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Aug
13
2014

OFWS vs. Falling for Job Offers to Troubled Countries

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned against falling for recruiters promising jobs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

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Overseas Pinoy workers were reminded against falling for supposed job offers to troubled countries.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recommended the immediate suspension of overseas voters registration in five areas considered hotspots.

The DFA had also recommended the suspension of registration in Libya, Ukraine, and the Gaza Strip.

The Department of Labor and Employment also imposed a total ban on the deployment of OFWs to Afghanistan, on which the DFA had placed Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation).

The agency said Afghanistan has been experiencing tension following the presidential elections last June 14.

The deployment ban on new hires for Afghanistan issued on December 17, 2007 is still in effect.

Covered by the ban imposed by the POEA Governing Board are returning/vacationing overseas Filipino workers bound for Afghanistan.

 

Visit this link for more overseas jobs: www.workabroad.ph

 

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Aug
8
2014

Increase OFW Emergency Fund to P1-B

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Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asked for an increase in the emergency funds for distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the 2015 national budget.  He said this emergency assistance fund should be raised to at least P1 billion. Recto said, the proposed 2015 budget of P537 million for the assistance of Filipinos in distress abroad is grossly inadequate in light of unstable conditions in strife-vulnerable countries which could anytime trigger the evacuation of Filipinos.   The million fund in the proposed budget next year were divided in three programs namely Assistance to Nationals Fund (ATF) under the Department of Foreign Affairs with a proposed budget of P350 million, Welfare Services to OFWs (P187.7 million), and Emergency Repatriation Program (P50 million) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).   The amount, he said, is a drop in the bucket or one-tenth of one percent of the P1.115 trillion pesos that overseas Filipinos remitted through formal channel last year.   Funds which can be tapped to assist an estimated 10 million Filipino nationals abroad are lodged in three items in the proposed P2.6 trillion national budget for next year.

His statement came amid the Philippine government’s efforts to repatriate the more than 13,000 Filipinos in strife-torn Libya – a massive undertaking that Recto said could drain the DFA’s ATF.

Read:

DFA to OFWs in Libya:  Go Home Now!

Government to Help Filipinos from Libya Find Jobs

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Aug
4
2014

Oman Restricts Entry of Filipino Workers

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The government of Oman has put in place controls in the employment of foreign workers as it freezes the entry of expats, including Filipinos, who previously worked in the Sultanate.

 

The Philippine Embassy in Muscat has reported that Oman is issuing employment visas only to expat workers who have stayed out of the country for at least two years from the date of their last departure, effective on July 1, 2014.

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POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that an expat worker who has not completed two years after departure but was called to rejoin the same company is not covered by the ban. He clarified that the policy only affects foreign workers who have finished their previous contract and went home with the intention of going back to Oman to work for another employer.

 

The Omani government also imposed a ban on employment visa transfers for foreign workers who have not completed two years of their work contract with their company.

 

The prohibition on employment visa transfer took effect last June 1, 2014. Workers may request a NOC or “No objection certificate” from their employer that would legally allow them to transfer to another company.

 

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Jul
31
2014

Macau Increasing Penalty for Overstaying Foreigners

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The Philippine Overseas Labor  Office (POLO) in Macau reported that the Special Administrative Region’s Immigration Department has issued Administrative Regulation No. 14/2014 or the Amendments to the Provision on Overstay, which increases penalty for overstaying expats, including Filipino workers.

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Under this amendment, offenders cannot enter Macau again for one year. The penalty is not applicable to foreigners who have overstayed for 30 days or more.

According to the report, Macau increased the penalty for expats for less than 30 days from MOP200 to MOP500 per day. They are not allowed to pay the fine and will instead be banned for a certain period of time. Violators are required to pay immediately after they are arrested or have surrendered to the police.

All workers staying illegally in other countries are more vulnerable to harassment and abuse and are subject of police operations.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that OFWs looking for work in Macau and other countries should secure the proper work permit or employment visa before leaving the country.

 

 

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Jul
23
2014

PHILIPPINE ARENA: Newest Filipino Architectural Pride

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World's largest indoor arena

World’s largest indoor arena

Found at the 50-hectare complex in Ciudad de Victoria at the municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan, is the world’s largest indoor arena. It is the latest and newest architectural pride of the Filipinos. The Philippine Arena is the centerpiece of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s centennial celebration on July 27, 2014.

Designed by the company Populous, an architectural firm specializing in the design of sport facilities and convention centers, the Philippine Arena is a multi-purpose arena and plenary hall for Iglesia Ni Cristo that has a maximum seating capacity of 55, 000. It was built at the cost of more than $200 million or roughly around 7.8 billion pesos.

Because of its hugeness, this arena can hold inside 3 times the size of SMX Arena or that of the Smart Araneta Stadium. The design concept of the arena was inspired by the narra tree and the root of the banyan tree. It was also featured in the documentary episode of Man Made Marvels: Quake Proof of the Discovery Channel aired on December, 2013. This focused on making structures in the Philippines safer from natural disasters such as earthquake and typhoons. Aside from being acknowledged as “the largest building of its kind”, it is also built to withstand earthquakes.

The Philippine Arena is the biggest theater, dome arena and indoor stadium in the world, outstanding the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 Arena in London.

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