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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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Nov
26
2014

Pinoys in Yemen: Register for Repatriation Until 11/30

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Filipinos were called by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to leave Yemen amidst the alarming situation of violence over the country.

The Philippine Embassy encourages all Filipinos to register for repatriation or update their previous registration. Filipinos in all cities and regions of Yemen can accomplish the registration form found on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

A statement in the embassy’s advisory said that”Filipinos should decide and arrange to leave Yemen immediately, and not later than 30 November 2014.”

Filipinos can also reach designated Filipino community area coordinators and leaders for further information about the repatriation.

Filipinos in Yemen can also contact the Crisis Management Team at Movenpick Hotel Sana’a, Berlin Street, Sana’a, Yemen with mobile number +967-73-384-4958.

Related Article: DFA to Filipinos in Yemen: Leave Now!

The call for repatriation of Filipinos was reiterated by the Department of Foreign Affairs earlier this month after raising alert level 3 in Yemen due to the occupation of Houthi rebels in the city of Sana’a.

Alert level 3 in Yemen means voluntary repatriation and a total deployment ban for Filipinos, even for those who are on vacation.

 

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Nov
4
2014

Senate Bill will support OFWs Once Passed

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A bill that will provide P50,000 credit assistance for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs is pressed to be passed.

The said bill was proposed by Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who said it was similar to a bill which was set for approval on the third and final reading.

Senator Angara also praises other representatives on their favorable action regarding the bill, and hopes to receive the same on this new version of the bill which addresses the needs of OFWs.

Senate Bill 1955 authored by Angara is set to create a credit assistance program for OFWs which will help them in paying for recruitment fees and other payments made during their pre-employment.

The P50,000 credit loan will be granted to OFWs, with a valid employment contract, by the Overseas Welfare Administration (OWWA).  The loan will be entered into by and between the OFW-borrower and OWWA, with the next-of-kin as the co-borrower.

This senate bill, once passed, aims to subsidize living expenses of the OFWs family during the first months of absence, and to pay all the recruitment processing expenses like placement fees, documentation costs and plane tickets.

In 12 equal monthly installments, OFWs shall pay the loan through accredited banking institutions with an interest rate that is not to exceed six percent per year.

But if the OFW fails to pay the said loan, the bill authorizes the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA to withhold issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) and other exit permit or clearance for the OFW to be able to work abroad.

And if ever a government official or private individual will give OEC or any exit permit to OFWs who failed to pay the loan, he will be given a 60-day suspension for the first offense.  The second offense will cause his dismissal and permanent cancellation of license.

Angara said that the credit facility is another venue for government to support OFWs for sending in much-needed foreign remittances that help maintain the country’s macroeconomic stability.

 

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Nov
3
2014

DFA to Filipinos in Yemen: Leave Now!

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DFA Urges Filipinos to Leave Yemen Now

The Department of Foreign Affairs call out to Filipinos who are in Yemen to leave the war-torn country.  This was the DFA’s plea to OFWs last Tuesday, after raising the alert level in Yemen because of the continuing threat by the Houthi rebels in the city of Sana’a.  Alert level 3 was raised by DFA after attacks were made to civilians by conflicting separatists and members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Alert level 3 in Yemen means that the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE will impose a total deployment ban and the reiterated call for OFWs in Yemen to return to the Philippines.

And to help for the repatriation of OFWs and all Filipinos, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh had already sent a crisis management team in Yemen since it was under their jurisdiction.

 

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Oct
17
2014

Prioritize your Health, OFWs

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If asked to choose between health and wealth, most Filipinos or OFWs will choose the first one. Apparently, this will be the obvious answer so as not to cause a stir and think of someone as money-minded.

 
Health, in every aspect should be the priority for everyone, especially OFWs who are working abroad. OFWs sacrifice everything just to provide better future for their family by overseas jobs. And most of the OFWs, though they’ve experienced bad experiences from foreign employers abroad, still decide to look for overseas jobs and work abroad again. This decision means taking risk in every aspect by working abroad – health, happiness, family, homesickness etc.

 
This is why Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz reiterated the call for OFWs not to take any risk by applying or entertaining employment or job offers from Ebola-hit countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. She further said that the deployment ban for these countries still exists, and OFWs paper will not be legally processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA for them to be sent to work abroad.

 
The announcement was made by DOLE secretary amidst report stating that there was a high demand for healthcare workers for deployment on the West African countries to aid the increasing number of patients with Ebola virus.

 
The total ban deployment was enforced by POEA last month as part of the preventive measure for OFWs to avoid being infected with deadly Ebola virus disease.

 
Also, a total deployment ban was imposed for newly-hired OFWs last July when the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued crisis alert level 2 on the three countries because of Ebola virus spreading.

 
This total deployment ban ordered by POEA includes the processing and deployment of returning OFWs even if they have existing employment contract in the Ebola-hit countries.

 
Filipinos, especially OFWs, should heed the call not to apply for overseas jobs in the West African countries greatly affected by the Ebola virus. You all have one goal, to earn much money for the family, but it would be useful if you’ll be infected by this alarming deadly disease that had claimed thousands of lives.

 

 

 

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