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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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.
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.
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
Fax: 2866-9885 / 286668559
Nothing can stop the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from including the P550 terminal fee in airplane tickets starting October 1, 2014.
MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said that it’s all systems go for the integration and this will benefit at least seven million passengers who do not have to line up to pay the terminal fee.
Though many are against the inclusion of the P550 terminal fee in plane fares, especially OFWs, MIAA will still continue it’s plan to integrate the fee to ticket fare.
Honrado also said that MIAA will still honor exemptions authorized by law which includes the following;
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
Muslim pilgrims endorsed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)
athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission
others authorized by the Office of the President, and
children which are aged two and below
Exemption for OFWs at the point of sale of tickets shall be subjected to the presentation of an exemption certificate issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or MIAA. Meaning that if no exemption certificate is presented by the time of the purchase of ticket, the P550 terminal fee will then be included in the cost of the ticket.
MIAA said the transition of this integration will be fully implemented by October 2015 where tickets that are purchased or issued before October 1, 2104 shall have been flown. All airlines worldwide will have to implement this integration all at the same time. And exemptions shall cover passengers flying from Manila to any destination point.
Filipinos, OFWs in specific, are against the inclusion of the terminal fee in plane fares stating that this is an extra burden for them to shoulder.
Despite of refunds for the terminal fee in their ticket fare, most OFWs will just forfeit this because of the hassle it will cause them.
How would you feel if you were to be deported back to your home country for the main reason that you have a child with mental disorder? And that this child of yours is deemed to be a financial burden to the taxpayers?? Absurd and inhumane, right?
This is what a Filipina nurse in Australia faces when her application for a skilled worker visa was denied because of his son’s autism.
Maria Cecilia Sevilla, a Filipina nurse, now faces deportation in Australia with her son Tyrone, who was diagnosed with autism, six months after they migrated to Australia back in 2007.
Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone. Image from Change.org
The Filipina nurse and her nine-year-old son Tyrone will be extradited back to the Philippines when her application for skilled worker visa was denied just because his son “did not meet the health requirement”.
So, the Filipina nurse created an online petition on Change.org where she hopes to reach the minister asking to let them stay in Australia. The Filipina nurse stated in her petition that her son’s “personal security, human and child rights, and dignity will be at stake” when sent back to the Philippines because there is no relative to take care of him.
Filipina nurse Sevilla said that all her sacrifices “could all be taken away because the government thinks that children with autism are going to be more of a cost to Australian society than a benefit”, which according to her is not true.
The Filipina nurse also emphasizes that she’s been working for years and this makes her a taxpayer in Australia, too.
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