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Apr
4,
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

Mar
31,
2016

SSS gives free personalized tags to OFWs

The Social Security System (SSS) gives free personalized tags for overseas Filipino workers which they can get at SSS foreign representative offices (FRO), on outreach events launch by SSS or local consular offices.

 

Enclosed in leather card holders, the SS# Tags has information printed on it. These includes:

  • OFW’s name
  • OFW’s social security number
  • OFW coverage status, and
  • Date of card issuance

 

SSS tags for OFWs

 

SSS also encrypted the contact information of the issuing SSS FRO and OFW Contact Services Unit (CSU) at the back of the card.

 

These personalized tags is now available in SSS FRO branches in 19 locations abroad for OFWs to claim.

  • Hong Kong
  • Brunei
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Singapore
  • Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait
  • Doha (Qatar)
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Bahrain
  • Muscat (Oman)
  • Rome and Milan (Italy)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Toronto (Canada)
  • San Francisco (United States of America)

 

The tags aims to help OFWs remember their SS number which is needed when making any transactions with SSS. However, this will not replace UMID card so OFWs can still apply to have one if they haven’t been given a biometric SSS ID or UMID card before.

The SS#Tags was first offered at the SSS branch inside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office in 2014.

 

Mar
23,
2016

OFWs May Rely on Faster Delivery of Packages for Families

Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs can expect for quicker shipment of packages sent after a memorandum of agreement was signed by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

 

The agreement will bring a centralized examination and assessment of duties, taxes and other charges on postal items to be done in the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

 

OFWs balikbayan boxes

OFWs balikbayan boxes

 

PHLPost was authorized as a collecting agent of BOC for duties and taxes and centralized the examination and assessment of parcels entering the country.

 

The memorandum specify the following aspects:

  • a provision of door-to-door service of PHLPost to its client
  • an option of “payment upon pick-up” in the post office or “cash on delivery” by postman in the respective area
  • PHLPost will communicate with the recipient of the package by the mobile number and/or e-mail given by the sender to confirm acceptance and agreeing to pay the pre-computed duties and taxes by BOC

 

A “more efficient and reliable processing of parcel” and “cutting the processing time of parcel handling” is what the agreement aims to give.

 

Mar
21,
2016

Beware:Recruiters with license cancelled by POEA in 2015

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.

 

  1. Al-Walih International Manpower Services Co.
  2. Al-Niel International Recruitment
  3. Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Inc.
  4. Mari Human Resources Inc.
  5. Kosen International Inc.
  6. Chanceteam International Services Inc.
  7. Chosen Divine Mercy Manpower Services Corporation
  8. Trustworthy International Manpower Corporation
  9. TCI Recruitment Corporation
  10. Uni-Link Overseas Placement Agency Corporation
  11. Prestige Search International Inc.
  12. Wonder Star Corporation
  13. Valentino Promotion Recruitment International Agency, Inc.
  14. Raysa International Smart Employment Services
    (Rises) Corporation
  15. Kimobo International Personnel Services Inc.
  16. Guts International Services Corporation
  17. Marie Gold International Manpower Services
  18. Mid-South Ship And Crew Management Inc.
  19. Lam Healthcare Staffing Corporation
  20. MMS Asia Group Resource Corporation
  21. Accesglobal International Manpower Services Inc.
  22. Best One International Services & Consultancy Inc.
  23. Spring Resources Management & Promotion Inc.
  24. M.R. International Manpower Services Inc. (Formerly M.R. International Talent Management Services)
  25. Filscandia Manpower Recruitment Services Inc.
  26. Stronghold Manpower International Recruitment Agency Corporation
  27. Easyway International Recruitment Agency Co.
  28. Greengate Manpower Services Co.
  29. Zareiko Productions, Inc.
  30. Riley International Employment Services
  31. SML Human Resources Inc.
  32. The Lamplight International Manpower Services
  33. Mayan International Staffing Agency, Inc.
  34. Elbeitam Management Services, Inc.
  35. Wanda Resources and Manpower Corporation
  36. Efficient International Manpower Services Inc.

 

Mar
17,
2016

3 Men Convicted for Raping OFW in Dubai

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.

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