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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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Published in: OFW Warnings
Oct
9
2014

To Serve You Better, DFA Did This

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Imagine this, you came early at the Department of Foreign Affairs main consular office in Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City. You arrived even before the office opens for business to be able to transact early. But unfortunately, the line is already way too long. And you knew, that it would be a long day for you just to have your documents authenticated.

 
Because of scenarios like this, and complaints that DFA receives from Filipinos, they’ve decided to station mall offices. These mall offices in different areas of Metro Manila will cater to Filipinos, especially OFWs, that needs to authenticate or red ribbon their documents to live or work abroad.

DFA announced four mall-based satellite offices in Metro Manila where Filipinos can have their documents authenticated, aside from the main consular office in Macapagal Boulevard. These mall satellite offices would be:

  • DFA NCR-Northeast in Ali Mall.
  • DFA NCR-East in SM Megamall.
  • DFA NCR-West in SM Manila.
  • DFA NCR-South in Metro Gaisano, Alabang.

These DFA satellite offices will process documents for red ribbon from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.

OFWs can wait for their documents to be red ribbon for four days, which is the regular processing day, costing P100/document. But for OFWs in a hurry for the release of their authenticated documents, you can have it after one day, for only P200 per document.

 

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Oct
8
2014

OFWs Can Red Ribbon These Documents at DFA

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The Department of Foreign Affairs is the government arm that have authentication services or what is most commonly known as ‘red ribbon’ for documents of Filipinos, especially OFWs, to be used either to live or work abroad.

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OFWS can bring the following documents for authentication at DFA:

1. School records, like Transcript of Records, Form 137, diploma, and others that has Certification of Authentication and Verification (CAV) by DepEd, CHED, or TESDA.
2. School records issued by State Colleges and Universities that also bears CAV.
3. NSO issued documents in its security paper, including CENOMAR.
4. Medical certifications that is authorized by the Department of Health or DOH.
5. Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) documents.
6. Affidavits of Employment, Trainings/Seminars, and Baptism/Confirmation that has certification from the Regional Trial Court.
7. Land Transportation Office License Certification that is issued by LTO main office only.
8. NBI clearance.
9. Police clearance.
10. Barangay certification with Mayor’s certification.
11. Notarized documents like Special Power of Attorney, Affidavit of Support and Guarantee, Consent, etc. with Regional Trial Court certification.
12. Foreign documents that is authenticated by the Philippine Consulate or documents authenticated by the Foreign Embassies/Consulate Generals based in the Philippines.

Authenticating documents costs P100 per document and can be claimed after four working days, which is the regular processing period. But for OFWs who are in a hurry to hae their documents authenticated, you can speed up the process for only P200 per document. You can have your authenticated documents after a day.

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