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Apr
15
2016

Paano boboto ang isang OFW para sa 2016 Election?

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Narito ang isang infographic mula sa Commission on Elections (Comelec) para sa tamang pagboto sa darating na halalan.

 

Paano Bumoto

 

 

Huwag kalimutang dalhin ang mga sumusunod:

  • orihinal na Philippine passport
  • iqama o muqeem (para sa mga nasa Saudi)
  • voter’s ID
  • Seaman’s book (para sa mga seafarer)

Kung wala pang voter’s ID ay dalhin ang registration stub o anumang valid ID bilang pagkakakilanlan.

Maaari ding tingnan ang inyong pangalan sa Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) sa website ng Philippine Embassy sa bansang inyong kinaroroonan.

 

 

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Apr
7
2016

AboitizPower partners with DOLE to offer jobs for OFWs

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The Department of Labor and Employment’s Assist WELL program continues to flourish as another local company partners with them to offer jobs for overseas Filipino workers who wants to retire working abroad.

 

AboitizPower cooperates with DOLE to provide opportunities, mostly in technical and engineering positions, to overseas Filipino workers to help them build a rewarding career in the country.  

 

AboitizPower partners with DOLE to offer jobs for OFWs

 

Financial security is what most OFWs look for in companies since they are supporting their children’s education.

 

OFWs continue to look for jobs abroad because the income they generate working in the Philippines doesn’t suffice for their family to live a better life. And only if this aspect is meet will OFWs decide to return to the Philippines.

 

AboitizPower continuously scouts for individuals that will become part of their growing community as the business expands, employing more than 3,000 Filipinos already.

 

DOLE’s Assist WELL program provides assistance in welfare, employment, legal and livelihood that are primarily targeting OFWs.

 

Aside from AboitizPower, Coca-Cola had also signed partnership with DOLE for the program.

 

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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
31
2016

SSS gives free personalized tags to OFWs

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The Social Security System (SSS) gives free personalized tags for overseas Filipino workers which they can get at SSS foreign representative offices (FRO), on outreach events launch by SSS or local consular offices.

 

Enclosed in leather card holders, the SS# Tags has information printed on it. These includes:

  • OFW’s name
  • OFW’s social security number
  • OFW coverage status, and
  • Date of card issuance

 

SSS tags for OFWs

 

SSS also encrypted the contact information of the issuing SSS FRO and OFW Contact Services Unit (CSU) at the back of the card.

 

These personalized tags is now available in SSS FRO branches in 19 locations abroad for OFWs to claim.

  • Hong Kong
  • Brunei
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Singapore
  • Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait
  • Doha (Qatar)
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Bahrain
  • Muscat (Oman)
  • Rome and Milan (Italy)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Toronto (Canada)
  • San Francisco (United States of America)

 

The tags aims to help OFWs remember their SS number which is needed when making any transactions with SSS. However, this will not replace UMID card so OFWs can still apply to have one if they haven’t been given a biometric SSS ID or UMID card before.

The SS#Tags was first offered at the SSS branch inside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office in 2014.

 

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Mar
23
2016

OFWs May Rely on Faster Delivery of Packages for Families

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs can expect for quicker shipment of packages sent after a memorandum of agreement was signed by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

 

The agreement will bring a centralized examination and assessment of duties, taxes and other charges on postal items to be done in the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

 

OFWs balikbayan boxes

OFWs balikbayan boxes

 

PHLPost was authorized as a collecting agent of BOC for duties and taxes and centralized the examination and assessment of parcels entering the country.

 

The memorandum specify the following aspects:

  • a provision of door-to-door service of PHLPost to its client
  • an option of “payment upon pick-up” in the post office or “cash on delivery” by postman in the respective area
  • PHLPost will communicate with the recipient of the package by the mobile number and/or e-mail given by the sender to confirm acceptance and agreeing to pay the pre-computed duties and taxes by BOC

 

A “more efficient and reliable processing of parcel” and “cutting the processing time of parcel handling” is what the agreement aims to give.

 

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