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May
25,
2015

Boat People: What will happen to them?

Hot topic sa media ngayon ang tungkol sa mga ‘boat people’. Sila ay mga Rohingya people na mula sa bansang Myanmar. They’ve decided to leave their country dahil sa sigalot ng dalawang grupo – the Buddhist community at Rohingya Muslims – which had left hundreds of people dead and another hundred thousands of people homeless.

 

Nakakaawa ang kanilang kalagayan. Mabuti na lang, kahit magulo rin dito sa Pilipinas, hindi pa naman umaabot sa ganun ang sitwasyon nating mga Pinoy. I can’t think of scenarios like this na maranasan ng Pilipino.

 

And amid this issue, nag-volunteer ang ating gobyerno to provide humanitarian relief and assistance for the asylum seekers and refugees. This was after other Southeast Asian nations, like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia rejected the boat people. Let us prove daw that we Filipinos are compassionate and hospitable people.

 

Indeed we Filipinos are like that. We have proven it to whole world long ago, during World War II when then President Manuel Quezon ordered that the Jewish refugees from Europe be welcomed to the country. And when we provided a village in Palawan for the Vietnamese people to settle in when they flee from the civil war in 1970.

 

Oo nga at likas sa ating mga Pilipino ang pagiging matulungin. At ayaw nating mangyari na kapag tayo naman ang nangailangan ay wala rin tumulong sa atin. Pero ang tanong, sa bilyong tao sa Pilipinas, sa dami ng naghihirap, and with the present situation of our economy, can the Philippine government manage to adopt these Rohingya refugees and guarantee their welfare in our country?  Or it would only bring another shame to us dahil tumulong tayo only to make these people suffer too, in the end?

Nakaabang ang buong mundo, will our country extend help to these foreign refugees sa kabila ng katotohanang marami ding Pinoy ang kumakalam ang sikmura? Pero kung hindi natin sila tutulungan, sino pa ang kukupkop sa mga Rohingya?

 

Published in: Guest Blog Posts
May
22,
2015

OFW Guide: Avoid Investment Scams

How To Avoid Investment Scam

Check the authenticity of the company or the recruiter-  If  the company or the group cannot present authentication from SEC or the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), they are most likely illegal.

Check the product and the services- The product and services of a company is legalized and authenticated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) and SEC. You can also try the product for yourself if it is real or fake.

Do not give your trust easily- Do not give your trust easily and make your own research before you give money. Also, to make sure that it is not a scam, inquire if you can visit the company and try their products to ensure their authenticity.

Observe- Observe the way they talk and their business proposals. The way they converse and their body contact can give you a hint if a person is sincere or just letting you bite their offer.

Be suspicious of e-mail and text alerts- Oftentimes, you receive spam alert through your email that asks you to join a group. You can also receive text messages saying that you won in a certain contest or if you can join them in their lucrative business offer.

Be wise and don’t be a victim of different scams targeting OFWs.

Read more information about Scam Alert for OFWs.

May
21,
2015

Scam Alert: Rampant Fake Job Offers to Canada

POEA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac warned Filipino applicants to be wary of the fake job offers that are circulating right now. On his Facebook post, Admin Cacdac stated:

“Mag-ingat po sa email na kumakalat na nag-aalok daw ng trabaho sa Shriners Hospital for Children sa Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Heto ang mga elemento ng peke o bogus na modus operandi:

  • Ang nagpadala ng email ay tila taga Shriners Hospital for Children (kennethguidera@shrinershopsitalsforchildren.info);
  • Recruitment kuno ng caregivers, nurse aides, midwives, therapists — graduate or undergraduate, with or without PRC license daw; illegal
  • No experience required kuno, no examinations required kuno, no placement fee kuno;
  • May seminar na kailangang puntahan at bayaran ng P3,760;
  • May recruitment agency daw na pinangalanan, pero sa huli ay direct hiring or name hiring arrangement naman daw;
  • Padala daw ng resume o bio-data sa isang email address; at
  • Kailangan daw magmadali kasi “first pay, first reserve basis”.

 

HETO NAMAN PO ANG MGA ELEMENTO KAYA’T HINDI DAPAT PATULAN ITO:

  1. NANININGIL NG PERA.
  2. NAGMAMADALI.
  3. PURO MINATAMIS NA PANG-AKIT (NO PLACEMENT FEE, NO PRC LICENSE. NO EXAMS, ETC.).
  4. MAY LICENSED RECRUITER DAW, PERO DIRECT HIRING NAMAN.
  5. HINDI HO ESTILO O SISTE NG FOREIGN EMPLOYER, LALO NA SA CANADA, NA SUMULAT NG EMAIL.

HUWAG NA HUWAG HONG PATULAN ITO. MAGING MATALINO, HUWAG MAGPALOKO!

 

Hindi nagkukulang ng paalala ang mga authorities ukol sa mga illegal recruiters. We also have the responsibility to protect ourselves from these dangerous elements. Sino nga ba namang gustong maloko? We just have to be curious and be aware para hindi tayo mabiktima. Agree or not?

May
20,
2015

How to Stay Happy as an OFW

The reality of a foreign working environment and the necessity to immediately adjust to a totally new culture and language can be overwhelming. It would not be surprising if an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who always wanted to work abroad may seriously contemplate quitting after some time.

To snap out of these career busters, check out the tips below:

Love what you do. You can easily find joy in your work by recognizing the importance of your profession. Realize that your work makes the lives of others easier and better. The skills and the values you acquire while working also makes you a better person.

Count your blessings. Not everyone is qualified or is given the chance to work in a foreign land. Bear in mind that many Filipino workers back home aspire to be in your position.

Read more tips for migrant workers. 

 

May
18,
2015

Different Job Title in Working Visa

This is a common scenario. Most applicants and OFWs encountered this dilemma.

On Ofwguideforum.com, one of the forumers asked:

“Mga kabayan, ask lang po kung ok lang ba na ang visa na papagamit sakin ay ADMIN which is ang dapat na nakalagay ay FACILITIES TECHNICIAN, sa Qatar po ang alis ko. Nagwo-worry lang po kasi ako. Andun po ba sa visa naka-declared po ba dun yung salary na ino-offfer po sa akin?”

 

And this is the answer given by one of the resident moderators:

“Common practice na sa Middle East ‘yung paggamit ng ibang visa category para lamang makaalis ang isang aplikante. To cut the story short, may quota kasi ang mga visas per job category. So, kapag nasa quota na ‘yung job category mo, hindi ka na maiissuehan ng visa hanggang sa mag-cut off ulit ang kanilang government. And the only solution para makaalis ka lang ay pagagamit sa ‘yo ang ibang visa category.

OK ba ito? Technically speaking, hindi. At pupuwede kang tumanggi kung hindi ka comfortable. ‘Yun nga lang, expect na made-delay ka or worst baka tuluyan nang di makaalis dahil ‘yung second selected applicant baka pumayag.

If ever na mag-agree ka, ang importante ay tama ‘yung position na nasa kontrata mo. At pagdating mo ng Qatar, ipapa-medical ka pa din naman para sa Iqama at working visa mo. This time, dapat tama na ‘yung work visa na ibibigay sa ‘yo.”

 

Makes sense, right? Want to learn and find answer to your overseas job application or OFW life? Join the forum at http://www.ofwguideforum.com now!

 

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