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Jan
21
2015

OFWs in Oman, Be Careful!

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Oman should be extra careful with their health while working abroad, as it comes with the possibility of being sick and infected with spreading diseases.

 

OFWs are warned to avoid eating camel meat and drinking its milk as the animal is thought to be a carrier and transmits the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus or MERS-CoV.

 

An article from Gulfnews.com reported of the first death in Oman because of MERS-CoV.

 

Though scientists are not sure of the origin of MERS-CoV, several studies have linked the virus to camel. Consumption of its meat and milk were presumed as a way to transmit the virus from the animal.

 

Aside from avoiding eating camel meat or drinking its milk, OFWs must always practice the following as precautions:

 

  • good personal hygiene

  • frequent hand washing

  • wearing of facial mask

 

OFWs work abroad may bring their dreams closer to reality with the money they’ll earn, but it is a must that taking care of their health should be a priority, too.

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Jan
19
2015

FB Etiquette for OFWs to be Included in PDOS

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Following the incident of an OFW nurse being expelled in a Singaporean hospital, the Philippine government is now looking into including Facebook etiquette in PDOS for OFWs.

The Filipino nurse allegedly posted anti-Singaporean posts in his Facebook and Google Plus accounts, which became viral and gained protests from Singapore nationals. But the Filipino nurse denied it, claiming his accounts were hacked.

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A suggestion for the inclusion of FB etiquette in PDOS for OFWs will be made by the Malacañang Palace to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA.

Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs need to undergo the pre-departure orientation seminar or PDOS before they can fly to work abroad. This seminar include topics like immigration procedures, travel regulations, culture, and the do’s and don’ts on the destination country.

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*source: gmanews

 

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Published in: Philippine News
Dec
30
2014

Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.

 

The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.

 

Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.

 

Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.

 

Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.

 

OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.

 

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Dec
19
2014

OFWs Home for Holidays, Know Your Baggage Limit

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baggage allowance of middle east airlines

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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