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07 - 04

Are you leaving the country to work as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) for the first time?

We researched on important information that OFWs need to be aware of before they sign a contract with an employer or an agency.  We are sharing this list from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to help all aspiring Pinoys be on the safe side when scouting for job opportunities abroad.

In 2015, the POEA reported that there are more than 1.8 million OFWs around the world, 1.4 million of which are land-based and most of the OFW population is composed of women workers.  These statistics dictate the urgent need to keep Pinoys well-informed of their rights and privileges in as far as labor (whether domestic or international) is concerned.

We hope the following list lifted from the POEA can help our kababayans prepare themselves for the 2-year haul of working in foreign soil.

Read on.

OFWs are entitled to:

  • A minimum monthly salary of $400 (USD or its equivalent in the country where the OFW will be deployed).
  • At least one day off per week.
  • Free transportation from the Philippines to the host country and back.
  • Free accommodation and food.
  • Free medical and dental services.
  • Vacation leave with pay of up to 15 days a year.
  • Personal life accident, medical and repatriation insurance from a reputable insurance company.
  • Remittance of money to the Philippines, and assistance from the employer in setting up a bank account.
  • Just and humane treatment from the employer.

OFWs are reminded as well to take care of their passports and work / residence permits.  Keep photocopies of these important documents in their possession at all times.  They are also encouraged to leave photocopies with their families in the Philippines as reference.

The minimum age requirement for OFWs is 23 years old.  Do not even attempt to fake your age when applying for a job as this will definitely result in serious problems later on, more so when discovered by (sometimes unforgiving ) foreign employers.

If you are applying as a household service worker, your employment contract must be approved by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office for your protection.  There should be no placement fees to work abroad as well.

If you have questions about OFW rights and privileges, send us a message and we will do our best to search for the answers for you.

Source: www.poea.gov.ph

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05 - 10

To work abroad and be able to provide handsomely for their families in the Philippines is a common goal among most Filipinos.  Time and distance become insignificant at the promise of a better compensation package, a legitimate contract, and sometimes, an opportunity to migrate overseas with the family.

While most OFWs are able to enjoy the sweet fruits of their labor, it is no secret that more than a handful of them come back home with broken hearts and dreams.  Why is this so?

We researched on the top reasons our beloved OFWs give up on their goals abroad, pack their bags, and take the next flight out back to where they came from.  What problems plague overseas workers and how can these be prevented?  Read on.

1. Becoming a victim of Illegal Recruitment

Lack of proper information and awareness, as well as failure to check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) before engaging with an agency, are the main reasons why Pinoys fall prey to illegal recruiters.

Avoid becoming a victim of illegal recruitment by diligently checking with the POEA if your agency is properly listed as a recruitment firm and has a good track record among other workers.

2. High placement fees

Another red flag when engaging with a recruitment agency are exorbitant placement fees that you know you will not be able to pay even after you’ve completed your 24-month contract abroad.  Some recruiters will encourage you to agree to an “installment plan” where part of your salary automatically goes to paying for your placement fee’s outstanding balance.  Do not fall for such “sweet talk”, especially if they compel you to give them authorization to deduct some amount from your salary.

You have the right to refuse a job offer if it obviously puts you in debt even before you leave the country.

3. Employer abuse

This could be an offshoot of numbers 1 and 2.

Abuse does not only mean physical or verbal; some employers discriminate against your race or religion and that too is considered as abuse.  If you find yourself in this situation, get in touch with the Philippine embassy in your location and ask for help right away.

4. Extra-marital relationships and broken families

This happens for a multitude of reasons but most common is the OFW’s inability to cope with homesickness and loneliness.  Others find the need to get into illicit relationships for additional income and sustain their stay abroad (i.e. marriage for convenience).

You can avoid this by maintaining consistent and meaningful conversations with your spouse and children even when you are far.

5. Landing in jail for offenses they did not commit

Nightly news are never without OFWs and their families seeking the government’s intervention for false accusations that landed their loved one in a foreign jail cell.  The scenes are as heartbreaking as your nightly telenovela and sadly, most end up with the poor OFW coming home in a wooden box.

Stay away from dubious groups and avoid engaging in questionable transactions while you are abroad.  Always keep your personal belongings secured especially if you live with other overseas workers.

6. Failed family business

OFWs entrust their hard-earned money to their parents, siblings, or spouses in the hope that this is invested properly and used wisely to meet the go out of control.  Sadly, this also causes rifts among family members, and husbands and wives.  family’s needs.  But because of lack of research and proper business planning, investments fail to grow and expenses

7. Dwindling value of the Philippine Peso

This is something that is beyond anyone’s control unless you are the President of the country.  Yet this affects an OFW’s family’s monthly income so much.  That is why it pays to learn how to invest properly and grow a profitable side business.  This ensures you of a passive income that you can count on whenever the country’s economy adversely affects your household income.

8. Getting caught in violent uprisings and natural disasters abroad.

Again, this is beyond your control as an OFW or an OFW’s allotee; and again, you can respond positively to these types of setbacks with a stable savings account and a profitable investment.

9. Unable to get assistance from consular and embassy officials abroad.

Either the OFW is deployed in a remote area or the Philippine embassy in his country has limited manpower and so they are unable to attend to all Pinoys seeking assistance.

10. Compelling family problems back home

A terminally ill parent, a child getting hooked on drugs, or a spouse running off with a new partner; these familiar situations are surefire ways to get a Pinoy OFW to come running back home.

There may be more problems that plague overseas workers that are not mentioned in this article.  But obviously, these are not enough to keep Filipinos from seeking employment abroad.  It is every person’s responsibility to ensure that he gains more from the effort of leaving his family behind than the price he has to pay in the end.

We hope this article helped shed light on some of the issues experienced by Pinoy OFWs and their families.  Your own experiences, lessons, and advises to fellow OFWs are most welcome too!

Reference:

http://www.pinoy-ofw.com

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How To Apply for an SSS OFW Housing Loan

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Filipinos seize work opportunities abroad in the hope that they can double their income and be able to provide handsomely for their loved ones in the Philippines.  Foremost in an Overseas Filipino Worker’s agenda is to purchase a house and lot, a family vehicle, and secure their children’s educational funds.  The Philippine government has consistently provided ways and means to help OFWs realize their goals.  One such support is by providing socialized and low-cost housing through the Social Security System (SSS).

You will be surprised to know that the SSS offers a maximum housing loan amount of Php 2,000,000.00, and may be shared among three qualified SSS members, related within the first civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.  This means that if both husband and wife are OFWs, they can apply for a joint housing loan and share in the amortization.

For everybody’s information, we have summarized the list of requirements and procedures when applying for an SSS OFW Housing Loan.  You may also visit the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph for more information regarding this loan offer.

Who are Eligible Borrowers?

OFW Member is qualified to borrow if he meets the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Member is a certified Overseas Filipino Worker;
  2. Member is a voluntary OFW member of SSS;
  3. Member has at least 36 months contribution and 24 continuous contributions in the period prior to application;
  4. Member is not more than 60 years old at the time of application and must be insurable.  Members aged 60 years at time of application will have a maximum loan term of 5 years;
  5. Member was not previously granted an SSS housing loan;
  6. Member has not been granted final SSS benefits;
  7. Borrower and spouse is updated in the payment of their SSS loan(s), if any.

The spouses of an existing borrower may still qualify for an SSS housing loan if the loan of the existing borrower was obtained prior to the date of marriage and the loan is not delinquent.

What are the Loan Purposes?

The allowable purposes for a loan are as follows:

  1. Construction of a new house or dwelling unit on a lot owned by the applicant free from lien/encumbrances;
  2. Purchase of a lot and construction thereon of a new house or dwelling unit; and
  3. Purchase of an existing residential unit which may be a house and lot, a condominium unit, or a townhouse.

The property subject of the loan must be occupied by the owner-borrower or his/her immediate family member upon purchase of the unit.

What are the Requirements and Procedures?

The member may file the application at the nearest SSS cluster branch or at the Housing and Business Loans Department, 5/F SSS Building, East Avenue, Quezon City.

The following documents should be submitted upon filing of application:

  1. Original copy of the following:
  • Mortgagor’s Application for Housing Loan with 1”x1” ID pictures of Principal Applicant and Spouse;
  • Certificate of Loan Eligibility (CLE) and P100 service fee;
  • Certification from POEA / DOLE / OWWA / SSS Foreign Representative Office or Philippine Embassy / Consular Office
  • Deed of Sale or Contract to Sell with statement of latest balance for purchase of lot or house and lot;
  • Appraisal Report from Home Guaranty Corporation accredited appraisal companies;
  • Certificate of Acceptance and Occupancy duly signed by the borrower if house is 100% complete at the time of loan filing;
  • Duly notarized Special Power of Attorney (if filing is through a representative).

2. Original and Photocopy of the following:

  • Latest Contract of Employment and latest Employer’s Certification duly authenticated by Philippine Consulate;
  • Owner’s copy of the TCT / OCT / CCT;
  • Certified true copy of TCT / OCT / CCT issued by the Register of Deeds;
  • Latest Property Tax Declaration and Realty Tax Receipt.

3. Other documents:

  • Lot plan with vicinity map duly signed and sealed by Registered Surveyor or Geodetic Engineer (blue print).
  • Building plans / specifications / picture of the house (blue print);
  • A set of twelve postdated checks covering twelve monthly installments and shall be repeated every twelve months thereafter until the loan is fully paid.
  • Tax Mapping / Subdivision Plan
  • Affidavit of Undertaking to continue paying monthly SSS premium contributions for the duration of housing loan.

4. Notes:

  • Present original and submit one (1) photocopy of required documents for authentication purposes;
  • Applicant and spouse must be up-to-date in the payment of all existing loan accounts with SSS subject to verification by the SSS;
  • SSS reserves the right to require additional documents if deemed necessary;
  • Application Fee – ½ of 1% of loan amount or P500 whichever is higher but to exceed P3,000.00 to be deducted from the first loan release;
  • Inspection Fee – P500 for both within and outside Metro Manila.

Source: https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/appmanager/pages.jsp?page=dhofwapply

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09-09

Kasama sa krusada ng Presidente ang gawing madali at simple ang mga government processes para makabawas sa dagdag na gastos ng mga Pinoy.  Bilang pag tugon sa panawagang ito, tinanggal na ang requirement ng Overseaas Employment Certificae (OEC) para sa mga kababayan nating OFW na nagbabakasyon sa bansa at babalik din sa dating employer, sa dating lugar na pinagta-trabahuhan.

Ito ay effective simula unang linggo ng September 2016.

Narito ang mga hakbang para mag qualify ang isang OFW sa OEC Exemption (sa ilalim ng Resolution No. 12 mula sa Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA):

  1. Mag register sa BM Online Facility bago ang araw ng flight pabalik sa ibang bansa ng OFW.  Libre ang registration.
  2. Ipapadala ng POEA ang impormasyon na makakalap mula sa registration ng OFW sa Bureau of Immigration (BI).  Ito ang gagamitin ng Immigration officer na basehan kung ang manggagawa ay qualified sa exemption.
  3. Kung makikitang hindi ka kwalipikado sa exemption, madi-direct ka sa BM Online Webpage kung saan kailangan mong muling mag register at mag set ng appointment sa POEA.
  4. Kung didiretso ka naman sa BI counter sa airport ngunit hindi ka nakapag register online, papupuntahin ka sa Labor Assistance Counter (LAC) para ma-evaluate.

Tandaan na ang mga kwalipikado lamang sa exemption ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Mga OFW na pabalik sa dating employer at sa dating lugar ng pinagta-trabahuhan at may existing records sa POEA database.
  • Mga OFW na nabigyan ng trabaho sa pamamagitan ng Government Placement Branch o ng in-house recruitment facility ng POEA.

Kung qualified ka sa OEC exemption, hindi mo na din kailangang magbayad ng travel tax at terminal fee.  Siguraduhin lamang na maipapakita mo ang mga sumusunod na dokumento sa Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) at sa Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA):

  • Valid work visa
  • Work permit
  • Valid employment contract
  • Valid company ID
  • Recent payroll slip
  • Other equivalent documents

Kaya’t maligayang pagbabalik sa bansa at mapayapang byahe pabalik sa inyong mga trabaho, mga bayaning OFW!

Source: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/142336-poea-oec-scrap-for-returning-ofws

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Dedicated Passport Center for OFWs

Bilang pagpapahalaga at pagbibigay prayoridad sa ating mga kababayang OFW, ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ay maglalagay ng dedicated passport application center para sa mga OFW sa consular office sa Robinson’s Galleria.  Ito ay malapit lamang sa opisina ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Ang mga OFW ay hindi na kailangan pang mag set ng appointment para mag apply ng passport o magpa renew.  Bukas ang dedicated passport application center sa lahat ng mga OFW, kahit unang beses pa lamang niyang umalis o dati nang bumibiyahe para mag trabaho.

Habang hinihintay ang official launch ng nasabing passport application center, ang mga OFW ay patuloy na gagamit ng mga courtesy lanes sa mga DFA consular offices.

Isang paalala lamang sa mga OFW na naka schedule magpa renew ng kanilang passport:  Phased out na green-colored at machine-readable passports.  Kung ganito ang huling passport na gamit at ngayon ay ipapa-renew na, ituturing na New Application ang dapat sana’y renewal lamang.  Dahil dito, kailangang mag dala ng mga documentary requirements ang aplikante tulad ng PSA Birth Certificate at iba pang documents na naka lista sa DFA website.

I-share natin ang article na ito sa lahat n gating mga kamag-anak at kaibigan na nagpa-planong mangibang bansa para mag trabaho.

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568247/news/pinoyabroad/dfa-creates-dedicated-passport-center-for-ofws

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Good news para sa ating mga kababayang OFW! May online facility na para makapag generate at makapagbayad ng OEC o Overseas Employment Certificate; hindi na ninyo kailangang pumunta pa sa designated Philippine embassies and consular locations. Para ito sa mga OFW na nagbabakasyon sa bansa, rehired, o pabalik sa dati nilang employer at may existing nang records sa POEA database.

Kung ikaw naman ay OFW din at aalis ka nang muli pero bago na iyong employer, magagamit mo pa din ang online facility dahil pwede ka nang mag set ng appointment mo online. Ibig sabihin, kapag meron kang appointment, siguradong may mag-assist sa iyo pag dating mo sa OEC processing at hindi mo na kailangang pumila ng matagal.

Maaaring ma-access ang online facility ng Balik Manggagawa ditto (http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/). Narito ang mga hakbang para sa Application ng OEC online:

  1. Visit the Balik Manggagawa website (http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/). Kung hindi ka pa nakagawa ng online account mo, piliin ang New User? na column at ilagay ang lahat ng detalye na hinihingi. Siguraduhing valid ang email address na inilagay sa Email address field dahil dito ipadadala ang verification email. Kung hind mave-verify ang iyong account, hindi mo ito maa-access.
  2. Kapag na-verify na ang account mo, bumalik sa website at mag login sa iyong account. Ihanda ang iyong passport at kopya ng visa, ang iyong original na OEC (kailangang sa Pilipinas na-issue ang OEC).
  3. Sagutin ang information sheet at ilagay ang petsa ng departure/alis sa Pilipinas.
  4. Para sa mga first time OEC applicants, maaaring mamili ng date at lugar kung saan mo gustong kunin ang OEC.
  5. Kapag siguradong tama na ang lahat ng inilagay na information, i-click ang ‘Set Appointment’. Mabibigyan ka pa ng pagkakataon na ma-review ang lahat ng information na inilagay mo bago ito ma-confirm.
  6. Ang e-payment facility ay para naman sa mga returning visitors; maaari silang magbayad gamit ang online banking system na available sa website. Kapag nakapag bayad na, maaari nang i-print ang OEC kasama ang mga system-generated certificates at receipts. Mag print ng tatlong kopya ng OEC.

Ilang mga paalala mula sa POEA tungkol sa OEC:

  • Ang POEA ay hindi nagi-isyu ng OEC sa mga airport maliban sa mga OFW na naka emergency leave ng hindi lalagpas sa five (5) days.
  • Ang OEC ay valid lamang sa petsa o araw kung kalian ito na-isyu. Kaya’t kinakailangang ang OFW ay may confirmed flight schedule sa parehong araw.
  • Ito ay available sa mga Labor Assistance Centers (LAC) sa mga international airports sa Manila, Cebu, at Davao.
  • Simula November 2, 2015, ang POEA Main Office sa Edsa corner Ortigas Avenue ay tatanggap lamang ng mga Balik-Manggagawa na may APPOINTMENT sa BM Online Processing System.
  • Ang mga sumusunod na POEA Regional Offices ay tatanggap lamang ng mga Balik-Manggagawa na may APPOINTMENT sa BM Online Processing System:
    • San Fernando City, La Union
    • Tuguegarao City
    • Baguio City
    • San Fernando City, Pampanga
    • Calamba City
    • Legaspi City
    • Cebu City
    • Iloilo City
    • Bacolod City
    • Tacloban City
    • Davao City
    • Butuan City
    • Zamboanga City
    • Koronadal City
    • Cagayan de Oro City

Paki share sa mga kababayan nating OFW.

For more information, visit: http://www.pinoy-ofw.com/news/36142-how-to-apply-oec-online.html

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If you have plans of working abroad or will be working abroad soon, it is likely that your employers or the embassy of the country you will be working at will require for DFA-certified copies of your school credentials.  This is more commonly referred to as “Red Ribbon” because authenticated documents bear a red ribbon and the dry seal of the DFA.  The most common documents that need authentication are your Transcript of Records, Diploma, Certificate of Graduation, Form 137, and even your PSA Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (when applicable).

How does one get his or her school credentials authenticated by the DFA?

The entire process begins with the Authentication and Verification of your school, CHED, TESDA, and or the DepEd (whichever is applicable to the student).  Any of these agencies (depending on the school you graduated from – public or private) must issue you a CAV or a Certificate of Authentication and Verification.  This shall mean that the documents you are submitting for authentication by the DFA are certified authentic and verified by the above agencies and by your school.  The CAV shall then form part of the documents to be submitted to DFA for authentication.

Read on for the step-by-step process in authenticating school credentials from a private school.  Please note that public school and state university graduates may inquire at their Registrar’s office regarding document authentication.

How to Red Ribbon College Diplomas and Transcript of Records (TOR)

  1. Prepare three (3) copies of your TOR and diploma.
  2. Submit the copies to your college or university’s Registrar’s Office; they will mark these as certified true copies.
  3. Request for an Authentication Registration Form from your Registrar; fill out the form and other documents the Registrar will give you. Make sure all your entries are written legibly.
  4. Pay the necessary fees; this will depend on your school. After paying, claim the certified true copies of your TOR and diploma.
  5. Proceed to the CHED office in your area and advise that you need your school documents authenticated by the DFA. Submit the copies certified by your Registrar, fill out the application forms, and pay the necessary fees.
  6. You will be given a stub containing the date when may collect your Red Ribboned papers at the DFA.

How to Red Ribbon High School Diploma and Form 137

  1. Prepare two (2) photocopies of your high school diploma; proceed to your school’s Registrar’s Office and advise that you need your diploma to be certified as true copies.
  2. Request for an Authentication Registration Form from your Registrar; fill out the form and other documents the Registrar will give you. Make sure all your entries are written legibly.
  3. Have the following ready as supporting documents for the authentication of your high school diploma and Form 137:
    • Form 137 (student’s permanent records)
    • Certificate of Graduation
    • Diploma
    • Special Order Number (if student graduated from a private school)
    • 2 pcs Passport size photos
  4. When you are sure that you have completed all documentary requirements, proceed to the DepEd office and file the documents you need authenticated by DFA.  You will be given a stub so you would know when you may claim your Red Ribboned documents at the DFA.

Authentication Fees:

  1. Php 100 / document (4 days processing)
  2. Php 200 / document (1 day processing)

Important Reminders:

  1. Unclaimed authenticated documents will be disposed of by the DFA after three (3) months from date of release.
  2. DFA San Fernando Pampanga (Office of Consular Affairs – Authentication Division) now accepts authentication for the following documents:
    • NBI Clearance
    • PSA-issued documents in security paper including CENOMAR
    • Barangay Certification w/ Mayor Certification (issued within Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR only).
    • Police Clearance (issued within Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR only).
    • Affidavits of Employment, Trainings/Seminars,  and Baptism/Confirmation w/ Regional Trial Court (RTC) Certification (issued within Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR only).
    • Other Notarized Documents (SPA, Affidavit of Support and Guarantee, Consent, etc.) with RTC Certification (issued within Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR only).
    • Medical Certifications authenticated by DOH.
    • PRC Documents (issued within the NCR, Regions I, II, III and CAR only).
    • LTO License Certification (issued by LTO main office only).
    • Foreign Documents authenticated by the Philippine /Consulate or documents authenticated by Foreign Embassies/Consulates based in the Philippines.
    • School Records (TOR, Diploma, Form 137, etc) w/ CHED, TESDA, or DEP-Ed Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) (issued within the NCR, Regions I, II, III and CAR only).
  3. An applicant may request for authentication through a duly authorized representative.  Make sure that the representative is prepared with the following upon application:
    • Valid ID
    • Signed authorization or SPA from the applicant
    • Photocopy of applicant’s ID bearing the applicant’s signature
    • Photocopy of authorized representative’s ID
  4. In case the document needs further verification, the applicant is advised to file at Authentication Division, Aseana Building, corner Bradco Ave., Macapagal Blvd., Parañaque City.
  5. Liaison Officers of Recruitment Agencies are not allowed to transact authentication services at any Regional Consular Office (RCO).

Sources:

How to Red Ribbon Diploma, TOR, Form 137 from DFA – Requirements

http://www.dfa.gov.ph/consular-services/authentication-information

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.

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