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Sep
30
2014

Philippine Embassies to Celebrate Hari Raya Haji Festival

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The Philippine Embassies in different parts of the world will join our Muslim brothers and sisters in their celebration of Hari Raya Haji, also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”.

In celebration of this, some of the Philippine Embassies will be closed for the festival. Below are the list of Philippine Embassy offices which will be closed on specific dates.
Philippine Embassy in Singapore – closed on October 6, 2014. Office to resume on October 7, 2014.

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh – closed on October 5, 6, and 7, 2014. Regular working hours to resume on October 8, 2014.

Philippine Embassy in London – closed on October 6, 2014. Regular office hours to resume on October 7, 2014. OFWs can contact these numbers in case of emergencies concerning Filipinos 078-0279-0695.

Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, UAE – closed on October 5 and 6, 2014. Regular office will resume on October 7, 2014.

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Tips and Guides
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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Security Alerts for Israel, Palestine and Gaza Lowered

Yemen Still in Alert Level 2

DFA to OFWs in Libya: Go Home Now!

Oman Restricts Entry of Filipino Workers

OFWs Banned in Iraq by POEA

OFWs in Libya Warned, Alert Level 2 Declared

 

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Sep
29
2014

Filipinos in Singapore Advised on Haze

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The Philippine Embassy in Singapore warns Filipinos to be cautious being out in the street often because of the increase in the Pollutant Standards Index or PSI, reaching over 100 last week. Filipinos are advised to lessen their stay outdoors to avoid health complications caused by haze coming from Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) in Singapore reported that the PSI index last September 16, 2014 had reached over 100, stating the air to be in ‘unhealthy’ condition. NEA monitors PSI readings over Singapore for 24 hours.

As of September 23, the PSI readings over Singapore is ranging from 58-62, which is in moderate level.

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Published in: OFW Warnings, Uncategorized
Sep
29
2014

OFWs in Hong Kong Still Have 2 Days

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong still have two days to transact their transactions with the Philippine Consulate General.  OFWs are advised that the Philippine Consulate General office will be closed on October 1 and 2.

 PhilConGen HK

No official business transaction, including the overseas employment certificate (OEC) issuance will be made on the said dates. Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong will be closed in celebration of the ‘National Day of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, and the “Chun Yeung Festival on Oct. 2.

For emergencies though, Filipinos can contact the following numbers for assistance:

Consular Assistance – 9155 4023

Labor – 6080 8323

OWWA – 6345 9324

Or through these web pages:

Consulate website : http://www.philcongen-hk.com/

Facebook: Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong

Email: hongkongpc@philcongen-hk.com

Fax: 2866-9885 / 286668559

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Published in: OFW News, Uncategorized
Sep
29
2014

OFWs Don’t Want Another Burden

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Nothing can stop the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from including the P550 terminal fee in airplane tickets starting October 1, 2014.

MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said that it’s all systems go for the integration and this will benefit at least seven million passengers who do not have to line up to pay the terminal fee.

Though many are against the inclusion of the P550 terminal fee in plane fares, especially OFWs, MIAA will still continue it’s plan to integrate the fee to ticket fare.

Honrado also said that MIAA will still honor exemptions authorized by law which includes the following;

  1. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

  2. Muslim pilgrims endorsed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)

  3. athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission

  4. others authorized by the Office of the President, and

  5. children which are aged two and below

Exemption for OFWs at the point of sale of tickets shall be subjected to the presentation of an exemption certificate issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or MIAA. Meaning that if no exemption certificate is presented by the time of the purchase of ticket, the P550 terminal fee will then be included in the cost of the ticket.

MIAA said the transition of this integration will be fully implemented by October 2015 where tickets that are purchased or issued before October 1, 2104 shall have been flown. All airlines worldwide will have to implement this integration all at the same time. And exemptions shall cover passengers flying from Manila to any destination point.

Filipinos, OFWs in specific, are against the inclusion of the terminal fee in plane fares stating that this is an extra burden for them to shoulder.

Despite of refunds for the terminal fee in their ticket fare, most OFWs will just forfeit this because of the hassle it will cause them.

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