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Oct
27
2016

OFWs can avail up to 2M loan from DTI and OWWA

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Good news to all overseas Filipino workers!

OFWs can now avail up to 2 million pesos loan through a joint project from the Department of Trade and Industry or DTI and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

 

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) were signed between DTI and OWWA for the Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) which will assist OFWs when they return to the country through the form of entrepreneurship.

Repatriated OFWs were the main beneficiary of  EDLP which will help then venture into small business.

EDLP, formerly known as the OFW Reintegration Program, seeks to help OFWs and their families who intend to venture into micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) build their own businesses.

DTI-Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said the partnership came at a good time as some OFWs, especially from the Saudi Arabia, have recently been retrenched because of oil crisis.

On the other hand, OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado said the EDLP is the most important part of the social preparation for OFWs upon their return to the Philippines.

OWWA will be responsible for the promotion of the MSMEs as part of the entrepreneurship development component of its Reintegration Program for OFWs. Aside from that, it will also organize entrepreneurship development training, refer prospective OFW- investors to DTI and offer its business loan program for expansion or start-ups done by OFWs.

The DTI will package priority MSME business models to be offered to prospective OFW-entrepreneurs and investors, and provide resource persons for OWWA-organized entrepreneurship development trainings and related activities.

 

 

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Sep
22
2016

DFA downgrade crisis alert level for Libya from 4 to 2

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has lowered the crisis alert level for overseas Filipino workers in Libya after the recommendation of a Security Assessment Team (SAT).

From alert level 4, DFA downgrade it to level 2 after the SAT confirm the prevailing security situation. An alert level 2 means there are still threats to life, security and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbances, instability and/or external threat. It also instruct OFWs to restrict non-essential movements,  avoid public places, and be prepared for evacuation.

New deployment of OFWs to Libya is still prohibited by the DFA, but OFWs with valid and existing contracts can return if they want to.

DFA raised alert level 4 in Libya last 2014 when the country was deemed unsafe for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs after the fight between rival militia groups escalated.

 

 

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Sep
7
2016

Passport renewal services for OFWs in Al Khobar KSA

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia announced that they’ll be conducting “Embassy on Wheels” for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on September 11 to 15, 2016 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Prince Turkey Street, Al Khobar.

 

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The special outreach mission will focus on passport renewal services only and still implements the appointment system except for the following:

  • pregnant women
  • senior citizens aged 60 years old and above
  • physically-challenged OFWs, and
  • OFWs whose passports have been declared lost, damaged or mutilated

 

OFWs must first book an appointment thru the Embassy’s website at riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph using their personal e-mail address wherein a confirmation of the passport appointment will be sent.

Appointments for the scheduled Embassy on Wheels will be available 5 days before the actual schedule.

Only one (1) appointment booking per OFW per e-mail address will be allowed. Appointments made under the same name, email address or alias/fictitious name will be invalidated.

OFWs are advised to bring their old passport and a photocopy of the passport’s data page together with the passport appointment confirmation on the scheduled date. Passport renewal fee is SR240.

 

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Aug
25
2016

SSS Office in Jeddah’s Work Schedule for September

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The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced that the Social Security System (SSS) office will be open on all Saturdays of September, 2016. SSS officers will assists overseas Filipino workers who would settle their past-due loans.

 

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Aug
23
2016

PERiyadh:Conditions for ePassports extension validity

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