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May
24
2016

OFWs in Oman: Report Mid-day break violations

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The Ministry of Manpower in Oman announced that mid-day break violation can now be reported via a hotline number.

 

Report mid-day break violation

Report mid-day break violation

 

Mid-day break were granted to those working in open and elevated areas starting this June until August.

 

A provision of Article 16 of the occupational safety and health regulations in Oman states that workers must not work in construction or in open and elevated areas from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on the months of June, July and August in which establishments and private sector institutions must follow.

 

Overseas Filipino workers can report violation of this mid-day break at 80077000, the Ministry’s hotline number.

 

 

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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
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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