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Warning to OFWs: Do Not Engage in Drug Trafficking

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are sacrificing everything just to provide well enough for their families future.  This is also the reason why OFWs are often victimized by illegal drug traffickers as drug mules or transporter.

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA once again repeat its call for OFWs not to engage in drug trafficking activities as this will hinder their dream of working abroad and become successful for their loved ones benefit.

DFA advised OFWs and other Filipino travellers not to allow themselves to be recruited by drug syndicates in carrying out their drug-trafficking operations.

A new modus operandi was also disclosed. DFA reported that a Filipino was arrested at the airport while waiting for his flight to depart from Ningbo to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Filipino will transport the illegal substance crystal methamphetamine or “ice” to China.

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The DFA emphasized on its warning for OFWs and Filipino travellers that China imposes harsh penalties for persons convicted of transporting such illegal drugs. All are advised to be cautious when accepting packages as this might be illegal substances which can be grounds for their convictions abroad.

DFA also said that OFWs and other Filipino travellers should comply with pre-departure formalities implemented by the Philippine immigration authorities to prevent the occurrence of illegal recruitment, people smuggling, human trafficking and drug trafficking cases.

OFWs may find offers by drug syndicates appealing because of instant cash earning without the hard work, but they should remind themselves of the consequences of their actions and its effect on their families once they are caught with the possession of illegal drugs prohibited by their country destination. After all, their family is the main reason why they are to travel and work abroad.


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OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.



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Pinoys in Yemen: Register for Repatriation Until 11/30

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Filipinos were called by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh to leave Yemen amidst the alarming situation of violence over the country.

The Philippine Embassy encourages all Filipinos to register for repatriation or update their previous registration. Filipinos in all cities and regions of Yemen can accomplish the registration form found on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

A statement in the embassy’s advisory said that”Filipinos should decide and arrange to leave Yemen immediately, and not later than 30 November 2014.”

Filipinos can also reach designated Filipino community area coordinators and leaders for further information about the repatriation.

Filipinos in Yemen can also contact the Crisis Management Team at Movenpick Hotel Sana’a, Berlin Street, Sana’a, Yemen with mobile number +967-73-384-4958.

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The call for repatriation of Filipinos was reiterated by the Department of Foreign Affairs earlier this month after raising alert level 3 in Yemen due to the occupation of Houthi rebels in the city of Sana’a.

Alert level 3 in Yemen means voluntary repatriation and a total deployment ban for Filipinos, even for those who are on vacation.


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POEA Advised OFWs Not to Use 2 Visas

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In pursuit of their dreams to give brighter future for their families, most overseas Filipino workers or OFWs will grab on anything just to be able to work abroad. These often results to being victims of scams, illegal recruitments and abuse in those foreign countries.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) released an advisory warning Filipinos about recruitment agencies using the double visa scheme to deploy workers abroad.

Some Filipinos set to leave for deployment to work abroad was found bearing two employment visas for two different jobs. They were stopped by the Bureau of Immigration from boarding the plane bound to Middle East countries.  The Filipino recruits were questioned and they admitted to knowing that their actual work is different from what is in the processed documents.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that greedy recruiters from agencies like to use the double visa deployment scheme in order to avoid the protective system set by the government.  This often results to the abuse and exploitation of Filipino household service workers or HSWs abroad.

Cacdac also said that most Filipino HSWs who are in the safety of Migrant Workers and Filipino Resource Center in Dubai were deployed there using two visas.

Working abroad in this kind of deployment from recruitment agencies will make any Filipinos or OFWs undocumented, taking risks for their own safety and welfare in the foreign land.



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Overseas Job Seekers Target by Online Scams

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Once again, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA had reiterated its warning for Filipino jobseekers who wants to work abroad.

Online scams are seen prevalent on most social media accounts like Facebook.  POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment Department lawyer Rosemari Duquez said that these types of online scams can be easily distinguished because of the discrepancies it promises to Filipino jobseekers.

According to Duquez, these social media scams usually:

  • Promise quick deployment;
  •  no experience needed;
  • no license required;
  • no placement or processing fees;
  • Hassle-free processing of their documents for working abroad.

Such social media scams intend to victimize Filipino jobseekers who want to work as nurses and caregivers in countries like Canada and Australia.  Many Filipinos are enticed to grab the offer because these first-world countries are rich and known to give higher salaries and better benefits.

POEA also said that companies or agencies behind these scams can only be reached through email and was not in POEA’s list of accredited agencies.

POEA further explained that all overseas Filipino workers or OFWs need to go through strict deployment so that the Philippine government can protect them against forms of injustices abroad.

The name of the recruitment agency, what their overseas jobs would be, and the name of the employer should be checked on POEA’s website to confirm their legality. POEA’s mobile application can also be downloaded to have access anywhere you are with your smartphone.

Filipino jobseekers and OFWs dealing directly with companies abroad are reminded that they still have to process their documents with POEA for issuance of job permits and to be documented overseas workers.


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