The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration released the list of recruitment agencies whose licenses were cancelled because of offenses made.
POEA has issued final and executory orders to the following agencies for their violations like excessive placement fees, misrepresentation, illegal exactions and issuance of fake OWWA pre-departure training certificates.
- Al-Walih International Manpower Services Co.
- Al-Niel International Recruitment
- Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Inc.
- Mari Human Resources Inc.
- Kosen International Inc.
- Chanceteam International Services Inc.
- Chosen Divine Mercy Manpower Services Corporation
- Trustworthy International Manpower Corporation
- TCI Recruitment Corporation
- Uni-Link Overseas Placement Agency Corporation
- Prestige Search International Inc.
- Wonder Star Corporation
- Valentino Promotion Recruitment International Agency, Inc.
- Raysa International Smart Employment Services
- Kimobo International Personnel Services Inc.
- Guts International Services Corporation
- Marie Gold International Manpower Services
- Mid-South Ship And Crew Management Inc.
- Lam Healthcare Staffing Corporation
- MMS Asia Group Resource Corporation
- Accesglobal International Manpower Services Inc.
- Best One International Services & Consultancy Inc.
- Spring Resources Management & Promotion Inc.
- M.R. International Manpower Services Inc. (Formerly M.R. International Talent Management Services)
- Filscandia Manpower Recruitment Services Inc.
- Stronghold Manpower International Recruitment Agency Corporation
- Easyway International Recruitment Agency Co.
- Greengate Manpower Services Co.
- Zareiko Productions, Inc.
- Riley International Employment Services
- SML Human Resources Inc.
- The Lamplight International Manpower Services
- Mayan International Staffing Agency, Inc.
- Elbeitam Management Services, Inc.
- Wanda Resources and Manpower Corporation
- Efficient International Manpower Services Inc.
Justice was served when three men who kidnapped and gang-raped an overseas Filipino worker were sentenced to life imprisonment.
A Filipina was abducted last December 2014 while waiting for a taxi after office hours. She was then molested by the three men inside the car and was sold to a woman for prostitution. She was then locked up in a room where another man raped her. The OFW was lucky enough to escape and sought help from the authorities.
Dubai Court of First Instance find the suspects guilty of kidnapping the OFW using deception, raping her, stealing her mobile phone and cash, threatening to kill her and selling her to another woman to make her work in prostitution.
OFWs, especially the females, are advised to take extra precautions while working or living in Dubai to avoid incidents like this.
A stranded overseas Filipino worker died in a temporary shelter handled by the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fifty-year old Jose Berja died last Sunday at a villa where male distressed and stranded OFWs stays. According to his fellow OFW, Berka suffered from heart attack Saturday morning and was announced dead on arrival when rushed to the hospital later in the afternoon.
Berja’s wife is staying at Bahay-Kalinga, a women’s shelter also under the care of POLO-OWWA in Riyadh.
The Philippine Embassy and POLO-OWWA provides lodging for distraught and abandoned OFWs while waiting for their repatriation. Some of these OFWs escape from their employers because of maltreatment.
But the increasing number of OFWs seeking refuge made the villas overcrowded and pose health concerns to each of them. They need medical attention since many of them have been stranded for years.
Empowering female overseas Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) inaugurated a program that aims to assist them start their own small business.
Partnering with Coca-Cola Philippines, DOLE named the program as WOMEN REACH or Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home, which will give business skills, life training and access to business enhancement for them to become economically independent.
WOMEN REACH is a consolidation of DOLE’s Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood) and Coca-Cola’s STAR (Sari Sari Store Training and Access to Resources) that have started since 2011. STAR is part of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 global initiative that aims to empower 5 million women by the year 2020.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the program partnership targeted towards returning women OFWs shall give them support to build their entrepreneurial confidence to establish or enhance their own micro enterprises.
WOMEN REACH has two sets of target beneficiaries.
The first one are the returning female OFWs who already have their own sari-sari store, grocery store, carinderia, food stall, bakery or restaurant business who may apply for the STAR course.
The second will be women OFWs who would like to start their own micro enterprises, wherein they will attend seminars and trainings at TESDA Women’s Center.
WOMEN REACH may be availed by female OFWs who are of legal age with basic literacy skills on reading, writing and basic mathematics.
On the other hand, male OFWs may avail of other entrepreneurship opportunities offered by Coca-Cola in their partnership with DOLE.
Overseas Filipino workers choose to work abroad to provide better life for their family. But most of the time, an OFW end up working for an employer who is uncompassionate and does not care for their well-being at all.
Luckily, a consultancy firm in United Arab Emirates searched for companies with great workplace environment for employees this 2016. Dubbed as Great Place to Work, they lists down the top companies who have scored well based on reviewed for categories like level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within the organization.
DHL once again topped the ranking, winning three-consecutive years in a row. They were chosen because of their efforts to nurture employee development, create a fun work environment, promote transparency and act on employee feedback.
The top 10 best companies to work for in UAE are:
- The One
- Omnicom Media Group
- Estee Lauder Companies
- Weber Shandwick
- Hilti Emirates
Every OFW wants to work in a company where the employers are concerned about their employees welfare, treat them with respect and provide guidance for better work outcome.
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