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6 June 13

Are you planning to work abroad as an OFW?

Many Filipinos have found good employment and earning opportunities abroad, whether as a professional or a skilled worker.  Filipinos are known for being industrious, trustworthy, and hardworking that is why it is not surprising to know that wherever there is a job to be done in any part of the world, a Filipino is almost always in the payroll.

There are, however, certain countries where Pinoys are not allowed to seek employment.  The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) identified these countries and we are sharing the list below for your reference.  If you are applying for an overseas job through an agency, make sure you are not offered a job at any of these countries.  Bear in mind that some recruitment firms will try to make you believe that it is safe to work in these areas even if it is included in the banned list.  Please do not fall for such claims.  Always deal with legitimate agencies and recruitment firms.

Countries where the deployment ban is imposed due to unstable security:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Somalia
  3. Sudan (except Khartoum and the Kenana Sugar Plantation in the White Nile)
  4. Rwanda
  5. Burundi
  6. Iraq
  7. Syria
  8. Yemen
  9. Chechnya

Countries where only OFWs with existing employment contract are allowed to return:

  1. South Sudan
  2. Libya
  3. Ukraine

The country with the poor working condition and local economic situation

  1. Palau (specific ban for domestic workers)

 Countries not certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Chad
  3. Cuba
  4. North Korea
  5. Haiti
  6. Mali
  7. Mauritania
  8. Niger
  9. Palestine
  10. Somalia
  11. Zimbabwe
  12. South Sudan

If you have questions regarding a job opportunity you are being offered or are not sure if the country where you will be deployed is safe for Filipino workers, call the POEA at (072) 722 1144.  You may also regularly visit their website for updates at www.poea.gov.ph.

Reference: www.poea.gov.ph

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May 29

If you are planning on working abroad, one of the first things you need to take care of is your security.  Be wary of illegal recruiters and fake job agencies that can only get you in serious trouble with abusive employers abroad.  In order to avoid being in an OFW Horror Story, you need to account your employment with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or the POEA.

Who is the POEA?

The POEA is primarily responsible for securing the best employment terms of Pinoy migrant workers, from the moment they engage with a recruiter in the Philippines until they are deployed to their respective employers.   POEA works alongside its sister agency, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) to ensure that the Pinoy overseas workers’ welfare is respected and upheld, wherever he may be.

POEA provides services to help OFWs gain their legal status through the proper documents and certifications before leaving the country, while the OWWA is responsible for cases and concerns involving OFWs who are already deployed abroad.

What does the POEA do?

  1. They issue licenses to recruitment and placement and manning agencies for land-based and sea-based workers, respectively.
  2. They monitor and supervise the operations of these recruitment and manning agencies.
  3. They monitor the government’s anti-illegal recruitment program and conducts anti-illegal recruitment seminars nationwide.
  4. They cascade information and expose facts about illegal recruiters, job scams, laws in other countries concerning migrant workers, and other overseas employment-related matters.
  5. The POEA only allows deployment to countries that protect OFW rights with respect to the requirements of the Amended Migrant Workers Act.  These countries are certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  6. They provide legal assistance to Filipinos who fell victim to illegal recruitment and job scams.
  7. They help provide repatriation assistance to displaced OFWs.

Overseas Employment:

  1. They handle the accreditation of foreign employers who hire OFWs.
  2. They process the approval of job orders or requests for workers received from other countries.
  3. They conduct the necessary pre-employment orientation seminars for job applicants.
  4. They evaluate and process employment contracts.

 

You can avoid becoming the next victim of job scammers and illegal recruiters if you acquaint yourself with the requirements and services of the POEA.  The processes that you will be required to undergo (seminars, submission of documents) may look tedious at first but you will realize that it is so much better that taking the shortcut with a possible illegal recruiter.

The government’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of Pinoys who will be working on foreign soil.  And the only way the government can be successful in this endeavor is if all aspiring OFWs (and even those who have already been deployed), would cooperate with the POEA’s processes and requirements.

Tomorrow we are going to feature the different key services offered by the POEA to prospective OFWs.

Reference: www.poea.gov.ph

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How to Get an I-DOLE OFW ID Card

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Last July 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment launched a new ID system for OFWs called the I-DOLE.  This ID allows OFWs to do away with the long and tedious process of applying for the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that they need to secure in order prove their legitimacy as Filipino workers.

Apart from it working as an OEC, the I-DOLE also covers the following card functionalities:

  1. I-DOLE card holders may claim their benefits from the following government agencies through the I-DOLE card:
    • SSS
    • HDMF or Pag-IBIG
    • Philhealth
  2. The DOLE also mentioned that they are working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the possibility of having the I-DOLE cardfunction as a passport for the OFWs.

How does an OFW apply for an I-DOLE card?

The DOLE stated that OFWs need not apply for the said card as their department will be issuing the IDs based on the inventory of all bona fide OFWs from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  The IDs will be mailed to the OFW’s registered address.  If you have not received your I-DOLE yet, you may follow these steps in availing one from the nearest DOLE office in your area.

  1. Go to the main office of DOLE or to any DOLE office branch nearest to your place.
  2. Bring 2 or more valid IDs as proof of your identification. All government IDs are considered valid.
  3. Upon reaching the DOLE’s office, advise the guard or any person-in-charge that you wish to secure an I-DOLE card.
  4. You may be asked to present your OEC as proof that you are applying for an I-DOLE for the first time.
  5. Your information will be processed and verified against the database to check if you are listed as a qualified OFW based on POEA’s listing.
  6. When successfully verified, your ID will be printed and your name will be called when your card is ready.

I-DOLE card application will also be made available online soon to allow OFWs abroad to submit their applications so that their IDs would be ready when they come home for a vacation.

For more information on the I-DOLE card, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.dole.gov.ph

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Bonjour. Mabuhay.

 

News flash for OFWs vacationing for the holidays:

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“Avoid the rush. Avoid the long lines”.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac advised balik manggagawa or overseas Filipino workers spending the holiday season in the Philippines to get their overseas employment certificate or exit clearance early and not get caught with the last-minute dash to return to their jobs abroad.

Cacdac said that the POEA, for several weeks now, have been gearing up for the anticipated arrival of thousands of OFWs this December and their subsequent departure after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“The POEA has been improving its systems and expanding its facilities for the workers’ convenience, but still, we warn our OFWs not to wait for the last day of their vacation to get the exit clearance,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac advised OFWs to avoid the week after December 25 and January 1 when thousands of them troop to the POEA main office to have their travel documents processed.

He said the satellite processing units Trinoma, Quezon City; SM Manila near the Manila City Hall; and the Duty Free store in Parañaque City are now operational and are ready to accept applications for exit clearance during shopping hours.

OFWs going to their provinces may also acquire their exit clearance from the POEA’s offices in Baguio City; San Fernando City, La Union; Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga; Calamba City; Legaspi City; Tacloban City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City; Butuan City; Davao City; and Zamboanga City.

However, Cacdac said the most convenient way especially for those with tight schedule or little time to spare for the exit document, is to use the POEA’s balikmanggagawa appointment system which is free and available at bmappointment.poea.gov.ph. With the appointment service, the worker may choose the time, date, and processing unit most suitable to him or her.

Cacdac said OFWs may also get their exit clearance or OEC at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their jobsite before their departure to the Philippines.

The POEA also issues to OFWs a multiple travel exit clearance (MTEC), co-terminus with the validity of their employment contracts, but which shall not exceed two (2) years. The worker has the option to secure a maximum of 2 travel exit clearance during the validity of her or his existing contract depending on the provisions of the contract allowing frequent vacations.

According to Cacdac, the following are considered balik-maggagawa:

1). a worker who is on vacation or on leave from employment under a valid and existing employment contract and who is returning to the same employer regardless of any change in jobsite, to finish the remaining unexpired portion of the contract;

2). a worker who was rehired by the same employer after finishing his/her contract and who is returning to the same employer, regardless of a change in jobsite;

3). a returning worker whose employment contract was not processed with the POEA but was subsequently verified and registered with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the jobsite and who is returning to the same employer either as a worker-on-leave or rehire, regardless of any change in jobsite.

Returning workers would have to pay Php100 for POEA processing fee; US$25 or its peso equivalent for OWWA contribution on a per contract coverage; Php1,200 for one year Philhealth coverage; and a minimum of Php100 contribution to Pagibig Fund, Cacdac added.

The required documents are:

1) Php passport valid for 6 months from time of
departure;

2) Valid working visa/work permit: 3) Proof of employment such as
certificate of employment, company ID, pay slip, and other equivalent document.

 

http://www.manilachannel.com/2012/12/05/poea-to-vacationing-ofws-get-your-exit-clearance-early/

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Mag ingat sa fixers at sa mga manloloko.

Nakita mo na ba ang balitang ito?

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday exposed another e-mail scam targeting Filipino nurses and other medical practitioners for supposed employment in a hospital in Australia.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the POEA received another recruitment e-mail, supposedly coming from Sydney Adventist Hospital, this time charging a fee of PhP3,750.00 for a two-day “British English” training.

This is similar to the one allegedly sent by Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Canada which offers “Visa Interview Coaching” for a fee of Php 3,888.00.

Karen Franchiti, human resource specialist of the real Stevenson Memorial Hospital wrote the POEA denying having any business relation with “Stevenson Consultancy” which is supposed to conduct the training in the Philippines.

Cacdac said the promises are similar: no placement fee, no processing fee, no salary deduction, no show money, no experience required, free accommodation and food allowance.

“This is a simple cut and paste job and is probably sent by the same group of swindlers which uses legitimate companies to lure victims”, Cacdac added.

Sydney Adventist Hospital, located in New South Wales, Australia, was informed of the scam and has since denied having a part of it.

An alert in Sydney Adventist Hospital’s website said it has not issued advertisements, emails and other notices encouraging nursing staff in the Philippines to submit applications for training for employment.

“The information about Sydney Adventist Hospital recruitment is not accurate and we have not organized training courses and hospital representatives will not be in the Philippines on July 21 and 22nd to employ people,” the hospital said in its warning.

Cacdac said nurses from Philippines and other countries wishing to apply for employment as a nurse in Australia must be registered first with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA

“The training program referred to as the Sydney Adventist British English Training is not associated with Sydney Adventist Hospital. These notices have been issued without our knowledge or approval. Relevant authorities have been advised that these notices are inaccurate and are investigating who has issued them. Please do not pay any fees for the advertised training in the hope of gaining employment here,” the alert said.

Job applicants who have received such recruitment e-mails should forward the same to info@poea.gov.ph for investigation by the POEA, Cacdac said.

(www.poea.gov.ph)

http://www.asianjournal.com/dateline-philippines/across-the-islands/16795-poea-warns-of-another-e-mail-scam-australian-hospital-disowns-english-training-for-filipino-nurses.html

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

It seems like the illegal thing was over exaggerated naman ata.

If the process is within the law and the right and proper procedures are met, then by all means, let us support our seafarers who are also bayaning OFWs.

You be the judge of this issue:

A nongovernmental organization managing a seafarers’ center in Manila maintained Friday that the office has not been involved in illegal recruitment, saying its primary activity has been informing seafarers about jobs overseas.

As proof, the Luneta Seafarers Welfare Foundation (Luswelf) said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) could check out the Luneta Seafarers’ Center along T.M. Kalaw Street for themselves to find out if there was anything questionable in the operations of the facility.

“Since the POEA temporarily suspended its memorandum of agreement with Luswelf in May 2009 and stopped issuing a special recruitment authority to manning agencies in the area, we have abided by its decision,” Luswelf administrator Anfred Yulo said in a statement.

“We have regulated manning activities in the area and prevented them from going beyond information dissemination, advertising and the promotion of seafarer job vacancies in their respective companies,” he added.

Yulo said the center mainly serves as a meeting place for seafarers and local manpower agency representatives.
“The formal recruitment process happens at their respective offices, from the time a seafarer fills up an application form to formally signing a shipboard contract with them.” Yulo said.

The Luswelf official added that the installation of closed circuit television cameras had effectively monitored and regulated the activities of manning agencies which maintained booths at the center.

“As an advocate of seafarer welfare, the Luswelf has never allowed and will never allow illegal recruitment activities at the Luneta Seafarers’ Center. In fact, we forbid manning agencies to post their salary rates at the center to level the playing field,” Yulo said.

The center has been a convergence point for seafarers since the ’80s and a venue for manning agencies to showcase their companies to job applicants.

“Luswelf has never been and shall never be in the business of recruitment. We welcome the POEA to the center so the agency can regulate and monitor for itself the activities of manning agencies in the area,” Yulo said.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/232377/no-illegal-recruitment-at-seafarers-center

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

 

Good news for Seafarers. Read the news article below.

 

Seafarers will no longer have to present their overseas employment certificate (OEC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for validation after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a memorandum exempting them from this procedure.

Citing a one-page Memorandum Circular No. 1, POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said in a statement that the measure, which took effect last week, aims to decongest the long lines of OFWs, who are having their OECs validated at their Labor Assistance Center (LAC) in NAIA.

“This will declog the overflow of OFWs queuing at the Labor Assistance Center for the validation of their travel exit documents, departing seafarers, which comprise minority of worker deployment,” Cacdac said.

Historically, seamen compose only about 20 percent of the country’s total deployment.

Instead, he said manning agencies will now be required to submit the clear copies of the e-receipts or OECs of the seafarers not later than 10 a.m. at the POEA’s Seabased Center at the POEA head office in Mandaluyong City after their departure from the airport. “We urge manning agencies to strictly comply with the requirement for the convenience of their seafarers as the process will allow additionally quality time to bond with their families, instead of queuing at the airport for the validation of their travel documents.” – http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/360418/seamen-exempted

 

Hope this helps declog and create an atmosphere of appreciation for every Pinoy doing their part for the country.

 

Regards,

 

MC

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Found out that the OEC delivery service is now currently stopped.

I wonder what options vacationing OFWs now have in getting oEC. Lahat ba dapat pumunta sa POEA?

Kawawa naman ang mga bagong bayani ng bayan kung mahirap ang transaction sa pamahalaan. Services should be useful to people and proactively efficient.

Anyways, nabsa ko lang to. Let’s see what the future brings.

POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery

Dear OFW,

Due to the changes being implemented at the POEA, our POEA Balik-Manggagawa OEC Delivery Service will be unavailable starting April 12.
POEA is currently in the stage of refurbishing its OEC services to OFWs and has done so without the advantage of the delivery service you have enjoyed over the years.

We hope you had enjoyed the convenience of the service during your vacations and we appreciate your continuous appreciation of the service all these years.

We look forward to providing you once more with services worthy of a “Bagong Bayani”.
Rest assured, we will continue to design and develop new ways to be able to deliver quality Citizen Services to you soon.

 

http://citizenservices.com.ph/blog/view/id/384

 

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In order to address the illegal recruitment problems we have in the country, certain steps are being done by our government. Read the news below to see one.

Ang tanong is, will this work? Of course it will, if our elected officials and all government officials do their jobs right. We can always hope 🙂

Read on.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, The provincial government on Friday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with certain national government agencies in a bid to make Pampanga illegal recruitment-free.

Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Luningning Vergara said the MOU, a first of its kind in the Philippines, seeks to “harmonize the various efforts of the local government units in Pampanga and national government agencies to curb illegal recruitment as well as human trafficking.”

“The foremost reason for the escalation of the problem is the lack or low level of public awareness on the modus operandi of illegal recruiters and the pernicious effects of illegal recruitment. Hence, this partnership will help Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) bring down their respective information campaigns to the grassroots level,” Vergara added.

Under the MOU, POEA will regularly furnish the provincial government- thru its PESO with an updated list of licensed recruitment agencies and entities and POEA-Government Placement Branch vacancies for dissemination to constituencies together with travel updates and advisories.

Also, POEA will make available its personnel to act as resource speakers for pre-employment orientation and anti-illegal recruitment (AIR) seminars and capability enhancement trainings.

Meanwhile, OWWA will assist in the distribution of AIR information materials to its Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Circles and OFW Help Desks and integrate the AIR module prepared by the POEA in its regular conduct of trainings and orientations for OFWs and their families in Pampanga.

On the other hand, DOLE Regional Office 3 shall provide aid in the conduct of trainings and other capability building activities of provincial, municipal and city PESOs to effectively deliver AIR campaigns and address related issues.

DOLE-3 will also integrate AIR information campaigns in its various activities such as career coaching sessions and job fairs.

Moreover, the CFO will coordinate with the provincial government in the conduct of an annual Community Education Program (CEP) in Pampanga.

CEP shall promote awareness on concepts, issues and concerns on the challenges of international migration.

CFO shall likewise provide the provincial PESO with information materials on the campaign against human trafficking and refer local cases reported via action hotline 1343 for appropriate actions.

Present in the MOU signing were governor Lilia Pineda, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon, CFO undersecretary Mary Grace Tirona and DOLE Central Luzon assistant regional director Jeraldine Panlilio along with the some mayors of the province. http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=561335717016

Still, the best way to avoid being a victim is to stop being one. Kailangan kasi mag tanong, maging maalam at huwag basta basta magtiwala sa mga taong hindi natin kilala ng lubusan. Kahit nga yung kakilala na natin minsan naloloko pa tayo.

Magbasa at sabihin sa ibang tao ang alam mo o ang natutunan mo. Isa ito sa mga bagay bagay na makakatulong sa atin. Tandaan, ang magandang bagay na nagawa mo para sa iba ay babalik rin sayo sa tamang panahon. The same goes for the bad things you do to others.

Regards,

MC

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In case you haven’t heard. Be warned. Be informed.

 

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration advised  would-be overseas Filipino workers to reject or at least be careful about job offers that require them to leave for abroad through the country’s “southern backdoor.”

POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said the exit points in the southern parts of the country were the favorite routes used by human traffickers to smuggle out their victims.

“From the southernmost parts of Mindanao and Palawan, traveling by sea to Malaysia is the more convenient way for a human trafficker to move its victims to their final country of destination,” Cacdac said.

He said workers who use the “southern backdoor” usually end up either stranded and without work in a foreign country, or are forced to accept low-paying household jobs, or as farm hands on remote plantations, or in establishments used as fronts for prostitution.

Cacdac said human traffickers use these southern exit points to deploy workers without proper work documents to countries such as Malaysia, South Korea, China, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, and other Middle East countries.

Recently, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur reported that five Filipino women were being held in a night club in Malaysia controlled by a large syndicate involved in human trafficking for prostitution, Cacdac said.

The syndicate reportedly transported the victims through the Zamboanga-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu-Johor Bahru route, he added.

Cacdac said recent studies on human trafficking in the Philippines also indicated that most of the victims were travelers deceived by their recruiters about their real jobs or the conditions of their employment overseas.

“Hence, I would advise aspiring OFWs to be doubtful when recruiters offer Mindanao and Palawan as exit points. Please be very, very careful and always check whether the recruiter, foreign employer, and the job order are in POEA records,” Cacdac said. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/33235/poea-warns-against-overseas-jobs-via-%E2%80%98southern-backdoor%E2%80%99

 

Be smart people.

 

MC

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