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Apr
4
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

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Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

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Mar
31
2016

SSS gives free personalized tags to OFWs

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The Social Security System (SSS) gives free personalized tags for overseas Filipino workers which they can get at SSS foreign representative offices (FRO), on outreach events launch by SSS or local consular offices.

 

Enclosed in leather card holders, the SS# Tags has information printed on it. These includes:

  • OFW’s name
  • OFW’s social security number
  • OFW coverage status, and
  • Date of card issuance

 

SSS tags for OFWs

 

SSS also encrypted the contact information of the issuing SSS FRO and OFW Contact Services Unit (CSU) at the back of the card.

 

These personalized tags is now available in SSS FRO branches in 19 locations abroad for OFWs to claim.

  • Hong Kong
  • Brunei
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Singapore
  • Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait
  • Doha (Qatar)
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Bahrain
  • Muscat (Oman)
  • Rome and Milan (Italy)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Toronto (Canada)
  • San Francisco (United States of America)

 

The tags aims to help OFWs remember their SS number which is needed when making any transactions with SSS. However, this will not replace UMID card so OFWs can still apply to have one if they haven’t been given a biometric SSS ID or UMID card before.

The SS#Tags was first offered at the SSS branch inside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office in 2014.

 

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Mar
15
2016

OFW Died at PH Refugee Camp in KSA

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A stranded overseas Filipino worker died in a temporary shelter handled by the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Fifty-year old Jose Berja died last Sunday at a villa where male distressed and stranded OFWs stays. According to his fellow OFW, Berka suffered from heart attack Saturday morning and was announced dead on arrival when rushed to the hospital later in the afternoon.

 

Berja’s wife is staying at Bahay-Kalinga, a women’s shelter also under the care of POLO-OWWA in Riyadh.

 

The Philippine Embassy and POLO-OWWA provides lodging for distraught and abandoned OFWs while waiting for their repatriation. Some of these OFWs escape from their employers because of maltreatment.

 

But the increasing number of OFWs seeking refuge made the villas overcrowded and pose health concerns to each of them. They need medical attention since many of them have been stranded for years.

 

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Mar
14
2016

Female Power: Jobs for Returning OFWs

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Empowering female overseas Filipino workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) inaugurated a program that aims to assist them start their own small business.

 

Partnering with Coca-Cola Philippines, DOLE named the program as WOMEN REACH or Women Entrepreneurs Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home, which will give business skills, life training and access to business enhancement for them to become economically independent.

 

WOMEN REACH is a consolidation of DOLE’s Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood) and Coca-Cola’s STAR (Sari Sari Store Training and Access to Resources) that have started since 2011. STAR is part of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 global initiative that aims to empower 5 million women by the year 2020.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the program partnership targeted towards returning women OFWs shall give them support to build their entrepreneurial confidence to establish or enhance their own micro enterprises.

 

WOMEN REACH has two sets of target beneficiaries.

 

The first one are the returning female OFWs who already have their own sari-sari store, grocery store, carinderia, food stall, bakery or restaurant business who may apply for the STAR course.

 

The second will be women OFWs who would like to start their own micro enterprises, wherein they will attend seminars and trainings at TESDA Women’s Center.

 

WOMEN REACH may be availed by female OFWs who are of legal age with basic literacy skills on reading, writing and basic mathematics.

 

On the other hand, male OFWs may avail of other entrepreneurship opportunities offered by Coca-Cola in their partnership with DOLE.  

 

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Mar
10
2016

Tips for OFWs:Top 10 Companies Best to Work For in UAE

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Overseas Filipino workers choose to work abroad to provide better life for their family. But most of the time, an OFW end up working for an employer who is uncompassionate and does not care for their well-being at all.

 

Luckily, a consultancy firm in United Arab Emirates searched for companies with great workplace environment for employees this 2016. Dubbed as Great Place to Work, they lists down the top companies who have scored well based on reviewed for categories like level of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie within the organization.

 

DHL once again topped the ranking, winning three-consecutive years in a row. They were chosen because of their efforts to nurture employee development, create a fun work environment, promote transparency and act on employee feedback.

 

The top 10 best companies to work for in UAE are:

 

  1. DHL
  2. The One
  3. Omnicom Media Group
  4. Splash
  5. Estee Lauder Companies
  6. EMC
  7. Weber Shandwick
  8. Hilti Emirates
  9. Hilton
  10. FedEx

 

Every OFW wants to work in a company where the employers are concerned about their employees welfare, treat them with respect and provide guidance for better work outcome.

 

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