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Aug
7
2013

OFW Guide: Avoid Luggage Tampering

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should particularly be conscious of the items that are not allowed in airports as they would often fill their luggage with so much stuff since their work contracts require lengthy stay.

Be aware that your luggage will be out of your sight once it is checked in and it can be tampered.  Luggage tampering makes innocent people suffer and surprisingly it is very easy to do. Often, a victim will only be aware that his luggage has been tampered when he is approach by the security personnel.

So how can a traveler avoid being a victim? Check out these tips from WorkAbroad.ph Facebook Fan Page:

  • Huwag ipagkatiwala ang inyong bagahe sa ibang tao lalo na sa mga di authorized personnel ng airport
  • Maging alerto sa iyong paligid. Ingatan ang gamit. Huwag itong ilagay o ipatong sa kung saan-saan.
  • Ang mga importanteng dokumento, pera at ilang gadgets ay ilagay sa inyong hand-carry bags.
  • Sakaling may lumapit na indibidwal at nakikiusap na makisabay ng padala, huwag itong tanggapin (ito po ay para maiwasan angdrug trafficking).
  • Huwag gumamit ng mga sub-standard na mgamaleta/bags.
  • Sakaling iche-check ang iyong bagahe, huwag pumayag na hindi mo ito makikita habang chine-check.
  • Magdala lang ng mga mahahalagang gamit upang maiwasan ang napakaraming bitbitin.
  • Focus. Huwag ilayo ang focus sa iyong mga dala-dalahin lalo na kung nandon lahat ng mga importante mong kagamitan.

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Aug
6
2013

List of Nurse-Applicants Shorlisted for Germany

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The POEA released the list of shortlisted applicants for the nursing job vacancies in Germany. If you or someone you know has submitted an application for this job opening for Registered Nurses (RNs) , check out if your name is included in the list:

Shorlisted Applicants to Germany 1st Batch

Shorlisted Applicants to Germany 2nd Batch

The applicants were selected based on the criteria set by POEA and Germany. The employer representative will still evaluate their credentials to come up with a list of applicants for interview in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The  nurses for interview will be duly notified of their schedule.

 

 

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Aug
5
2013

What is the Difference Between POEA and OWWA

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are sister agencies. They are both under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and were established to protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Their mission as posted in their official website is as follows:

POEA: Promotes and develop the overseas employment program and protect the rights of migrant workers

OWWA: Tasked to protect and promote the welfare and well-being of OFWs and their dependents. Being a membership institution, OWWA’s programs, projects and services are geared towards safeguarding and promoting the welfare and interests of its members.

As their mission and goals are very similar, they work hand in hand but their main difference lies in their functions:

POEA: is the agency that the worker will go to before he leaves to work abroad. Most of the things that an OFW would do to ensure legal status would be done at POEA.

So for complaints and assistance prior to the deployment of OFW, go to POEA.

OWWA: is the agency to go to once the worker is already deployed overseas.

Documented OFWs go to OWWA to know their benefits and how to avail them. This is also the agency to go to request for assistance or if there are complaints regarding foreign employers.

 

 

 

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Published in: OFW Tips and Guides
Aug
2
2013

Suspects in Sex for Flight Schemes

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Walden Bello, the Representative of the Party List Akbayan expressed disappointment over the actions of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) against the suspects on the alleged sex- for flight schemes on distressed OFWs in Middle East countries.

The Party List Rep presented the names of the 13 persons involved and the actions done by the DFA:

Mohammad Abdul Majid, Qatar POLO interpreter
Ordered to return the money collected; terminated in December 2011

Nasser Macarimbang, Qatar ATN officer
Reprimanded, taken out of the case, for immediate recall

Sitti Jaffar, Qatar Welfare Officer
Tour-of-duty ended February 15, 2011

Camaloden Guro, Syria Augmentation team member
Reprimanded; ward will be repatriated and invited to air her side with a view to determining administrative charges to be filed

Victor Godoy, OWWA driver
Contract terminated April 2013, for probe by DOLE

Antonio Villafuerte, Riyadh Assistant Labor Attache.
Notice of recall June 24, pending arrival, to be probed by DOLE

Jose Casicas, Saudi Arabia driver
Contract terminated June 21, 2013; to be investigated by DOLE

Bashir Ayub, Saudi Arabia interpreter
To be investigated by the DOLE team

Richard Seneres, Manager of FWRC Riyadh.
To be investigated by DOLE

Alfredo Labrador, Syria local hire driver.
Terminated

Marie Antonio
To be investigated by DOLE; recalled June 11, 2013

Blas Marquez
Suspended, effective June 18, to be investigated by DOLE

Jose Gratil, FWRC driver
Resigned, April 11, 2013, to be investigated

 

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Published in: OFW News
Aug
1
2013

POEA Opens OFW Deployment in Iraq

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The POEA believes that Iraq is now a safe destination for OFWs, as Admin Hans Cacdac lifted the deployment ban that has been in effect for nine years.

Cacdac cites a report from the DFA saying that the security situation is good enough to have overseas Filipino workers in Iraq.”

He expects that the lifting of the ban would open opportunities for Filipino workers as they would be needed in the rebuilding of Iraq’s oil and gas, construction, medical and hotel industries.

The ban-lifting though has exemptions as Iraq is still not open to household service workers (HSWs). There are also four Iraq provinces where OFWs are not allowed to be deployed because it is till considered dangerous.

Filipina HSWs are still not allowed to work in Iraq because there is “no adequate protection in place” for them.

The “no-go” provinces are Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk and Salahuddin, Cacdac said.

Meanwhile, Filipinos who will be deployed in Iraq are advised to take precautionary measures.

 

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Published in: Hot Destinations, OFW News


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