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Oct
31
2014

OFW Groups Want TRO vs Terminal Fee Integration

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OFW groups who can’t bear to just sit back and wait for the implementation of the terminal fee integration had already filed a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to the Pasay Regional Trial Court in hope to stop this additional burden for overseas Filipino workers that will start on November 1.

The groups imply that the terminal fee integration is violation of Republic Act 8042 which amends RA 10022 or what is called as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 which exempts OFWs and migrant workers from terminal fees.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) moved the implementation of the terminal fee integration from October 1 to November 1 as ordered by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), when Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya agreed to the postponement of the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or terminal fee.

MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said that ITF will benefit at least seven million passengers who do not have to line up to pay the terminal fee.  But OFW groups said there is no traffic at the airport since OFWs are automatically exempted from paying terminal fees.

Gemma Cosimo of Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards also questions the implementation of the terminal fee integration. She said that if it is phase one, why not wait for the system to be perfect before enforcing it completely.

Families of OFWs decided to assemble at the Department of Transportation and Communications office in Mandaluyong City to protest this terminal fee integration.  According to Migrante International, they want answers on where would the unrefunded fees go. But even DOTC Secretary can’t say so, which means this will only be another way of corruption.

Blas F. Ople Policy Center President Susan Ople raised her opinion saying ITF would only mean less time for vacationing OFWs to spend with their families.

She said, Ang ipinaglalaban dito ay hindi kung ilan yung pasahero, hindi kung ilan yung online, alin yung didito bibili ng ticket. Hindi sa bilangan, kundi sa uri ng benepisyo na matagal nang ipinaglaban,matagal nang nakakamtan ng OFW”.

 

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Published in: OFW News, Philippine News
Oct
29
2014

Pinay DH Complained Harassment by Employer in Saudi

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A Pinay domestic helper in Qassim, Saudi Arabia appealed for help from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) from her employer whom she accused of harassment.

The Filipina DH reported that she suffered ‘unpleasant overtures’ from her Saudi employer who molested her on August 26, 28 and 29. She filed a complaint against her employer at the Philippine Embassy.

The Pinay OFW was brought to the Saudi capital to stay with his employers’ relatives when they left with his family for Dubai.  He also told the driver to bring the Pinay DH to the Philippine Embassy and withdraw the complaint.

According to Arab News, a source at POLO-Riyadh said that the Pinay DH’s case will be endorsed to the Saudi Social Welfare Administration who will contact the employer for her exit visa.

The Pinay DH wanted to transfer to another employer but a legal officer advised her that she would have to return first to the Philippines to process her documents without violating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s labor laws.

The Filipina OFW also admitted to being illegally deployed to Saudi Arabia, stating that her papers were processed by an agency that no longer exists so she was transferred to another agency.

Arrived last May, the Pinay DH received a monthly salary that is below of what the Philippine and Saudi governments had agreed upon.

The Pinay DH is staying at the Bahay Kalinga under POLO-Riyadh, along with other runaway female OFWs.

 

 

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Published in: OFW News
Oct
10
2014

POEA: This is for disobeying HSW rules

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suspended recruitment agencies

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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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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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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Published in: OFW News, Philippine News


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