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May
29
2015

Does Iqama Expire Upon OFW’s Resignation?

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Dilemma ito ng ilang mga OFWs na nasa Saudi Arabia – ang usapin tungkol sa iqama o ang residence permit ng mga foreign workers sa bansang ito.

 

If an OFW resigned from his job prior to his contract’s end and if the iqama is not yet expired, this is what will happen according to one of OFWGuideforum’s resident forum guru:

 

“If you resigned, your visa will be cancelled including your iqama – regardless it is still has few months or even a year of validity.

And without NOC and unfinished employment contract, you will have an automatic ban for 2 years.”

 

And talking about the 2-year ban, read here for some enlightenment.

If you got more questions and clarifications, you may join the forum:  Blocked Iqama

 

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May
28
2015

Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.

 

The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.

 

Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.

 

Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.

 

Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.

 

OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.

 

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Related article:

What OFWs Ought to Know About the Employment Contract

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May
22
2015

OFW Guide: Avoid Investment Scams

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How To Avoid Investment Scam

Check the authenticity of the company or the recruiter-  If  the company or the group cannot present authentication from SEC or the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), they are most likely illegal.

Check the product and the services- The product and services of a company is legalized and authenticated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) and SEC. You can also try the product for yourself if it is real or fake.

Do not give your trust easily- Do not give your trust easily and make your own research before you give money. Also, to make sure that it is not a scam, inquire if you can visit the company and try their products to ensure their authenticity.

Observe- Observe the way they talk and their business proposals. The way they converse and their body contact can give you a hint if a person is sincere or just letting you bite their offer.

Be suspicious of e-mail and text alerts- Oftentimes, you receive spam alert through your email that asks you to join a group. You can also receive text messages saying that you won in a certain contest or if you can join them in their lucrative business offer.

Be wise and don’t be a victim of different scams targeting OFWs.

Read more information about Scam Alert for OFWs.

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May
21
2015

Scam Alert: Rampant Fake Job Offers to Canada

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POEA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac warned Filipino applicants to be wary of the fake job offers that are circulating right now. On his Facebook post, Admin Cacdac stated:

“Mag-ingat po sa email na kumakalat na nag-aalok daw ng trabaho sa Shriners Hospital for Children sa Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Heto ang mga elemento ng peke o bogus na modus operandi:

  • Ang nagpadala ng email ay tila taga Shriners Hospital for Children (kennethguidera@shrinershopsitalsforchildren.info);
  • Recruitment kuno ng caregivers, nurse aides, midwives, therapists — graduate or undergraduate, with or without PRC license daw; illegal
  • No experience required kuno, no examinations required kuno, no placement fee kuno;
  • May seminar na kailangang puntahan at bayaran ng P3,760;
  • May recruitment agency daw na pinangalanan, pero sa huli ay direct hiring or name hiring arrangement naman daw;
  • Padala daw ng resume o bio-data sa isang email address; at
  • Kailangan daw magmadali kasi “first pay, first reserve basis”.

 

HETO NAMAN PO ANG MGA ELEMENTO KAYA’T HINDI DAPAT PATULAN ITO:

  1. NANININGIL NG PERA.
  2. NAGMAMADALI.
  3. PURO MINATAMIS NA PANG-AKIT (NO PLACEMENT FEE, NO PRC LICENSE. NO EXAMS, ETC.).
  4. MAY LICENSED RECRUITER DAW, PERO DIRECT HIRING NAMAN.
  5. HINDI HO ESTILO O SISTE NG FOREIGN EMPLOYER, LALO NA SA CANADA, NA SUMULAT NG EMAIL.

HUWAG NA HUWAG HONG PATULAN ITO. MAGING MATALINO, HUWAG MAGPALOKO!

 

Hindi nagkukulang ng paalala ang mga authorities ukol sa mga illegal recruiters. We also have the responsibility to protect ourselves from these dangerous elements. Sino nga ba namang gustong maloko? We just have to be curious and be aware para hindi tayo mabiktima. Agree or not?

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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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