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Jan
26
2015

OFWs, You Know You Shouldn’t This

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are constantly reminded not to make illegal acts abroad to avoid consequences.

 

Earlier this month, six Filipinos were arrested for smuggling diesel from Saudi Arabia to another Gulf country.

 

In a news report from Arab News, the OFWs, together with an Egyptian and a Pakistani, were to face 10-years jail term and to pay large amount for stealing diesel from the kingdom.

 

The Filipino community in Saudi Arabia were embarrassed about the news and appeal to all OFWs submit to the kingdom’s existing laws. OFWs must limit their activities to their work abroad and basic lifestyle requirements to survive in Saudi Arabia.

 

Saidy Malic, a Filipino community leader,  appeal to OFWs to be loyal to their employers and exercise professional conduct.

 

Before leaving the Philippines for their overseas jobs, OFWs undergo pre-departure orientation seminar or PDOS to give them an overview about their destination country’s culture, laws and other informations.

 

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OFWs represent the Philippines as they work abroad, and so committing such crimes will define not only them but all other OFWs and the whole country as well.

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Jan
23
2015

At Last, the Long Wait Will be Over for OFWs

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Most of the time, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) complain about the long wait for the processing of their documents from recruitment agencies. The recruitment agencies’ reply would be turned to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)’s slow processing of papers.

 

Good news, not only for OFWs, but for the recruitment agencies as well! POEA now has a solution to this problem. They now offer two online services, the e-payment and the Recruitment Authority Issuance systems.

 

POEA-licensed recruitment agencies can now request for processing of contracts (RFP) online  for their hired workers.  And the moment it was approved, they can now pay the fees through POEA-accredited banks via the ePayment system. Recruitment agencies can also print the overseas employment certificate (OEC) of the hired worker.

 

The Recruitment Authority Issuance System on the other hand, allows application for the approval and issuance of special recruitment authority or SRA and letter of acknowledgement. It also grant agencies to upload documentary requirements and view their application status.

 

SRA and letter of acknowledgement are issued for agencies to be able to conduct activities inside or outside their premises.

 

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac has also encouraged all recruitment agencies to use the online services which aims to promote a culture of efficiency, accountability and transparency.

 

But POEA clarified that these online services will be for processing documents of OFWs that are skilled and professional workers only. Contracts for household service workers or HSWs will still pass close examination and evaluation like before.

Source here.

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Jan
21
2015

OFWs in Oman, Be Careful!

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Oman should be extra careful with their health while working abroad, as it comes with the possibility of being sick and infected with spreading diseases.

 

OFWs are warned to avoid eating camel meat and drinking its milk as the animal is thought to be a carrier and transmits the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus or MERS-CoV.

 

An article from Gulfnews.com reported of the first death in Oman because of MERS-CoV.

 

Though scientists are not sure of the origin of MERS-CoV, several studies have linked the virus to camel. Consumption of its meat and milk were presumed as a way to transmit the virus from the animal.

 

Aside from avoiding eating camel meat or drinking its milk, OFWs must always practice the following as precautions:

 

  • good personal hygiene

  • frequent hand washing

  • wearing of facial mask

 

OFWs work abroad may bring their dreams closer to reality with the money they’ll earn, but it is a must that taking care of their health should be a priority, too.

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Jan
20
2015

Embassy on Wheels 2015 in Saudi Arabia

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OFWs in Saudi Arabia with passport concerns, check this out!

 

Here is the schedule of the Embassy on Wheels (EOW) in KSA for 2015.

But beforehand, kindly set up an appointment via http://www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/.

# DATE  CITY  VENUE  SERVICES
1 Jan 09-10 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
2 Jan 16-17 (Fri/Sat) Al Khafji TBA Regular EOW
3 Jan 30-31 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
4 Feb 7 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
5 Feb 13-14 (Fri/Sat) Hafr Al Batin Ramada Hotel Regular EOW
6 Feb 20-21 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
7 Feb 27-28 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
8 Mar 6-7 (Fri/Sat) Hail Al Jabalain Hotel Regular EOW
9 Mar 12-15 (Thu-Sun) Sana’a, Yemen Movenpick Hotel
Regular EOW
10 Mar 22-26 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
11 Mar 27-28 (Fri-Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
12 Apr 3-4 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
13 Apr 10-11 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
14 Apr 18 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
15 Apr 24-25 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
16 May 1-2 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
17 May 8-9 (Fri/Sat) Al Jouf Al Lagait Esteraha, Sakaka Regular EOW
18 May 24-28 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
19 May 29-30 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
20 Jun 5-6 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
21 Jun 14-18 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
22 Jun 19-20 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
23 Jul 3-4 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
24 Jul 17-18 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
25 Jul 24-25 (Fri/Sat) Hail Al Jabalain Hotel Regular EOW
26 Aug 1 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
27 Aug 7-8 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
28 Aug 14-15 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
29 Aug 30 – Sep 3
(Sun-Thu)
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Regular EOW
30 Sep 4-5 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
31 Sep 11-12 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
32 Sep 18-19 (Fri/Sat) Al Khafji TBA Regular EOW
33 Sep 20-24 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
34 Sep 25-26 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
35 Oct 3 (Sat) Al Kharj TBA Passport renewal only
36 Oct 9-10 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
37 Oct 18-22 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
38 Oct 23-24 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
39 Nov 5-8 (Thu-Sun) Sana’a, Yemen Movenpick Hotel Regular EOW
40 Nov 13-14 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
41  Nov 22-26 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
42 Nov 27-28 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
43 Dec 5 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
44  Dec 6-10 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
45 Dec 11-12 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW

The Embassy on Wheels or EOW will be catering to the following concerns (Regular EOW):

Passport renewal
New passport for newborn babies
Passport releasing
Lost passport application
Notarial services
Report of Birth registration

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Jan
16
2015

Filipino Nurse Expelled for Foul FB Post

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Sadly, a Filipino nurse was relieved from duty in a Singaporean hospital after making ‘inflammatory’ post in his Facebook account.

The Filipino nurse, named Ello Ed Mundsel Bello by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), was immediately dismissed from the healthcare institution after making three offensive comments to his facebook account, pertaining to Singaporean race and religion.

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Singapore were then reminded by the Philippine Embassy to be careful in making a post to their social media accounts and to avoid making disrespectful statements to others.

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Bello was dismissed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, independent of what the police investigations outcome would be.

The three offensive comments made by Bello include (1) an offensive facebook comment on Singapore, and (2) two offensive comments on religion in his Google plus page.

Working and living in a foreign country automatically enlisted every OFWs to be cautious about their judgements or opinions about it and its nationals as well. It is a must that OFWs should observe good conduct to avoid consequences which may greatly affect their work abroad.

*source: abs-cbnnews

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