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Dec
19
2014

OFWs Home for Holidays, Know Your Baggage Limit

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baggage allowance of middle east airlines

With a few days left before Christmas, overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are now starting to arrive in the country to spend the holiday season with their loved ones.

 

OFWs working abroad still choose to devote their vacation with their families and have quality time with them for a more meaningful holiday.

 

And since Filipinos, especially OFWs abroad are much awaited for their pasalubong upon their arrival, it is a normal scene for them to have boxes and bags of it from the airport.

 

OFWs from the Middle East must know how much baggage is allowed for every passenger by each airlines they are to board. This is to avoid paying costly fees for any excess baggage OFWs have to brought home.

Below is a list of some Middle East airlines and the weight of baggage free of charge for their passengers in the economy class which OFWs can use as a guide.

Name of Airlines

Baggage weight free of charge per passenger (Economy class)

Allowed weight for hand carry

Baggage Dimensions

(length+height+width)

Saudia Airlines

1 pc that is 32 kg or 2 pcs not exceeding 23 kg each.

1 pc hand bag or pull bag that is not over 7 kg

Should not exceed 81 inch or 205 cm

Qatar Airlines

1 pc, not to exceed 30 kg

1 pc, not to exceed 7 kg

Maximum dimension of  50x37x25cm (20x15x10in) each

Emirates Airlines

Maximum of 30 kg

1 pc, either hand bag or laptop bag, maximum of 7 kg

Must not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches

Gulf Air

Maximum of 30 kg

Not to exceed 6 kg

Maximum dimension of 95x75x45cm

Etihad Airways

Maximum of 30 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

207cm (45 x 72 x 90)

Kuwait Airways

Maximum of 20 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

23 x 36 x 56 cm (115 cm total)

Singapore Airlines

Maximum of 30 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

200 x 75 x 80 cm

Philippine Airlines

1 pc that is 32 kg or 2 pcs not exceeding 23 kg each

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

273 cm

Cathay Pacific

Maximum of 30 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

203 cm (80in)

OFWs should double checked their airlines guidelines regarding the baggage allowance to prevent any delays at the airport on their departure date.

 It is also a must that OFWs know how and  what not to include in your hand carry luggage to avoid any problems that may arise which could result to travel lag.

 

 

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Dec
15
2014

How OFWs can Send Remittance to the Philippines

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs remittances to their family in the Philippines are not only augmenting their life, but also help boost the economic stability of the country. It was estimated that 2014 remittances by OFWs could be 5 percent higher compared to last year.

OFWs remittance

 

Since it is the holiday season, OFWs will surely send big amount for Christmas expenses. But before OFWs transfer the money, there are a lot of factors to consider to be sure that the hard-earned amount will be received on time.

OFWs must compare first the costs, exchange rates and how fast the amount will be send and receive by the intended recipient. You can look for different international money transfer near your area and do a comparison of their services offered. They should have the ease and comfort that will suit the money transfer service needs of an OFW.

There are many different money transfer service to choose from, and some of them are:

Banks with a Philippine branch or affiliated branch. This is the most secure way of sending money to your family, but their charges and speed of delivery may differ.

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Western Union. OFWs can use their services from their different agents’ location in more than 200 countries. But they don’t offer cheap money transfers with their rates and fees.

MoneyGram. It is another money transfer service with locations in many countries too. Money can be in Peso or US dollars either by home delivery, cash pick up or by ATM’s through LBC card.

Xoom Money Transfer. They offer online money transfer from credit card, debit card or by Paypal. Their exchange rate is below the market rate and the service is fast and safe.

PayPal. OFWs can send to remittances with their affordable-pay low fees, fast and secure transactions via payment method using debit or credit card.

KwartaPadala. An MLhuillier’s money remittance service with partners all over the globe, they ensure a fast, secure and reliable system of sending money.

MAGPADALA KAYO SA PAMILYA, DAHIL KUNG HINDI…

These are just some of the wire services OFWs can choose to trust in sending their remittances. OFWs can also opt to try what their fellow OFWs had been using for most of the time. But whichever you prefer, there is only one thing you need to be sure of. Your family or intended recipient must be able to receive the money at the right time, when they needed it.

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Dec
12
2014

Filipino Technicians are Needed Abroad

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auto technicians

 

Filipino technicians, whether it is auto, electrical, medical, pool, mechanical, AC, and others, are needed to fill job vacancies for different countries abroad from POEA-licensed recruitment agencies.

Filipino technicians are in demand for overseas jobs in many fields which will help the operation of certain services.

The following are list of job openings for Filipino technicians abroad. Just click on each job title to view detailed information and requirements.

 

50 Auto Technicians – Qualifications: Male, 22 to 40 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 3-year working experience.

20 Diagnostic Technicians – Male, 25 to 35 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 3-year working experience.

15 Pool Technicians – Male, 21 to 37 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 2-year working experience.

20 AC Technicians – Male, 21 to 45 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 2-year working experience.

60 General Technicians – Male, 21 to 45 years old, and with 2-year working experience.

50 HVAC Technicians – Male, 21 to 45 years old, and with 2-year working experience.

50 Fire Protection System Technicians – Male, 21 to 45 years old, and with 2-year working experience.

20 Generators and Power Plant Technicians – Male, 25 to 40 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 5-year working experience.

20 QC Technicians – Male, 23 to 45 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 2-year working experience.

20 Mechanical Technicians (for elevators) – Male, 25 to 40 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 3-year working experience.

40 Civil LAB Technicians (concrete) – Male, 22 to 38 years old, with or without experience.

20 Dental Technicians – Male, 22 to 40 years old, at least with Prof’l license (passed board/bar/prof’l license exam) and with 2-year working experience.

20 Radiology Technicians – Female, 22 to 40 years old, at least with Prof’l license (passed board/bar/prof’l license exam) and with 2-year working experience.

25 Laboratory Technicians – Male or female, 21 to 45 years old, at least with Prof’l license (passed board/bar/prof’l license exam) and with 2-year working experience.

20 Diagnostic Technicians – Male, 25 to 35 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 3-year working experience.

50 HVAC Technicians – Male, 23 to 48 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 3-year working experience.

 

 

More overseas jobs available here.

** For manpower pooling only. No fees to be collected during the application process. Mag-ingat sa illegal recruiter. **

 

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Dec
11
2014

Warning to OFWs: Do Not Engage in Drug Trafficking

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are sacrificing everything just to provide well enough for their families future.  This is also the reason why OFWs are often victimized by illegal drug traffickers as drug mules or transporter.

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA once again repeat its call for OFWs not to engage in drug trafficking activities as this will hinder their dream of working abroad and become successful for their loved ones benefit.

DFA advised OFWs and other Filipino travellers not to allow themselves to be recruited by drug syndicates in carrying out their drug-trafficking operations.

A new modus operandi was also disclosed. DFA reported that a Filipino was arrested at the airport while waiting for his flight to depart from Ningbo to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Filipino will transport the illegal substance crystal methamphetamine or “ice” to China.

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The DFA emphasized on its warning for OFWs and Filipino travellers that China imposes harsh penalties for persons convicted of transporting such illegal drugs. All are advised to be cautious when accepting packages as this might be illegal substances which can be grounds for their convictions abroad.

DFA also said that OFWs and other Filipino travellers should comply with pre-departure formalities implemented by the Philippine immigration authorities to prevent the occurrence of illegal recruitment, people smuggling, human trafficking and drug trafficking cases.

OFWs may find offers by drug syndicates appealing because of instant cash earning without the hard work, but they should remind themselves of the consequences of their actions and its effect on their families once they are caught with the possession of illegal drugs prohibited by their country destination. After all, their family is the main reason why they are to travel and work abroad.

 

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Dec
10
2014

Want to Retire Early as an OFW without being Broke?

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Whenever an OFW or overseas Filipino worker is asked for his reason of working abroad, answer will be “because I want to give my family a better and brighter future”. Sure this is what all Filipinos want. But when the time comes that they’ve arrived at the foreign land, the reason is often than not forgotten.

Many OFWs seem to be working for the rest of their lives because they failed to earn enough for them to retire early.  An OFW’s life abroad is not easy, sacrificing many aspects just to uplift their family’s livelihood. But their spending practices have tied them to the idea that they have to continue to work abroad to make ends meet.

Here are some of the malpractices OFWs and their family often commit, resulting to retiring broke and sometimes, in big debt.

Overspending. OFWs complain that their salary abroad is just enough for them and for remittance to their family. Overspending is one problem that OFWs should address.  Admit it or not, we Filipinos are overwhelmed by the sudden and enormous income we receive, thus having the power to purchase things we’ve wanted before. OFWs and their family enjoy it, until the day they can’t stop and control how they spend the hard-earned money abroad.

Failure to keep a savings account. This is the first thing most OFWs should do before anything else. Open a savings account, and be responsible to deposit on it regularly.  Your savings will be your lifeline in case of emergencies and instances when remittance can’t be done immediately for important cases like tuition fee payments or medical expenses.

Not investing wisely. Aside from a savings account, investing is another wise thing to do. You can invest in a business, stock exchange, real estate, or life plans.  Investing is also your preparation for what’s to come ahead unexpectedly. However, OFWs should be careful when putting their investments as many scams linger around, preying on unsuspecting victim.

Generosity to boast. OFWs coming home for the holiday or just for a vacation are much awaited; not only on the eagerness to see the missed loved ones, but because of the anticipation on what gifts would be receive. Giving gifts is not bad, just don’t spend all the salary you’ve earned for it. It’s more acceptable that you don’t have anything for everyone because you’re allocating it to much more important things.

Never ending debts. Filipinos are always indebted in many ways, money as first. Before an OFW can go to work abroad, he has to borrow from relatives, friends, and even loan sharks just to come up with the amount needed for the processing of his documents.  And often than not, these were unpaid even after many years of working abroad which leads to harassment and quarrels.

No target date to retire. OFWs must set specifications on how long they should be working abroad. It is not forever that an OFW will have their overseas job.  A certain period should be set as a goal on how long you’ll save, invest and provide for the family. So when you retire, you can still enjoy what you’ve worked hard abroad.

 

It is a sad scenario that most OFWs became rich just a few months or a year after working abroad, to be poor again in the blink of an eye because of the money mistakes they often commit. OFWs should learn how to handle their salary and how to allocate it in the proper way for them to see an early retirement that they can enjoy to the fullest.

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