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Jul
28
2014

STORY OF AN ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT VICTIM IN TAIWAN

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Dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng mga taong walang trabaho dito sa Pilipinas, at dahil sa mas mataas na sahod para sa mga manggagawa sa ibang bansa, napipilitan ang karamihan sa mga Pilipino na maging isang Overseas Contract Worker o OFW.

Maswerte ka kung ikaw ay nakapagtapos sa kolehiyo at may magandang educational background, siguradong maganda rin ang magiging trabaho mo sa ibang bansa. Pero sa iba na katulad ko, kadalasan ay nagiging domestic helper o DH, o kaya naman ay factory worker.

Sa kondisyong ito, marami ang hindi nahihiya na gumawa ng mga iligal na bagay sa ibang tao. Nandyan ang mga illegal recruiters at pati na rin ang mga illegal recruitment agencies kaya naman madami ang naloloko dahil sa pagnanais na makapagtrabaho.

Kahit nasa ibang bansa ka na, may pagkakataon pa rin na malilinlang ka ng ibang tao, lalo na kung gusto mong lumipat ng ibang kumpanya o ibang bansa na sa tingin mo ay magiging dahilan ng mas mabilis mong pag-unlad.

Gusto kong ibahagi sa kapwa ko Pilipino ang naging karanasan ko dito sa Taiwan.

Dahil po sa paghahangad ko na magpunta ng Canada para sa mas magandang buhay, tinulungan po ako ng isang agent dito na nagngangalang Jenny Chiu. May computer shop po sila sa tabi ng dorm namin. Matagal na po namin silang kilala kaya agad kaming nagtiwala. Hindi namin alam na pang-front nila ng asawa niyang Taiwanese ang computer shop na iyon. Sabi nya, mga four to six months lang daw po ang processing fee, ang kailangan lang daw po ay pera. Nagbigay po ako ng 6000T dollar na pang processing feee daw po. Tapos after a week ay magbigay na daw ako ng pang down. May ibinigay siyang pangalan at address sa Canada para doon ko ipadala ang pera.

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October ng taong 2012 po ay nagpadala ako sa isang Lolita Casiano ng 65000nt na ang katumbas po ay $2000 dahil po gusto ko ng umalis. Pagkaraan po ng limang buwan ay may tumawag sa akin na Susan Huang at ang sabi po nya ay siya na daw po ang magpa-process ng papers ko dahil ipinasa ako sa kanya ni Jenny Chiu. Nasa Canada po sya at isa ring agent. Umabot po ng anim na buwan, wala pa ring balita. Kay Huang na po ako nagpa-follow up. Noong Agosto ng nakaraang taon, marami na po silang sinasabing alibi sa’ken. Na over age na daw po ako at gusto daw po ng employer ay married na. Umabot po ng isang taon eh sila pa ang nagalit sa’ken at huwag daw akong makulit dahil ako na nga daw po ang tinutulungan nila. Nagturuan na po sina Chiu at Huang sa kung sino ang dapat kong kausapin tungkol sa application ko papuntang Canada.

Hanggang sa hindi ko na po sila ma-contact. Na-delete na po ako as Facebook friends nila, yung viber po nila eh wala na pati na rin po yung mga contact numbers nila na meron ako. Kahit po sa computer shop nila ay hindi na ako pinapapasok, at minsan pa nga po ay dalawang oras akong pinaghintay sa labas ng asawang Taiwanese ni Jenny. Hindi ko na po alam kung sino ang hahagilapin ko kina Chiu at Huang, at kahit nga po yung Lolita Casiano hindi na ako sigurado kung may ganoon ngang tao.

Nang magpunta po ako sa Manila and Economic Cultural Office (MECO) sa Taichung, doon ko po nalaman na meron pang labindalawang tao na naging biktima rin ng kasong katulad sa akin. Hanggang ngayon ay wala po akong balita tungkol sa development ng kasong ito o kung nahagilap na si Jenny Chiu na ang sabi ay nasa Pilipinas na daw po. Pero nabalitaan ko po na patuloy pa rin ang kanilang operasyon at pagtanggap ng mga aplikante na papuntang Canada.

Ibinahagi ko ang kwento ng karanasan kong ito dahil gusto kong magsilbi itong babala at aral sa iba pang OFW na dapat palaging maging maingat at huwag basta magtitiwala lalo na sa mga ganitong tao. Mas maganda pa rin pong dumaan tayo sa tamang proseso, kahit pa po matagalan, kesa naman po mapunta ang ating pinaghirapan na ipambayad sa wala.

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Jul
2
2014

POEA REVOKED LICENSE OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

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The POEA office

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), true to its words, has nullified the permission it has given to 63 recruitment agencies. This is in relation to their mission of stopping illegal recruiters from operating and taking advantage of Filipinos aspiring to work abroad.

POEA ‘cleaned’ its list of agencies by cancelling the license of recruitment agencies that have been deemed to be conducting deceitful transactions in its operation. Now, Filipinos wanting to work abroad can be sure that agencies listed in POEA are legally safe and accredited.

Here are the list of agencies whose license where cancelled. See if one of them is your agency or the agency of someone you knew so you can take the necessary actions.

  1. ABC MANILA INTERNATIONAL INC.

  2. AISIS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER INC.
  3. AL-ABEER MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  4. AL TAKA MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  5. ALL-PRO STAFFING & CONSULTING SERVICES
  6. ALLSKILLS MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  7. ALTIMA MANPOWER AGENCY INC.
  8. ASAHI INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER CORPORATION
  9. ASEAN MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL SERVICES INC.
  10. BIG DIPPER MARITIME SERVICES CORPORATION
  11. BOOM INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AGENCY
  12. BRIGHT INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  13. C.A.A. MANPOWER AGENCY
  14. CROSSWIND INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  15. DIAMOND ROSE HUMAN RESOURCES AND SERVICES CORPORATION
  16. FMJ INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AND ALLIED SERVICES INC.
  17. FUTURISTIC INTERNATIONAL ARTIST (FIA) PROMOTION CORPORATION
  18. GEMS 22 MANPOWER COMPANY
  19. GLOBAL JOBSEARCH SERVICES INC.
  20. GREENBACK INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER
  21. GOLDEN LIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  22. GOLDEN MILES PLACEMENT PROMOTION AND MANNING AGENCY COMPANY
  23. HANJAN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT INC.
  24. HELAL MANPOWER AGENCY
  25. HERBERT’S INTERNATIONAL INC.
  26. JARDY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION AGENCY
  27. JMP POLARIS NAVIGATION INC. AND INVESTORS ASSURANCES CORPORATION
  28. KONNEXION INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AGENCY
  29. LIFELINE INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES INC.
  30. MAJNAL RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT INC
  31. MARHABA INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES COMPANY
  32. MBC HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
  33. MCLAINE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY GROUP INC.
  34. MEDRP INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINE INC.
  35. MHHR MANPOWER RECRUITMENT & PLACEMENT AGENCY CORPORATION
  36. MORLAND OVERSEAS MANPOWER
  37. MSS TALENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC.
  38. NANHAYA INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT INC.
  39. N.A.R. TRAINING CENTER & MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  40. NORTHWEST PLACEMENT INC.
  41. OFW RECRUITMENT AGENCY
  42. P & R MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  43. PHILEMPLOY SERVICES & RESOURCES INC.
  44. PHILTRADE INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  45. REAJENT MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  46. SAVEWAY INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  47. SILVER HORIZON INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
  48. SMART INTERNATIONAL MARINE SERVICES CORP.
  49. STAFFLINE INC.
  50. ST. BERNARD INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER AGENCY
  51. STOCKHAUS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES CORPORATION
  52. THE JOB CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES INC.
  53. THE JOBHUNTER INC.
  54. WELLCOME EMPLOYMENT CENTRE INC.
  55. WHITE WING’S MANPOWER EXPONENT
  56. W.M.G. INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT AGENCY
  57. YES HUMAN RESOURCES INC.
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Jun
23
2014

SIMPLIFIED VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR PINOYS TO JAPAN

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konnichiwa5Good news for OFWs and visiting Filipinos to the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) had announced last Tuesday the implementation of substantial relaxation of its visa requirements only for its three neighbouring South East Asian countries.

Though the details and beginning date of the news are still under consideration, MOFA said that ‘multiple-entry visa requirements will be substantially relaxed and requirements for single-entry tourism visas will be relaxed to a quasi-exemption-equivalent level when applied via specified travel agencies’. It will be applicable to the nationals of the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.

This steps intent to boost Japan as a tourism-oriented country with the goal of attracting 20 million foreign visitors. Contribute to growth strategies and promoting people-to-people exchange is also an objective of this measure.

Filipinos can now enjoy visiting the cherry blossom country with these new ruling of the Japanese government.

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Published in: OFW News
Jun
17
2014

OFWs BANNED IN IRAQ BY POEA Except in Kurdistan Region

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With the heightening of crisis alert to level three in Iraq, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) implemented a ban for deployment of Filipino Workers.

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that voluntary repatriation at government’s expense is strictly imposed on most parts of Iraq, but with exception to Kurdistan region because the area is under alert level 1 or the precautionary phase only.

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A large part of northern Iraq had been conquered by the Jihadist group of Islamic State of Iraq that had also advise on advancing to Baghdad. An estimated number of 500 Filipino workers are in Iraq, mostly stationed in United States military facilities in Baghdad.

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA had also suggested that Filipinos in Iraq voluntarily return to the Philippines because of the situation there. POEA also said that the agencies and employers of the OFWs had the same responsibility in extraditing them for their safety.

Filipino workers bound to Iraq should cancel departure for the said country. It is better to wait for further advisories or announcement from the government since they are closely monitoring the situation in Iraq.

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Warnings
Jun
13
2014

Precautions During Rainy Season for Families left by OFWs

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Rainy Season has started already here in the Philippines. Heavy rains, storms and typhoons will soon be experienced. And once more, common illnesses will compromise people’s health. These common illnesses are cough, colds, bronchitis, diarrhea, cholera, flu, food infection, dengue and lepstopirosis. Since the new school year has started too, we don’t want our students to be ill every now and then. Each of us should prepare so that we won’t get sick easily this rainy weather. Of course, we don’t want our dear OFW to worry about the people they left in the country. It’s the least favour we could do for them so they could focus on their work and avoid danger on their part.

Here are some tips you can follow as preventive measures this season:

  • Keep Rain Gear with you always – Be prepared for sudden rainfalls. Always include in your bag an umbrella or a raincoat. You can also have a pair of slippers or rain boots in case you need to walk in floods.

  • Vitamin C – Whether in natural foods or as food supplement, it never fails to boost the immune system of our body. Have the habit of regular intake of a VitC rich fruit.

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  • Shower After Being Caught in Rain – Although most people don’t want to be wet again after being caught in a sudden rainfall, it is best to take a quick shower because this would rinse off germs or bacteria that may cause infection

  • Hot Drinks – Sip a cup of hot coffee, tea or choco to heat your body and lessen shivering from the cold rain.

  • Cleanliness – Since these common illnesses are caused by germs, bacteria and viruses, maintaining cleanliness in body and surrounding will help lessen your risk against infection. Wash your hands often or sanitize every time you handle something.

  • Drink Plenty of Water – It is best to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. This replenishes all the body fluids you have drained from all the activities you did.

  • Healthy Lifestyle – Proper diet and exercise will also help you boost your immune system and increase your body’s natural fighting level against germs and bacteria. Eat healthy foods like vegetables and fruits. Avoid eating out and consuming more foods than your usual intake. Exercise daily to improve body strength and flexibility.

It is very important to keep yourself protected during the rainy season because you can catch infection frequently. It is always better to take precautions and be prepared when you go out of your home to do your tasks or when going to school or workplace.

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