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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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OFWs Can Red Ribbon These Documents at DFA

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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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Published in: OFW Tips and Guides
Oct
6
2014

At Last, PHL Gov’t to Aide OFW Rape Victim in KSA

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Finally, the Philippine Government had taken time to answer the call of an OFW rape victim in Saudi Arabia.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that the Philippine Embassy is continuing its negotiation with the OFWs employer to pay for the hospital bill. However, if the employer refused to do so, the Philippine government “would consider releasing emergency funds to cover the bills.”

OFWs employers or sponsors should be the one to shoulder medical expenses of their Filipino employee as to what is stated in the labor contract both parties have signed. But since the OFW’s employer and medical insurance company declined to pay for his hospital charges, the Philippine government will refer the case to the Saudi labor office for proper guidance and consultation on what action should be taken.

The OFW expressed his longing to be back home in the Philippines with his family, who had no knowledge of what had happened to him in Saudi Arabia. DFA spokesman Jose said that the OFW is now ‘in good condition and out of danger’.

 

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Published in: OFW News
Sep
30
2014

OFWs OK to be Deployed Again in West Bank & Israel

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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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OFWs Banned in Iraq by POEA

OFWs in Libya Warned, Alert Level 2 Declared

 

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