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Dec
17
2014

Kuwait’s Bill to Affect Millions of Expatriates

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Kuwait is home to more than 2.4 million expatriates including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), both working and living in this Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country.  It is also OFWs favorite destination to work abroad.

Expatriates in the country includes Asian unskilled labourers and domestic helpers, which comprises mainly two-thirds of it’s population.

Concerned Kuwaiti lawmakers were alarmed by this number, stating that something has to be done to lessen Kuwait’s dependence on foreign workers.

A bill was endorsed last month to set limit on the expatriates number in the country. The bill is to set restrictions on any foreigners community to only less than 10 percent of Kuwait’s total population. This means that a community should not have more than 125,000 expatriates.

The proposal also aims to imposed a“five-year residency cap on expatriates and a ban on bringing their families too, in Kuwait. As a result, this will affect millions of expatriates wherein thousands would have to leave the country. Nationalities that would be greatly cut down by this proposal are Indians, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Filipino, and Syrian, whether unskilled or semi-skilled workers.

But the proposal is still for approval from the legal and legislative committee, assessing if it complies with  the constitution and laws of Kuwait.

OFWs will be affected once this bill is passed and implemented by the Kuwaiti government. Though OFWs are highly in demand because of their skills, private business sector will have no choice but to obey once the bill is passed and mandatory implemented.

The business sector is boldly opposing the proposal, even resisting all deportation calls, emphasizing that the slice on expatriates or foreign workers “could result in grave economic issues in the country.”

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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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Dec
5
2014

OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.

 

 

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