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Oct
1
2014

OFW’s Burden Postponed, Moved to Nov 1

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can now rejoice, even for a moment. OFWs worldwide protests may have alter the Manila International Airport Authorities decision on implementing the inclusion of the terminal fee in plane tickets fare.

MIAA thought that nothing can stop them from including the P550 terminal fee in airplane tickets which they aim to start implementing today, October 1.

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But Department of Transportation and Communication secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya agreed to the postponement of the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or terminal fee, according to MIAA’s officer in charge, since MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado is out for an official trip abroad. This resulted to the terminal fee inclusion being moved to November 1, 2014.

MIAA said the transition of the integration will be fully implemented by Ocotber 2015 where tickets that are purchased or issued before October 1, 2014 have been consumed and flown. All airlines shall cover passengers transiting from Manila to any destination.

Since the announcement of the terminal fee integration in aiplane tickerts, OFWs around the world have started to raised their voice and stages protests to show that they are oppose to what they call as another burden for them.

MIAA said that they will honor exemptions authorized by law including OFWs, Muslim pilgrims, athletes endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, those authorized by the Office of the President, and children aged two and below.

OFWs claimed that the terminal fee is another burden because of the hassle it will give them once they refund the fee. Other OFWs may not opt to refund the terminal fee and let it be forfeited which will be the airports benefit.

 

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OFWs Don’t Want Another Burden

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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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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

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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Sep
26
2014

Is This True? Mental Disabilty, A Cause for Deportation?

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How would you feel if you were to be deported back to your home country for the main reason that you have a child with mental disorder? And that this child of yours is deemed to be a financial burden to the taxpayers?? Absurd and inhumane, right?

This is what a Filipina nurse in Australia faces when her application for a skilled worker visa was denied because of his son’s autism.

Maria Cecilia Sevilla, a Filipina nurse, now faces deportation in Australia with her son Tyrone, who was diagnosed with autism, six months after they migrated to Australia back in 2007.

 

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone. Image from Change.org

 

The Filipina nurse and her nine-year-old son Tyrone will be extradited back to the Philippines when her application for skilled worker visa was denied just because his son “did not meet the health requirement”.

So, the Filipina nurse created an online petition on Change.org where she hopes to reach the minister asking to let them stay in Australia. The Filipina nurse stated in her petition that her son’s “personal security, human and child rights, and dignity will be at stake” when sent back to the Philippines because there is no relative to take care of him.
Filipina nurse Sevilla said that all her sacrifices “could all be taken away because the government thinks that children with autism are going to be more of a cost to Australian society than a benefit”, which according to her is not true.

The Filipina nurse also emphasizes that she’s been working for years and this makes her a taxpayer in Australia, too.

 

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