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Sep
3
2014

Single Visa for ASEAN Member Countries

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A bill seeking a single visa system that would allow Filipinos to enter any of the 10 Asean member countries has been filed at the House of Representatives.

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The said resolution is similar to Europe’s unified visa system, according to Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, a co-author of House Resolution 1313, allowing non-ASEAN nationals to enter the Asian countries using a single visa which would save time and resources from securing travel documents from each country of destination.

He had persuaded the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to discuss with other ASEAN countries the reality of this resolution and how the security of all countries can still be protected and sovereignity respected.

Abante-Mindano party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez, another co-author of the resolution, said it might take a while before the single-visa scheme may be implemented because of technology, political issues, concerns on sovereignity and the different visa system in each countries.

 

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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.

 

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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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