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OFW Groups Want TRO vs Terminal Fee Integration

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OFW groups who can’t bear to just sit back and wait for the implementation of the terminal fee integration had already filed a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to the Pasay Regional Trial Court in hope to stop this additional burden for overseas Filipino workers that will start on November 1.

The groups imply that the terminal fee integration is violation of Republic Act 8042 which amends RA 10022 or what is called as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 which exempts OFWs and migrant workers from terminal fees.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) moved the implementation of the terminal fee integration from October 1 to November 1 as ordered by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), when Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya agreed to the postponement of the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or terminal fee.

MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said that ITF will benefit at least seven million passengers who do not have to line up to pay the terminal fee.  But OFW groups said there is no traffic at the airport since OFWs are automatically exempted from paying terminal fees.

Gemma Cosimo of Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards also questions the implementation of the terminal fee integration. She said that if it is phase one, why not wait for the system to be perfect before enforcing it completely.

Families of OFWs decided to assemble at the Department of Transportation and Communications office in Mandaluyong City to protest this terminal fee integration.  According to Migrante International, they want answers on where would the unrefunded fees go. But even DOTC Secretary can’t say so, which means this will only be another way of corruption.

Blas F. Ople Policy Center President Susan Ople raised her opinion saying ITF would only mean less time for vacationing OFWs to spend with their families.

She said, Ang ipinaglalaban dito ay hindi kung ilan yung pasahero, hindi kung ilan yung online, alin yung didito bibili ng ticket. Hindi sa bilangan, kundi sa uri ng benepisyo na matagal nang ipinaglaban,matagal nang nakakamtan ng OFW”.


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Pinay Nurses Sent Off with Praises by Saudi Hospital

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The time has come for two Pinay nurses to bid goodbye to their colleagues in a hospital in Qassim, Saudi Arabia.  But their send-off was filled with compliments and admiration from the hospital staff and fellow nurses whom they’ve known and worked with for years.

After 35 years of dedicated service both for Saudi nationals and foreigners, Pinay nurses Elercy Cruz and Zenaida Lescano will go back to the Philippines to spend time with their families.  Cruz is from Pangasinan while Lescano is from Bataan.


Cruz and Lescano

Cruz and Lescano



The two Filipina nurses were commended by Buraidah Central Hospital director Ahmad Abdullah Al-Omar who also gave them plaques of appreciation for their compassion on their jobs, whether on-duty or off-duty.

BCH assistant nursing director Edna S. Jampil said that Cruz and Lascano were doing community service on weekends, looking for medicines to be given free to fellow Filipinos who need medical help.

The Pinay nurses were also praised on how their caring attitude and selfless services have showed how good and noble their nursing profession is.  Fe M. Gatbonton, in-service control practitioner at BCH told the Arab News that the two Pinay nurses were the epitome of the model Filipino nurse.

Fellow nurses not only from BCH, but also from other hospitals, testified on how well the two Pinay nurses were, showing their compassion and keeping calm even under stressful situations.

Cruz and Lescano, will return to the Philippines to spend their retirement with their families.



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Pinay DH Complained Harassment by Employer in Saudi

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A Pinay domestic helper in Qassim, Saudi Arabia appealed for help from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) from her employer whom she accused of harassment.

The Filipina DH reported that she suffered ‘unpleasant overtures’ from her Saudi employer who molested her on August 26, 28 and 29. She filed a complaint against her employer at the Philippine Embassy.

The Pinay OFW was brought to the Saudi capital to stay with his employers’ relatives when they left with his family for Dubai.  He also told the driver to bring the Pinay DH to the Philippine Embassy and withdraw the complaint.

According to Arab News, a source at POLO-Riyadh said that the Pinay DH’s case will be endorsed to the Saudi Social Welfare Administration who will contact the employer for her exit visa.

The Pinay DH wanted to transfer to another employer but a legal officer advised her that she would have to return first to the Philippines to process her documents without violating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s labor laws.

The Filipina OFW also admitted to being illegally deployed to Saudi Arabia, stating that her papers were processed by an agency that no longer exists so she was transferred to another agency.

Arrived last May, the Pinay DH received a monthly salary that is below of what the Philippine and Saudi governments had agreed upon.

The Pinay DH is staying at the Bahay Kalinga under POLO-Riyadh, along with other runaway female OFWs.



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BM Online: The Easiest Way OFWs can get their OECs

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The Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC, also called the ‘exit pass’, is a requirement that needs to be presented on international ports of exit in the Philippines to prove that the person bearing it is a legitimate overseas Filipino worker or OFW.  The OEC is for any OFWs who are back to the Philippines for a vacation, and will be back again to the country where they are currently employed.

The OEC is also a requirement under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s rules and regulations which would help guarantee that the OFWs are properly documented and protected. OFWs who have OECs exempt them from paying travel tax and the airport terminal fee.

OFWs that are on vacation, rehired or returning to the same employer, and those with existing record in the POEA database can use the Balik-Manggagawa  Online Processing System.  But Balik-Manggagawa’s that do not meet this criteria will be redirected to the BM Appointment page for the regular processing of OEC on the OFWS convenience, choosing their preferred date, time and processing site.

According to POEA administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, the BM online facilitates the validation by the immigration officers at the airport of the OEC being presented by the OFW.

OFWs need to follow these steps for the BM online processing of their OECs.

  1. Go to http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/ and register or sign up by filling up the boxes with the information needed under the “New User” category.
  2. Check the email you provided for the verification link.  OFWs must confirm the registration by logging in using the account email address and password you’ve entered.
  3. Verify your current OEC number.  Input your OEC number on the pop up box that will appear.  OFWs can also check the validity of their OEC number.  In case you don’t have with you at that moment your OEC or you can’t remember, you can just click OK and ESC to remove the pop up box.
  4. Input all the needed information.  Fill out all the box with the necessary information needed like:
  • Passport number
  • Expiration date
  • Visa number
  • Address
  • SSS number
  • PhilHealth number
  • Pag-IBIG number
  • Contact number
  • Beneficiaries
  • Employer details

5.Click the Save button.  After entering all the correct information needed, OFWs must not forget to click the save button so the BM online OEC application will be successful.

For OFWs who have applied for their OECs abroad, your OEC number will not yet be found in the BM online system.

OFWs that will use the BM Online will have to pay for the processing fee worth Php 100 and Php 19.50 for the e-payment service fee.


Watch the  BM Online Instructional Video.



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Filipino Become Instant Millionaire at Dubai

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Dubai is indeed a greener pasture for OFWs that’s why many are opting to look for overseas jobs here.  This is true for the lucky Filipino who had just won the Dubai Duty free promo last October 1, 2014.


Dubai Duty Free draws the latest $1 million winner of their Millennium Millionaire promo.  And the recipient of the ticket number 3948 drawn is a Filipino named F. Jackson.


Jackson can’t believe that he had won, saying that he ‘almost had a heart attack upon hearing that I just won one million dollars. Never in my wildest dream did I ever imagine to win such a huge amount of money.’


Three more winners were announced, each winning a luxury vehicle. Joining Jackson in the latest batch of lucky winners were Ranjith C.P and Soman Narayan who both won a Porsche 911 Carera Coupe and McLaren MP4 12C Coupe, and Marques Thierry who won a Ducati Monster 1200 motorbike.


Jackson said that it was the second time he bought a ticket in the million-dollar promo, along with his three colleagues.



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