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Aug
20
2014

Visa Application to UK Now Easier for Filipinos

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The British Embassy announced a number of enhancements to its visa processing procedures in the Philippines.

 

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The improvements meant to cater the growing demand for UK visa services to improve the customer experience and make the journey to the UK an easier one. These include:

 

  • A bigger and better visa application centre in Manila with more facilities and great campaign branding to highlight the best that Britain has to offer
  • A new international visa enquiry centre
  • A visa application centre in Cebu City to cater for customers in the Visayas and neearby regions
  • A premium lounge for a more personalised and streamlined service
  • An optional priority visa service that returns visa decisions within 3-5 working days
  • A Prime Time service for those who need the convenience of an out of hours appointment
  • A Passport Passback service for those who may need to travel or apply for another visa while their UK one is being processed.

 

The embassy said more than 49,000 tourist and business visit visas were issued to Filipinos from March 2013 to March 2014.

 

The British embassy also announced that it was also offering long-term visit visas, which would be valid for one to 10 years.

 

Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to the Philippines said the embassy was encouraging those wish to apply for a tourist or business visit visa to apply early and have with you all the necessary documents when you go for your appointment.

 

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Jul
2
2014

POEA REVOKED LICENSE OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), true to its words, has nullified the permission it has given to 63 recruitment agencies. This is in relation to their mission of stopping illegal recruiters from operating and taking advantage of Filipinos aspiring to work abroad.

POEA ‘cleaned’ its list of agencies by cancelling the license of recruitment agencies that have been deemed to be conducting deceitful transactions in its operation. Now, Filipinos wanting to work abroad can be sure that agencies listed in POEA are legally safe and accredited.

Here are the list of agencies whose license where cancelled. See if one of them is your agency or the agency of someone you knew so you can take the necessary actions.

  1. ABC MANILA INTERNATIONAL INC.

  2. AISIS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER INC.
  3. AL-ABEER MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  4. AL TAKA MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  5. ALL-PRO STAFFING & CONSULTING SERVICES
  6. ALLSKILLS MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  7. ALTIMA MANPOWER AGENCY INC.
  8. ASAHI INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER CORPORATION
  9. ASEAN MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL SERVICES INC.
  10. BIG DIPPER MARITIME SERVICES CORPORATION
  11. BOOM INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AGENCY
  12. BRIGHT INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  13. C.A.A. MANPOWER AGENCY
  14. CROSSWIND INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  15. DIAMOND ROSE HUMAN RESOURCES AND SERVICES CORPORATION
  16. FMJ INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AND ALLIED SERVICES INC.
  17. FUTURISTIC INTERNATIONAL ARTIST (FIA) PROMOTION CORPORATION
  18. GEMS 22 MANPOWER COMPANY
  19. GLOBAL JOBSEARCH SERVICES INC.
  20. GREENBACK INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER
  21. GOLDEN LIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  22. GOLDEN MILES PLACEMENT PROMOTION AND MANNING AGENCY COMPANY
  23. HANJAN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT INC.
  24. HELAL MANPOWER AGENCY
  25. HERBERT’S INTERNATIONAL INC.
  26. JARDY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION AGENCY
  27. JMP POLARIS NAVIGATION INC. AND INVESTORS ASSURANCES CORPORATION
  28. KONNEXION INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AGENCY
  29. LIFELINE INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES INC.
  30. MAJNAL RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT INC
  31. MARHABA INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES COMPANY
  32. MBC HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
  33. MCLAINE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY GROUP INC.
  34. MEDRP INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINE INC.
  35. MHHR MANPOWER RECRUITMENT & PLACEMENT AGENCY CORPORATION
  36. MORLAND OVERSEAS MANPOWER
  37. MSS TALENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC.
  38. NANHAYA INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT INC.
  39. N.A.R. TRAINING CENTER & MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  40. NORTHWEST PLACEMENT INC.
  41. OFW RECRUITMENT AGENCY
  42. P & R MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  43. PHILEMPLOY SERVICES & RESOURCES INC.
  44. PHILTRADE INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  45. REAJENT MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  46. SAVEWAY INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  47. SILVER HORIZON INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  48. SMART INTERNATIONAL MARINE SERVICES CORP.
  49. STAFFLINE INC.
  50. ST. BERNARD INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AGENCY
  51. STOCKHAUS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES CORPORATION
  52. THE JOB CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  53. THE JOBHUNTER INC.
  54. WELLCOME EMPLOYMENT CENTRE INC.
  55. WHITE WING’S MANPOWER EXPONENT
  56. W.M.G. INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AGENCY
  57. YES HUMAN RESOURCES INC.
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Jun
17
2014

Does Working Abroad Makes You Smarter?

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How does working abroad makes you smarter? A study under the title “Expanding Opportunities by Opening Your Mind” by William Maddux, said that people who have international experience or identity with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity.

OFWs who adopted an open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures became more able to make connections among desperate ideas.

does-living-abroad-make-you-smarter1The advantages of working abroad accrue to those who are willing to adapt themselves to the ways of their host country.

The research demonstrates that even when individuals are exposed to the same multicultural environment, it is their psychological approach and engagement with different cultures that determines growth in integrative complexity and tangible increases in professional opportunities.

Study has shown that people with international experience are more creative, flexible and forward-thinking both in their careers and life in general.

 

Here are some advice on how to take advantage of your time working abroad:

  • Take advantage of your new location.
  • Try to move outside of your comfort zone.
  • Try to avoid speaking your native language.
  • Ask lots of questions and be willing to learn about anything.

 

Living in a new environment, interacting with different people and learning about other cultures all help contribute to these qualities, and as a result, broaden your horizons.

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Jun
13
2014

Precautions During Rainy Season for Families left by OFWs

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Rainy Season has started already here in the Philippines. Heavy rains, storms and typhoons will soon be experienced. And once more, common illnesses will compromise people’s health. These common illnesses are cough, colds, bronchitis, diarrhea, cholera, flu, food infection, dengue and lepstopirosis. Since the new school year has started too, we don’t want our students to be ill every now and then. Each of us should prepare so that we won’t get sick easily this rainy weather. Of course, we don’t want our dear OFW to worry about the people they left in the country. It’s the least favour we could do for them so they could focus on their work and avoid danger on their part.

Here are some tips you can follow as preventive measures this season:

  • Keep Rain Gear with you always – Be prepared for sudden rainfalls. Always include in your bag an umbrella or a raincoat. You can also have a pair of slippers or rain boots in case you need to walk in floods.

  • Vitamin C – Whether in natural foods or as food supplement, it never fails to boost the immune system of our body. Have the habit of regular intake of a VitC rich fruit.

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  • Shower After Being Caught in Rain – Although most people don’t want to be wet again after being caught in a sudden rainfall, it is best to take a quick shower because this would rinse off germs or bacteria that may cause infection

  • Hot Drinks – Sip a cup of hot coffee, tea or choco to heat your body and lessen shivering from the cold rain.

  • Cleanliness – Since these common illnesses are caused by germs, bacteria and viruses, maintaining cleanliness in body and surrounding will help lessen your risk against infection. Wash your hands often or sanitize every time you handle something.

  • Drink Plenty of Water – It is best to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. This replenishes all the body fluids you have drained from all the activities you did.

  • Healthy Lifestyle – Proper diet and exercise will also help you boost your immune system and increase your body’s natural fighting level against germs and bacteria. Eat healthy foods like vegetables and fruits. Avoid eating out and consuming more foods than your usual intake. Exercise daily to improve body strength and flexibility.

It is very important to keep yourself protected during the rainy season because you can catch infection frequently. It is always better to take precautions and be prepared when you go out of your home to do your tasks or when going to school or workplace.

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Jun
4
2014

Learning Foreign Languages: Why is it Important?

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Whether it’s for professional, social or personal reasons, learning at least one foreign language is a must for anyone who wants to keep their options open. We live in a multilingual world that is becoming increasingly globalized and it is therefore very important to know more than one language.

 

ForeignLanguage-Training Foreign languages are important to those working abroad. It helps make a great first impression, and it shows that you are willing to go above and beyond to maintain the relationship. In many cultures, attempting to speak the language is viewed as a sign of respect and has the potential to open doors in the future.

The awareness allows people from different nationalities and religions to get along with each other better, which is very important given the high levels of immigration. Many countries with high immigration levels have trouble with lack of integration, and this is often because of the language barrier, so people end up being segregated, staying in communities where their own language is spoken.

Main reasons that should turn you towards learning foreign languages.

Personal Satisfaction: View life as a continuous learning process. Learning foreign languages is not easy and you’ll have many small issues and problems to tackle along the way, the chances of solving it are very high and the intellectual fulfillment that you get at the end is uncomparable to anything else.

Professional Requirement: Many professions require the knowledge of at least two or more foreign languages, depending on the field of your job. Speak, read and write in two languages – highly commended.

To Keep your Mind Healthy: Feed your brain! Learning a new language requires the memorizing and understanding of new words, which offers your brain a good training for future occasions where memorizing is a must.

Communication: Essential skills for communication in foreign languages consist of the ability to understand spoken messages, to initiate, sustain conclude conversations and to read, understand and produce texts appropriate to the individual’s need. Learning the other person’s mother language is not only for a better communication, but also out of respect for each other.

Social Bonus: When knowing a foreign language can be literally a social blessings is when meeting a foreigner whose language you can speak, this create great impression around you. It also brings you both professional and social satisfaction.

The reasons for learning a new language are varied, but the importance of learning foreign languages is universal: it will always benefit you in one way or another.

 

 

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