipino Dies in Hajj Pilgrim

The preparations have been thorough and elaborate so that the Haj performance this year for all the pilgrims, including Filipino Muslims, could be as comfortable as could be," Tago told Arab News by phone from Makkah.

Tago said that after Thursday Filipino pilgrims will begin their return to the Philippines.

"Most of the pilgrims, if not all of them, will be attending a reception that the Consulate General in Jeddah will host for them before they leave for the Philippines," Tago said.

He added that everything went smoothly for the Filipino pilgrims except for the two who died just after arrival in the Kingdom to perform Haj. The two fatalities were identified as Zalika Usman Ali, who died in Madinah, and Talusan Badpil, who died in Makkah. The causes of death were not provided. Both fatalities were from the province of Maguindanao.

"There are approximately 4,100 Filipino pilgrims this year. President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III designated Dr. Hamid A. Barra as 'Amirul Haj' this year," said Abdurrahheym Macud, administrative officer of the Consulate General in Jeddah.

Aquino gave him the authority to travel to fulfill his duties in "coordination with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and to submit a post-Haj report.

Barra, who is also the co-chairman of the Ulema-Bishops Council of the Philippines, is also the dean of Islamic Studies at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City.


Monday, November 15, 2010

POEA Jobs Abroad In Korea News

This is a would-be OFW's dream: to be able to work abroad, with out having to pay for the infamously excessive placement fees that often stand between Filipinos and what they imagine to be a brilliant future away from the country.

South Korea has provided an extra 6,000 more slots for OFWs within the factory-based sector, bringing to 10,000 the overall new job gives to Filipinos for this yr alone.

The excellent news, nevertheless, isn't just within the numbers, however in the truth that these 10,000 OFWs won't have to pay a single peso as placement fee.

The cope with South Korea is government-to-government, meaning all those that want to apply need not go by means of employment agencies.

The only catch is that apart from the abilities needed to do the job, all candidates must be proficient within the Korean language, in written, spoken, and aural aspects.

Sanchez adds that historically, South Korea pays more for a similar manufacturing unit work compared to different countries. A primary-time factory worker can earn as a lot as P30,000 to P40,000 a month working there.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hiring of OFWs For Guam Will Start Late Next Year

The recruitment and deployment of foreign workers, including Filipinos, for Guam will have to wait for another year as the construction phase of the US Naval facilities in the island has been scheduled to begin during the last quarter of 2011, and not in the early part of the coming year as previously estimated.

The design phase will start during the first half of the 2011 because many of the construction projects are of build-and-design type. Any significant construction activity in the island will start in the second half of the year.
Initial bids and requests for proposal had been published and would be completed by the end of November 2010.

The military buildup will need at least 10,000 workers but only 6,000 will come from outside Guam. The remaining 4,000 workers will be Guam residents and other foreign workers already in the US territory.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Preffered Way Of Choosing A Baby Sitter Agency

Are you searching for a baby sitter agency? Like many different households across the nation, it's possible you'll need a very good baby sitter while you're out for work or for a break. In search of an company could also be a greater concept than searching for a sitter yourself. This doesn't suggest although that getting a superb agency is simple in itself. Earlier than you sign up with an agency, there are some things that you would simply need to expect.

Charges / Agency Fees

One outstanding consideration is the fees. Sitter and nanny businesses do not cost cheap. That is very true if you are on the lookout for a keep at home sitter. Apart from membership and processing charges, you would also need to shell out for the position fees. Some companies may also require you to be the one to handle transportation bills for your sitter or nanny. You need to expect to spend more than a thousand dollars even before your sitter can work for you. An essential facet to recollect about charges is to at all times ask your agency how much it is advisable to pay exactly. Doable hidden and additional fees should be openly discussed.


What exactly will a baby sitter company do for you? Chances are you'll assume that each one businesses will offer you everything. It's possible you'll suppose that you just solely have to sit again, chill out and look ahead to you nanny to come. This is not always the case. Some businesses serve better than others and have higher services. What it is advisable do is to find out what an agency will do exactly and if their charges for the services that they will render.

One essential service to think about is the great background check. Ask your company if they perform routine id checks, reference verification, intercourse offense file examine, driving historical past and prison report investigation. It might even be in your finest curiosity to inquire how an agency performs these checks. Ask the additional information with rgards to the process of the applicants are screened. You may also ask for an interview before fully hiring the baby sitter.

Agency Status

It is best to never neglect agency reputation. Sometimes, this alone may give you a clue as as to if you are with a very good company or a nasty one. You'll be able to check for company status by a couple of attainable sources. There are on-line boards where different mother and father may offer their opinions about certain agencies. There are also review and rating sites the place agency companies might commented upon at length. Mother and father even have the easy possibility of asking other mother and father for company recommendations.

You may also wish to test official associations. Some formal organizations have been set up specifically for sitters, nannies and agencies. Many of those skilled organizations have lists of nicely-really useful agencies that you simply might wish to try.

Guarantees / Liability of the Agency

Do not think that every little thing might be fantastic once you get your sitter. There's always the likelihood that you'll not be joyful along with your sitter. Some sitters may additionally should terminate their contracts at an earlier time due to emergency reasons or family concerns. You should think of this as a really actual possibility. Discover out in case your company has any contingency measures for such events. Will your company send you a replacement? Do it's a must to pay new fees for the replacement?

Your child safety depends on how you will choose the best baby sitter that will fit to your child. Therefore choose only proven baby sitter agency in your area.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

POLO HK Launches Online Job Hunting Site

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday announced that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hongkong has launched its internet-based job-hunting search engine to help Filipino workers look for jobs that match their skills.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said “this is part of our continuing efforts to give accessible, efficient and effective services to our clients, especially, household service workers (HSW), in line with the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III”.

She said this program is one of DOLE’s employment strategies that focuses on systematic employment opportunity measures and facilitation of job opportunities for our workers abroad.

“This is a first step in the Department’s continuing agenda to bring the much-needed government services closer to our people, particularly to our overseas foreign workers (OFW),” the labor chief said.

“Very soon all POLOs all over the world will launch a similar on-line job mapping site,” Baldoz said.

Philippine Labor Attaché to Hong Kong Romulo V. Salud, in his report to Secretary Baldoz said Filipino HSWs may access the website,, an internet-based profile posting mechanism for job hunting, which is similar to, and

The on-line registration is free of charge with an assurance that the information will be provided only to accredited placement agencies in POLO-Hong Kong.

“With the site, HSWs who are still employed, those who have finished their contracts, as well as those whose contracts were prematurely terminated can post their respective information in the internet, which will be screened and approved by the POLO,” he said.

“The system can only be used while the OFW or applicant still has a valid visa to stay in Hongkong,” Salud added that information of screened applicants will only be made available to accredited Hongkong employment agencies.

He said the agencies will contact the HSWs once they already have prospected employers for them.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Two Filipino Engineers Could Be Jailed in Saudi

Two Filipino Engineers in Saudi Arabia have been threatened by their employer that they could not return back to the Philippines after submitting a case before a courtroom against the latter last month, a migrant staff' right group disclosed.

Migrante representatives in Eastern region chapter stated Gerardo Almonte, and Mark Davis, both mechanical engineers, have sought the group's assist after Mohd Al Haider Group of Corporations based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, refused to provide them an exit clearance.

The two, who labored for the company since August 2008, have filed their resignation letters, telling their employer that they'd no longer be renewing their contract because they'd be returning to the Philippines for "good."

However instead of issuing an exit clearance to Almonte and Davis, the employer even threatened to file a case in opposition to them, stopping them from returning to their country.

Migrante has already endorsed the case to Department Of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz for acceptable action.

POEA Jobs: Private Nurse Needed In Qatar

Job Position: Private Nurse
Location: Doha Qatar


* Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Nursing or equivalent.
* At least 1 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
* Applicants must be willing to work in Doha.
* Good communication skills in English.
* Must be hardworking, honest and responsible.
* Can work well with others.
* Age: 23 - 38 years old
* 5 Full-Time positions available.

Contact Numbers: 4006697/ 4508763
POEA License Numbers: 255-lb-111607-R

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