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Dec
19
2014

OFWs Home for Holidays, Know Your Baggage Limit

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With a few days left before Christmas, overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are now starting to arrive in the country to spend the holiday season with their loved ones.

 

OFWs working abroad still choose to devote their vacation with their families and have quality time with them for a more meaningful holiday.

 

And since Filipinos, especially OFWs abroad are much awaited for their pasalubong upon their arrival, it is a normal scene for them to have boxes and bags of it from the airport.

 

OFWs from the Middle East must know how much baggage is allowed for every passenger by each airlines they are to board. This is to avoid paying costly fees for any excess baggage OFWs have to brought home.

Below is a list of some Middle East airlines and the weight of baggage free of charge for their passengers in the economy class which OFWs can use as a guide.

Name of Airlines

Baggage weight free of charge per passenger (Economy class)

Allowed weight for hand carry

Baggage Dimensions

(length+height+width)

Saudia Airlines

1 pc that is 32 kg or 2 pcs not exceeding 23 kg each.

1 pc hand bag or pull bag that is not over 7 kg

Should not exceed 81 inch or 205 cm

Qatar Airlines

1 pc, not to exceed 30 kg

1 pc, not to exceed 7 kg

Maximum dimension of  50x37x25cm (20x15x10in) each

Emirates Airlines

Maximum of 30 kg

1 pc, either hand bag or laptop bag, maximum of 7 kg

Must not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches

Gulf Air

Maximum of 30 kg

Not to exceed 6 kg

Maximum dimension of 95x75x45cm

Etihad Airways

Maximum of 30 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

207cm (45 x 72 x 90)

Kuwait Airways

Maximum of 20 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

23 x 36 x 56 cm (115 cm total)

Singapore Airlines

Maximum of 30 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

200 x 75 x 80 cm

Philippine Airlines

1 pc that is 32 kg or 2 pcs not exceeding 23 kg each

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

273 cm

Cathay Pacific

Maximum of 30 kg

Maximum of 7 kg

Maximum dimension

203 cm (80in)

OFWs should double checked their airlines guidelines regarding the baggage allowance to prevent any delays at the airport on their departure date.

 It is also a must that OFWs know how and  what not to include in your hand carry luggage to avoid any problems that may arise which could result to travel lag.

 

 

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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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Dec
8
2014

Tip for OFWs: How to Avoid Loan Sharks

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Loan sharks are illegal financing companies that usually take advantage of people in desperate need of money that they would agree to sky-high interest rates.

how to avoid loan sharks

 

If you are Filipino looking for resources to be able to finance the fees you need to work abroad, be sure to take these precautionary measures to avoid loan sharks:

Compare first the interest rates of different lenders so you can choose which is more practical to you. You should not also be afraid to ask question for the clarifications of the terms and conditions of your loan.

You may also ask for a written contract of the loan from lenders to have evidence of your agreement. The contract should specify the duration of the payment, the mode of payment, the consequences of failure to pay at the right time and the interest rate of the loaned amount. But make sure that you understand all your obligations before signing the loan contract.

 

How to Deal with Loan Sharks

Debtors have a responsibility to pay their loans but one’s consumer rights do not disappear when one is unable to pay the loan immediately. Bear in mind that Philippine law prohibits collection agencies from harassing or threatening individuals because of their unpaid loans.

Let the collection agencies or loan sharks know that you are aware of your rights so they will think twice about their illegal tactics. Do not let them intimidate you for an amount. Do not give them the authority to shake you because of the loan. It may be your responsibility to pay, but this doesn’t give them the right to threaten or harass you and your family once you fail to comply with your side of the agreement.

If you and your family’s safety and well-being are already severely affected, you can seek the help of authorities to intervene.

 

 

These article may also be of help:

Tips for OFWs: Don’t be a Victim of Loan Sharks

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Dec
5
2014

OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.

 

 

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Dec
4
2014

Got A Complaint Against Your Recruitment Agency?

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs who had been violated by the recruitment agency which deployed them for overseas jobs may file an administrative and illegal recruitment case against them. OFWs can go to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s main office, particularly to their legal assistance division for assistance.

OFWs must obtain and fill out a verification form from the security guard at the POEA’s office. The legal officer will call the OFW’s name for counselling and legal assistance i the preparation/filling out of a complaint form.

 

Click here for detailed step by step procedure on how to ask for legal assistance and file a complaint in POEA.

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