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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
16
2014

Medical exam needed before Pinoys Can Go Abroad

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A pre-employment medical examination is one of the many requirements before a Filipino can leave the Philippines and work abroad.  POEA said that medical examination is required only after the applicant has been interviewed by the employer, principal or the representative of the recruitment agency and the job offered has a job order from the POEA.

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A medical examination would determine if the applicant is healthy enough to go overseas and be employed abroad.  The main objective of this examination is to secure the deployment of healthy Filipino workers or OFWs so that the scenario of repatriation in the future is less likely to happen.  Medical examinations for Filipinos will help identify any health condition that may affect the OFWs ability to perform the job.  If anything is diagnosed, remedies may be taken to avoid recurrence of such problem for any Filipino who wishes to work abroad.

The medical examination for Filipinos or OFWs varies among each principals or hiring country.  But the goal of each medical exam is to evaluate the overall health and well being of the Filipino or OFWs and know ahead any health condition which may increase the risk of complications and injuries when they work abroad.

Normally, a medical exam for an OFW is composed of the physical exam and laboratory test.  This may include:

  • Urinalysis or Fecalysis
  • Chest x-ray
  • Height and weight
  • Vision, which includes acuity and color test
  • Heart
  • Lungs

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  • ECG for those 40 years and above, and for those with cardiovascular findings
  • Complete blood count
  • Blood chemistries
  • Dental check-up which may include treatment/ filling or extraction.
  • Pregnancy test for women
  • Special tests like Hepatitis B screening, HIV, Drug test and more.

If there are no abnormal findings during the exam, the applicant will be cleared for deployment overseas.  The doctor will sign a form stating that the Filipino or OFW is fit for employment and can work abroad.

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Published in: OFW Tips and Guides
Oct
15
2014

How OFWs can cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

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If an OFW wants to live in Saudi Arabia and his Kafeel also wants to keep him, cancelling the final exit visa should be processed.

How OFWs can cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

 

These are the requirements and procedures needed to process the cancelling of a OFWs final exit visa.

  1. Fill out the form that is needed to cancel the final exit visa.  The information provided should be the same information an OFW has in the passport.  A copy of the form can be obtained from the Jawazat office.
  2. After the form was completely filled out, OFWs need to bring the form to their Kafeel who processed their final exit visa.  The Kafeel must sign and stamp the form.
  3. OFWs must request a letter from their employer asking the Jawazat to cancel the final exit visa.  The letter should then be brought to and be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce in the city where the OFWs employer is registered.
  4. OFWs employer or representative should be present when processing the documents.
  5. If the OFWs iqama is already expired, fee for its renewal should be paid as well.
  6. Attach 2 photos with white background, a copy of the final exit visa, iqama and passport.
  7. Submit these requirements to the Jawazat office and follow the next instructions given by the officer.

 

 

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How OFWs can Refund the P550 Terminal Fee

How OFWs can Authenticate Documents in Abu Dhabi

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Published in: OFW Tips and Guides
Oct
14
2014

Pinoy DH and Nurses for Singapore, Malaysia and Kuwait

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Here are the latest job openings in Singapore, Malaysia and Kuwait for Filipinos.

Click on each job title to view more detailed information.

 

Singapore

 

Kuwait

 

Malaysia

 

 

 

Click here for other overseas jobs from POEA licensed agencies.

 

 

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Published in: In Demand OFW Jobs
Oct
14
2014

OFWs in Riyadh, Here is Where You Can Seek Help

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The Philippine Embassy office in Riyadh advises overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to hesitate approaching them or any officials if time comes that they need any assistance.  The Philippine Embassy is stationed in many Riyad to facilitate OFWs with documentation services, to protect them with their rights and to continue relationship with the UAE government.

 

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OFWs living and working in any of these six regions – Riyadh, Eastern, Qassim, Hail, Northern border and Al-Jouf – can contact the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh with the following contact information.

 

 

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

 

Address: Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street, Safarat, Riyadh

Postal Address:  P.O. Box 94366 Riyadh 11693

Telephone Nos:  482 3559 / 482 0507 / 482 1577

Fax No: (96611) 488 3945

Email:  rype@riyadhpe.com

 

Consular Section

Telephone Nos: 482 3816

Fax No: 488 3945

Email:  consular@philembassy-riyadh.org

 

Labor Attache- Riyadh

Telephone Nos: 483 2201 to 3

Fax No: (+96611) 483 2204

Mobile No: 053 602 7590

Email: polo_riyadh@philembassy-riyadh.org / polo-riyadh@riyadhpe.com

 

Labor Attache – Eastern

Telephone Nos: (013) 894 1846 / 894 2890

Mobile No:  050 126 9742

Email:     polo_eastern@philembassy-riyadh.org / polo-eastern@riyadhpe.com / polo_alkhobar@yahoo.com

 

Philippine Overseas Labor Office

         

Telephone Nos: (01) 483 2201 to 03

Fax No:  (01) 483 2204

Hotline: 00966 545917834

Filipino Workers’ Rescue Center – Bahay Kalinga: (01) 481 6448

 

We suggest that OFWs assign these important contact numbers on speed dial of their mobile phone so they can contact the embassy and concerned government office quickly whenever they need to.

 

 

Click here for overseas jobs in Riyadh.

 

 

 

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