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Sep
22
2014

Security Alerts for Israel, Palestine and Gaza Lowered

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Improving security situations in Israel, Palestine and the Gaza strip has prompted the Department of Foreign Affairs to lower the security alert level after several months of war.

DFA now declared alert level 1 or the precautionary phase for Israel and the West Bank, lowering it from restriction phase or alert level 2.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that the security situation in Israel and Palestine had improved since the implementation of ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. He also added that the security alert can’t be completely lifted in Israel because of external threat to security. And because of this, DFA advised Filipinos to take the necessary precautions needed.

Meanwhile, from alert level 4 or mandatory repatriation, Gaza strip is now in alert level 2 only, and will remain in the said level because of the humanitarian situation.

However, the decision of lifting the deployment ban in Israel and West Bank based on these alerts remains to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA.

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Sep
12
2014

Pinay Nurse from Saudi tested negative for MERS-CoV

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Contrary to what was earlier reported by the Department of Health or DOH, the pinay nurse from Saudi Arabia is tested negative for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is after the result of test from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine or RITM came back.

The 37-year old Filipina nurse who arrived in the Philippines last August 28, worked at an intencive care unit of a provincial hospital in Saudi Arabia. She was checked up and swabbed after showing symptoms like fever, cough and colds before leaving Saudi. But she returned to the Philippines even before she got the result.

When the Pinay nurse was informed that she was positive for MERS-CoV, the Philippine health authorities did another examination for confirmation. She was discharged from the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City where she was quarantined right away, after the RITM s examination came back negative.

 
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Sep
10
2014

Recruitment Agencies with Poor Repatriation Named

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA released the names of the 50 recruitment agencies who had failed to help in repatriating distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac named these agencies in his Facebook post saying that ‘the recruiters had displayed poor judgment in terms of complying with their promise to repatriate distressed OFWs’ and added that (POEA) ‘will docket cases against them with orders of preventive suspension imposed upon those in top ten’.

Below is the list of the 50 recruitment agencies, the top 6 already cancelled by POEA.

1. Asmara International Placement Agency, Inc.
2. World Production Intl Manp Corp
3. Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Inc.
4. Realworld Corporation
5. Dalandan International Manpower Inc.
6. Nawras Manpower Services, Inc.
7. Philtrade International Manpower Services
8. Asean Management & Technical Services, Inc.
9. The Lamplight International Manpower Services Inc.
10. Aisis International Manpower, Inc.
11. Al-Ahram International Group Services, Inc.
12. ASAP-Placement Intl. Corp
13. Elbeitam Management Services, Inc.
14. Jamal Human Resource Internationale
15. Wanda Resources and Manp Corp
16. Wavex Management Services Inc.
17. Al-Awa’el Intenational Manpower Inc.
18. Futuristic International Artist (FIA) Promotion Corp.
19. Acclaimed One Manpower and Recruitment Services
20. First Step Manpower Int’l. Services Inc.
21. Goldmine Int’l Rect Agency
22. Meccaj Manpower Intl Svcs
23. Mi Amore International Services, Inc.
24. Miss Talent Management Services, Inc.
25. Rochart Global Resource Center
26. Samarec Services Master Placement Agency Co
27. Samba Master Recruitment Service
28. Saranay Philippines Inc.
29. ABC Manpower Agency Inc.
30. Al-Habib International Services Corporation
31. Crystal Falah-ville International Manpower Services Inc.
32. Helal Manpower Agency
33. House of Skilled Workers Intl Manpower Services Corp.
34. Kimobo International Personnel Services Inc.
35. Kougen International Promotion
36. Nouveau Riche International Recruitment Services
37. Osims Oriental Skills Intl Manp Svcs Inc.
38. Philglobal Manpower Development Corporation
39. Ridzkey Human Resources Intenational Services
40. White Wings Manpower Exponent
41. A.B.U. Talent Management Inc.
42. Al Rafedain Manpower Intl Corporation
43. Al Taka Manpower Services, Inc.
44. AP International Staffbuilders Inc.
45. Awas Manpower Services Inc.
46. Dobim Intenational Manpower Services
47. Hikari Management International Inc.
48. Jardy Internationa Promotion Agency
49. MMS Asia Group Resource Corporation
50. Muraken International Manpower Services

 

 

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Sep
5
2014

Pinay Nurse from Saudi Arabia positive for MERS-CoV

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A 37-year old Pinay Nurse who arrived last Friday from Saudi Arabia had been tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus or MERS-CoV.

According to Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona, the nurse, who was from General Santos City, was advised of her condition and was accompanied by a personnel from the National Epidemiology Center to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao Citiy.

The Pinay nurse was confirmed positive of MERS-Cov in Saudi Arabia. But the other Pinay nurse she came with and whose home in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan she had stayed, along with the family, is tested negative for MERS-CoV.

DOH Secretary Ona also said that the specimen from the Pinay nurse was sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for more testing and confirmation. He added that all 249 passengers of Saudi Airlines and those 143 passengers of Cebu Pacific who had contact with the two Pinay nurses were informed and told to undergo examination so that it’ll be known if they’re infected or not. Despite of this incident, the DOH stick to its announcement that the Philippines is still MERS-CoV free.

Once again, the DOH secretary pleaded for Filipino workers or OFWs from the Middle East to have themselves be tested for MERS-CoV and patiently wait for the results to come before going back to the Philippines.

According to CDC or Centers for Disese Control and Prevention, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, thus the name MERS-CoV. People confirmed to have MERS-CoV had developed severe acute respiratory illness, having cough, fever and shortness of breath. Thirty percent of the people with MERS-CoV had reportedly died.

Countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula confirmed with MERS-CoV are Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Yemen. While precautions are recommended for its neighboring countries namely Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Israel.

 

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DOH Tells How to Avoid MERS-CoV

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Sep
5
2014

Illegal Recruitment Victims Saved in A Raid by NBI

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued 15 women in a raid done at a suspected illegal recruitment agency in Malate, Manila.

The women were promised of jobs in the Middle East by the recruitment agency Tuem International Manpower Corp., saying they don’t have to pay any placement fees and other expenses.

NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) Chief Eric Czar Nuqui said these women, who were from provinces, said that their placement fees were substituted by other fees, which includes accommodation, food and rent.

NBI-AHTRAD Chief Nuqui also added that Tuem International Manpower Corp.’s license with POEA to operate already expired last June.  He said that if ever these women made it to be deployed to in Middle East, they would be undocumented and vulnerable to being human trafficking victims.

But the agency’s officials defended that they were not operating illegally because they were just processing the last batch of their recruits. Gerry Olarte, a company official, denied the accusation made by one girl named Gina, saying that the women were not detained and that all of them are free to come in and out of the agency.

The NBI recovered more than 200 passports in a vault during the raid too, an additional charge on the case to Tuem International Manpower Corp.

 

The government had launched a mobile application that would help in reporting human trafficking activities. Concerned Filipino citizen can now download the 1343 Actionline mobile application on their Android phones and through i-Tunes. This mobile app will be accessible for anyone with the aid of their mobile phones. The mobile app also includes attachment of photos and video for the purpose of evidence on human trafficking cases. The government encourages every Filipino to download the 1343 Actionline mobile app to their mobile devices to help combat human trafficking in the Philippines.

 
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1343 Actionline Mobile Application: Aide to fight Human Trafficking

 

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