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Jan
14
2014

OFWs in Thailand Given Emergency Numbers Amid Tension

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The Philippine embassy in Thailand provided OFWs based in Thailand a phone directory of agencies and institutions that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may contact in case they get caught up in the rising political tension in the country.

Acording to the circular, the Thai Traffic Police’s emergency contact number is 1197 (24 hours) or OFWs may call Pol.Lt.Kornnarong 082-332-0707. Real time info can be found on http://traffic.longdo.com/.

Source: http://www.bangkokpe.com/

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Aug
15
2013

Alert Level 3 Up In Egypt:OFW Deployment Suspended

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Upon the recommendation of the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the crisis alert level of the said country to 3. This is in based on intensifying civil unrest and the declaration of the month-long State of Emergency in Egypt.

The crisis alert level 3 calls for voluntary repatriation of Filipinos in Egypt. It also means total suspension on the deployment of new workers. Likewise, return to Egypt of vacationing workers, spouses of Egyptian nationals, Islamic University students and their dependents, would not be not allowed.

The Secretary of DFA, Albert del Rosario ordered the Embassy in Cairo to assist in the repatriation of Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines. There are around 6,000 Filipinos in Egypt.

Meanwhile, in an interview by Newsman, DFA spokesperson, Raul Hernandez said that Filipinos in Egypt who wish to be repatriated can get in touch with Filipino community leaders and coordinators in their area. He also said that the Philippine Embassy will shoulder the one-way airfare of Filipinos who wish to go home. However , Hernandez also said that as of this writing, there is no report of any Filipino who contacted the Embassy for repatriation assistance.

Vice President Binay reminded Pinoys in Egypt to take safety precautions and get in touch with the embassy there. Those with relatives in Egypt can contact the DFA for assistance. The hotline number of DFA is 556-0000.

 


 

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Jun
10
2013

Tip for OFWs: Be Wary of Job Offers via Email

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Check this tip from WorkAbroad.ph Facebook page.

Be Wary of Unsolicited Job Offers via Email

Kabayan, huwag pumatol sa mga nagkalat na job offer sa email lalo na kung hindi naman kayo nag-apply sa kumpanya na ito. Karamihan rin sa mga scammer ay gumagamit ng legitimate company upang makapangloko.

Kapag ikaw ay sinisingil nila ng work permit o plane ticket at ang offer sayo ay “too good to be true”- maliwanag po na sila ay scam. Kaya huwag na itong pansinin pa upang hindi mabiktima.

Kabayan, dumaan lang sa legal na paraan.

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Published in: OFW Tips and Guides
Mar
1
2013

OFWs / Balikbayans Warned Against Modus Near NAIA

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Police officials in Pasay City alerted Filipinos who are returning from abroad about a modus operandi operated near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that targets them. They are advised to be cautious against opening the doors or windows of their vehicles to beggars or streetchildren that might approach them along the streets near NAIA to avoid being hurt or losing valuables. This modus is apparently done by a gang called “gagamba boys,” a group of males which are mostly in their teens.

According to Rodolfo Llorca, the chief Senior Superintendent of Pasay City police, a member of the gang would persistently knock or rap on the vehicles of balikbayans and when the passenger finally opened it, other gang members would proceed to take whatever valuable items that they can get. The poor victims take the risk of being hurt if they resist as there are cases when gang members hit the heads of the victims.

Llorca also said that these “gagamba boys” usually schedule their attack around 9 am because they know that this is the usual arrival time of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). It is also a time when traffic is worse so they can freely do their scam.

The Pasay police chief admitted that they are having a difficult time stopping this modus because they cannot arrest the gang members which are mostly minors. They can only turn them over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which would also release them after a few hours or a few days.

 

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Dec
30
2012

Blacklisted Cargo Forwarders

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Filipinos abroad who are looking for a cargo forwarder to deliver their balikbayan boxes to their loved ones back home should make sure that they are dealing with a reputable company.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently put cargo forwarding companies in its blacklisted list due to complaints of missing cargoes. The DTI even requested the assistance ofPhilippineembassies worldwideto sharethe warning to more Filipino migrants.

The Information Officer of DTI Region 1, Amelia Galvez said,“This is to help overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that the packages they ship to their families and relatives in thePhilippineswill be delivered on-time and safely.”

Check the list of unaccredited foreign consolidators and cargo forwarders that were blacklisted by the government agency.

 

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