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Nov
13
2015

KAMING MGA OFWs, MAYAMAN SA RESIBO

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Kapag nasa abroad, wow! Ang nasa isip ng mga tao sa Pilipinas, ang mga OFWs ay sosyal, masaya, mayaman, etc. It was also the same thinking we had before we experienced working as OFWs. Hindi bawat OFW ay mapalad na gaya ng iba pero majority sa amin ay problemado lalo na when it comes to financial matters.

I am working in a remittance company here in Qatar. Every day when I am at work, halos lahat ng mga customers namin ay isa ang sinasabi “I’m here again, padala na naman. At ganon talaga”.  Nakakatuwa ‘di ba? Another thing which is common and is actually happening ay ang tawanan ng mga customers namin, talking about their families in the Philippines – about the text messages na dumarating at end of the month. Alam na! nagparamdam kasi malapit na ang pay day. But after sending the control number ng perang pinadala, wala ng feedback if they received the cash o hindi pa. Minsan kami pa mismo ang unang magte-text o tatawag just to confirm. But we understand kasi mahal ang international calls/text.  Buti na nga lang may social media na ngayon.

Kaming OFWs, Mayaman sa Resibo

Mayaman? Oo, mayaman kami sa resibo dahil monthly, we’re sending money to our families. Sa dami ng resibo namin, pwede na siguro kaming magtayo ng museum for our receipts na iba-iba ang services na nagamit at bansang pinagmulan. Bayani nga kami kung tawagin dahil sa aming sacrifices at maging sa aming great contribution for our country. Totoong mahirap ang malayo sa mga mahal sa buhay. Oo, masarap mamuhay sa abroad pero mahirap din. But for our dreams para sa sarili at pamilya, handa kaming magtiis.

Bakit nga ba sa resibo kami mayaman? Aside sa monthly support kasi namin for our family, yung iba may pinag-aaral sa college o kaya ay may project na pinapagawa – bahay or whatsoever. As much as we wanted to help everyone including our relatives na lumalapit eh wala na kaming maibigay dahil we also have personal needs at mahal din ang bilihin dito. Most especially yung mga OFWs na andito kasama ang asawa at mga anak nila, mahal din po ang tuition fees ng mga bata. Expenses pa sa daily na pagpasok ng mga kids kaya sana maintindihan niyo rin if talagang walang maibigay the moment na lalapit kayo.

Malaki man o maliit ang sahod ng mga OFWs dito, I tell you halos lahat ay problemado din sa pera lalo na kaming mga simpleng OFWs. If you will not experience working abroad, you will never understand kung ano ang sinasabi namin. Good thing lang talaga dito ay we are provided free accommodation and transportation by our company at higit sa lahat tax free.

Whatever the reasons are, we OFWs have the deepest reasons why we are here. It’s a challenge for us not to forget yung sarili din natin, kasi in the end, babalik at babalik din tayo sa ating bayan. Kaya SAVINGS is a must and we have to spend our money wisely.

– From a real-life OFW, guest blogger
 
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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
1
2014

Monthly Minimum Wage of DH in Hong Kong Raised

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Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong, rejoice!

 
The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong had good news for Filipino domestic helpers there. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government had announced that there will be an increase in the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) and Food Allowance for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs).

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Wage increase in MAW and food allowance of domestic helpers will be as follows:

  • A 2.5% increase in MAW, which is equivalent to a HK$100 increase. From HK$4,010 to HK$4,110 per month.
  • An increase of 4.8% if the employers choose to provide domestic helpers with food allowance, substituting free food. It will be increased by HK$44, meaning the previous HK$920 monthly food allowance will now be not less than HK$964 per month.

 

According to Hong Kong SAR government, the wage increase for domestic helpers will be processed by the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD) for contracts signed on or before September 30, 2014. This will be possible if the applications reach the ImmD on or before October 28, 2014 to allow employers to send the signed contracts of domestic helpers to ImmD for completion of the necessary application procedures.

 

Hong Kong SAR also announced that employment contracts of domestic helpers signed on or after October 1, 2014 shall have a MAW of HK$4,110 which will be indicated in Item 5 (a) of the Employment Contract. If the employers grant a food allowance rather than the free food for domestic helpers, the amount of HK$964 shall reflect in Item 5 (b) of the Employment Contract.

 

 

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Published in: OFW News
Dec
10
2013

PH Embassies in HK and KSA Bare Holiday Schedules

The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia announced that it will be closed on some dates to observe the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi will be closed on the the following dates:

December 25 & 26, December 30 & 31, January 1 & 2, 2014

Embassy office hours will resume on January 5, 2014.

 

On the other hand, The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong will be closed on December 24 to 28 and December 30 to January 1, 2014.

However, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong said it will be open on December 22 (Sunday), 23 (Monday) and 29 (Sunday).

 

In case of emergency and further information, you may contact the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong through the following numbers:

9155-4023 (Consular Assistance)

6080-8323 (Labor)

6345-9324 (OWWA)

Website: philcongen-hk.com

Facebook page: Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong

Email: hongkongpc@philcongen-hk.com

Fax: 2866-9855

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Published in: Events, OFW News, Uncategorized
Nov
30
2013

POLO in Hong Kong to Offer Free OECs for OFW this Dec

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From December 1 -8, 2013, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO ) in Hong Kong would waive the fees for OFWs who will apply for  overseas employment certificates (OECs). This offer is part of the 80th celebration of the Labor Department or DOLE through their ‘Libreng OEC sa Unang Eighty’ program. As such, for the said period in December, the first 80 OFWs per day may avail the documents which usually cost HKD20 for free.

The OEC is a requirement for all OFWs to ensure that they are documented and protected. Having an OEC grants an OFW privileges such as  exemption from Philippine travel tax and airport terminal fees in the Philippines.

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