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Apr
4
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

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Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

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Mar
31
2016

SSS gives free personalized tags to OFWs

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The Social Security System (SSS) gives free personalized tags for overseas Filipino workers which they can get at SSS foreign representative offices (FRO), on outreach events launch by SSS or local consular offices.

 

Enclosed in leather card holders, the SS# Tags has information printed on it. These includes:

  • OFW’s name
  • OFW’s social security number
  • OFW coverage status, and
  • Date of card issuance

 

SSS tags for OFWs

 

SSS also encrypted the contact information of the issuing SSS FRO and OFW Contact Services Unit (CSU) at the back of the card.

 

These personalized tags is now available in SSS FRO branches in 19 locations abroad for OFWs to claim.

  • Hong Kong
  • Brunei
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Singapore
  • Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait
  • Doha (Qatar)
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Bahrain
  • Muscat (Oman)
  • Rome and Milan (Italy)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Toronto (Canada)
  • San Francisco (United States of America)

 

The tags aims to help OFWs remember their SS number which is needed when making any transactions with SSS. However, this will not replace UMID card so OFWs can still apply to have one if they haven’t been given a biometric SSS ID or UMID card before.

The SS#Tags was first offered at the SSS branch inside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office in 2014.

 

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Mar
14
2016

Female Power: Jobs for Returning OFWs

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Empowering female overseas Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) inaugurated a program that aims to assist them start their own small business.

 

Partnering with Coca-Cola Philippines, DOLE named the program as WOMEN REACH or Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home, which will give business skills, life training and access to business enhancement for them to become economically independent.

 

WOMEN REACH is a consolidation of DOLE’s Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood) and Coca-Cola’s STAR (Sari Sari Store Training and Access to Resources) that have started since 2011. STAR is part of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 global initiative that aims to empower 5 million women by the year 2020.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the program partnership targeted towards returning women OFWs shall give them support to build their entrepreneurial confidence to establish or enhance their own micro enterprises.

 

WOMEN REACH has two sets of target beneficiaries.

 

The first one are the returning female OFWs who already have their own sari-sari store, grocery store, carinderia, food stall, bakery or restaurant business who may apply for the STAR course.

 

The second will be women OFWs who would like to start their own micro enterprises, wherein they will attend seminars and trainings at TESDA Women’s Center.

 

WOMEN REACH may be availed by female OFWs who are of legal age with basic literacy skills on reading, writing and basic mathematics.

 

On the other hand, male OFWs may avail of other entrepreneurship opportunities offered by Coca-Cola in their partnership with DOLE.  

 

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Mar
1
2016

PhilEmbassy in Riyadh’s Consular Outreach Services

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has announced it’s schedule of consular outreach services for March 2016.

Catering to Filipino nationals in the Eastern region and nearby areas, the Embassy will provide full consular services on:

  • passport services (new/renewal/replacement)
  • passport extension and travel document issuance
  • notarial and authentication services
  • civil registry services (birth/marriage/death)

Taking place at Golden Tulip Hotel, Ash Shaikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baz, Hail, the consular mission will be on March 4, from 8am to 5pm and March 5, from 8am to 12nn only.

The Embassy emphasized that it will strictly enforce the Passport Appointment System for passport applicants, with exceptions to

  • infants aged six (6) months and below
  • pregnant women
  • senior citizens who are aged 60 years old and above
  • physically-challenged individuals; and
  • applicants whose passports have declared lost, damaged or mutilated.

Reminders:

  • All applicants for passport renewal will be accommodated based on their previously obtained appointment.
  • All applicants must personally secure/book an appointment thru the Embassy’s website at riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph by using their own e-mail address.A confirmation for the appointment will be sent via the same email.
  • Only one (1) appointment booking per applicant is allowed, otherwise, all bookings made under the same name or email address will be invalidated.
  • Appointments made under an alias or fictitious name will also be invalidated.
  • Appointments for consular outreach services or “Embassy on Wheels” (EOW) will be made available five (5) days before the actual schedule.
  • Do not forget to bring old passport and a photocopy of the passport’s data page as well as the passport appointment confirmation and the renewal fee of SR240.
  • “First come first serve basis” will be implemented for other consular services. Bring a photocopy of valid passport and other relevant documents.

 

 

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Jan
27
2016

What Awaits Filipinos Overstaying with Visit Visa in Saudi

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A maximum of SR50,000 fine, imprisonment and/or deportation is what an overstaying visit visa holder in Saudi will get.

 

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) warned foreign visit visa holders, as well as expat workers, not to stay beyond the validity period.

 

Expats or Saudi who issued the visit visa will be fined an amount of SR15,000 for their first offense. A three-month jail time and a penalty of SR25,000 is up for the second violation. While SR50,000 fine, six months in jail and deportation for expats will be the punishment for third offense.

 

Questions may be directed to Jawazat by contacting them online through their website gdp.gov.sa@992.

 

To avoid any inconvenience such as these penalties, the directorate encourage all visit visa holders to obey the residency regulations in Saudi and leave the kingdom before the expiration date.

 

 

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