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Apr
13
2015

Just Causes for Termination of Contract By the Employer

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The employment contract of an OFW may be terminated by his or her foreign employer prior to the completion of a two-year service due to any of the following reasons/causes:
  • serious misconduct
  • willful disobedience of employer’s lawful orders
  • habitual neglect of duties
  • absenteeism
  • Insubordination
  • Revealing secrets of establishment
  • Violating customs, traditions and laws of host country
  • Violating terms and conditions of the employment contract
If the employer decides to terminate the contract and services of the OFW employee, the OFW must shoulder costs of repatriation. However, due process must be observed and the OFW may have the chance to explain his side.

 

Be totally informed about your rights, learn more about this topic by reading OFWGuide: Valid Reasons Why a Work Contract Gets Terminated.

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Mar
23
2015

Obvious Signs that the Overseas Job Offer is A Scam

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These are the obvious signs that the overseas job being offered to a Filipino overseas job applicant is fake and not existing:

 

  1. An invitation to a 2-day seminar where participants are asked to pay Php3,800 in exchange of guaranteed employment abroad.
  2. May be offered by a “licensed recruitment agency” but the job being offered has no existing job order from POEA.
  3. Job looks promising. A job opportunity looks so attractive because it is open to everyone such as students, undergraduates, housewives, ex-OFWs, etc.
  4. It is complete with tempting offers such as “No placement fee, No processing fee, No salary deduction, No show Money and No experience required.
  5. Offers great benefits such as free accommodation and food allowance and that the only fees that they would collect are Php3,888.00 for visa interview coaching and Php5,000.00 for medical tests.
  6. The applicant is also required to pay Php500 or higher for the application form.

 

To avoid these kinds of scam, POEA Admin Hans Leo J. Cacdac is encouraging job seekers who have received such recruitment emails to forward the same to info@poea.gov.ph for verification and proper action by the POEA.

 

Remember: Immigration consultancy companies are NOT allowed to engage in the recruitment of Filipino workers abroad unless they have a license from the POEA.

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Mar
20
2015

Work and Live Abroad Safely

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Hindi biro ang paghahanap ng trabaho sa labas ng bansa. Magmula sa gastusing dapat ilabas hanggang sa desisyong iwanan ang mga mahal sa buhay at pansamantalang manirahan sa banyagang lupain.

Kaya bago pa man magdesisyon, narito ang isang video mula sa POEA para sa ligtas at tamang pag-aabroad.

At para sa higit pang impormasyon para sa ligtas na pakikipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa, basahin ang Work Abroad Safely.

At para sa mga safe overseas jobs, magpunta lang sa www.workabroad.ph.

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Feb
4
2015

Suspension: Ito Ang Napapala ng Mga Pasaway

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Matapos magreklamo sa tanggapan ng POEA ang 38 na biktimang overseas applicants, sinuspende ng POEA ang lisensya ng All Overseas International Placement Co. Inc.

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Naglabas ng limang magkakaibang Order of Preventive Suspension (OPS) ang POEA laban sa recruitment agency. Ilan sa multiple offenses ng recruiter ito ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Recruitment without job orders
  • Collection of excessive fees, at
  • Failure to issue appropriate receipts

Ayon sa mga aplikanteng nagreklamo, pinangakuan daw sila ng agency ng overseas job as cleaners, housekeepers, waiters at waitresses sa Palau.  Siningil din sila ng tig-Php45,000 bawat isa bilang placement fee. Tinatayang 5 hanggang 9 na buwan silang naghintay pero hindi sila umano napaalis ng naturang agency papuntang Palau.

 

Napatunayan din ni POEA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac na walang approved job orders ang inaalok na trabaho  ng All Overseas International Placement Co. Inc. sa mga biktima.  Umabot ng Php1, 400, 000 ang nakolekta ng recruiter mula sa mga aplikante ng walang binigay na kaukulang resibo.

 

May reklamo ka din ba sa agency mo? Alamin kung paano magpafile ng complaint.

 

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Jan
28
2015

OFWs, for the sake of your beloved, don’t take loans!

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs, and most Filipinos, are used to borrowing money from lenders here in the Philippines. And often, they bring this attitude even when they’re working abroad.

The United Arab Emirates is one country that offers loans or credit cards with low interest rates for borrowers. Many OFWs can’t say no to such temptations. So OFWs apply for loans or credit cards, without thinking for a million times if they’ll be able to pay for its charges or not.

And this is where situations get worse. Because most OFWs just grab the offers, they fail to see the hidden charges underneath and the consequences they’ll face.

Advice to OFWs: Avoid Loan Sharks

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), an alarming number of OFWs in the UAE were detained due to loan cases.

Tips for OFWs: Don’t Be a Victim of Loan Sharks

DFA had advised OFWs to take extra precaution when taking loans or credit cards.  Failure to pay for it may result to civil or criminal charges filed by the lenders, whether banks or individuals. Bouncing checks issued also face the same charges, since lenders require  OFWs  to attach their signatures on blank checks as part of their security measures.

Debt-related cases in UAE are difficult to handle, because a travel ban is imposed for civil cases. This means that OFWs will not be allowed to leave UAE because of unpaid loans or credit card charges. Co-makers and guarantors will also be apprehended and detained for this.

OFWs should learn to manage their money wisely to avoid making loans since failure to pay for it will result to consequences they wouldn’t want to experience with their work abroad. Learn to live with what you earn OFWs, so you can return to your family waiting for you.

Tip for OFWs: How to Avoid Loan Sharks

 

*source: globalnation.inquirer.net

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