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Jul
28
2014

STORY OF AN ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT VICTIM IN TAIWAN

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Dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng mga taong walang trabaho dito sa Pilipinas, at dahil sa mas mataas na sahod para sa mga manggagawa sa ibang bansa, napipilitan ang karamihan sa mga Pilipino na maging isang Overseas Contract Worker o OFW.

Maswerte ka kung ikaw ay nakapagtapos sa kolehiyo at may magandang educational background, siguradong maganda rin ang magiging trabaho mo sa ibang bansa. Pero sa iba na katulad ko, kadalasan ay nagiging domestic helper o DH, o kaya naman ay factory worker.

Sa kondisyong ito, marami ang hindi nahihiya na gumawa ng mga iligal na bagay sa ibang tao. Nandyan ang mga illegal recruiters at pati na rin ang mga illegal recruitment agencies kaya naman madami ang naloloko dahil sa pagnanais na makapagtrabaho.

Kahit nasa ibang bansa ka na, may pagkakataon pa rin na malilinlang ka ng ibang tao, lalo na kung gusto mong lumipat ng ibang kumpanya o ibang bansa na sa tingin mo ay magiging dahilan ng mas mabilis mong pag-unlad.

Gusto kong ibahagi sa kapwa ko Pilipino ang naging karanasan ko dito sa Taiwan.

Dahil po sa paghahangad ko na magpunta ng Canada para sa mas magandang buhay, tinulungan po ako ng isang agent dito na nagngangalang Jenny Chiu. May computer shop po sila sa tabi ng dorm namin. Matagal na po namin silang kilala kaya agad kaming nagtiwala. Hindi namin alam na pang-front nila ng asawa niyang Taiwanese ang computer shop na iyon. Sabi nya, mga four to six months lang daw po ang processing fee, ang kailangan lang daw po ay pera. Nagbigay po ako ng 6000T dollar na pang processing feee daw po. Tapos after a week ay magbigay na daw ako ng pang down. May ibinigay siyang pangalan at address sa Canada para doon ko ipadala ang pera.

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October ng taong 2012 po ay nagpadala ako sa isang Lolita Casiano ng 65000nt na ang katumbas po ay $2000 dahil po gusto ko ng umalis. Pagkaraan po ng limang buwan ay may tumawag sa akin na Susan Huang at ang sabi po nya ay siya na daw po ang magpa-process ng papers ko dahil ipinasa ako sa kanya ni Jenny Chiu. Nasa Canada po sya at isa ring agent. Umabot po ng anim na buwan, wala pa ring balita. Kay Huang na po ako nagpa-follow up. Noong Agosto ng nakaraang taon, marami na po silang sinasabing alibi sa’ken. Na over age na daw po ako at gusto daw po ng employer ay married na. Umabot po ng isang taon eh sila pa ang nagalit sa’ken at huwag daw akong makulit dahil ako na nga daw po ang tinutulungan nila. Nagturuan na po sina Chiu at Huang sa kung sino ang dapat kong kausapin tungkol sa application ko papuntang Canada.

Hanggang sa hindi ko na po sila ma-contact. Na-delete na po ako as Facebook friends nila, yung viber po nila eh wala na pati na rin po yung mga contact numbers nila na meron ako. Kahit po sa computer shop nila ay hindi na ako pinapapasok, at minsan pa nga po ay dalawang oras akong pinaghintay sa labas ng asawang Taiwanese ni Jenny. Hindi ko na po alam kung sino ang hahagilapin ko kina Chiu at Huang, at kahit nga po yung Lolita Casiano hindi na ako sigurado kung may ganoon ngang tao.

Nang magpunta po ako sa Manila and Economic Cultural Office (MECO) sa Taichung, doon ko po nalaman na meron pang labindalawang tao na naging biktima rin ng kasong katulad sa akin. Hanggang ngayon ay wala po akong balita tungkol sa development ng kasong ito o kung nahagilap na si Jenny Chiu na ang sabi ay nasa Pilipinas na daw po. Pero nabalitaan ko po na patuloy pa rin ang kanilang operasyon at pagtanggap ng mga aplikante na papuntang Canada.

Ibinahagi ko ang kwento ng karanasan kong ito dahil gusto kong magsilbi itong babala at aral sa iba pang OFW na dapat palaging maging maingat at huwag basta magtitiwala lalo na sa mga ganitong tao. Mas maganda pa rin pong dumaan tayo sa tamang proseso, kahit pa po matagalan, kesa naman po mapunta ang ating pinaghirapan na ipambayad sa wala.

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May
30
2014

How to Prevent OFWs Homesickness

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Homesickness is a form of anxiety that occurs when the world feels less stable around them. Their thoughts are split between trying to adjust to their new surroundings and thinking about who and what they have temporarily left behind.

HomesicknessThe truth is, living abroad is one of the most unique and fulfilling experience that you’ll ever have over the course of your life. It’s important not to let that degree of homesickness prevent you from enjoying the travel experience. Here are a few ways how to prevent homesickness, so that you’ll be able to enjoy the adventure.

  1. Have a hobby. Keeping yourself busy with what you love helps in defying your gloominess.
  2. Realize technology. The use of cellphones, facebook, twitter, instagram, skype or even fast airline will connect in seconds or minutes and arrive in a few hours to our beloved homeland.
  3. Create a daily routine. This means not just waking up at the same time and cooking yourself a great breakfast, but also incorporating something fun or interactive like going to a nearby market to buy something or meeting with friends for some sports activities.
  4. Party, drink and dance. Just keep in mind that consuming alcoholic drinks must be within good limits. But drinking or partying helps avoid sadness and homesickness.
  5. Send gifts back home. This will give your days a fun purpose, keep you connected to those that are important to you like your family or friends. Consider giving gifts from your new country and send them back home.
  6. Have a good run. Running, jogging or even walking helps a lot in relieving the gloomy emotions. Have a good run and your gloominess will simply weaken, it helps promote negative energy to positive one.
  7. Explore the new country. Ask around for great hiking destinations and try to see how many you can accomplish before you leave.
  8. Strive to excel in work. Striving to do best at work is better to keep yourself busy with anything. It is a good way to keep away from homesickness.
  9. Do something scary. Do something you find scary or embarrassing to reduce your anxiety in a new place.
  10. Work on positive thinking. Try to learn and to think positively all the time.

 

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May
28
2014

I’m A Hardworking OFW, but My Wallet is Often Empty

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He is an engineer in the Land of the Rising Sun for almost two years. He has a family as his motivation and inspiration for working hard abroad. But, even with his high salary grade, it seems everything is still insufficient. Why is this so?

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Most Filipinos think that if you are working abroad, you are instantly rich. Wrong. Payouts may be higher than here in our country, but it doesn’t guarantee being wealthy in a snap. Not with a family that is overspending from what is being received through remittances.

With the first part of the salary received, things will be bought as a sign that the family is starting to do well. There will be new furniture and appliances. There will be new clothes for everyone. The children will then be transferred from the public schools to private schools. Frequent strolling in the mall will be part of the weekend activity.

For the next remittances, the house will be renovated, or new house will be built on the land that was purchased in a subdivision or village. Whatever the children would want to have would be given right away. Every new gadget that is out in the market and hot for the lifestyle would be bought, even if it is not a necessity anymore.

Overspending and not setting a budget for the family’s need is the main reason why most OFW families are still not satisfied with their life. Even if an OFW work hard abroad, when his family is not wise enough to spend the money he earned, everything will be insufficient for them.

Instead of splurging on luxuries, why not save on the children’s future, a business, medical insurances, and family emergencies. One cannot know how long he will be strong enough to work in other countries, how long he will be far from accidents or disasters, and how secure he is with the company he’s working on. So saving for the future is a first on every OFW family.

–Audrey

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May
27
2014

ANG AKALA NILA. . .

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Ang akala nila, pasarap buhay na ako dito sa ibang bansa. May pera daw kasi eh, dollar ang kita. Tapos ang mga pino-post ko pa daw sa Facebook yung nakakapasyal ako sa kung saan-saan, araw-araw nasa beach, background ko yung nagtataasang buildings, kumakain sa mga resto. Akala lang nila yun, yun lang kaya ang nagagawa ko sa day off ko. Buti nga may day off pa ako eh, kung napunta ako sa hindi kagandahang amo, malamang 7 times a week ang trabaho ko, on-call pa kahit natutulog na.

Ang akala nila, dahil dollars ang kita, shopping spree ang ginagawa ko. Halos magkano lang din naman ang natitira sa akin dahil nagpapadala ako sa pamilya ko sa Pilipinas. Okay lang naman siguro yung every once in a while nirerewardan ko yung sarili ko ng bagong damit, gadget o kung ano pang matipuhan kong bilin, pero hindi naman madalas. Porket dollars ang kita mayaman na? Kapag nagpadala ka naman parang lagi pa ring kulang, minsan nakakainis na, kasi di hamak na mas malaki kinikita mo kumpara nung nasa Pinas ka pa pero minsan ang ibubungad sayo eh wala na daw budget.

Ang akala nila, madaling humugot ng pera sa katulad kong OFW, dollars nga kasi daw ang kita. Hay jusme, itong nanay mo ipapakausap sayo ung isang kumare niya, naghahanap daw kasi ng mauutangan, ikaw ang inireto ni Inay. Ay jusme, ano ako ATM? lending company? Kapag tinanggihan ko masama pa loob nila, kesyo yumabang na daw o nakalimot na? Ano ba! Hindi ba nila alam na kapag malaki ang kita, madalas malaki din ang gastos? O baka kelangan ipaliwanag pa sa kanila ang ibig sabihin ng high cost of living?

Ang akala nila sobrang saya maging OFW. Pinili ko ito kasi kailangan. Hindi naman ako aalis sa Pilipinas kung malaki sahod ko jan no. Pero paminsan-minsan dinadatnan pa din ako nung homesickness na tinatawag. Lalo kapag hindi kami nakapag-skype ng pamilya ko. Pakiramdam ko nakalimutan na nila ako o iniisip nila na nakalimot ako. Ang di nila alam, kulang na lang araw-araw kong markahan ang kalendaryo para malaman ko kung ilang araw o buwan na lang bago ako makauwi ulit. May mga anak akong naiwan sa Pinas, ayokong lumaki sila nang hindi ako ang kasama at gumabay sa kanila, kaya gusto ko pa ring umuwi ng Pinas. Tyagain ko lang dito sa ibang bansa, pero pag sapat na, uwi na ulit sa Pinas para makasama ang chikitings.

Hahabaan ko pa sana kaso baka mainip ka na sa pagbabasa, kaya hanggang jan na lang. Naglabas lang ako ng hinaing, kasi akala ng iba, laging maganda dito sa ibang bansa. Huh, akala lang nila.

-JT

 

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Apr
14
2014

Medical Technologists Needed in KSA and Qatar

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Three POEA-licensed recruitment agencies namely Ikon Solutions Asia, C.A.N.A. Placement Services, and American Prime Manpower Services, Inc. are currently looking for medical technologists and radiologic technologists to be employed in Doha, Qatar and in the cities of Riyadh and Dammam in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

C.A.N.A. Placement Services needs 30 medical technologists for Doha, Qatar based on the following qualifications:

  • Must be between 21 to 40 years old
  • With or without Prometric passing certificate
  • Possessing a professional license is an advantage
  • With at least two years of working experience

 

Interested applicants are expected to submit their applications not later than April 23, 2014. Chosen applicants’ interview is set on April 26. To apply for this vacancy, applicants may click this link or visit C.A.N.A’s office at Unit A-4 Sinagoga Building, Sinagoga Street, Ermita, Manila.

Likewise, American Prime Manpower Services, Inc. offers a career opportunity for 20 female medical technologists and female radiologic technologists bound for Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Qualifications set for this vacancy are as follows:

  • The job is open for female applicants only
  • Must be 21 to 48 years of age
  • Candidate must have at least a professional license
  • With a minimum work experience of two years

 

American Prime’s office is nestled at 5F Sinagoga Building, Sinagoga Street, Malate, Manila. Applicants who want to apply online may visit this page.

Ikon Solutions Asia, on the other hand, is offering 35 vacancies for medical technologists to be deployed in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Applicants will be gauged based on the following:

  • Candidates must be at least a professional license holder
  • The job is open for both male and female applicants
  • A minimum of two-year working experience in a hospital is a must
  • Must be between 21 to 40 years old
  • Either a Prometric passer or must be willing to take the Prometric examination
  • Must be currently employed
  • Must have a continuous employment history (no gap)

 

Filipino medical technologists who are qualified and interested to grab this offer are expected to report personally on Ikon’s office located at 8th Floor Algo Center (former Champaca Building), 162 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City and look for Riza. The complete details of this job ad may be found here.

To browse more jobs for medical technologists, go to this page.

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