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Macau Increasing Penalty for Overstaying Foreigners

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The Philippine Overseas Labor  Office (POLO) in Macau reported that the Special Administrative Region’s Immigration Department has issued Administrative Regulation No. 14/2014 or the Amendments to the Provision on Overstay, which increases penalty for overstaying expats, including Filipino workers.


Under this amendment, offenders cannot enter Macau again for one year. The penalty is not applicable to foreigners who have overstayed for 30 days or more.

According to the report, Macau increased the penalty for expats for less than 30 days from MOP200 to MOP500 per day. They are not allowed to pay the fine and will instead be banned for a certain period of time. Violators are required to pay immediately after they are arrested or have surrendered to the police.

All workers staying illegally in other countries are more vulnerable to harassment and abuse and are subject of police operations.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that OFWs looking for work in Macau and other countries should secure the proper work permit or employment visa before leaving the country.



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POEA Won’t Stop: Another Recruitment Agency Closed Down

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Despite the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) warnings to recruiters and recruitment agencies operating illegally, some are still hard-headed and continues to ignore the call.

Bright 3 Manpower Agency, located in Makati City, is the latest addition to POEA’s list of agencies foreclosed. Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that a woman named Rosita Natama confirmed that she was the manager of Bright 3 and the one responsible for recruiting Filipinos to work abroad. They are processing applicants documents for overseas jobs in Dubai and Malaysia to work as service crew, salesman, saleslady, laundry personnel, house workers,construction workers, janitors, and waiters/waitress.

The agency was closed down for it has no proper license from POEA and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) because it is recruiting workers both for local and overseas employment.

Government agencies and departments like POEA, DFA and DOLE are doing their best to constrain these people and agencies recruiting all and aspiring OFWs to work abroad without legal authorization. They are also reminding every OFWs and local Filipino workers to deal only with licensed agencies to avoid problems because they’re the ones to suffer in the end. OFWs and every Filipino dreaming of working abroad for higher compensation must learn how to know if an agency is legal or not. Also, you must avoid job offers in internet because most of them are scams. It is our aspiration and desire to work abroad that these people are taking advantage of, so it is a must that you should be very keen and careful.

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Illegal recruitment agency office shut down by POEA.

Illegal recruitment agency office shut down by POEA.

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DFA to OFWs in Libya: Go Home Now!

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called out to all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Libya to come home immediately after Alert Level 4 was raised.

The latest events in Libya had indicated the place is no longer safe for OFWs to stay as the fight between rival militia groups escalated. Thus, they are requested to register for repatriation in the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli.

The alert level was raised once again because of the extreme security threats to Filipinos, especially in Benghazi. Other factors are the extreme political and security situation, the increasing violence and lawlessness, and the closure of major airports because of fears of the all-out civil wars.

Ever since the start of the crisis in the country, and when DFA raised Alert level 3 on May 29, they have closely monitored the security development while trying not to affect the needs of OFWs in Libya.

The department had also put up hotlines for families of OFWs in Libya where they can call for questions and concerns about the conditions of their relatives.

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli had already reached out to OFWs in Libya, the Filipino community, and to their employer to inform them of the action made by DFA to the crisis.
The violence existing in Libya had never stopped; instead it just continues to worsen. That is why the Philippine government, thru the Department of Foreign Affairs and its Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, had started operation to repatriate OFWs because of the levelling crisis in the said country. There are an estimated 13,000 Filipinos in Libya, some who may have pass through Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok because of the no-visa requirement. Other OFWs illegally enters the Middle East through these cities.

Families and relatives of OFWs in Libya can ask them to voluntarily come back to the country rather than staying indoors of their apartments and risking their lives in the current situation of the country. OFWs are our modern heroes, but we don’t want them to make their lives at stake just because of better-paying jobs in the Middle East. Safety first, before anything else.
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PHILIPPINE ARENA: Newest Filipino Architectural Pride

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World's largest indoor arena

World’s largest indoor arena

Found at the 50-hectare complex in Ciudad de Victoria at the municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, is the world’s largest indoor arena. It is the latest and newest architectural pride of the Filipinos. The Philippine Arena is the centerpiece of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s centennial celebration on July 27, 2014.

Designed by the company Populous, an architectural firm specializing in the design of sport facilities and convention centers, the Philippine Arena is a multi-purpose arena and plenary hall for Iglesia Ni Cristo that has a maximum seating capacity of 55, 000. It was built at the cost of more than $200 million or roughly around 7.8 billion pesos.

Because of its hugeness, this arena can hold inside 3 times the size of SMX Arena or that of the Smart Araneta Stadium. The design concept of the arena was inspired by the narra tree and the root of the banyan tree. It was also featured in the documentary episode of Man Made Marvels: Quake Proof of the Discovery Channel aired on December, 2013. This focused on making structures in the Philippines safer from natural disasters such as earthquake and typhoons. Aside from being acknowledged as “the largest building of its kind”, it is also built to withstand earthquakes.

The Philippine Arena is the biggest theater, dome arena and indoor stadium in the world, outstanding the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 Arena in London.

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Nurses and Care Workers Needed in Japan

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Under the Framework for the Movement of Natural Persons of the Philippines-Japan Economic Participate Agreement (PJEPA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now accepting qualified applicants for nurses and caregivers for deployment in the land of the rising sun.

japan for ofw

Qualifications for Nursing positions:

  • Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • With Board License
  • With at least three (3) years hospital experience
  • Preferably 20 – 35 years old
  • Must be psychologically at medically fit


Requirements for Care Workers:

  • Graduate from any four (4) year course and certified as a caregiver by TESDA
  • Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (under board) or any allied profession
  • Preferably 20 – 35 years old
  • Must be psychologically and medically fit


Submit the following important documents:

  • A detailed resume with one piece 2×2 picture
  • College diploma (for care worker applicant, diploma should be authenticated)
  • Transcript of Records
  • Valid PRC ID (for nurse applicants)
  • Employment Certificates (for nurse applicants)
  • Valid TESDA Certificate on Caregiving (for care worker applicants)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Valid NBI Clearance (for travel abroad)


The agency advised qualified applicants to register online at www.eregister.poea.gov.ph and personally submit those documents (fastened in a legal size cream folder) to the Manpower Registry Division, Ground Floor, Window T, POEA Bldg., EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Mandaluyong City.


All candidates may submit their application and documents until July 15, 2014.

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