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Mar
10
2016

Tips for OFWs:Top 10 Companies Best to Work For in UAE

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Overseas Filipino workers choose to work abroad to provide better life for their family. But most of the time, an OFW end up working for an employer who is uncompassionate and does not care for their well-being at all.

 

Luckily, a consultancy firm in United Arab Emirates searched for companies with great workplace environment for employees this 2016. Dubbed as Great Place to Work, they lists down the top companies who have scored well based on reviewed for categories like level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within the organization.

 

DHL once again topped the ranking, winning three-consecutive years in a row. They were chosen because of their efforts to nurture employee development, create a fun work environment, promote transparency and act on employee feedback.

 

The top 10 best companies to work for in UAE are:

 

  1. DHL
  2. The One
  3. Omnicom Media Group
  4. Splash
  5. Estee Lauder Companies
  6. EMC
  7. Weber Shandwick
  8. Hilti Emirates
  9. Hilton
  10. FedEx

 

Every OFW wants to work in a company where the employers are concerned about their employees welfare, treat them with respect and provide guidance for better work outcome.

 

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Jan
27
2016

What Awaits Filipinos Overstaying with Visit Visa in Saudi

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A maximum of SR50,000 fine, imprisonment and/or deportation is what an overstaying visit visa holder in Saudi will get.

 

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) warned foreign visit visa holders, as well as expat workers, not to stay beyond the validity period.

 

Expats or Saudi who issued the visit visa will be fined an amount of SR15,000 for their first offense. A three-month jail time and a penalty of SR25,000 is up for the second violation. While SR50,000 fine, six months in jail and deportation for expats will be the punishment for third offense.

 

Questions may be directed to Jawazat by contacting them online through their website gdp.gov.sa@992.

 

To avoid any inconvenience such as these penalties, the directorate encourage all visit visa holders to obey the residency regulations in Saudi and leave the kingdom before the expiration date.

 

 

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Dec
6
2015

10 Things OFWs Should Not Do in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is very strict when it comes to their cultural values and traditions. It is only right for overseas Filipino workers to respect this and follow the existing laws and rules implemented.

 

OFWs in the kingdom should not do the following to avoid imprisonment, punishment or deportation:

  1. Wearing indecent clothes that shows off most part of the body when in public places. Women can wear an abaya to cover up.
  2. Female OFWs should avoid entering entertainment shops or stores.
  3. Women are not allowed to dine in at restaurants alone. They should be accompanied by their husband.
  4. Public display of affection is prohibited in the kingdom.
  5. Taking photos of mosques, airports and military bases without permission is forbidden.
  6. Persons of the opposite sex should not be together in a room unless they are married.
  7. Non-muslim OFWs are off-limits at mosques.
  8. OFWs shouldn’t carry or use illegal drugs.
  9. Bringing or displaying religious items like a bible, holy cross, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  10. Gambling and pornographic materials is also banned in the kingdom.

 

OFWs struggled hard just to find and land an overseas job in the hopes of providing a better future for their family. So one should be very careful not to do anything that can cause their deportation back to the Philippines.

 

 

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Oct
9
2015

Can You Work Abroad If You Have Lung Scar?

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I applied for a job opening in Saudi Arabia and got a job offer. Unfortunately, the employment offer was canceled because my medical exam results deemed me as unfit to work. Does this mean that I have to forget about my dream to work abroad? Is there a foreign country that is not so strict in medical results? Kindly advised me as I am losing hope.

The story above may seem familiar because a clear medical exam result is a major requirement prior to overseas deployment. Often, people with lung scars or pulmonary fibrosis are still rejected even if the scar is already inactive or non-infectious.

It will not be surprising if someone with lung scar would just give up his dream to work abroad. However, this testimonial from WorkAbroad,ph might be an inspiration to those who are in the same plight.

Mr. Adimar’s Story:

Halos hopeless na ako makapag-abroad dahil may scars ako sa lungs. Lagi na lang akong na-rereject lalo na sa parteng Middle East, pero hindi ako nawalan ng pag-asa. nag-post ako ng resume sa WorkAbroad.ph at nagsimulang dumami ang tawag sakin mula sa ibat-ibang agency.

Hanggang nakatagpo ako ng employer na nag-waive ng scars ko at dahil dun matutupad na ang pangarap ko namakapag trabaho sa abroad. Nakatakda na akong umalis ngayong buwan. Salamat sa WorkAbroad.ph

Mr. Adimar was hired by Cobil Recruitment Agency as an Agricultural Worker.

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May
28
2015

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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