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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

6 Great Reasons to Relocate Abroad For Work in the Netherlands

The world is becoming smaller and workers are becoming more globally mobile. Yes, research from CERC tells us that 25% of employees from 24 countries say that they would be 'very likely' to take up a job in a new country, which is 6% higher than last year.

But, even though many of you are very keen to move abroad for work to the Netherlands in order to take advantage of the global jobs market, many of you are not seizing the opportunity to work in a new country. We think that you may be missing an opportunity to make a substantial improvement to your personal and career development, and, since we are such strong evangelists of overseas work experience, we thought it would be a good time to outline 6 great reasons to relocate abroad – and these are shown below.

1. Move to where the work is

As many of you know, certain areas of the world are suffering with high unemployment levels such as Greece, Spain and Ireland. By working abroad, job seekers from these job starved locations can move to job rich locations with lower levels of unemployment, such as the Netherlands, which has one the lowest levels of unemployment in the Eurozone at the moment.

2. Increased Pay and Tax Efficiency (in some places)

Many overseas jobs come with excellent relocation packages, salary premiums and can offer low tax, no tax or very tax efficient environments, which enhance your earning levels. Of course, some tax regimes may be less efficient than your home country, so be sure to check the tax regimes of the countries that you are intending to go to, particularly if earnings and tax efficiency is your key reason for moving abroad.

3. Career Development and opportunities in the Netherlands 
Career opportunities may be limited in your own country, however, by moving abroad you have the entire global jobs market at your disposal, which means that you may find it easier to land a higher level and more challenging role. Thus, relocating abroad can help you to develop both personally and professionally. Are you looking for a job in the Netherlands?
You can find jobs in the Netherlands for native speakers and multilingual professionals. There are a lot of job opportunatiesin the Netherlands like Jobs in English, jobs in German, jobs in French,jobs in Spanish, jobs in Russian and other languages

4. International Experience
Working abroad will give you international work experience which will make you more employable within multinational companies in your home country when you return. Why? Because multinationals value international business experience greatly. The reason for this is that language skills and cultural awareness may be able to help them expand their business or better serve customers in foreign markets.

5. Learn a new language in the Netherlands
A study by LECG reported in the Forbes Magazine found that graduates with an additional language earned between 2-4% more than those with just one language. Since one of the best ways to learn a language is to live and work in the native country, you can work abroad in order to learn a new language, increasing your earning potential and making yourself more employable.

6. Build your network
Working abroad is an excellent way to build, develop and strengthen your professional and personal network. Do not underestimate the power and importance of having a large and actionable network as you can use it to help you get a job and get ahead throughout the course of your career.

As you can see there are many great reasons to move abroad and if this article has convinced you of the opportunities that an international career can bring to you, why not check out an international jobs boards and see where it takes you? Good luck with your career, where ever it is!

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This article was originally published in Together Abroad.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OWWA honors 2012 model OFW Families in NorMin

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 10 has awarded this year’s regional winners for the 2012 Search for the Model OFW Family of the Year (MOFYA) in a recognition rites held last September 26 at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Limketkai Drive here.

The winners are the families of Timoteo Supangan of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental for the land-based category and Chief Mate Noe Preciado of Calamba, Misamis Occidental for the sea-based category.

The two families will represent Northern Mindanao in the National MOFYA Search with the awarding set on December 6 in Manila.

A special award on Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship was also given to the Preciado family while the Outstanding Achievement in Community Service was awarded to Ernie Neri and family of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

OFW Supangan worked as a Pest Control Technician in Saudi Arabia and had returned to the Philippines for good due to health reasons.

He and wife Ida have one surviving child who is now working as a staff nurse in King Abdulazziz Hospital in Al Hasa, Saudi Arabia. The couple had invested parts of their earnings to cultivate agricultural lots, planted fruit trees, coconut, falcatta and rubber.

On the other hand, Chief Mate Noe Preciado started working overseas in 1986. He and his wife Amelita have four children.

Their eldest son, Gaylord, worked overseas for five years but stopped after a motorcycle accident. He is currently a pastor of Bible Baptist Temple Church. The Preciado family operates a function room and catering services, commercial spaces for rent, hollow blocks making, sand and gravel business and a farm lot planted to fruit trees, coconuts and other lumber species.

The MOFYA is an annual event of the OWWA which gives honor to OFWs and their families.

It focuses on OFWs and families who exemplified strong family ties, contributed positive outcome in the community where they reside, financially harnessed the gains from the OFWs overseas employment and have educationally supported the members of the family.

The Board of Judges for the MOFYA 2012 in the region was composed of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Johnson Cañete (chairman), OWWA Regional Direcotor Petrona Bergado (co-chairperson), Sister Mary Grace Barcinas (Church Based Organization), Dr. Rosalinda Huerbana (Academe), Fleurdelis Jaro (Private Sector), Mila Pace (Private Sector), Capt. Beunaventura Barete (Seabased Category), and Jose Sibi (Landbased Category),

The criteria for judging was based on the following: wholesome OFW family (50%), civic/ community involvement of OFW and family (20%), success in OFW and/ or family members education or profession (20%) and success in managing family finances (10%). (Neko Jan L. Abaday/OWWA-10/APB/PIA-10)

source:  PIA

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Filipinos in UAE to get multi-exit clearance

ABU DHABI // Filipinos in the UAE can now apply for travel clearance that covers more than one exit from the Philippines when they go home on holiday.

The exit clearance will be valid for the life of a worker's contract, although not exceeding two years, removing the need to reapply each time they leave the Philippines.

An exit clearance costs 100 pesos, or about Dh10, and exempts workers from paying the travel tax and terminal fee at the Philippines' international airports.

"We started implementing the scheme full blast on October 1," said Hans Cacdac, the head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), from Manila.

A pilot for the scheme began in August for Filipino workers in Hong Kong, Brunei and Cambodia. This was expanded to South-East Asia and now covers all countries.

Overseas Filipino workers on holiday in their homeland can secure up to two travel exit clearances at POEA's central office in Manila's Mandaluyong City.

Workers whose contracts allow them frequent home leave do not have to abide by the maximum limit. But they must ensure their memberships with the overseas workers welfare administration (OWWA), PhilHealth and the Home Development Mutual Fund are updated, said Mr Cacdac.

"It will be available in our regional POEA offices within this month," he said. "By next month, we hope to provide it at all of our Philippine overseas labour offices worldwide."

The new exit clearance will be valid only if the overseas worker is returning to the same employer whose name and job site are shown in the clearance and in visa details.

Currently, the overseas employment certificate, which proves a worker has been hired legally, is valid for only 60 days, meaning in practice that Filipinos need a new one each time they return home.

It is available from the Philippine overseas labour office in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, and at Poea offices in the Philippines.

Nasser Munder, the labour attache in Abu Dhabi, said his office had yet to be formally notified of the move.

"It will reduce the long queues at our office but we'd like to know more about the new scheme," Mr Munder said.

The labour office in Abu Dhabi processes 200 applications a day for these certificates, and in June and December that number can double.

The POEA, which promotes and monitors overseas employment, also plans an online system to speed up the exit clearance process.


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Seafarers Deployed as Fishermen File Complaints Against Recruiter, Employer

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Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said 12 seafarers have recently sought the assistance of POEA’s anti-illegal recruitment branch in filing separate complaints against a manning agency and the owners of two fishing vessels in Taiwan for alleged contract substitution, misrepresentation, maltreatment, and charging bribe money from them.

In their complaint sheet, the seafarers claimed that from January to February 2012, they engaged the services of JMP Polaris Navigation, Inc. which recruits regular seafarers such as messmen, deck cadets and engine cadets with a monthly salary of USD250.00 to USD350.00.

The complainants alleged that the agency’s crewing and operation manager assured them of employment as seafarers in an international vessel but they have to pay the amount of PhP15,000.00 as lagay (bribe) and some miscellaneous fees.

Cacdac said there is total prohibition on charging any fee from seafarers. “Under POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Seafarers, manning agencies are prohibited from charging or accepting directly or indirectly any amount of money, goods or services, or any fee or bond for any purpose from the seafarers,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac said the 12 complainants alleged they paid JMP Polaris Navigation, Inc. a total of PhP265,000.00.
The complainants stated that after submitting the required documents and signing their employment contracts, they left the country for Taiwan in separate dates from January to March 2012.

The seafarers alleged that before departure at the airport, an employee of JMP Polaris Navigation Inc. told them that the positions in their respective contracts would be substituted to “fisherman”. Nonetheless, the seafarers, boarded their plane bound for Taiwan to work in fishing vessels owned by Menh Hao Fishery, Co. Ltd and Jui Wun Fishery, Ltd.

The complainants said their employer maltreated them and made them work beyond the normal hours of work without pay. The seafarers also complained of poor accommodation, inadequate food and water, and lack of safety equipment and first-aid supplies.

They left their employers and came back to the Philippines in June 2012.  Cacdac said that on the basis of the sworn statements of the complainants, the POEA suspended the license of JMP Polaris navigation, Inc. and suspended Menh Hao fishery, Co. Ltd and Jui Wun Fishery, Ltd. from participating in the overseas employment program pending investigation of the case filed against them.

“We find strong prima facie evidence of a case for violation of the pertinent provisions of POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Seafarers and there exists a reasonable ground to believe that the continued deployment of the respondent agency of workers to the respondent employer will lead to further violations of the Rules and exploitation of the job-seeking public’” Cacdac said in his order.  Cacdac reminded job applicants that licensed agencies are barred from engaging in any recruitment activities while under preventive suspension.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012


A lawmaker today urged Congress to fast track the approval of a bill giving former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) 20 percent discount on medicine, transportation, hotels and other business establishments.

House Bill 6323, authored by Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila), however, will cover only those OFWs who have reached 50 years of age.

The bill grants 20% discount to all Filipinos who have worked in a foreign country under employment contracts for a period not less than ten years, including but not limited to, professionals, seamen, entertainers, domestic helpers, regardless of their employment status in the foreign country.

"The Overseas Filipino Workers are our modern heroes whose hard earned dollars are responsible for buoying up our economy to levels that have allowed us to achieve growth as a nation, and industrialization along with modernization as a country," Bonoan-David said.

"It is but timely to express our debt of gratitude to our former OFWs in the form of discounts, medical assistance, enjoyment of benefits granted by the respective social service systems and even housing programs," Bonoan-David added. 

The measure defines former OFW as a resident citizen of the Philippines, at least 50 years old, previously certified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) for overseas employment purposes and has an income of not more than P60,000 per annum subject to review by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) every three years.

The former OFW shall be entitled to 20 percent discount from all establishments relative to utilization of transportation services, hotels and similar lodging establishments, restaurants and recreation centers and for the purchase of medicines.

The bill provides that former OFWs shall receive free medical and dental consultations in private or public hospitals and medical insurance from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC); 

Likewise, they will be given priority in the livelihood and housing programs of the government.

The measure shall establish the Office of Former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFOFW) under the Office of the Mayor and shall be headed by a Councilor designated by the Sangguniang Bayan and assisted by the Community Development Officer in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

"The OFOFW shall maintain and regularly update on a quarterly basis the list of former OFWs; shall serve as a general information and liaison center that will facilitate the needs of former OFWs and shall issue uniform individual identification cards which shall be valid anywhere in the country," Bonoan-David said. 

source:  House of Representatives Philippines

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Learn and Earn In New DOLE Program

Spice up your educational background with an extra skill and earn more in the future.
This is the advice of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to students and graduates as she encouraged them to take short-term technical-vocational courses which shall augment their degrees, or even create vast opportunities for them in the world of work.

“As the country’s labor market has gone increasingly competitive, technical and vocational training has been a reliable and cost-effective way that can help our future workforce reinforce themselves with higher chances of landing productive, in-demand jobs,” Baldoz said.

“It’s about time that students get educated with the latest labor market information. Instead of taking popular courses, those less considered courses and training programs may yet prove to be the best paying and most fulfilling. Some of these courses and training program are in the technical-vocational (tech-voc) field and offer the fastest turnaround from classroom to workplace, from new skills to paychecks,” she added.

Baldoz’s advice came as she cited computer technicians, bakers, and steamfitters as three of the in-demand technical-vocational careers featured in the DOLE’s Career Guides, which can be accessed at the Bureau of Local Employment’s website,

Making another pitch for the Career Guides, Baldoz said working students who want to earn while pursuing their tertiary education or even after graduation can take up a computer technician course, or become a baker, or steamfitter.

“There is no specific educational requirement for these tech-voc careers. To become a baker, for example, one may not need to finish hefty degrees in Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or to become a computer technician, one needs not have a degree in Information Technology. They only need to finish apprenticeship programs and/or short-term courses offered by training schools and centers accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),” Baldoz said.

“The DOLE, through the TESDA, provides massive technical-vocational skills training, retraining, and upgrading of workers, in response to the requirements of modern industries for highly-skilled, flexible, and more productive manpower,” she explained.

Baldoz said training courses for aspiring Bakers, Computer Technicians, and Steamfitters are being offered at P5,000 to P12,000 at TESDA accredited institutions nationwide.

The TESDA website cites training programs on commercial baking offered by the Center for Advance Training in Food and Beverage Services, while computer-related courses such as PC assembly, hardware, and software troubleshooting, laptop servicing, PC LAN/WAN set-up, and computer hardware servicing at the CATIA Foundation, Inc., and Computer Networking Career and Training Center Inc.

Meanwhile, those interested in steamfitting or pipefitting may go directly to TESDA offices to know more about the 202-hour pipefitting training course and its competency-based curriculum which covers the basic, common, and core competencies required to competently perform pipefitting tasks such as cutting bevel and thread pipes; tack welding; installing underground piping and overhead piping systems.

Local entry level salaries for these tech-voc careers range from P8,000 to P15,000 per month. Some may even go freelance or opt to work overseas. Steamfitters may earn $700 to $800 monthly, while Bakers in United States and Canada can receive monthly compensation of $2,212 to $2,238.

As for Computer Technicians, local minimum salaries range from P500 a day and up, while abroad, computer-savvy workers can earn average salaries of $18.18 per hour.

Translating into action the paradigm of “seek-find-train-certify-employ” strategy to enhance skills training and upgrading, Badloz expressed confidence that enrolling in tech-voc courses is a ‘plus factor’’ that will make students more ‘marketable’ as they become ‘specialistas’ in the country’s bank of human resources with their acquired specialized skills.

“It takes only months of apprenticeship/learnership to obtain knowledge and skills about these jobs. I advice students and jobseekers who want to earn and most importantly to experience work ethics firsthand, to try these short-term and part-time careers as they prepare themselves for the bigger world of work that awaits them,” Baldoz said.

The DOLE's 101 Career Guides feature in-demand jobs/careers viable in the next five to ten years. It describes the basic education requirements of a job, skills and competencies, attributes and characteristics, salary/compensation, prospect for career advancement, employment opportunities, and cost of education or training. It seeks to aid and supplement students and jobseekers alike, with current information on particular jobs to make informed decisions about their chosen careers. To know more about other upcoming in-demand jobs, visit DOLE’s 101 Career Guide at

source: DOLE

Friday, July 27, 2012

Engineering Courses Are In Demand

Engineering courses could lead to jobs in manufacturing, power and renewable energy emerging industries - DOLE

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Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday encouraged forthcoming college students, the high school seniors now, to consider taking engineering courses related to demands of emerging industries where they could land a job after graduation. 

“We urge our future workforce members to check related courses in the country’s emerging industries and acquire the skills for these industries where employment opportunities are highly expected to flourish in the next 10 years. One of these courses is engineering,” Baldoz said.

She pointed students to the rich trove of relevant labor market information (LMI) available in the DOLE’s Project Jobs Fit which details a wide range of opportunities in the country’s key employment generators (KEGs) which identify manufacturing, along with the emerging power and renewable energy as industries where industrial and electrical engineers will be in-demand up to 2020.

"The manufacturing and power and renewable energy industries are among the emerging industries which Project JobsFit has identified to generate jobs," Baldoz said, adding that job seekers with appropriate skills will readily get employed in these sectors.

Citing the Bureau of Local Employment's (BLE) Career Guides which provide basic information on the occupations identified in the Project JobsFit, Baldoz said an industrial and electrical engineer need to have a bachelor’s or graduate degree. A license from the Professional Regulation Commission is also required to practice electrical engineering.

“There are many career opportunities that await industrial engineers. They can work in in manufacturing. They can work in other fields such as aviation, transportation, communications, electric, gas and sanitary services, government, insurance, and real estate,” Baldoz said.

Electrical engineers who are specialists in designing, developing, and supervising the manufacture of electrical equipment, systems, and facilities are well sought in industries such as mining, water supply, construction, transport, storage, electricity, and gas.

Locally, an industrial engineer’s entry level salary may range from P15,000 up to P20, 000 per month. In the US, highly-trained and experienced IEs can earn an annual average salary of around US$90,080 or $6,259 per month.

The local basic salary of an engineer in specialized fields may range from P16,000 to P35,000 per month depending on the industry he is employed. A monthly income of US$4,700 to $6,700 can be earned by those who opt to work overseas.

“Once employed and trained, electrical engineers may advance to become technical specialists, team supervisors, or engineering managers, where they are responsible for larger or more significant work functions and duties,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said educating students, workers with current and relevant labor market information gives them the right signal towards careers with high employability. She stressed that deciding on a career is not a mere trial-and-error thing.

“Taking popular course nowadays has been the common path of least resistance, which leads to the perennial problem of jobs and skills mismatch,” she admonished.

The DOLE's 101 Career Guides feature in-demand jobs/careers viable in the next five to ten years. It describes the basic education requirements of a job, skills and competencies, attributes and characteristics, salary/compensation, prospect for career advancement, employment opportunities, and cost of education or training. It seeks to aid and supplement students and jobseekers alike, with current information on particular jobs to make informed decisions about their chosen careers. To know more about other upcoming in-demand jobs, visit DOLE’s 101 Career Guide at

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Distressed OFW receives financial assistance

 In just a matter of months, several distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom have received financial assistance from their kindhearted compatriots in Jeddah.

Just last week during the opening of the Overseas Filipino Basketball League (OFBL), a Filipina who was allegedly abandoned by her husband almost a year ago received financial assistance from the players, audience members and organizers.

OFBL Chairman Salvador Boy Teves and the league’s commissioner Rocky Gil handed over SR1,400 to Mina (her name has been changed to protect her identity) donated by fellow Filipinos.

Teves expressed his happiness on the unselfish act of the people inside the basketball court.

“I was touched by their kindness and we are happy to be a part of this noble endeavor to help needy Filipinos in the kingdom.”

Teves said their doors for the needy are always open and helping people will always be a part of the OFBL’s program. Meanwhile almost 20 teams participated in the opening ceremony last Friday at Time-Out Olympic Court on Television Street.

Gil promised an exciting ballgame during Ramadan where Filipinos living in the industrial area will have extra time to watch the matches due to the shortened working hours.

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- Bachelor's Degree
- 3 years working experience

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Friday, July 20, 2012

OFWs donate benches to the Philippine Consulate General

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Jeddah donated 15 benches to the Philippine Consulate General last week.

Atoy Esguerra, Project Director of Kaagapay Mo Advocacy group that initiated the donation, said the benches were intended to provide comfortable seating to Filipinos and people of other nationalities who come to the consulate for official purposes.

“We noticed the shortage of chairs in the consulate particularly in the consular section where Filipinos and other nationals come for a variety of services including renewal of passports, processing of visit visas and other legal documents,” Esguerra explained.

Esguerra said his group’s chairman talked to Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay and offered to donate additional chairs to alleviate the inconvenience visitors face while waiting to be served.

Reymon Martinez and Orly Portugal, other officials of Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW, said the benches would not have been donated had it not been for the help of the Filipino community.

Those responding to the request of Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW were: Pinoy Photographers Club (PPC), Raffy Abesamis of Archway Recruitment Agency, KASAPI Congress, Pinoy Expatriates for Social Organization and Sports (PESOS), Filipino Salesman and Merchandisers Association (FILSAMA), Filipino Artiste Migrant Ensemble (FAME), Lowell Plameras of The Media Brokers Btl-Solutions, Mar Par and the Astig Group in Jeddah, Joey Guhit of PICPA-WRKSA, Eli Sarmiento and the, Overseas Filipino Workers Cooperative Council (OFWCC) and the Kaagapay Mo ang Kaagapay ng Bawat OFW.

Consul General Garibay thanked all donors who participated in Kaagapay’s project, and praised OFWs for their support.

Kaagapay Mo thanked Red Bull for assisting the group in preparing the donated benches for use.

source:  Saudi Gazette

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jobs for Architects Is In Demand

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging graduating high-school students to consider taking architecture if that is their inclination and if they wish to easily land on a job after college.
An architect is a hard-to-fill occupation identified in the DOLE report, Project JobsFit: The DOLE 2020 Vision.
Project JobsFit: The DOLE 2020 Vision, is a nationwide research study aimed at identifying local and global industries that would drive employment growth, including the corresponding skills requirements, for the next 10 years. It was conducted by the DOLE through its Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).
Based on the findings and recommendations of the study, the BLE developed the 101 Career Guides, a body of relevant and updated information on the basic education requirements of a job, skills competencies, salary, prospect for career advancement and employment opportunities. The results are meant to be disseminated and shared mainly to students to help them make wise career decisions.
“We, at the department, would like to prepare our students by providing them with information that would help them make better choices for their future,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the 101 Career Guides.
The 101 Career Guides describes an architect as a licensed professional trained in the art and science of building design and who provides a wide variety of professional services to individuals and organizations planning a construction project.
An architect is required to have a professional degree in architecture and, prior to taking a licensure examination, a period of practical training, and internship.
However, although graduate education beyond the professional degree is not essential for practicing architecture, it is normally required for research, teaching and other specialized areas of architectural work.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Family of sick OFW seeks help from Inquirer readers

Sulficia Bellocillo Tibre, 66, a former domestic helper in Italy for 20 years and a resident of 2898 A. Guarra St. in Baclaran, Parañaque City, is currently in serious condition at San Juan de Dios Hospital where she was admitted on May 21 for severe pneumonia, a mild stroke and complications arising from diabetes.
She is being cared for by her only son, also a former overseas worker in Italy, who has been out of a job since he brought her home in October 2011.
Tibre’s condition is worsening because her family does not have enough money for her daily medication which costs over P6,000.
Her attending doctors have also recommended that she be returned to the intensive care unit although this is not possible at the moment because her family cannot provide for her medical needs.
Aside from returning her to the ICU, her doctors have also suggested that she undergo throat surgery to allow her to breathe more easily as well as flush out the phlegm in her lungs. The procedure however, has been put on hold until her family can make a downpayment on the cost of the operation.
Her son, Carlo Tibre, is imploring Inquirer readers to help his mother get better. Donations in kind or in cash are welcome. Cash donations may be coursed through the patient’s Metrobank ATM savings account 
source: Inquirer News

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saudi Arabia ranks first in cases of OFW abuse

Saudi Arabia ranked first on the list of countries with recruitment violation cases and disciplinary action cases involving Filipino domestic helpers based on the data presented by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

According to records of the POEA Saudi Arabia has the highest recruitment violation cases with a total of 633 with 541 cases in 2011 and 92 cases for the first quarter of 2012. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is second with 227 cases, 177 in 2011 and 50 in 2012.

Taiwan recorded a total of 206 cases with 130 in 2011 and 76 in 2012; Qatar has 164 cases with 127 in 2011 and 37 in 2012.

Saudi Arabia also topped the list of countries with most number of disciplinary action cases that involves employers totaling to 289. The data however only covers the first three months of 2012 from January to March.

UAE has 74 cases, followed by Qatar with 62, Kuwait with 47.

The said cases involve Filipino domestic helpers who decided to travel to the said countries to earn a living.

The data was presented during the Senate foreign relations committee chaired by Senator Loren Legarda to discuss the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189, also known as the Decent Work for Domestic Workers’ Convention.

Legarda has expressed strong commitment to the Philippines’ ratification of the ILO convention, which details the universal rights of all domestic workers including those working overseas.

The Convention was adopted by the General Conference of the ILO in June 16, 2011 and was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last May 18, 2012. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last June 6.

Legarda explained that the ILO Convention No. 189 encourages its signatories to set standards for employment agencies recruiting or placing domestic workers, in accordance with national laws, regulations and practice.

source:  Manila Times

Monday, April 30, 2012

35 OFWs arrive from Syria

A TOTAL of 35 Filipinos from strife-torn Syria yesterday arrived in the country after availing of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program.

On hand at the NAIA to assist the Filipino nationals, mostly overseas Filipino workers, were members of the repatriation team under administrator Carmelita Dimzon of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), who said that the mandatory repatriation program was raised last December 4.

Dimzon said the release of the workers from their respective employers was made possible by the negotiating team of the government composed of officials from Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Labor and Employment and the OWWA.

The “exit clearances” were granted to the workers after the employers agreed to allow them to leave the strife-torn country, she said, adding that the Filipino workers who are opting to avail of the repatriation program have been trickling down at the Philippine Embassy in Damascus.

Aside from assisting the workers through immigration and customs formalities, the OWWA team also offered them temporary shelter at the OWWA halfway home in Pasay City as well as assistance in their transportation to their respective provinces. Itchie G. Cabayan


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pinoy nurse in UK caught attacking Alzheimers patient

A 30-year-old Filipino nurse — Jonathan Aquino — was caught on a hidden camera attacking an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient in the United Kingdom, a report of the news site Daily Mail said.

Suspecting that her mother was being abused, the daughter of patient Maria Worroll, a retired school canteen manager, placed a hidden camera in her mother's bedroom in a home care institution, the report said.

Aquino, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for "dreadful breach of trust."
The Daily Mail said Jane Worroll, 30, captured "harrowing" images showing how Aquino struck her mother Maria on the face "before slapping her arms repeatedly."

Aquino was also seen striking the victim in the stomach area four times on June 21, 2011 in
Kentish Town, North London.

Upon learning that his actions were caught on camera, Aquino was apologetic, the report said.

Aquino, who had an 18-month-old daughter, was later dismissed from his job.

Jane said somebody as vulnerable as her mother should not have to suffer unprovoked attacks at the hands of her supposed carers.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

After 11 Years In Jail The OFW Is Ready To Go Home

In a news report from the GlobalNation, Rodelio Lanuza, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) will soon come back to the Philippines after being jailed for almost 11 years in Saudi Arabia.

According to Migrante International the Saudi Reconciliation Committee (SRC) has given Lanuza freedom after his friends and family had raised the blood money to compensate the family of the man he killed.  The blood money amounts to P35 million.

Wikipedia defines Diyya as a is financial compensation paid to the heirs of a victim. In Arabic, the word means both blood money and ransom
"We are very happy for Dondon and the Lanuza family. All our efforts have not been in vain, and we attribute this mainly to Dondon’s fighting spirit and the collective efforts of friends, supporters and family,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chair.

"If not for these, the Philippine and Saudi governments would not have given proper attention to Dondon's case,” he added.

Lanuza was sentenced on the year 2000 for killing a Saudi man.  However, he maintained his innocence saying that the only reason why killed the man was for self defense.

According to Migrante International website there are still 122 Filipinos on death row abroad.  Migrante International is handling eight cases including the case of Lanuza.

* picture was taken from Migrante International

Monday, April 9, 2012

OWWA urges OFWs to undergo proper documentation

Filipinos who have plans to go abroad must follow proper procedures to be properly documented as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) region 2 Regional Director Robert Bassig urged the public.

The pronouncement of the director was made during the media conference at the Philipine Information Agency (PIA) region 2 as he admitted that the challenge is still posted on undocumented OFWs in different countries in the world, working in different field using only tourist visa or directly hired without proper doceuments.

He explained that despite the series of calls the government made in different countries where most of undocumented OFWs were arrested, tried, and jailed, there are still a number of undocumented workers.

"In the documents we have, there are countries where majority of OFWs are undocumented versus those who are documented. This is a great challenge to us, especially so that we are facing problems in countries having internal difficulties; here, undocumented Pinoys will be having challenges. We therefore urge them to always follow proper procedure in going abroad," Bassig stated.

He said one of the challenges also during these times is to convince the OFWs to come home in times of forced reptariation, however, there are also things to consider in the descision of the workers abroad which the governement should respect. Despite this, Bassig confidently stated that the Philippine government is prapared to manage any eventuality to where Filipinos are working. (TCB/OTB-PIA-2)

source: PIA

Friday, March 30, 2012

Filipino nurses’ group to hold general assembly meet

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the Eastern Region (POLO-ERO) expressed on Tuesday its total support for the Philippine Nurses Association in the Eastern Region (PNA-ERSA), which is scheduled to hold its first general assembly on April 6.

“We totally support PNA-ERSA in its efforts to unite Filipino nurses in the Eastern Province. In fact, we've secured a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the general assembly,” said Labor Attaché Adam A. Musa of POLO-ERO.

He had noticed the PNA-ERSA members formed a group to tend to the sick and to uplift their careers.

“Being members of a group will definitely make them feel more secure in their job so they can render the best service to their patients. I wouldn't be surprised if many of them would be perceived as a Florence Nightingale,” Musa said.

Florence Nightingale was an English nurse known for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War (1856-1856) where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was known as “The Lady with the Light” because of her habit of making rounds at night to visit wounded soldiers.

Arlene C. Navarro, vice president for internal affairs and chairman of the organizing committee, said that during the general assembly a campaign drive for membership will be held. PNA-ERSA was formed only last August, and now has 100 members.

Navarro said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Pag-Ibig Fund would also render services to Overseas Filipino Workers.

“The afternoon will be spent socialization among the members. There will be a 'Battle of the Brains' and raffle draws. The event will also be a launching pad for the convention in June,” he said.
PNA-ERSA President Mary Jane P. Tupas, a recipient of the National Blas Ople Award in 2007 and nursing director at the 120-bed Mohammad Dossary Hospital in Alkhobar, said the convention was scheduled to take place in the second week of June.

“The PNA in Manila requires that groups affiliated with it hold a convention at least twice a year. This means the PNA-ERSA will hold a second convention in December,” said Tupas.
During the convention, for which Vicki Belo of the Belo Medical Group in Manila will be invited, various activities on nursing and nurses' benefits will be announced. For their benefits from the PNA, nurses pay an annual membership fee of SR70.

“There will also be a seminar on the latest developments in nursing and technology as part of the program on continuing education,” said Tupas.

She added that the convention would also be “an opportunity for the 100 PNA-ERSA members working in 30 hospitals, clinics and health centers in the region to get in touch with each other and foster camaraderie among them.”

Counterpart groups in Riyadh and Jeddah will also be invited to attend.

source:  ARABNews

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Deployment Ban On Nigeria, Libya And Sudan Lifted

THE Philippines has lifted the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Nigeria, Libya and Sudan.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, also chairman of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Governing Board, on Thursday said the Board had issued three separate resolutions lifting the ban on the deployment of Filipino overseas workers to the said countries.

The first resolution, Resolution 4, Series of 2012, fully lifts the ban on Libya following the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs on March 2 for the lifting in view of the improved security situation in that country.

The ban on the deployment of OFWs to Nigeria was imposed on January 22, 2007, in the light of repeated incidents of kidnappings and unrest at that time.

On March 13, 2007, the ban was partially lifted to allow the redeployment of OFWs who were on vacation and were returning to the same employers. It was re-imposed on January 31, 2008, and this time, the ban also covered Filipino seafarers onboard ships entering Nigerian ports. A partial lifting of the re-imposed ban was made on August 12, 2009.

 The second resolution, Resolution 5 Series of 2012, fully lifts the ban on the deployment of OFWs to Libya following the approval by the Office of the President of the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs on February 23 lowering the crisis alert level in Libya from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1.

The POEA Governing Board suspended the processing and deployment of OFWs bound for Libya on February 22, 2011, because of heightened political unrest in that country.

On December 20, 2011, the Board issued Resolution 10 Series of 2011 which allowed for the gradual processing and redeployment of returning workers in the medical and oil sectors only, subject to proof of existing employment as determined by the POEA.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

POEA Jobs Singapore: Nurses

Job Position:  Nurses
Job Location:  Singapore


*   Gender: Male/Female
*   Age:  50 years old & below (medically fit)
*   Must be ex-Singapore – had worked as Registered Nurse in Singapore & went back to
     Philippines and still currently in practice of nursing profession
*   All areas are acceptable except for Pedia/ OB


*    Resume with detailed job description to state height/weight/Body Mass Index and
 state also the no. of bed capacity of hospital under work experience.
*    Diploma
*    Transcript of Record w/ Related Learning Experience.
*    PRC Board Certificate
*    Board Rating with breakdown
*    Valid PRC ID License
*    Marriage Contract (if applicable)
*    Passport valid for more than 2 years.
*    8 pcs. Passport-sized photos, white background
*    Employment Certificate stating the Position, Inclusive Dates of Employment in dd/mm/yy,  
Area of Exposures, Bed Capacity of hospital, work performance and character reference
signed by either Nursing Director/Chief Nurse or by Head of nursing service.

Screening is being conducted between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. If you have friends/colleagues please refer them to us or tell them to apply personally and bring their original documents. For more information, feel free to contact Ms. Apple or Ms. Normie to any of the contact details stated above.
POEA Agency Name: Jedegal International Manpower Services Incorporated   
Address:Ground Floor & 2nd Floor Accent Tower Building Rental  No. 33 Shorthorn St. Proj. 8 Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.:(02)352-2193; (02)352-2192

POEA License No.:185-LB-092611-R


Friday, March 16, 2012

Philippine Workers Flee Syria's Embattled Towns

When violence in Syria escalated last year, the Philippine government ordered its citizens working there to return home, and more than 1,100 have. Reporter Simone Orendain met up with recent arrivals at Manila’s international airport to find out about their experiences.

The line of chattering women pushing luggage trolleys is greeted by the jarring sounds of a remodeling project at the arrival lobby. This group of household workers have fled months of fighting in Syria’s most embattled cities.

Marcami Abdul Hari worked for a family in Homs for nearly five years. The 21-year old says she stayed with the same family because they treated her like she was their daughter.

“They were good people. They were good to me, but I came home because in Syria it is so scary, as in really scary," she said. "Everyone, everyone, even the older people and children, they are being killed.”

On the streets of her neighborhood she saw people getting shot. Artillery razed her boss’s home and many others nearby.

Abdul Hari remembers the peaceful time before the conflict started.

“Syria was beautiful. Then we saw all that fighting," she said. "It was really nice because soldiers did not enter the city. There was nothing bad there. Life was just quiet and happy.”

When the violence escalated, Abdul Hari’s bosses packed up for Saudi Arabia. They took her to an agency for Filipino workers where she would get help to return home.

Not all workers are able to escape as easily. This week the government confirmed that one 23-year-old woman was killed by armed gangs while traveling on a road in Homs with her employer.

Marivic Pagbilao lived in Homs during the uprising, but her employer would not free her from her contract. One day, Pagbilao, 27, dodged a bullet while hanging laundry outside. She then decided to flee.

“I had given notice to my boss but he would not let me leave," she said. "[My friend] gave me the number to the embassy so I called and found a contact there that would help me. I left on my own from Homs. Two hours to Damascus from Homs.”

Another domestic worker in Homs, Rita Gonzaga, said the fighting made everyone in her household a virtual prisoner.

“All we ate were potatoes because you could not leave," she said. "The shooting was right downstairs. We were on the seventh floor and we could not even look out the window. One time we took a peek and a gun was pointed at us.”

Gonzaga says the family she worked for moved from Homs to Damascus, but even there the violence was too much. Gonzaga says her recruitment agency forced her to stay by threatening her with being blacklisted if she left.

“I went to the embassy and then really tried to convince my boss, begged her," she said. "Oh, I had just had enough!”

Gonzaga did not give details of how she finally got away. But those assisting the workers say running away is not uncommon.

Karen, a stress-debriefing counselor at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, who asked to be only identified by her first name, says many of the women flee physical abuse and situations where their salary is withheld, sometimes for years.

For these workers, Karen says the conflict can be a blessing in disguise.

“It is sort of like a blessing that because of the chaos their employers went abroad or went to other countries and they were left so they were able to go to the embassy and seek help," she said, "some of the cases were like that.”

Because many workers in Syria are on overstayed visas or working illegally, the Philippine government has struggled to locate them. Officials are urging relatives to come forward and help officials find stranded workers.

source:  Voice Of America News

Thursday, March 15, 2012

OFW Remittances Up By 5.4%

Remittances from Filipinos overseas rose 5.4 percent year-on-year in January despite the global uncertainties, as demand for professional and skilled workers in traditional markets remain strong.
The Bangko Sentral said remittances coursed through banks reached $1.6 billion during the month, up from $1.48 billion a year ago.

The growth in January remittances, however, was slower than the 7.6-percent rise recorded in January 2011 and the 6.2-percent growth in December.

“Sustained demand for professional and skilled Filipino workers underpinned the steady flow of remittances,” said Bangko Sentral Governor Amando Tetangco Jr.

There were concerns Europe’s debt woes and the sluggish growth of the US economy, two major markets for Filipino workers, might adversely affect the inflow of remittances.
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. economist Trinh Nguyen said the slowdown in remittance inflows was not a reason to panic.

“Overseas Filipino workers sent less money home in January due to challenging conditions in host countries. While remittance growth has decelerated recently, it is still robust, which would continue to be a major driver of private consumption in the Philippines,” said Nguyen.

source:  Manila Standard Today

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ATIS-Hongkong rally for recognition of rights on Women's Day celebration

The Abra Tingguian-Ilocano Society (ATIS) official in Hongkong shared the plight of some of the Overseas Filipino Workers and asked the Abrenios for prayers as they join other OFWS in staging a rally to fight for their rights on March 11 in celebration of the International Women’s Day.

In her interview with the local media here through phone patch, Caridad Bachiller, ATIS president shared that despite the passage of the law on residency for foreign workers in Hongkong, Pinay domestic helpers are deprived of the opportunity to avail of said right.

Bachiller related how they are being discriminated by receiving countries because they look down on foreign workers and are not given equal opportunities to employment despite their higher educational qualifications especially Pinay domestic helpers.

She shared how the ATIS-Hongkong had been helping out their members who are victims of abuses by their employers.

Relative to the application for residency in Hongkong by Pinay workers there, Bachiller said that there are now 11 cases pending with the Hongkong Embassy. Pinays find it difficult to avail of the residency law for foreign workers because the Chinese fear that Pinays are capable of competing for employment as the Pinays have an edge when it comes to educational qualifications because most of the OFWs there are college graduates. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR Abra)

source: Philippine Information Agency

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Job Location:   Doha, Qatar

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Interested applicants may report to our office LML HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES for FINAL INTERVIEW (MONDAY-FRIDAY @ 09:00 AM)

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

POEA penalizes 11 recruitment agencies

For the first two months of 2012, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has cancelled the license of ten recruitment agencies for charging excessive placement fees and issued a suspension order against an agency for recruiting without a valid job order and other recruitment violations.
Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the imposition of penalties upon erring recruitment agencies is in line with his 7-point agenda that includes strengthened enforcement of anti- illegal recruitment laws and licensed recruitment regulations, and improved POEA adjudication record in case disposition.
Cacdac ordered the preventive suspension of Reajent Manpower Services after 40 jobseekers filed 9 recruitment violation cases against the agency.

The complainants alleged that Reajent Manpower Services promised them jobs in Australia either as fruit picker, fruit picker supervisor, cleaner, secretary, office staff or security guard, and required them to pay Php5,000.00 for processing fee and an amount equivalent of their supposed monthly salary as placement fee.

The applicants also claimed that the agency collected from each of them AUD250 for cash bond, Php3,500-Php6,000 for medical tests, Php850-Php950 for trade tests, Php2,600- Php4,500 for local training, and AUD250.00 for theoretical training.

The complainants said the recruitment agency failed to deploy them despite their payments and assurances by its officers and employees. Upon verification at the POEA, the complainants discovered that Reajent Manpower Services has no valid job orders for the promised employment in Australia.

Cacdac identified the other recruitment agencies which license was cancelled from January to February 2012 as: Tai-Fil Manpower Services Inc.; Lucky International Placement Services Inc.; 3R International Manpower Services; EMR Construction and Manpower Services; First Cosmopolitan Manpower and Promotion Services, Inc.; International Progress, Inc; Pearl of Panay Worldwide Manpower Services, Inc.; Roschazz UK Placement Consultancy; Worldgoal Corporation; and Sun Marino Shipping, Inc.

The complainant in the case of Lucky International claimed that she was charged PhP101,000.00 for her job as caretaker in Taiwan.
POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 6, issued in 2006, however, strictly prohibits Philippine recruitment agencies from collecting any placement fee from applicants for household service worker positions, including caregivers.
Cacdac ordered the cancellation of the license of Lucky International on January 24, 2012, and as a consequence, its officers and directors as of April 2007 were disqualified from engaging in the business of recruitment of Filipino workers for overseas jobs.

Lucky International and its surety company were also ordered to reimburse to the complainant the amount of PhP79,060.00 representing the amount illegally collected. In the employment contract, the applicant has the obligation to pay for pre-departure expenses amounting to PhP21,940.00.

The complainant against Tai-Fil Manpower Services Inc. collected from him in 2008, placement fee amounting to PhP100,000.000 for a job as a food processor, also in Taiwan.

Section 3 of Rule V, Part 2 of the POEA Rules and Regulations prescribes a placement fee ceiling equivalent to a hired worker’s one month salary. The prevailing salary in Taiwan in
2008 was NT$17,280.00, which is roughly equivalent to PhP23,000.00.
On January 24, 2012, Administrator Cacdac ordered Tai-Fil Manpower to pay a fine of PhP40,000.00, and to refund to the complainant the PhP77,000.00 excess of the placement fee collected by the recruitment agency. The officers and directors of Tai-Fil Manpower Services at the time of the commission of the offense were also barred from participating in the overseas employment program.

Cacdac said recruitment agencies with cancelled licenses are not allowed to engage in any activity related to recruitment of applicants for overseas jobs.

The POEA has cancelled a total of 566 licenses of recruitment agencies - consisting of 44 sea- based and 522 land-based agencies, since it was mandated to regulate the overseas employment program in the early 80s.

Cacdac reminded jobseekers to be extra cautious when applying for work overseas and report to POEA any observed irregularity.

"Always check the status of your recruitment agencies for your own protection by visiting our website, or by calling POEA hotlines 722-1144 / 722-1155, and report those that are still recruiting despite the suspension or cancellation of their licenses," Cacdac said.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

POEA Jobs in Guam

Job Location: Guam


MUST be BS-HRM (4 YR. COURSE) Newly Graduates or graduating students are also welcome to apply

Male or Female
Offering ONE YEAR of Contract
Allowance : US$ 600.00
Open for Over time / plus service charge and Tip
Free Duty Meals and very good Lodging free shuttle bus from accommodations to the Hotel. Must be With Pleasing Personality. Confidence in speaking in English is highly required


**After a year of contract, candidates will have a chance of continue his/her career on ship board, traveling USA, Europe and other countries.
for your reference pls. review our principal's company profile (
Our company : United Philippine Lines (

**please REPORT immediately for the evaluation and orientation. We are located IN FRONT of Fort Santiago Park, Intramuros Manila

This is an URGENT Hiring! Deployment is on April 2012.

You may send your resume to

For interested candidates please call Shiela at 0939-2833104. Landline 536-8685

POEA License No.: POEA-197-SB-031204-AOE
Address: UPL Bldg. Sta Clara Cor Arzobispo Streets, Intramuros Manila, Metro Manila
Tel. No.: 527-7491 loc. 234 / 525-1491

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Should the recruitment agency in other country who recruits here in philippines should registered in POEA?

Question and Answers

JR Asks:
Should the recruitment agency in other country who recruits here in Philippines should registered in POEA?

I applied in Ireland I asked the agency why they are not in the list of POEA.. they said that they also adhere to the POEA's guidelines and they are legal in UK. can it be that they are not in the list?

Answer by Kittysue
NO, they MUST be on the POEA registry in order to recruit in the Philippines. NO exceptions. If they are not listed, they are one of the thousands of scam agencies that exist only to steal your money and will never get you a job.

If they are legal in the UK, they will be listed on the Companies House website - the UK government business registry…
Enter the company name in the search box and if the exact name is not listed, then they are NOT legal in the UK either

But even if they were legal in the UK, they still cannot recruit in the Philippines without being registered with the POEA.

Considering unemployment in Ireland is about 15% and there is pretty much a freeze on work permits from outside the EU unless you have at least a Masters or PhD in scientific fields, there is NO way this is legitimate. And many of these scams that pretend to be in Ireland or the UK are actually based in Bulgaria and are long running scams - Eurosalary, EuroJobsTeam, Brightcove, The European Team, Best Jobs, Best Job Salary, Work Abroad, European Placement Team, Paladin Medi, etc are just some of the many names used by the scammers -- they seem to change their name and email once one of these names is exposed as a scam and keep doing it under a new name

Answer by Oneiloilokano
Following POEA's guidelines (so they say) and being registered with the POEA are 2 seperate things. If they are not on the POEA Registry List, then they do not meet the requirements and are an illegal recruitment agaency.

You should also know that people working in the UK are not allowed to be charged fees for employment. So if they are asking for a fee that tells me they are Illegal and do not do it !

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Migrante Dismayed On POEA Chief Dismissal

Migrante, a Filipino-migrant rights watchdog, is dismayed over the dismissal of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Carlos Cao from his post. Migrante believes that there is a power struggle among the ranking labor officials of the agency.

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said Cao's departure may hamper POEA’s services to its stakeholders especially to OFWs as there may be no "smooth transition."

Cao was formally replaced Monday by former Labor Undersecretary Hans Cacdac.

Cacdac formally assumed as the POEA administrator at the turnover rites at the POEA which former Administrator Cao did not attend supposedly to attend to his ailing wife.

“Cao, as a newcomer, may have wanted to institute real reforms in the POEA, but it seems old-timers at the POEA were not satisfied with his performance,” said Monterona.

Monterona noted Cao’s integrity "of not being corrupt and having unblemished record in public service, who is more than qualified for the administration's political slogan 'tuwid na daan'" earned him the POEA administratorship more than a year ago.

“In fairness to Cao has done a good job instituting bureaucratic reforms that streamlined the procedure of services to OFWs stakeholders such as the Balik-Mangagawa wherein vacationing OFWs are required to obtain an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)," Monterona pointed out. "And in the combat against illegal recruitment activities, among others despite him being in the office for just over a year."

news from Manila Bulletin

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Government Feady for OFWs repatriates from Syria

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the government is ready to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers, mostly women domestic service workers, who may be repatriated from civil-strife torn Syria.

Baldoz issued the statement after the Department of Foreign Affairs raised the crisis alert level in Syria from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 4 in view of the escalating violence in that country. Under Alert Level 4, the Philippine government will implement a mandatory repatriation of OFWs at its own expense.

The labor and employment chief said that the DOLE is enjoining OFWs in Syria to avail of the mandatory repatriation program of the government, saying that coming home to the Philippines will ensure their welfare, safety, and protection.

“We are prepared to assist them in with a package of assistance when they arrive,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said that OFWs from Syria will be provided sufficient support under the national Reintegration Program for OFWs, under which several programs are in place and are being implemented.

One reintegration package she cited is the Balik-Pinay, Balik Hanap-buhay Program which is dedicated for distressed women OFWs.

Under the Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, an attached agency of the DOLE, provides a P10,000.00 livelihood/business development assistance to returning women OFWs.

The P10,000.00 is intended as a start-up capital for livelihood undertakings that a recipient may choose to engage in, such as trading or general merchandise sales/dealership; neighborhood store; agri-business; food service; services; e-load station; and production or manufacturing.

Baldoz said that since it was implemented, the NRCO has already disbursed P16.923 million to 1,630 individual OFWs and eight (8) OFW groups in all of the country’s 15 regions.

She also explained that OFW returnees from Syria may avail of skills training under the Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program, under which a returning woman OFW will be trained in various skills, such as cosmetology, haircutting, foot spa, food processing, massage, reflexology, baking, native snack preparation, handicraft, flower arrangement, dress making, beauty care, and pedicure and manicure after which they will be provided with service business starter kits which they can use to engage in home businesses.

This year, 748 women OFWs who have returned to stay permanently have received skills training and received business starter kits under this program.

For OFWs with their sights on bigger businesses, Baldoz said they could avail of the low-interest, collateral-free loans offered under the P2-billion OFW Reintegration Program. OFW borrowers can borrow as much as P2 million in loans for their business of choice.

Under this program, 299 OFW returnees have already availed of P51.918 million in loans to kick-start various small and medium businesses, such as trading, agri-business, franchising, wellness, handicraft, services, schools, internet, food manufacturing, and medical and dental clinics.

“For OFWs in Syria who will return to the Philippines, we encourage them to remain in the country because there are jobs and other non-wage employment opportunities that are waiting for them, where the pay or income is much greater than their salaries as domestic service workers in Syria,” Baldoz said.

“If they remain in the country, we could better protect them. It will also minimize the social cost of being away from their homeland which could be higher in vulnerable occupations like domestic work,” Baldoz finally said.