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Feb
5
2016

“Assist WELL” center for OFWs opens in Mindanao

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An integrated processing center for assistance of repatriated and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were opened by the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE in Mindanao region.

 

DOLE Region 12 Director Ofelia Domingo said the center will handle assistance programs offered by the department and its attached agencies for the OFWs and their families.

 

Domingo added that the Assist WELL or Welfare, Employment, Livelihood and Legal processing center will provide reintegration assistance and services to returning and repatriated OFWs, especially those deployed in conflict-affected areas. The facility will provide a union of services, focusing welfare, employment, livelihood and legal aspects.

 

DOLE’s Assist WELL program, launched in 2015, provides a package of services which includes stress debriefing and counselling, local employment referral and placement, overseas employment placement, livelihood assistance, legal assistance, competency assessment and training program.

 

Administered by personnel from different concerned agencies and situated in DOLE-12 compound along Mabini Extension in Koronadal City, the center will give  immediate attention to the OFWs needs.

 

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Jan
28
2016

Pinoy Inmate in Kuwait Now Free to Return to PHL

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After 20 years, the longest serving Pinoy inmate in Kuwait can now finally come home to the Philippines.

 

Joseph Urbiztondo was granted Amiri pardon two decades after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a Bangladeshi national.

 

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Confirmed by Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Pedro O. Villa, Urbiztondo was pardoned and transferred from Kuwait Central Jail to Kuwait Deportation Centre after paying dia o blood money and securing a tanazul or letter of forgiveness from the son of the victim.

 

Urbiztondo thanked everyone who helped and prayed for him. The blood money was collected by various Filipino organizations, Roman Catholic Church and individuals.

 

Overwhelmed to be given a new start, Urbiztondo is excited to be reunited with his family soon.

 

 

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Jan
19
2016

OFW killed in a car mishap in Saipan to return home

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The remains of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who died after a car accident in Saipan would be brought home Tuesday, Philippine time.

 

53-year old construction worker Romeo Sumilang died last January 7 after his car got involved in a collision.

 

Unfortunately, Sumilang’s head hit the pavement when he was thrown off the 1990 Toyota Hilux pick-up car he was riding when it was hit by a 2005 Toyota Matrix five-door wagon near a park.

 

Wang Yi, the driver of the wagon responsible for the crash, was charged of unsafe turning, unsafe change of lanes and homicide by vehicle.

 

Sumilang is his family’s breadwinner and his death brought so much grief.

 

 

 

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Jan
16
2016

OFWs Still Safe Amidst Tension in Middle East

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No need to worry. The Philippine Consulate general in Jeddah said this to a talk with Filipino community leaders when concerns were raised in fear of the conflict between Gulf states and Iran.

 

They assured the overseas Filipino workers no to worry too much because “the present situation in Saudi Arabia is still stable”.

 

Advised was also given to OFWs in the Saudi-Yemen border to “remain vigilant, minimize unnecessary movements, and to avoid big crowds and public gatherings.” Adding that though the clash between Syria and Yemen may intensify, KSA has contained the conflict beyond its border.

 

The Consulate told the OFWs to coordinate concerns with employers and immediately refer issues with their employers or employment to them.

 

Vice Consul Alex Estomo explained that OFWs will be directed to formally request transfer or repatriation from the employers while the consulate and POLO/OWWA will be helping them for the issuance of final exit visa if the situation in Najran and Jazan worsen.

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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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