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May
24
2016

OFWs in Oman: Report Mid-day break violations

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The Ministry of Manpower in Oman announced that mid-day break violation can now be reported via a hotline number.

 

Report mid-day break violation

Report mid-day break violation

 

Mid-day break were granted to those working in open and elevated areas starting this June until August.

 

A provision of Article 16 of the occupational safety and health regulations in Oman states that workers must not work in construction or in open and elevated areas from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on the months of June, July and August in which establishments and private sector institutions must follow.

 

Overseas Filipino workers can report violation of this mid-day break at 80077000, the Ministry’s hotline number.

 

 

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May
10
2016

NOC and 2-year ban will stay in Oman

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The two-year employment ban for expatriates who will leave their jobs without a no objection certificate or NOC will remain until the economic situation in Oman improves.

 

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs should remember that the Sultanate of Oman still imposes the rule and should comply to the regulation.

 

An OFW can transfer to a different company if his employer agrees and grant him a no objection certificate or NOC. Without an NOC, the OFW cannot join another company and will result to a two-year employment ban if transferring is pursued.

 

The Minister of Manpower thinks that the rule protects the companies from workers whom they bring and train to work in Oman then leave after a few months only because of a higher offer.

 

OFWs are seen as highly skilled people and in demand to take positions available in different work sectors.

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Apr
4
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

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Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

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Dec
23
2015

Work Abroad Via POEA Manpower Registry System

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You can apply for jobs jobs abroad through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Simply go to POEA’s e-registration page and register your information at the POEA Manpower Registry System even if there is no active overseas job opening yet. This is the online facility allows you to be part of the roster of applicants that might be considered for future job vacancies abroad.

It is ideal for applicants residing in places that are far from the POEA main office or any regional offices because they can send their application and view its status online.

  • If selected for employment, the worker should report for pre-documentation briefing at the Recruitment and Documentation Division (RDD), Government Placement Branch (GPB), Ground Floor of the POEA main Office.
  • The overseas employment contract is presented and upon reading and studying the provisions, you have the
    choice to accept or not accept the offer.
  • You will then undergo a medical examination at accredited OFW medical clinics/hospital.
  • If the result of your medical exam is okay, you need to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) at the 2nd floor of the POEA office.

Note: The job offer might be cancelled if the medical exam shows that you are not fit to work.

 

Work abroad safely. Learn more about the ways by reading this ebook here.

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Dec
6
2015

10 Things OFWs Should Not Do in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is very strict when it comes to their cultural values and traditions. It is only right for overseas Filipino workers to respect this and follow the existing laws and rules implemented.

 

OFWs in the kingdom should not do the following to avoid imprisonment, punishment or deportation:

  1. Wearing indecent clothes that shows off most part of the body when in public places. Women can wear an abaya to cover up.
  2. Female OFWs should avoid entering entertainment shops or stores.
  3. Women are not allowed to dine in at restaurants alone. They should be accompanied by their husband.
  4. Public display of affection is prohibited in the kingdom.
  5. Taking photos of mosques, airports and military bases without permission is forbidden.
  6. Persons of the opposite sex should not be together in a room unless they are married.
  7. Non-muslim OFWs are off-limits at mosques.
  8. OFWs shouldn’t carry or use illegal drugs.
  9. Bringing or displaying religious items like a bible, holy cross, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  10. Gambling and pornographic materials is also banned in the kingdom.

 

OFWs struggled hard just to find and land an overseas job in the hopes of providing a better future for their family. So one should be very careful not to do anything that can cause their deportation back to the Philippines.

 

 

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