Overseas Jobs, Jobs Abroad, Pinoys Abroad
Feed Burner
Twitter

Archive for the ‘Laws and Immigration’ Category

Sep
17
2014

PHL and HK Labor Officials talked about OFW Placement Fee Issue

Posted by:

Placement fee issues and household workers’ complaints against their employers were raised by Philippine labor officials in a meeting held with the Hong Kong labor officials.

Their discussion focused on the need to cooperate with each other in addressing the concerns of Filipino household service workers in Hong Kong, particularly on placement fee issues and workers’ complaints against their employers,” Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Attaché Manuel Roldan and Consul General Bernardita Casalla met with Hong Kong Labour Department Commissioner Donald Tong, Deputy Commissioner Byron Ng, Assistant Commissioner Nicholas Chan and senior administrative officer Queenie Wong to discuss matters that concern OFWs in Hong Kong.

Labor Attaché Roldan reported that they’ve also explained the Philippine procedure of hiring Filipino workers, the ‘no-placement fee’ policy, the process of accrediting Hong Kong-based employment agencies with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and their responsibilities to the workers hired.

Consul General Casalla informed them about the rampant practice of Hong Kong-based agencies of collecting placement fees from workers which is a violation of the Hong Kong laws, allowing only a service fee of 10 percent from the worker’s first month’s salary.

They also added that upon arrival of OFWs in Hong Kong, especially household service workers or HSWs, they are brought by the agency to a Hong Kong lending company for them to sign a loan document which they had to pay through monthly installment from five to seven months in different 7-eleven branches. OFWs are also told to open a bank account, but with the ATM card to be surrendered to the agencies. They can only get hold of their atm after the amount of service fee for the month has been deducted.

Roldan said to Hong Kong labor officials that these processes, together with other complaints by OFWs like illegal recruitment and abuse, often remain unreported.

Commissioner Tong encourages workers to report complaints against their employers to Hong Kong Labour Department. While complaints against their agencies are to be reported to the Employment Agency Administration. These will be used as basis to conduct inspection and investigation regarding the matter.

Casalla raised a problem regarding the availablity of OFWs to complain, because Sunday is their only free time, when the Labor Department is closed. She then suggested that the Philippine Consulate can accept complaints from OFWs and summarize it before forwarding it to the Hong Kong Labour Department. Tong welcomes the idea of case-referral ssytem and said it will be subject for further discussion.

Through the case-referral system, the availability of OFWs to seek redress for their grievances and of Hong Kong authorities to hear them will no longer be an isse,” said Baldoz.

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Sep
10
2014

Recruitment Agencies with Poor Repatriation Named

Posted by:

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA released the names of the 50 recruitment agencies who had failed to help in repatriating distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac named these agencies in his Facebook post saying that ‘the recruiters had displayed poor judgment in terms of complying with their promise to repatriate distressed OFWs’ and added that (POEA) ‘will docket cases against them with orders of preventive suspension imposed upon those in top ten’.

Below is the list of the 50 recruitment agencies, the top 6 already cancelled by POEA.

1. Asmara International Placement Agency, Inc.
2. World Production Intl Manp Corp
3. Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Inc.
4. Realworld Corporation
5. Dalandan International Manpower Inc.
6. Nawras Manpower Services, Inc.
7. Philtrade International Manpower Services
8. Asean Management & Technical Services, Inc.
9. The Lamplight International Manpower Services Inc.
10. Aisis International Manpower, Inc.
11. Al-Ahram International Group Services, Inc.
12. ASAP-Placement Intl. Corp
13. Elbeitam Management Services, Inc.
14. Jamal Human Resource Internationale
15. Wanda Resources and Manp Corp
16. Wavex Management Services Inc.
17. Al-Awa’el Intenational Manpower Inc.
18. Futuristic International Artist (FIA) Promotion Corp.
19. Acclaimed One Manpower and Recruitment Services
20. First Step Manpower Int’l. Services Inc.
21. Goldmine Int’l Rect Agency
22. Meccaj Manpower Intl Svcs
23. Mi Amore International Services, Inc.
24. Miss Talent Management Services, Inc.
25. Rochart Global Resource Center
26. Samarec Services Master Placement Agency Co
27. Samba Master Recruitment Service
28. Saranay Philippines Inc.
29. ABC Manpower Agency Inc.
30. Al-Habib International Services Corporation
31. Crystal Falah-ville International Manpower Services Inc.
32. Helal Manpower Agency
33. House of Skilled Workers Intl Manpower Services Corp.
34. Kimobo International Personnel Services Inc.
35. Kougen International Promotion
36. Nouveau Riche International Recruitment Services
37. Osims Oriental Skills Intl Manp Svcs Inc.
38. Philglobal Manpower Development Corporation
39. Ridzkey Human Resources Intenational Services
40. White Wings Manpower Exponent
41. A.B.U. Talent Management Inc.
42. Al Rafedain Manpower Intl Corporation
43. Al Taka Manpower Services, Inc.
44. AP International Staffbuilders Inc.
45. Awas Manpower Services Inc.
46. Dobim Intenational Manpower Services
47. Hikari Management International Inc.
48. Jardy Internationa Promotion Agency
49. MMS Asia Group Resource Corporation
50. Muraken International Manpower Services

 

 

Related articles:

POEA Revoked License of Recruitment Agencies

POEA Won’t Stop: Another Recruitment Agency Closed

2 Recruitment Agencies Suspended re: Fake Certificates

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies

How to Recognize A Good Recruitment Agency

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Sep
3
2014

Single Visa for ASEAN Member Countries

Posted by:

A bill seeking a single visa system that would allow Filipinos to enter any of the 10 Asean member countries has been filed at the House of Representatives.

image from chiangraibulletin.com

image from chiangraibulletin.com

 

The said resolution is similar to Europe’s unified visa system, according to Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, a co-author of House Resolution 1313, allowing non-ASEAN nationals to enter the Asian countries using a single visa which would save time and resources from securing travel documents from each country of destination.

He had persuaded the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to discuss with other ASEAN countries the reality of this resolution and how the security of all countries can still be protected and sovereignity respected.

Abante-Mindano party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez, another co-author of the resolution, said it might take a while before the single-visa scheme may be implemented because of technology, political issues, concerns on sovereignity and the different visa system in each countries.

 

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
May
30
2014

More occupations added in Canada worker programs

Posted by:

If you are planning to settle in Canada with your family for good, worker programs that lead to permanent residency have been offered in the recent years by the Canadian government.

At present, Filipinos and other nationalities can work and live permanently in Canada through the following worker schemes:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

For this year, more eligible occupations were added in the list to qualify for employment and permanent residency programs in Canada.

The three different worker programs accept a certain number of eligible applicants who, apart from being eligible in the occupations under the worker program, are assessed based on their language skills, adaptability, educational background, work experience, age and available arranged employment.

See the complete list of eligible occupations for FSWP

See the complete list of eligible occupations for FTSP

See the complete list of eligible occupations for CNC

Find jobs in Canada

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
May
19
2014

Qatar announces plans to amend labor law

Posted by:
FIFA president Sepp Blatter (right) and Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar World Cup committee. CREDIT: Associated Press/Osama Faisal

FIFA president Sepp Blatter (right) and Sheik Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, chairman of Qatar World Cup committee.
CREDIT: Associated Press/Osama Faisal

The Qatari Ministry of Labor has announced major and possible changes to the Qatari Labor Law that will mutually benefit expatriates, or those foreign nationals who work in Qatar, and their employers.

The amendments in the Labor Law has been anticipated and asked for a long time now as the kafala or sponsorship system, which is implemented for years, is met by mixed opinions.

The amendments, however, will not yet take effect, and further announcements must be awaited.

List of amendments to be revised in the Qatari Labor Law

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Published in: Laws and Immigration


Overseas Jobs - OFW Guide - Seaman Jobs - Nursing Guide