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May
20
2015

How to Stay Happy as an OFW

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The reality of a foreign working environment and the necessity to immediately adjust to a totally new culture and language can be overwhelming. It would not be surprising if an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who always wanted to work abroad may seriously contemplate quitting after some time.

To snap out of these career busters, check out the tips below:

Love what you do. You can easily find joy in your work by recognizing the importance of your profession. Realize that your work makes the lives of others easier and better. The skills and the values you acquire while working also makes you a better person.

Count your blessings. Not everyone is qualified or is given the chance to work in a foreign land. Bear in mind that many Filipino workers back home aspire to be in your position.

Read more tips for migrant workers. 

 

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May
18
2015

Different Job Title in Working Visa

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This is a common scenario. Most applicants and OFWs encountered this dilemma.

On Ofwguideforum.com, one of the forumers asked:

“Mga kabayan, ask lang po kung ok lang ba na ang visa na papagamit sakin ay ADMIN which is ang dapat na nakalagay ay FACILITIES TECHNICIAN, sa Qatar po ang alis ko. Nagwo-worry lang po kasi ako. Andun po ba sa visa naka-declared po ba dun yung salary na ino-offfer po sa akin?”

 

And this is the answer given by one of the resident moderators:

“Common practice na sa Middle East ‘yung paggamit ng ibang visa category para lamang makaalis ang isang aplikante. To cut the story short, may quota kasi ang mga visas per job category. So, kapag nasa quota na ‘yung job category mo, hindi ka na maiissuehan ng visa hanggang sa mag-cut off ulit ang kanilang government. And the only solution para makaalis ka lang ay pagagamit sa ‘yo ang ibang visa category.

OK ba ito? Technically speaking, hindi. At pupuwede kang tumanggi kung hindi ka comfortable. ‘Yun nga lang, expect na made-delay ka or worst baka tuluyan nang di makaalis dahil ‘yung second selected applicant baka pumayag.

If ever na mag-agree ka, ang importante ay tama ‘yung position na nasa kontrata mo. At pagdating mo ng Qatar, ipapa-medical ka pa din naman para sa Iqama at working visa mo. This time, dapat tama na ‘yung work visa na ibibigay sa ‘yo.”

 

Makes sense, right? Want to learn and find answer to your overseas job application or OFW life? Join the forum at http://www.ofwguideforum.com now!

 

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Apr
17
2015

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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Jan
30
2015

Filipino Cancer Patient Honored for Exceptional Service

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An illness will never be a hindrance to serve others.

 

This is what Filipino breast cancer patient Doreen Jaen-Mooney of Kingstanding, England believe.  Mooney was recently acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth II for her significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.

 

The Filipino cancer patient managed to volunteer establishing a community cafe and take care of disabled persons, all despite her own illness.

 

Mooney was given the rank Member under the Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry. The United Kingdom award this honor for those who become an example for others.

 

More and more Filipinos around the world are making their names for remarkable acts, giving prestige and pride not only to the Philippines, but also to other Filipinos who are living and working abroad.

 

Kudos to all Filipinos abroad!

*source: philstar.com

 

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Sep
26
2014

Is This True? Mental Disabilty, A Cause for Deportation?

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How would you feel if you were to be deported back to your home country for the main reason that you have a child with mental disorder? And that this child of yours is deemed to be a financial burden to the taxpayers?? Absurd and inhumane, right?

This is what a Filipina nurse in Australia faces when her application for a skilled worker visa was denied because of his son’s autism.

Maria Cecilia Sevilla, a Filipina nurse, now faces deportation in Australia with her son Tyrone, who was diagnosed with autism, six months after they migrated to Australia back in 2007.

 

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone. Image from Change.org

 

The Filipina nurse and her nine-year-old son Tyrone will be extradited back to the Philippines when her application for skilled worker visa was denied just because his son “did not meet the health requirement”.

So, the Filipina nurse created an online petition on Change.org where she hopes to reach the minister asking to let them stay in Australia. The Filipina nurse stated in her petition that her son’s “personal security, human and child rights, and dignity will be at stake” when sent back to the Philippines because there is no relative to take care of him.
Filipina nurse Sevilla said that all her sacrifices “could all be taken away because the government thinks that children with autism are going to be more of a cost to Australian society than a benefit”, which according to her is not true.

The Filipina nurse also emphasizes that she’s been working for years and this makes her a taxpayer in Australia, too.

 

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