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Oct
1
2014

This Is Why OFWs Shouldn’t Join Protests in Hong Kong

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Malacañang advised OFWs not to join protest in Hong Kong and focus instead on what their duty should be.

The mass protest had started a few days ago in Hong Kong as response to China’s announcement that only Beijing-approved candidates will be allowed to join the election in 2017.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing that they are advising OFWs to avoid joining such demonstrations and “mag-focus na lang sa kanilang gawain sa Hong Kong”.

Jobs of around 200,000 OFWs working in Hong Kong may be at risk if they accompany these protests held in sites like Central, Admirality, Tim Mei Avenue, Lung Wei Road Causeway Bay, Mongkok, Wan Chai and Tamar.

OFWs are in Hong Kong working in different areas and fields, but a large number comprises domestic helpers. The circumstances of joining the demonstrations held may affect hundred of thousands of OFWs working in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, domestic helpers should feel joyous since the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government had announced an increase in their Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) and food allowance. Domestic helpers MAW will rise by HK$100 while the food allowance will increase by HK$44. These raise in MAW and food allowance of foreign domestic helpers will take effect on employment contracts signed on or before October 1, 2014.

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Oct
1
2014

OFW’s Burden Postponed, Moved to Nov 1

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can now rejoice, even for a moment. OFWs worldwide protests may have alter the Manila International Airport Authorities decision on implementing the inclusion of the terminal fee in plane tickets fare.

MIAA thought that nothing can stop them from including the P550 terminal fee in airplane tickets which they aim to start implementing today, October 1.

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But Department of Transportation and Communication secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya agreed to the postponement of the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or terminal fee, according to MIAA’s officer in charge, since MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado is out for an official trip abroad. This resulted to the terminal fee inclusion being moved to November 1, 2014.

MIAA said the transition of the integration will be fully implemented by Ocotber 2015 where tickets that are purchased or issued before October 1, 2014 have been consumed and flown. All airlines shall cover passengers transiting from Manila to any destination.

Since the announcement of the terminal fee integration in aiplane tickerts, OFWs around the world have started to raised their voice and stages protests to show that they are oppose to what they call as another burden for them.

MIAA said that they will honor exemptions authorized by law including OFWs, Muslim pilgrims, athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, those authorized by the Office of the President, and children aged two and below.

OFWs claimed that the terminal fee is another burden because of the hassle it will give them once they refund the fee. Other OFWs may not opt to refund the terminal fee and let it be forfeited which will be the airports benefit.

 

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OFWs Don’t Want Another Burden

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Sep
30
2014

OFWs OK to be Deployed Again in West Bank & Israel

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can now be deployed again in West Bank and Israel. This is after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had lifted the alert level earlier raised over these countries.

DFA had now placed West Bank and Israel to alert level 1 or the precautionary phase from alert level 2 or restriction phase.

OFWs can now apply for job openings from licensed recruitment agencies because the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the governing body that monitors deployment of filipino workers abroad, had lifted the deployment ban in these countries.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that the deployment ban of newly-hired OFWs to the Gaza Strip are still strictly imposed. Only returning OFWs documents will be processed and deployed but are still subject to compliance with documentary evidence.
Baldoz also said that the resolution lifting the deployment ban in West Bank and Israel was made after the DFA had informed them of lowering the alert level of the said countries effective last September 11.
POEA had imposed a total deployment ban for OFWs bound to Gaza Strip, while processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs to Israel and West Bank were stopped in July because of the security threats made by the Israel-Hamas conflict.

 

 

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Yemen Still in Alert Level 2

DFA to OFWs in Libya: Go Home Now!

Oman Restricts Entry of Filipino Workers

OFWs Banned in Iraq by POEA

OFWs in Libya Warned, Alert Level 2 Declared

 

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Sep
29
2014

Filipinos in Singapore Advised on Haze

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The Philippine Embassy in Singapore warns Filipinos to be cautious being out in the street often because of the increase in the Pollutant Standards Index or PSI, reaching over 100 last week. Filipinos are advised to lessen their stay outdoors to avoid health complications caused by haze coming from Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) in Singapore reported that the PSI index last September 16, 2014 had reached over 100, stating the air to be in ‘unhealthy’ condition. NEA monitors PSI readings over Singapore for 24 hours.

As of September 23, the PSI readings over Singapore is ranging from 58-62, which is in moderate level.

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Published in: OFW Warnings, Uncategorized
Sep
29
2014

OFWs in Hong Kong Still Have 2 Days

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong still have two days to transact their transactions with the Philippine Consulate General.  OFWs are advised that the Philippine Consulate General office will be closed on October 1 and 2.

 PhilConGen HK

No official business transaction, including the overseas employment certificate (OEC) issuance will be made on the said dates. Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong will be closed in celebration of the ‘National Day of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, and the “Chun Yeung Festival on Oct. 2.

For emergencies though, Filipinos can contact the following numbers for assistance:

Consular Assistance – 9155 4023

Labor – 6080 8323

OWWA – 6345 9324

Or through these web pages:

Consulate website : http://www.philcongen-hk.com/

Facebook: Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong

Email: hongkongpc@philcongen-hk.com

Fax: 2866-9885 / 286668559

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