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Sep
20
2016

Tips for OFWs when sending balikbayan boxes

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Christmas is in the air once more. Just a few months before December comes, many overseas Filipino workers are getting ready to fill their balikbayan boxes to be sent home.

Balikbayan boxes were sent by OFWs to their families here in the Philippines as a gift and a way of saying all the sacrifices by working abroad are for them.

Unfortunately, many of these balikbayan boxes were either tampered or half opened when delivered to the recipient. Some boxes even failed to reach the intended receiver.

To avoid these from happening, here are tips for OFWs when sending their balikbayan boxes:

  1. Check first the list of Foreign Freight Forwarders and their Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accredited Philippine counterparts/agents at http://www.dti.gov.ph/dti/index.php/resources/listings.
  2. OFWs must make sure it does not have any item not allowed to be sent through the balikbayan boxes.
  3. Declare all the contents of your balikbayan box and its corresponding value, if possible.
  4. OFWs can request for a proper or much better packing, wrapping, strapping, sealing, and labeling of the balikbayan box.
  5. Keep all the shipping documents such as official receipt, cargo receipt, invoice, house Bill of Lading, shippers’ declaration or waybill.
  6. Get the name and contact details of the consolidator’s Philippine counterpart or agent. Make sure that this information is also indicated in the shipping documents you have.
  7. Monitor the movement of your cargo from origin to destination. OFWs can do this by asking details of the shipment like name of shipping line, vessel’s name, vessel’s voyage number, container number and the expected time of departure and arrival of your balikbayan box.
  8. OFWs can also get an insurance for their balkbayan box. Simply ask the freight forwarder on how to have one.
  9. Call your family to check on the balikbayan box with the Philippine agent even before it arrives. This way, they can also track your package.
  10. OFWs must inform their family to inspect the seal and wrapping of the balikbayan box. Tell them not to accept the package if it seems to have been opened. Ask the delivery agent to double checked it if they doubt it has been tampered.

OFWs should also be careful of fake representatives from freight forwarding companies. Ask for proper identification and validate first with the mentioned forwarding company if they are indeed an authorized personnel to transact business with.

OFWs or their family in the Philippines can file a complaint for any loss, non-delivery or damage in their balikbayan box to DTI – Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) at Ground Floor, UPRC Building, 315 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. You can also reach them by sending an email at fteb@dti.gov.ph or calling DTI – Direct at 751-3330 or 0917-8343330 for assistance.

 

 

* Items not allowed to be sent through the balikbayan box.

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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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Jul
21
2016

TESDA Online Courses OFWs Can Take

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can take online courses offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to acquire certification needed for their work abroad.

 

TESDA’s free online program was created so technical education will be accessible to Filipinos as an effective way of learning with the use of internet.

 

An OFW can take online programs by signing up first for an account with a valid email address.

 

Some of the online courses OFWs can choose from includes:

  • Waiter servicing
  • Room attendant servicing
  • Valet servicing
  • Laundry servicing
  • Provide housekeeping services to guests
  • Guest room attendant servicing
  • Diesel engine tune up
  • Automotive battery servicing
  • Packaged air conditioner unit servicing
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai massage
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Ship’s catering
  • Software development fundamentals
  • CAD/CAM operation
  • Android development for beginners
  • UX design for mobile developers

 

For the complete list of courses, go to TESDA’s website.

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Jul
15
2016

OFWs can now renew passports at Robinson’s Galleria

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OFWs will no longer wait in line to renew their passports.

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA opened their satellite office located inside Robinson’s Galleria for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

 

DFA National Capital Region-Central satellite office at the mall will assist passport renewal for OFWs.

 

OFW passport applicants with complete documents who will come before 12 noon may expect their passport renewal processed on the same day. The satellite office will entertain OFWs from 8am to 12 noon, even if the mall opens at 10am.

 

For further information, OFWs may approach the DFA NCR-Central or call (+632) 631-0806 or email them at dfa.ncr.central@gmail.com.

 

Related article:

DFA’s OFW Lane in Robinsons Galleria Soon to Open

 

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Jun
20
2016

PCG in Jeddah close in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr

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The Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced that it will be closed for Consular, Assistance to Nationals and Labor services for OFWs from July 3 to 7, 2016 in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.

 

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