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Sep
23
2014

DFA: Passport Production Back to Normal

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With sincere apologies for the delays in passport issuance, the Department of Foreign Affairs announces that the production of Philippine passport is now back to normal.

Because of the technical problems encountered, DFA’s releasing of passport were affected. And this has caused trouble to Filipinos , especially OFWs, processing for their Philippine passport application.

But the DFA assured the public that they will cope up with the delays in passport releasing, saying that it’s staff will even on holidays and weekends. DFA also wants to inform the Filipinos, especially the OFWs,  that they are doing all the necessary steps to be sure that the passports will be issued on time and delays will be covered.

Department of Foreign Affairs wishes to thank in advance the public for understanding the situation the department faces at the moment.

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Sep
19
2014

Requirements for a Driver’s License in Saudi Arabia

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If you are an expat working or living for good in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you maybe looking on how to process some documents needed as a resident. One of these is having a driver’s license, which is a very important document especially if you decided on driving around the kingdom.

sample of driver's license in Saudi Arabia

sample of driver’s license in Saudi Arabia

 

Obtaining a driver’s license in Saudi is not easy. So before you head on to a driving school to process your papers, you might want to prepare first all the documents you’ll need. This is to avoid any hassle you may encounter during the application period for your driver’s license in Saudi.

Here are the list of documents you have to prepare for the application of your driver’s license before you go to a driving school.

1. Original and photocopy of your Iqama. Expats know that they should carry their Iqama at all times. And this is a primary document needed to process a driver’s license. Have this photocopied to be presented to the license office.

2. Photocopy of your Passport. Have your passport photocopied, that is the part with your passport number, photo image and details, and the visa entry.

3. Your driver’s license from your country. This is another important document needed. This will attest if you really do know how to drive and you are permitted from your country of origin to do so.

4. Translation of your driver’s license into Arabic language from an approved translation institution. You should have your driver’s license from your country of origin be translated into Arabic for the license officer to understand its content.

5. Four pieces of passport size photo with white background.

6. Medical report. This is your blood group test and eye test, which you can get from any medical center or hospital.

7. License Fee. The driver’s license fee is 400 SAR, which you’ll have to pay in a bank or atm. Keep the voucher as proof of your payment to be presented also to the license officer.

 
These are the requirements you have to prepare if you are to apply for a driver’s license in Saudi Arabia. Aside from the license fee, it is advisable that you also prepare about 200 SAR more for the other fees you have to pay. You should also come to the driving school as early as 7am to process your application. Be prepared to give a day for the whole processing time of your driver’s license in Saudi Arabia. But it is worth the time because the driver’s license is valid for 10 years after you’ve received it.

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Sep
18
2014

Top Ten Jobs in Bahrain this September 2014

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Top 10 Jobs in Bahrain

 

 

Interested to work in Bahrain? Visit www.workabroad.ph for lists of POEA-licensed agencies hiring with these job openings.

You may also want to read this articles to guide you on the process of working abroad safely.

How to Recognize A Good Recruitment Agency

How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment

Reminders when Job Hunting via Internet

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies

All About Placement Fees and Other Required Fees of OFWs

The Different Types of Recruitment Agencies

Check Recruiters Background Through POEA Website

How to Avoid Offloading at the Airport

The Difference between Placement Fee and Processing Fee

Fees to be Paid before you can Work Abroad

Things to Know About the Employment Contract

Documents Needed to Apply for an Overseas Job

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Sep
17
2014

PHL and HK Labor Officials talked about OFW Placement Fee Issue

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Placement fee issues and household workers’ complaints against their employers were raised by Philippine labor officials in a meeting held with the Hong Kong labor officials.

Their discussion focused on the need to cooperate with each other in addressing the concerns of Filipino household service workers in Hong Kong, particularly on placement fee issues and workers’ complaints against their employers,” Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Attaché Manuel Roldan and Consul General Bernardita Casalla met with Hong Kong Labour Department Commissioner Donald Tong, Deputy Commissioner Byron Ng, Assistant Commissioner Nicholas Chan and senior administrative officer Queenie Wong to discuss matters that concern OFWs in Hong Kong.

Labor Attaché Roldan reported that they’ve also explained the Philippine procedure of hiring Filipino workers, the ‘no-placement fee’ policy, the process of accrediting Hong Kong-based employment agencies with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and their responsibilities to the workers hired.

Consul General Casalla informed them about the rampant practice of Hong Kong-based agencies of collecting placement fees from workers which is a violation of the Hong Kong laws, allowing only a service fee of 10 percent from the worker’s first month’s salary.

They also added that upon arrival of OFWs in Hong Kong, especially household service workers or HSWs, they are brought by the agency to a Hong Kong lending company for them to sign a loan document which they had to pay through monthly installment from five to seven months in different 7-eleven branches. OFWs are also told to open a bank account, but with the ATM card to be surrendered to the agencies. They can only get hold of their atm after the amount of service fee for the month has been deducted.

Roldan said to Hong Kong labor officials that these processes, together with other complaints by OFWs like illegal recruitment and abuse, often remain unreported.

Commissioner Tong encourages workers to report complaints against their employers to Hong Kong Labour Department. While complaints against their agencies are to be reported to the Employment Agency Administration. These will be used as basis to conduct inspection and investigation regarding the matter.

Casalla raised a problem regarding the availablity of OFWs to complain, because Sunday is their only free time, when the Labor Department is closed. She then suggested that the Philippine Consulate can accept complaints from OFWs and summarize it before forwarding it to the Hong Kong Labour Department. Tong welcomes the idea of case-referral ssytem and said it will be subject for further discussion.

Through the case-referral system, the availability of OFWs to seek redress for their grievances and of Hong Kong authorities to hear them will no longer be an isse,” said Baldoz.

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Sep
15
2014

Wage Increase to Benefit OFWs in South Korea

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A 7.1 percent minimum wage increase is hope to benefit more than 35, 000 Filipino workers in South Korea next year once it is approved by the Korean Minister of Employment and Labor.

This good news about the wage increase was informed by Seoul Labor Attaché Felicitas Bay to Philippine Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, right after it was passed by Minimum Wage Council Chairman Park Jun-sung during the 7th plenary session.
Workers, including OFWs, under the Employment Permit System (EPS) will receive 5, 580 Korean won per hour or US$5.5 once it is applied starting January 1 until December 31, 2015.

EPS is the program selected by the Korean government to accept non-professional foreign workers in its small and medium industries under a transparent and efficient process of selecting, sending and receiving foreign workers through a government-to-government agreement.

According to Secretary Baldoz, the wage hike was decided based on the average wake hikes by collective bargaining agreements or CBAs and income distribution improvement rates, that indicates the wage level of workers belonging in a same category.

But not all can benefit from this wage increase. Those working in family business and living in the same residence, seafarers governed by the Seafarers Act, domestic workers, and those who do limited work because of physical or mental abilities are not covered by the salary changes, except if their exclusion is permitted by their Minister of Employment and Labor.

Seoul Labor Attaché Felicitas Bay added that the South Korea’s Minimum Wage Council will have to submit the wage proposal to the Minister of Employment and Labor for the purpose of public announcement and to be able to give the workers’ and employers’ representatives a 10-day adjustment period for any objections.

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