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Apr
4
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

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Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

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Mar
21
2016

Beware:Recruiters with license cancelled by POEA in 2015

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration released the list of recruitment agencies whose licenses were cancelled because of offenses made.

 

POEA has issued final and executory orders to the following agencies for their violations like excessive placement fees, misrepresentation, illegal exactions and issuance of fake OWWA pre-departure training certificates.

 

  1. Al-Walih International Manpower Services Co.
  2. Al-Niel International Recruitment
  3. Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Inc.
  4. Mari Human Resources Inc.
  5. Kosen International Inc.
  6. Chanceteam International Services Inc.
  7. Chosen Divine Mercy Manpower Services Corporation
  8. Trustworthy International Manpower Corporation
  9. TCI Recruitment Corporation
  10. Uni-Link Overseas Placement Agency Corporation
  11. Prestige Search International Inc.
  12. Wonder Star Corporation
  13. Valentino Promotion Recruitment International Agency, Inc.
  14. Raysa International Smart Employment Services
    (Rises) Corporation
  15. Kimobo International Personnel Services Inc.
  16. Guts International Services Corporation
  17. Marie Gold International Manpower Services
  18. Mid-South Ship And Crew Management Inc.
  19. Lam Healthcare Staffing Corporation
  20. MMS Asia Group Resource Corporation
  21. Accesglobal International Manpower Services Inc.
  22. Best One International Services & Consultancy Inc.
  23. Spring Resources Management & Promotion Inc.
  24. M.R. International Manpower Services Inc. (Formerly M.R. International Talent Management Services)
  25. Filscandia Manpower Recruitment Services Inc.
  26. Stronghold Manpower International Recruitment Agency Corporation
  27. Easyway International Recruitment Agency Co.
  28. Greengate Manpower Services Co.
  29. Zareiko Productions, Inc.
  30. Riley International Employment Services
  31. SML Human Resources Inc.
  32. The Lamplight International Manpower Services
  33. Mayan International Staffing Agency, Inc.
  34. Elbeitam Management Services, Inc.
  35. Wanda Resources and Manpower Corporation
  36. Efficient International Manpower Services Inc.

 

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Mar
15
2016

OFW Died at PH Refugee Camp in KSA

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A stranded overseas Filipino worker died in a temporary shelter handled by the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Fifty-year old Jose Berja died last Sunday at a villa where male distressed and stranded OFWs stays. According to his fellow OFW, Berka suffered from heart attack Saturday morning and was announced dead on arrival when rushed to the hospital later in the afternoon.

 

Berja’s wife is staying at Bahay-Kalinga, a women’s shelter also under the care of POLO-OWWA in Riyadh.

 

The Philippine Embassy and POLO-OWWA provides lodging for distraught and abandoned OFWs while waiting for their repatriation. Some of these OFWs escape from their employers because of maltreatment.

 

But the increasing number of OFWs seeking refuge made the villas overcrowded and pose health concerns to each of them. They need medical attention since many of them have been stranded for years.

 

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Mar
14
2016

Female Power: Jobs for Returning OFWs

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Empowering female overseas Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) inaugurated a program that aims to assist them start their own small business.

 

Partnering with Coca-Cola Philippines, DOLE named the program as WOMEN REACH or Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home, which will give business skills, life training and access to business enhancement for them to become economically independent.

 

WOMEN REACH is a consolidation of DOLE’s Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood) and Coca-Cola’s STAR (Sari Sari Store Training and Access to Resources) that have started since 2011. STAR is part of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 global initiative that aims to empower 5 million women by the year 2020.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the program partnership targeted towards returning women OFWs shall give them support to build their entrepreneurial confidence to establish or enhance their own micro enterprises.

 

WOMEN REACH has two sets of target beneficiaries.

 

The first one are the returning female OFWs who already have their own sari-sari store, grocery store, carinderia, food stall, bakery or restaurant business who may apply for the STAR course.

 

The second will be women OFWs who would like to start their own micro enterprises, wherein they will attend seminars and trainings at TESDA Women’s Center.

 

WOMEN REACH may be availed by female OFWs who are of legal age with basic literacy skills on reading, writing and basic mathematics.

 

On the other hand, male OFWs may avail of other entrepreneurship opportunities offered by Coca-Cola in their partnership with DOLE.  

 

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Mar
1
2016

PhilEmbassy in Riyadh’s Consular Outreach Services

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has announced it’s schedule of consular outreach services for March 2016.

Catering to Filipino nationals in the Eastern region and nearby areas, the Embassy will provide full consular services on:

  • passport services (new/renewal/replacement)
  • passport extension and travel document issuance
  • notarial and authentication services
  • civil registry services (birth/marriage/death)

Taking place at Golden Tulip Hotel, Ash Shaikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, Hail, the consular mission will be on March 4, from 8am to 5pm and March 5, from 8am to 12nn only.

The Embassy emphasized that it will strictly enforce the Passport Appointment System for passport applicants, with exceptions to

  • infants aged six (6) months and below
  • pregnant women
  • senior citizens who are aged 60 years old and above
  • physically-challenged individuals; and
  • applicants whose passports have declared lost, damaged or mutilated.

Reminders:

  • All applicants for passport renewal will be accommodated based on their previously obtained appointment.
  • All applicants must personally secure/book an appointment thru the Embassy’s website at riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph by using their own e-mail address.A confirmation for the appointment will be sent via the same email.
  • Only one (1) appointment booking per applicant is allowed, otherwise, all bookings made under the same name or email address will be invalidated.
  • Appointments made under an alias or fictitious name will also be invalidated.
  • Appointments for consular outreach services or “Embassy on Wheels” (EOW) will be made available five (5) days before the actual schedule.
  • Do not forget to bring old passport and a photocopy of the passport’s data page as well as the passport appointment confirmation and the renewal fee of SR240.
  • “First come first serve basis” will be implemented for other consular services. Bring a photocopy of valid passport and other relevant documents.

 

 

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