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Jul
15
2015

Q&A with POEA: The OFWs’ Go-To Forum on FB

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Workabroad.ph hosts a one-hour forum twice each month on its Facebook fan page with more than 800,000 likes as of this writing. Representatives from the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Division willingly grace their presence in the forum dubbed as Q&A with POEA to answer questions and address the concerns of the followers from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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Here are some of the informative and significant conversations during the recently held session:

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To be able to join, simply like Workabroad.ph’s Facebook fan page and wait for their announcement as to when the Q&A with POEA will be held next.

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Jun
19
2015

Homecoming: A Touching Story of An OFW

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One of the absurd sides of being a helper abroad is that OFWs leave home and their family, their children to take care of other family and to look after other parent’s children.

This short film entitled “Homecoming” talks about the other side of motherhood. Watch and get moved.

“Homecoming” won multiple awards: Best Student Short at the China Independent Film Festival, Gold Panda award for Students and Special Jury Award in Drama at the Sichuan TV Festival, Best Film in Fiction at the Trans-Chinese Film Academy Festival in Beijing, the Gold Award in Open Category at the HK Independent Short Film Video Awards, three outstanding awards at the China International (King Bonn) New Media Shorts Award including an award for the actress Melendez Violeta T, and the Audience Choice Award at the International Student FIlm And Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy.
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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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