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OFWs: No to 2-year Ban in KSA for Exiting Filipinos

Before, the only problem overseas Filipino workers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia faces was the maltreatment of employers and delayed or low salary. Now, they have another thing to worry about.

A 2-year ban on expatriates was proposed which will also affect OFWs leaving KSA with a final exit visa.  The said proposal will only allow expatriates with final exit visa to return to the kingdom two years after they exited.

This action is in coordination with the kingdom’s Saudization program, creating more job opportunities to Saudi nationals rather than employing expatriates, with OFWs most of the time.

But OFWs protest to this proposal because for them, it is against the Saudi and Philippine government’s labor agreement.  If ever the idea will push through, OFWs deployment will be affected and more Filipinos will add to the number of unemployed individuals.  This will also affect the Philippine’s economy since OFWs remittances are of great help for the country.

Filipino migrant worker-supporting groups also emphasized that most OFWs were forced to leave KSA on final exit visas because of their labor disputes which is mainly matters regarding their salary, humane injustice and breach of contract they’ve signed before leaving the Philippines.

The 2-year ban for expatriates leaving KSA with final exit visas was proposed by the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) labor market committee, which reviewed the kingdom’s Saudization program.

The recommendation which will greatly affect OFWs was patterned to the same measure taken by Oman, Saudi’s neighbouring Gulf country.

Oman imposes a two-year visa ban on expatriates who leave their jobs because of labor arguments.  But they can return to Oman on a tourist, family joining, and visitor or investor visa.

OFWs are concerned that if ever the proposed two-year ban on expatriates were imposed, most Filipinos who work in KSA will suffer unemployment with their final exit visa. They call on to the government to settle the issue with the Saudi government so that OFWs will not endure in the end.


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Published in: OFW News

Overseas Job Seekers Target by Online Scams

Once again, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA had reiterated its warning for Filipino jobseekers who wants to work abroad.

Online scams are seen prevalent on most social media accounts like Facebook.  POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Department lawyer Rosemari Duquez said that these types of online scams can be easily distinguished because of the discrepancies it promises to Filipino jobseekers.

According to Duquez, these social media scams usually:

  • Promise quick deployment;
  •  no experience needed;
  • no license required;
  • no placement or processing fees;
  • Hassle-free processing of their documents for working abroad.

Such social media scams intend to victimize Filipino jobseekers who want to work as nurses and caregivers in countries like Canada and Australia.  Many Filipinos are enticed to grab the offer because these first-world countries are rich and known to give higher salaries and better benefits.

POEA also said that companies or agencies behind these scams can only be reached through email and was not in POEA’s list of accredited agencies.

POEA further explained that all overseas Filipino workers or OFWs need to go through strict deployment so that the Philippine government can protect them against forms of injustices abroad.

The name of the recruitment agency, what their overseas jobs would be, and the name of the employer should be checked on POEA’s website to confirm their legality. POEA’s mobile application can also be downloaded to have access anywhere you are with your smartphone.

Filipino jobseekers and OFWs dealing directly with companies abroad are reminded that they still have to process their documents with POEA for issuance of job permits and to be documented overseas workers.


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Published in: OFW News, OFW Warnings

Better Working Conditions for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

After a year of waiting, overseas Filipino workers will now enjoy more benefits from the Saudi government. This is after the Saudi Cabinet has approved the Filipino domestic workers recruitment agreement, which had been signed by the Philippines and Saudi labor.

The labor agreement was approved by Saudi Cabinet last November 3, 2014. This covers housemaids, babysitters, laundrywomen, family drivers, cooks and gardeners.

The agreement impose that OFWs had to received a minimum monthly salary of SR 1, 500, their own bank accounts, weekly rest days and daily rest periods.

OFWs will also have paid vacation leave, free communication and humane treatment, and non-withholding of passports and work permits.

The labor pact will imply lifting the freeze on the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers which was ordered because of arising complaints of domestic workers abuse by Saudi families.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Saudi Labor Deputy Minister Mufarrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani signed the labor agreement on hiring Filipino household service workers last May 2013.


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Published in: OFW News

Where Pinoy peacekeepers from Liberia will stay

The Filipino peacekeepers sent to the Ebola-hit country Liberia, will be returning to the Philippines this week.

As to where they would stay, there is confusion among the government officials themselves.

It was Tuesday last week when the Armed Forces of the Philippines had announced that the Filipino peacekeepers will be quarantined for 21 days in an island-paradise instead of the Peacekeeping Operations Center in Capas, Tarlac.

But the Department of Health said that the Pinoy peacekeepers from Liberia will be quarantined not because they are infected with Ebola, but to be sure of their situation after the 21 day incubation period.

President Benigno Aquino III said last Friday that an island near Corregidor will be the Filipino peacekeepers home for three weeks when they arrive from the Ebola-hit Liberia.

Caballo Island is where the returning Filipino peacekeepers will stay to rest and relax, following the mandatory 21-day quarantine just to be sure that they are not infected with Ebola virus which has killed half of infected patients in West African countries.

They will be attended by three to four doctors to monitor their condition according to DOH’s protocol or health guidelines.

The president also call on the Filipino peacekeepers family to understand the situation their loved-ones has to go through to ensure that the Philippines will still  remain Ebola-free and no Ebola virus infected-individual will enter the country.  But this, he said, doesn’t mean that they are indeed infected with Ebola virus.

The 138 Filipino peacekeepers were repatriated because the Philippine government can’t bear to let them stay in the Ebola infected country.



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Published in: Philippine News

No Placement Fee Jobs for Health and Beauty Specialist

Filipinos want to work abroad to fulfil their dreams of being able to help elevate the lives of their loved-ones.  But some Filipinos can’t afford to pay the processing fee, placement fee and other fees needed for them to land the overseas job they thought to be the key to reach their goals in life.

So we collated overseas job openings in WorkAbroad.ph from POEA-licensed recruitment agencies that have no placement fees, for those who seek work abroad as health and beauty specialist.

overseas job openings for health and beauty specialists

Just click on each job title to view more information on how to apply.




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