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Oct
31
2014

OFW Groups Want TRO vs Terminal Fee Integration

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OFW groups who can’t bear to just sit back and wait for the implementation of the terminal fee integration had already filed a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to the Pasay Regional Trial Court in hope to stop this additional burden for overseas Filipino workers that will start on November 1.

The groups imply that the terminal fee integration is violation of Republic Act 8042 which amends RA 10022 or what is called as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 which exempts OFWs and migrant workers from terminal fees.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) moved the implementation of the terminal fee integration from October 1 to November 1 as ordered by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), when Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya agreed to the postponement of the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) or terminal fee.

MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado said that ITF will benefit at least seven million passengers who do not have to line up to pay the terminal fee.  But OFW groups said there is no traffic at the airport since OFWs are automatically exempted from paying terminal fees.

Gemma Cosimo of Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards also questions the implementation of the terminal fee integration. She said that if it is phase one, why not wait for the system to be perfect before enforcing it completely.

Families of OFWs decided to assemble at the Department of Transportation and Communications office in Mandaluyong City to protest this terminal fee integration.  According to Migrante International, they want answers on where would the unrefunded fees go. But even DOTC Secretary can’t say so, which means this will only be another way of corruption.

Blas F. Ople Policy Center President Susan Ople raised her opinion saying ITF would only mean less time for vacationing OFWs to spend with their families.

She said, Ang ipinaglalaban dito ay hindi kung ilan yung pasahero, hindi kung ilan yung online, alin yung didito bibili ng ticket. Hindi sa bilangan, kundi sa uri ng benepisyo na matagal nang ipinaglaban,matagal nang nakakamtan ng OFW”.

 

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Published in: OFW News, Philippine News
Oct
29
2014

Pinay DH Complained Harassment by Employer in Saudi

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A Pinay domestic helper in Qassim, Saudi Arabia appealed for help from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) from her employer whom she accused of harassment.

The Filipina DH reported that she suffered ‘unpleasant overtures’ from her Saudi employer who molested her on August 26, 28 and 29. She filed a complaint against her employer at the Philippine Embassy.

The Pinay OFW was brought to the Saudi capital to stay with his employers’ relatives when they left with his family for Dubai.  He also told the driver to bring the Pinay DH to the Philippine Embassy and withdraw the complaint.

According to Arab News, a source at POLO-Riyadh said that the Pinay DH’s case will be endorsed to the Saudi Social Welfare Administration who will contact the employer for her exit visa.

The Pinay DH wanted to transfer to another employer but a legal officer advised her that she would have to return first to the Philippines to process her documents without violating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s labor laws.

The Filipina OFW also admitted to being illegally deployed to Saudi Arabia, stating that her papers were processed by an agency that no longer exists so she was transferred to another agency.

Arrived last May, the Pinay DH received a monthly salary that is below of what the Philippine and Saudi governments had agreed upon.

The Pinay DH is staying at the Bahay Kalinga under POLO-Riyadh, along with other runaway female OFWs.

 

 

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Published in: OFW News
Oct
28
2014

Overseas Jobs: Top Jobs in Dubai for OFWs

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Dubai is the second largest state and the most populous city of United Arab Emirates.  It is also one of the main destinations by many tourist and expatriates, like OFWs.  Majority of Dubai’s population is comprised of expatriates, including OFWs.  It is because of the vast job opportunities for OFWs, high salary, excellent healthcare and leisure activities.

 

Top Jobs in Dubai Oct 2014

OFWs wanting to find overseas jobs in Dubai will find the list below helpful as to what the city has to offer for Filipinos seeking better opportunities by a work abroad.  Listed also are links to job openings from POEA-licensed agencies offering deployment for OFWs to Dubai.

Top Jobs in Dubai for OFWs as of October 2014

1. Waitress

2. Electrician

3. Cleaner

4. Accountant CPA

5. Receptionist

 

Click here for more overseas jobs.

 

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Oct
27
2014

Where OFWs can Remit Money in Saudi Arabia

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Since Christmas is approaching, OFWs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, like many OFWs around the world, will be planning to send money for their family in the Philippines. We’ve compiled different remittance offices and partners OFWs can trust in remitting money.

 

BDO Remittance Offices and Money Transfer Partners

  • Bank Al Bilad – Enjaz Remittance Center Branch 153, Batha, Riyadh, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • Moneygram
  • Coinstar Money Transfer
  • Ary Speed Remit (Speed Remit Worldwide Limited)
  • EZ Remit (Bahrain Exchange Co.)
  • Xpress Money (Xpress Money Services Ltd.)
  • AFX Fast Remit (Al Fardan Exchange)
  • Turbo Cash (Turbo Cash – Zenj Exhcange)
  • SHIFT (Shift Financial Services Ltd.)
  • Speedcash Now (Samba Financial Group)
  • Alamoudi Exchange Co. – PO Box 123, Al Hazzaza Building, Al Balad – Gabil St, Jeddah 21411 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Al Rajhi Banking Saudi Arabia
  1. Riyadh – P.O. Box 22022 Riyadh 11495 KSA Saudi Arabia
  2. Alkhobar – P.O. Box 1362, Alkhobar 31952 KSA Saudi Arabia
  3. Jeddah – Mezzanine Flr. Queens Bldg Jeddah, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • Al Zamil – P.O. Box 83, King Saud St. Cor. Cross A, Alkhobar 31952
  1. Dammam – Dhahran St., Dammam, KSA Saudi Arabia
  2. Jubail – Jeddah St., Jubail, KSA Saudi Arabia
  3.           Riyadh – Al Ras St.(Old) Batha P.O. Box 4055 Riyadh 11491, KSA
  • Arab National Bank – P.O. Box 56921, Riyadh 11564, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • Samba Financial Group – 3rd Floor, SAMBA Head Office Bldg., P.O. Box 833, Riyadh 11421, KSA Saudi Arabia
  • The National Commercial Bank – King Abdul Aziz Street, P.O. Box 3555, Jeddah, 21481 KSA

BPI Remittance Offices

  • Saudi Hollandi Bank
  • Bank Al Bilad
  • Banque Saudi Fransi
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Riyadh
  • Al Inma Bank
  • The National Commercial Bank
  • Al Rajhi Bank
  • Samba Financial Group
  • The Saudi Investment Bank

DBP Remittance Office

  • Bank Albilad – Enjaz Remittance

Philippine National Bank (PNB) Remittance Offices

  • Riyadh Desk Office – Arab National Bank Telemoney Department (P.N.B.) 3/F, Beit 7 P.O. Box 56921, Riyadh 11564 KSA
  • Riyadh Batha Desk Office – Riyadh-Batha Telemoney Center, Riyadh Trading Center, Batha (Filipino Market), KSA
  • Aqaria Desk Office – Akaria Telemoney Center, Akaria Shopping Center, Olaya Road, Riyadh,KSA
  • Tabuk Desk Office – Shara Al Amn, near Gov. Basheer House, Tabuk, KSA
  • Jeddah-Balad Desk Office – Balad-Jeddah Telemoney Center, Aswaq Building, Corniche, Balad District, Jeddah, KSA
  • Rawdah-Jed Desk Office – Prince Sultan St., Jeddah, KSA
  • Yanbu Desk Office – Khair Baladi Int’l. Market, Yanbu, KSA
  • Al-Khobar Desk Office –  Al Khobar Telemoney Center, King Faisal St., 1st Crossing (Beside Glorietta Bldg.), P.O. Box 37 Al Khobar 31952, KSA
  • Jubail Desk Office – Jubail Telemoney Center, Jeddah St., Across Riyadh Bank, P.O. Box 351 Jubail 31941, KSA
  • ABC Riyadh Desk Office –  Enjaz Remittance Network Bank AlBilad Seteen Street, Al Malaz Riyadh, KSA

 

 

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Oct
24
2014

BM Online: The Easiest Way OFWs can get their OECs

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The Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC, also called the ‘exit pass’, is a requirement that needs to be presented on international ports of exit in the Philippines to prove that the person bearing it is a legitimate overseas Filipino worker or OFW.  The OEC is for any OFWs who are back to the Philippines for a vacation, and will be back again to the country where they are currently employed.

The OEC is also a requirement under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s rules and regulations which would help guarantee that the OFWs are properly documented and protected. OFWs who have OECs exempt them from paying travel tax and the airport terminal fee.

OFWs that are on vacation, rehired or returning to the same employer, and those with existing record in the POEA database can use the Balik-Manggagawa  Online Processing System.  But Balik-Manggagawa’s that do not meet this criteria will be redirected to the BM Appointment page for the regular processing of OEC on the OFWS convenience, choosing their preferred date, time and processing site.

According to POEA administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, the BM online facilitates the validation by the immigration officers at the airport of the OEC being presented by the OFW.

OFWs need to follow these steps for the BM online processing of their OECs.

  1. Go to http://bmonline.poea.gov.ph/ and register or sign up by filling up the boxes with the information needed under the “New User” category.
  2. Check the email you provided for the verification link.  OFWs must confirm the registration by logging in using the account email address and password you’ve entered.
  3. Verify your current OEC number.  Input your OEC number on the pop up box that will appear.  OFWs can also check the validity of their OEC number.  In case you don’t have with you at that moment your OEC or you can’t remember, you can just click OK and ESC to remove the pop up box.
  4. Input all the needed information.  Fill out all the box with the necessary information needed like:
  • Passport number
  • Expiration date
  • Visa number
  • Address
  • SSS number
  • PhilHealth number
  • Pag-IBIG number
  • Contact number
  • Beneficiaries
  • Employer details

5.Click the Save button.  After entering all the correct information needed, OFWs must not forget to click the save button so the BM online OEC application will be successful.

For OFWs who have applied for their OECs abroad, your OEC number will not yet be found in the BM online system.

OFWs that will use the BM Online will have to pay for the processing fee worth Php 100 and Php 19.50 for the e-payment service fee.

 

Watch the  BM Online Instructional Video.

 

 

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