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Oct
17
2014

Prioritize your Health, OFWs

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If asked to choose between health and wealth, most Filipinos or OFWs will choose the first one. Apparently, this will be the obvious answer so as not to cause a stir and think of someone as money-minded.

 
Health, in every aspect should be the priority for everyone, especially OFWs who are working abroad. OFWs sacrifice everything just to provide better future for their family by overseas jobs. And most of the OFWs, though they’ve experienced bad experiences from foreign employers abroad, still decide to look for overseas jobs and work abroad again. This decision means taking risk in every aspect by working abroad – health, happiness, family, homesickness etc.

 
This is why Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz reiterated the call for OFWs not to take any risk by applying or entertaining employment or job offers from Ebola-hit countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. She further said that the deployment ban for these countries still exists, and OFWs paper will not be legally processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA for them to be sent to work abroad.

 
The announcement was made by DOLE secretary amidst report stating that there was a high demand for healthcare workers for deployment on the West African countries to aid the increasing number of patients with Ebola virus.

 
The total ban deployment was enforced by POEA last month as part of the preventive measure for OFWs to avoid being infected with deadly Ebola virus disease.

 
Also, a total deployment ban was imposed for newly-hired OFWs last July when the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued crisis alert level 2 on the three countries because of Ebola virus spreading.

 
This total deployment ban ordered by POEA includes the processing and deployment of returning OFWs even if they have existing employment contract in the Ebola-hit countries.

 
Filipinos, especially OFWs, should heed the call not to apply for overseas jobs in the West African countries greatly affected by the Ebola virus. You all have one goal, to earn much money for the family, but it would be useful if you’ll be infected by this alarming deadly disease that had claimed thousands of lives.

 

 

 

Related article:
Facts about the Ebola Virus Disease

Why is the PHL prone to Ebola virus?

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Published in: OFW Warnings
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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POEA Won’t Stop: Another Recruitment Agency Closed

 

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Warnings
Sep
29
2014

Filipinos in Singapore Advised on Haze

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The Philippine Embassy in Singapore warns Filipinos to be cautious being out in the street often because of the increase in the Pollutant Standards Index or PSI, reaching over 100 last week. Filipinos are advised to lessen their stay outdoors to avoid health complications caused by haze coming from Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) in Singapore reported that the PSI index last September 16, 2014 had reached over 100, stating the air to be in ‘unhealthy’ condition. NEA monitors PSI readings over Singapore for 24 hours.

As of September 23, the PSI readings over Singapore is ranging from 58-62, which is in moderate level.

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Published in: OFW Warnings, Uncategorized
Sep
25
2014

UAE Clerk Arrested for Recording Pinay Officemate

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Pinays working in the Middle East should be cautious when using the toilet in their office or workplace for someone might be using their mobile phones to film you,  like the incident that happened in UAE.

A 29-year old Pakistani clerk in UAE was arrested and sentenced to six months behind bars after putting his phone on video mode and secretly filming his colleagues, particularly a Filipina secretary.

The Pakistani clerk intentionally put his mobile phone inside a tissue box and placed it in the toilet to film his officemates. He admitted to the prosecutors that he’s been doing this for four months, for his personal pleasure. He aimed to film two of his female colleague, particularly the Filipina secretary.

His modus was discovered by a Syrian engineer officemate who then reported it to their boss right away. It was then known that the mobile phone belonged to the Pakistani clerk.

The clerk was convicted of molesting his colleagues and violating their decency when he filmed them without their knowledge. He was then sentenced to six months in jail by the Dubai Court.

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Sep
22
2014

Security Alerts for Israel, Palestine and Gaza Lowered

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Improving security situations in Israel, Palestine and the Gaza strip has prompted the Department of Foreign Affairs to lower the security alert level after several months of war.

DFA now declared alert level 1 or the precautionary phase for Israel and the West Bank, lowering it from restriction phase or alert level 2.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that the security situation in Israel and Palestine had improved since the implementation of ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. He also added that the security alert can’t be completely lifted in Israel because of external threat to security. And because of this, DFA advised Filipinos to take the necessary precautions needed.

Meanwhile, from alert level 4 or mandatory repatriation, Gaza strip is now in alert level 2 only, and will remain in the said level because of the humanitarian situation.

However, the decision of lifting the deployment ban in Israel and West Bank based on these alerts remains to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA.

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