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May
19
2016

OFWs to benefit more as new OWWA bill signed into law

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A law creating a new charter for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) was signed by President Aquino.

 

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Republic Act 10801 or the OWWA Act will define the functions of the agency, its board of trustees and its secretariat and the uses of its trust fund. It will also protect the interest and welfare of OFWs from providing assistance to emergency situations to financing projects for overseas workers and their families.

 

The new law will enact the following which will benefit the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families:

 

  • Enhances the reintegration program of the government for displaced OFWs who chooses to return home.
  • Establish clear-cut guidelines for the procedure for OWWA membership registration and renewal.
  • Ensure transparency in the utilization and management of OWWA funds.
  • Mandates the agency to maintain an interactive website to gather OFW feedback, comments, suggestions and complaints on existing programs and services.
  • Ensure the agency’s operative budget to support full protection of OFW welfare.

 

Overseas Filipino workers will also have more representation in the board as there will be 7 seats for them to be comprised of two nominated and appointed representatives each from land-based and sea-based OFWs, and one each from the women, land-based recruitment, and sea-based manning sectors.  

 

An OFW automatically becomes a member upon payment of the $25 contribution, either compulsary or voluntarily, and will be active until the OFW’s existing contract expires or after two years from contract effectivity, whichever comes first.

 

The law also orders that contributions to OWWA fund must be paid by the employer or by the recruitment agency in case of new hires. Failure to comply will result to cancellation of license and banned from recruitment of overseas workers.

 

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May
10
2016

NOC and 2-year ban will stay in Oman

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The two-year employment ban for expatriates who will leave their jobs without a no objection certificate or NOC will remain until the economic situation in Oman improves.

 

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs should remember that the Sultanate of Oman still imposes the rule and should comply to the regulation.

 

An OFW can transfer to a different company if his employer agrees and grant him a no objection certificate or NOC. Without an NOC, the OFW cannot join another company and will result to a two-year employment ban if transferring is pursued.

 

The Minister of Manpower thinks that the rule protects the companies from workers whom they bring and train to work in Oman then leave after a few months only because of a higher offer.

 

OFWs are seen as highly skilled people and in demand to take positions available in different work sectors.

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Apr
4
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

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Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

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Mar
1
2016

PhilEmbassy in Riyadh’s Consular Outreach Services

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has announced it’s schedule of consular outreach services for March 2016.

Catering to Filipino nationals in the Eastern region and nearby areas, the Embassy will provide full consular services on:

  • passport services (new/renewal/replacement)
  • passport extension and travel document issuance
  • notarial and authentication services
  • civil registry services (birth/marriage/death)

Taking place at Golden Tulip Hotel, Ash Shaikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, Hail, the consular mission will be on March 4, from 8am to 5pm and March 5, from 8am to 12nn only.

The Embassy emphasized that it will strictly enforce the Passport Appointment System for passport applicants, with exceptions to

  • infants aged six (6) months and below
  • pregnant women
  • senior citizens who are aged 60 years old and above
  • physically-challenged individuals; and
  • applicants whose passports have declared lost, damaged or mutilated.

Reminders:

  • All applicants for passport renewal will be accommodated based on their previously obtained appointment.
  • All applicants must personally secure/book an appointment thru the Embassy’s website at riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph by using their own e-mail address.A confirmation for the appointment will be sent via the same email.
  • Only one (1) appointment booking per applicant is allowed, otherwise, all bookings made under the same name or email address will be invalidated.
  • Appointments made under an alias or fictitious name will also be invalidated.
  • Appointments for consular outreach services or “Embassy on Wheels” (EOW) will be made available five (5) days before the actual schedule.
  • Do not forget to bring old passport and a photocopy of the passport’s data page as well as the passport appointment confirmation and the renewal fee of SR240.
  • “First come first serve basis” will be implemented for other consular services. Bring a photocopy of valid passport and other relevant documents.

 

 

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Dec
23
2015

Work Abroad Via POEA Manpower Registry System

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You can apply for jobs jobs abroad through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Simply go to POEA’s e-registration page and register your information at the POEA Manpower Registry System even if there is no active overseas job opening yet. This is the online facility allows you to be part of the roster of applicants that might be considered for future job vacancies abroad.

It is ideal for applicants residing in places that are far from the POEA main office or any regional offices because they can send their application and view its status online.

  • If selected for employment, the worker should report for pre-documentation briefing at the Recruitment and Documentation Division (RDD), Government Placement Branch (GPB), Ground Floor of the POEA main Office.
  • The overseas employment contract is presented and upon reading and studying the provisions, you have the
    choice to accept or not accept the offer.
  • You will then undergo a medical examination at accredited OFW medical clinics/hospital.
  • If the result of your medical exam is okay, you need to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) at the 2nd floor of the POEA office.

Note: The job offer might be cancelled if the medical exam shows that you are not fit to work.

 

Work abroad safely. Learn more about the ways by reading this ebook here.

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