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Apr
3
2014

POEA suspends two recruitment agencies

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POEA has been vigilant in prosecuting recruitment agencies who prey upon Filipinos who wish to work overseas. This time, two recruitment agencies, namely Dalandan International Manpower, Inc. and Apex Grande International Labor Agency were found committing violations prior to deployment of Filipino applicants.

Dalandan International Manpower, Inc. was found misrepresenting two household service workers bound to Dubai, UAE. The applicants sign their contracts stating their salary as $US400 but was informed that they will just be receiving lower than what was stated.

Meanwhile, Apex Grande International Labor Agency was reported to have collected placement fee from a nurse-applicant, despite that his deployment is in British Columbia, Canada where placement fee is not required to be paid by a foreign worker. The agency reportedly asked US$6,500 from the applicant-nurse.

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Published in: OFW Warnings
Aug
21
2013

DFA:Mandatory Repatriation of OFWs in Egypt, Alert 4

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The visit of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Albert Del Rosario in Cairo Egypt prompted him to raise the crisis alert level in Egyptto 4. It is his second visit in two weeks to personally check the security situation in Egypt.

The alert level 4 calls for mandatory repatriation of  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The announcement from DFA said, “The marked deterioration of peace and order in Egypt, exacerbated by the ongoing political instability and grave security challenges in that country, make working and living there increasingly difficult and dangerous.”

Filipinos in Egypt are asked to immediately get in touch with the Philippine Embassy there. Here are the numbers they can call:

Trunk Lines: (+202) 25213062/64/65/51
Direct Lines: (+202) 2516 6217 / 25213045
Mobile Hotlines: (+2) 012 2743 6472 / 012 8247 6554
Fax No.: (+202) 2521-3048
Facebook: Cairo Philippine Embassy
E-mail: cairope@tedata.net.egcairo.pe@dfa.gov.ph

The cost of the mandatory repatriation will be shouldered by the Philippine Government.

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Published in: OFW Warnings
Jul
17
2013

Embassy to Pinoys in Saudi: Do Not Use Fake Documents

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Submitting fake documents such as birth certificate, marriage contracts and school credentials is never acceptable anywhere. Though it is clearly a violation, the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia issued a warning to remind Filipinos against the implications of using fake documents. It is an illegal activity according to the Saudi and Philippine laws and those will be caught guilty of this offense will be held liable.

To further discourage OFWs in Saudi from using fake certificates, the Philippine Embassy made it known that they will confiscate all fake documents and will post it on its official site to warn the public and for purposes of transparency. They will also report offenders to proper authorities.

They also warned Filipinos against seeking the services of middlemen or fixers who pretend to be officials of the Embassy and promise to help them acquire documents in exchange for cash.

The names of officials and staff of the Philippine Embassy are listed in its website. Guidelines on how to procure documents from the Embassy and the required fees are also available.

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Published in: OFW Warnings
Jun
20
2013

DFA Reminder for Hong Kong Travelers

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The DFA published an infographic in their official Facebook page to warn everyone against carrying prohibited items when traveling to Hong Kong. According to the warning, Hong Kong residents, tourists and transit passengers in Hong Kong International Airport are strictly prohibited to carry the following items either as check-in or hand-carried luggage:

  • Tear gas
  • Flick knife
  • Extendible baton
  • Bullet
  • Knuckle duster
  • Stun gun

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Jun
5
2013

POEA Advise OFWs to Beware of Corona Virus

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The POEA posted an infographic in their Facebook page to warn OFWs about the MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus)

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Tips and Guides


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