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Oct
10
2014

POEA: This is for disobeying HSW rules

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) had always been keen in advising Filipinos who wants to work abroad about the different schemes used by recruiters. This includes recruiting Filipino applicants under a different job title than the intended overseas jobs they would have.

 

This is the reason why POEA suspended 4 recruitment agencies and its foreign employers who had been found guilty of bypassing government rules and regulations on recruiting Filipino household workers (HSWs).

 

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac immediately ordered the preventive suspension of four recruitment agencies namely Easyway International Recruitment Agency, Marie Gold International Manpower Services, LBH International Placement Agency, and Chosen Divine Mercy Manpower Services.  These recruitment agencies have ‘committed misrepresentation upon submission for processing the POEA documents of their HSW applicants under different job titles’.

 

Aside from the recruitment agencies, Cacdac also ordered suspension of foreign agencies and employers to stop them from recruiting more OFWs as the investigation for the filed case of misrepresentation continues.

 

OFWs may see the list of those foreign recruitment agencies and employers below to verify if they’ve been also a victim of them so they can file a case at the POEA.

 

  • Al Hamidieh Restaurant
  • Al Mansoor Labour Supply
  • Perfect Hairdressing Salon
  • Mohammad Saifa
  • Legrab Almheire
  • Smart Filtration Solutions LLC and Saeed Hussan Abdalla Abnar
  • Dessert Star Fashion Sarjah
  • Al AMathar Al Jaya Beauty Salon
  • Universal Services Center
  • Al Massam Trading LLC
  • Al Najem Trading Services
  • Hellery Fashion
  • Aberda Fashion
  • Abu Baker Al Tuob Trading LLC
  • Julfar Services Office
  • 360 Beauty Saloon
  • Al Hamtoor Trading LLC
  • Yousuf Mahmood Mohd Al Mulla
  • Ahmed Muhammed Alteini
  • Aisha Bin Hendi
  • Mohi Din Abdulkadir Ibrahim Brhende Emitates
  • Mohammed Abbas Ali Bisho Albooshi
  • Mohammed Salman Al Mansooq
  • Hmmad Sultan
  • Ali Al Shehhi

 

To avoid abuse and exploitation, OFWs and HSWs should decline visas that indicate a different job title than what they really applied for, like that of a domestic helper.  According to Cacdac, these HSWs e deployed using another visa are “not ready to work as a household help because they have not undergone the process of training and certification and language and culture orientation”.

 

Recruitment agencies using the modus operandi of acquiring visa for another job title is usually for deploying recruited HSWs bound to United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

Again, a reminder for all Filipinos seeking overseas jobs, to be vigilant when dealing with  recruitment agencies.  Check with POEA if they are licensed and have valid job orders.  Download POEA’s mobile app to have easy access wherever you are using your mobile phones. You can download the POEA mobile app on your Android and iOS phones.

 

 

 

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POEA Won’t Stop: Another Recruitment Agency Closed

 

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Warnings
Oct
9
2014

To Serve You Better, DFA Did This

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Imagine this, you came early at the Department of Foreign Affairs main consular office in Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City. You arrived even before the office opens for business to be able to transact early. But unfortunately, the line is already way too long. And you knew, that it would be a long day for you just to have your documents authenticated.

 
Because of scenarios like this, and complaints that DFA receives from Filipinos, they’ve decided to station mall offices. These mall offices in different areas of Metro Manila will cater to Filipinos, especially OFWs, that needs to authenticate or red ribbon their documents to live or work abroad.

DFA announced four mall-based satellite offices in Metro Manila where Filipinos can have their documents authenticated, aside from the main consular office in Macapagal Boulevard. These mall satellite offices would be:

  • DFA NCR-Northeast in Ali Mall.
  • DFA NCR-East in SM Megamall.
  • DFA NCR-West in SM Manila.
  • DFA NCR-South in Metro Gaisano, Alabang.

These DFA satellite offices will process documents for red ribbon from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.

OFWs can wait for their documents to be red ribbon for four days, which is the regular processing day, costing P100/document. But for OFWs in a hurry for the release of their authenticated documents, you can have it after one day, for only P200 per document.

 

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OFWs Can Red Ribbon These Documents at DFA

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Oct
7
2014

Direct Flights to Riyadh and Dammam to Benefit OFWs

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After havng flights to Kuwait and Sydney, Australia last month, Cebu Pacific Air now have a new flight to benefit overseas Filipino workers or OFWs bound to Middle East.

Cebu Pacific Air launched its direct flights for OFWs to Riyadh and Dammam last week. This will be an addition to airline service provider to have direct flights from Manila to Riyadh, aside from Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Saudi Airlines (Saudia).

OFWs can now enjoy the thrice-a-week flight of Cebu Pacific Air to Riyadh every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights from Riyadh to Manila’s schedule will be every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Cebu Pacific General Manager for Long Haul Alex Reyes said they “will keep flying to where the Filipinos are”, and “are proud to offer even more Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the fastest, most affordable way to come home,”.

Aside from direct flights to Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh and Dammam, Cebu Pacific also flies to Sydney, Australia.

 

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Cebu Pacific will fly to Kuwait, Australia and 5 others

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Published in: OFW News, Philippine News
Oct
6
2014

At Last, PHL Gov’t to Aide OFW Rape Victim in KSA

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Finally, the Philippine Government had taken time to answer the call of an OFW rape victim in Saudi Arabia.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that the Philippine Embassy is continuing its negotiation with the OFWs employer to pay for the hospital bill. However, if the employer refused to do so, the Philippine government “would consider releasing emergency funds to cover the bills.”

OFWs employers or sponsors should be the one to shoulder medical expenses of their Filipino employee as to what is stated in the labor contract both parties have signed. But since the OFW’s employer and medical insurance company declined to pay for his hospital charges, the Philippine government will refer the case to the Saudi labor office for proper guidance and consultation on what action should be taken.

The OFW expressed his longing to be back home in the Philippines with his family, who had no knowledge of what had happened to him in Saudi Arabia. DFA spokesman Jose said that the OFW is now ‘in good condition and out of danger’.

 

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May God Not Let This Happen To You

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Published in: OFW News
Oct
3
2014

Japan Eases Visa Requirements for Filipinos

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Japan has announced relaxation of its multiple-entry visa requirements for nationals of Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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In line with Japan’s announcement at the meeting of the Ministerial Council on the Promotion of Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country last June 17, 2014, Japan declared that starting September 30, 2014, relaxation of multiple-entry visas will commence for Filipinos, Indonesians and Vietnamese.

In addition, the period of validitiy of multiple-entry visa will be extended for five years. It will also simplify single tourism visas for participants of package tours which are offered by registered travel agencies.

Applicants who are “residing outside of their countries of origin” may apply “at diplomatic mission that has jursidiction on their place of residence”.

The “substantial relaxation of visa requirements” for Philippines and the other two countries is one step to help Japan reach its goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors and to promote “people to people exchanges”.

Related articles:

Japan to Issue Multiple-Entry Visa to Pinoys Starting July

Visiting Japan, Soon Visa-Free for Filipinos?

Simplified Visa Requirements for Pinoys to Japan

 

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Published in: OFW News, Philippine News


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