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Jan
27
2015

OFWs, You Have Been Warned Repeatedly

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs have been taking every jobs possible to earn for their family. And many illegal recruiters were taking advantage of this eagerness from OFWs to work abroad.

How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment

For most OFWs, being a household service worker or HSWs is the easiest way for them to work abroad and reach for their dreams. Many of the OFWs working abroad as HSWs were deployed in Middle East, as demand for the service continues to rise.

But when the UAE Ministry of Interior imposed a new standard contract for HSWs to protect both them and their employers rights, the deployment was affected.

OFWs are brought by using fake job position. They are fronted as sales ladies, clerks, cashier, waitress or salon staff just to meet the demands for HSWs. Illegal recruiters not only exposed OFWs to possible abuse by foreign employers, but themselves as well to penalties from the Philippine government.

How to Identify Overseas Job Scams

OFWs are warned over and over again not to accept job offers abroad from recruiters who would give them work visa for jobs they didn’t apply to. They’re also reminded not to sign a new contract upon arriving at their work destination abroad.

Beware of Employment Contract Substitution

Presently, POEA are implementing strict rules regarding HSWs deployment in the Middle East. But this applies only to new hires and does not affect OFWs who’ve been in and out of the Kingdom to work as HSWs.

*source: Gulfnews

 

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Dec
17
2014

Kuwait’s Bill to Affect Millions of Expatriates

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Kuwait is home to more than 2.4 million expatriates including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), both working and living in this Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country.  It is also OFWs favorite destination to work abroad.

Expatriates in the country includes Asian unskilled labourers and domestic helpers, which comprises mainly two-thirds of it’s population.

Concerned Kuwaiti lawmakers were alarmed by this number, stating that something has to be done to lessen Kuwait’s dependence on foreign workers.

A bill was endorsed last month to set limit on the expatriates number in the country. The bill is to set restrictions on any foreigners community to only less than 10 percent of Kuwait’s total population. This means that a community should not have more than 125,000 expatriates.

The proposal also aims to imposed a“five-year residency cap on expatriates and a ban on bringing their families too, in Kuwait. As a result, this will affect millions of expatriates wherein thousands would have to leave the country. Nationalities that would be greatly cut down by this proposal are Indians, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Filipino, and Syrian, whether unskilled or semi-skilled workers.

But the proposal is still for approval from the legal and legislative committee, assessing if it complies with  the constitution and laws of Kuwait.

OFWs will be affected once this bill is passed and implemented by the Kuwaiti government. Though OFWs are highly in demand because of their skills, private business sector will have no choice but to obey once the bill is passed and mandatory implemented.

The business sector is boldly opposing the proposal, even resisting all deportation calls, emphasizing that the slice on expatriates or foreign workers “could result in grave economic issues in the country.”

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Dec
3
2014

Overseas Jobs for High School Grad

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or Filipinos, who want to work abroad and have finished only secondary education or high school, can still apply to overseas jobs. POEA-licensed recruitment agencies have job openings for you abroad.

Just click each job title for more information and how to apply.

 

 

** For manpower pooling only. No fees to be collected during the application process. Mag-ingat sa mga illegal recruiter. **

 

More overseas jobs for Filipinos here.

 

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Nov
24
2014

POEA Advised OFWs Not to Use 2 Visas

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In pursuit of their dreams to give brighter future for their families, most overseas Filipino workers or OFWs will grab on anything just to be able to work abroad. These often results to being victims of scams, illegal recruitments and abuse in those foreign countries.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) released an advisory warning Filipinos about recruitment agencies using the double visa scheme to deploy workers abroad.

Some Filipinos set to leave for deployment to work abroad was found bearing two employment visas for two different jobs. They were stopped by the Bureau of Immigration from boarding the plane bound to Middle East countries.  The Filipino recruits were questioned and they admitted to knowing that their actual work is different from what is in the processed documents.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that greedy recruiters from agencies like to use the double visa deployment scheme in order to avoid the protective system set by the government.  This often results to the abuse and exploitation of Filipino household service workers or HSWs abroad.

Cacdac also said that most Filipino HSWs who are in the safety of Migrant Workers and Filipino Resource Center in Dubai were deployed there using two visas.

Working abroad in this kind of deployment from recruitment agencies will make any Filipinos or OFWs undocumented, taking risks for their own safety and welfare in the foreign land.

 

 

Guide articles for OFWs:

Easy Way to Know if an Email Job Offer is a Scam

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies part2

How to Prepare for a Pre-Employment Medical Exam

What are the Documents OFWs Need to Submit to DFA for Red Ribbon

How Filipino can Authenticate Documents at DFA (Red Ribbon)

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Published in: OFW Warnings
Nov
17
2014

Better Working Conditions for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

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After a year of waiting, overseas Filipino workers will now enjoy more benefits from the Saudi government. This is after the Saudi Cabinet has approved the Filipino domestic workers recruitment agreement, which had been signed by the Philippines and Saudi labor.

The labor agreement was approved by Saudi Cabinet last November 3, 2014. This covers housemaids, babysitters, laundrywomen, family drivers, cooks and gardeners.

The agreement impose that OFWs had to received a minimum monthly salary of SR 1, 500, their own bank accounts, weekly rest days and daily rest periods.

OFWs will also have paid vacation leave, free communication and humane treatment, and non-withholding of passports and work permits.

The labor pact will imply lifting the freeze on the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers which was ordered because of arising complaints of domestic workers abuse by Saudi families.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Saudi Labor Deputy Minister Mufarrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani signed the labor agreement on hiring Filipino household service workers last May 2013.

 

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Other articles you may want to read:

How to Prepare for a Pre-Employment Medical Exam

What are the Documents OFWs Need to Submit to DFA for Red Ribbon

What OFWs Ought to Know About the Employment Contract

OFWs in KSA, Learn This: How to Compute for OT Pay

 

 

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