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May
28
2015

Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.

 

The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.

 

Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.

 

Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.

 

Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.

 

OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.

 

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Where OFWs in UAE Can Seek Help

Related article:

What OFWs Ought to Know About the Employment Contract

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May
20
2015

How to Stay Happy as an OFW

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The reality of a foreign working environment and the necessity to immediately adjust to a totally new culture and language can be overwhelming. It would not be surprising if an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who always wanted to work abroad may seriously contemplate quitting after some time.

To snap out of these career busters, check out the tips below:

Love what you do. You can easily find joy in your work by recognizing the importance of your profession. Realize that your work makes the lives of others easier and better. The skills and the values you acquire while working also makes you a better person.

Count your blessings. Not everyone is qualified or is given the chance to work in a foreign land. Bear in mind that many Filipino workers back home aspire to be in your position.

Read more tips for migrant workers. 

 

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May
19
2015

TESDA Offers Online Courses for Free

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) now offer online courses in their official website for free.

According to the information on its website, the TESDA Online Program (TOP) aims to make technical education more accessible to Filipino Citizens thru the use of internet technology.

The program is created for students, out-of-school youths, unemployed adults, workers, professionals, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who would like to take TESDA courses at their own pace and at their own time at the comfort of their desktops or laptop computers.

The online courses are free but registration is required to be able to access the courses. As the TOP is still in its incubation stage, no online assessment or training certificate is available online. However those who finish the course can opt to go for a face-to-face assessment for National Certification at any TESDA accredited assessment center or venue.

For more inquiries about the online program, please contact TESDA or browse the website’s FAQs and How to Guide.

The program currently has the following courses

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Hardware Servicing
  • Tourism
  • Room Attendant Servicing
  • Guest Room Attendant Servicing
  • Electronics
  • Cellphone Servicing

Access the TESDA Online Courses here

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May
7
2015

The OFW Code of Discipline

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The OFW Code of Discipline:

Duty to Oneself, Family and Fellow OFWs

Many Filipinos opt to work in a foreign land for the sake of their loved ones’ betterment. This motivation is one of the reasons why the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) created the OFW Code of Discipline.

 

The code encompasses what an OFW’s duties to himself, to his family, fellow OFWs, country of origin and destination, and to his employer are.

 

DUTY TO ONESELF

DOs

  • Assert the occupation, position and job scope to which you have been hired for.
  • Assert one’s entitlements to all wages, compensation, and benefits agreed upon in the employment contract.
  • Be professional; maintain self-respect, good image and track record.
  • Ensure personal health as well as psycho-social and economic well-being; be aware of one’s vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS.
  • Be responsible for one’s safety and security at all times, including that of one’s belongings and personal property.
  • Notify the Philippine embassy or diplomatic mission of your presence in the country of work.

DON’TS

  • Engage in prostitution, drug trafficking, illegal recruitment, human smuggling and trafficking or other transnational crimes whether as principal party or accessory.
  • Possess deadly weapons, explosives and prohibited drugs, alcohol, pornographic or other contraband materials.
  • Solicit services of unauthorized manpower brokers and fixers for underground migration.
  • Don’t fall to “4D” jobs – dirty, dangerous, demeaning and (unreasonably) difficult.

 

DUTY TO FAMILY

DOs

  • Provide ample financial and moral support to your family in the Philippines.
  • Communicate with your family as often as you can and make your presence felt just as if you were around.
  • Provide them detailed information and documents about your overseas employment.
  • Be faithful to your spouse.

 DON’Ts

  • Abandon your family and refuse/discontinue support for the children.
  • Bring your family, especially young children, to hardship posts or countries where there is high risk to one’s welfare and security.

DUTY TO FELLOW OFWs

DOs

  • Assist and cooperate with other  OFWs working in the same site, especially in times of crisis.
  • Support OFW organizations of Filipino diaspora groups and contribute to their productive role.

DON’Ts

  • Degrade a colleague or put him/her in bad light in order to get a position/rank or other personal gains.
  • Act as an unofficial remittance courier for all its risks of loss or robbery or spend for personal use money entrusted by fellow workers.
  • Invent lies and allegations against fellow OFWs to have them deported, detained or to be under police surveillance.
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Apr
7
2015

What the Law Says on Pera Padala Charges

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Kamakailan lamang, isang OFW ang nagreklamo ukol sa kaltas ng isang money transfer company sa perang kanyang ipinapadala sa mga kamag-anak  sa Pilipinas.

Ayon sa report, ang pagkaltas ng pera padala centers ay alinsunod sa Article 181 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, Republic Act no. 8424.

docs stamp tax

Pero, alam nyo bang exempted ang overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sa pagbabayad ng documentary stamp tax? Oo, kabayan, exempted ka sa pagbabayad ng tax na ito! Ayon sa Tax-Free Privilege Granted To OFWs,

As stated in Section 22 of Republic Act 10022,

“The remittances of all OFWs, upon showing the same proof of entitlement

by the OFW beneficiary or recipient, shall be exempted from the payment of documentary stamp tax.’’

 

Samakatuwid, kailangan lamang na may maipakitang kopya ng OEC o Overseas Employment Certificate ang sinumang kukuha ng perang padala ng OFW upang makaiwas o ma-exempt sa pagbabayad ng documentary stamp tax.

 

Para sa karagdagang kaalaman tungkol sa taxes na sakop ang OFWs, basahin ang mga sumusunod:

Tax Rules for OFWs

Tax-Free Privilege Granted To OFWs

Tax-free Savings Account for OFWs Now Possible

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