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Oct
27
2016

OFWs can avail up to 2M loan from DTI and OWWA

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Good news to all overseas Filipino workers!

OFWs can now avail up to 2 million pesos loan through a joint project from the Department of Trade and Industry or DTI and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

 

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) were signed between DTI and OWWA for the Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) which will assist OFWs when they return to the country through the form of entrepreneurship.

Repatriated OFWs were the main beneficiary of  EDLP which will help then venture into small business.

EDLP, formerly known as the OFW Reintegration Program, seeks to help OFWs and their families who intend to venture into micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) build their own businesses.

DTI-Regional Operations Group (ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said the partnership came at a good time as some OFWs, especially from the Saudi Arabia, have recently been retrenched because of oil crisis.

On the other hand, OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado said the EDLP is the most important part of the social preparation for OFWs upon their return to the Philippines.

OWWA will be responsible for the promotion of the MSMEs as part of the entrepreneurship development component of its Reintegration Program for OFWs. Aside from that, it will also organize entrepreneurship development training, refer prospective OFW- investors to DTI and offer its business loan program for expansion or start-ups done by OFWs.

The DTI will package priority MSME business models to be offered to prospective OFW-entrepreneurs and investors, and provide resource persons for OWWA-organized entrepreneurship development trainings and related activities.

 

 

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Oct
3
2016

Aspiring OFWs warned vs. fake overseas job offers

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Aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were warned by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) about a new online scam that offers fake employment to Canada, Mexico and Europe.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac announced in an advisory that Omegal Manpower Services Limited, the recruitment agency offering the overseas job through e-mail in exchange for a placement fee, is illegitimate and does not exist.

Cacdac also added that overseas job applicants should ignore unsolicited emails that offer jobs in hotels and hospitals but requires to pay fees for testing, interview and language seminar or visa orientation.

He also encouraged aspiring OFWs to check with POEA if the recruitment agency they’re dealing with is legal or licensed to avoid being victims of illegal schemes.

Overseas Filipino workers were asked to validate first the authenticity of job offers through POEA’s website, mobile application or telephone hotlines at 722-1144 and 722-1155.

 

 

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Sep
22
2016

DFA downgrade crisis alert level for Libya from 4 to 2

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has lowered the crisis alert level for overseas Filipino workers in Libya after the recommendation of a Security Assessment Team (SAT).

From alert level 4, DFA downgrade it to level 2 after the SAT confirm the prevailing security situation. An alert level 2 means there are still threats to life, security and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbances, instability and/or external threat. It also instruct OFWs to restrict non-essential movements,  avoid public places, and be prepared for evacuation.

New deployment of OFWs to Libya is still prohibited by the DFA, but OFWs with valid and existing contracts can return if they want to.

DFA raised alert level 4 in Libya last 2014 when the country was deemed unsafe for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs after the fight between rival militia groups escalated.

 

 

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Aug
25
2016

SSS Office in Jeddah’s Work Schedule for September

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The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced that the Social Security System (SSS) office will be open on all Saturdays of September, 2016. SSS officers will assists overseas Filipino workers who would settle their past-due loans.

 

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Aug
23
2016

PERiyadh:Conditions for ePassports extension validity

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