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Jan
26
2015

OFWs, You Know You Shouldn’t Do This

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are constantly reminded not to make illegal acts abroad to avoid consequences.

 

Earlier this month, six Filipinos were arrested for smuggling diesel from Saudi Arabia to another Gulf country.

 

In a news report from Arab News, the OFWs, together with an Egyptian and a Pakistani, were to face 10-years jail term and to pay large amount for stealing diesel from the kingdom.

 

The Filipino community in Saudi Arabia were embarrassed about the news and appeal to all OFWs submit to the kingdom’s existing laws. OFWs must limit their activities to their work abroad and basic lifestyle requirements to survive in Saudi Arabia.

 

Saidy Malic, a Filipino community leader,  appeal to OFWs to be loyal to their employers and exercise professional conduct.

 

Before leaving the Philippines for their overseas jobs, OFWs undergo pre-departure orientation seminar or PDOS to give them an overview about their destination country’s culture, laws and other informations.

 

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OFWs represent the Philippines as they work abroad, and so committing such crimes will define not only them but all other OFWs and the whole country as well.

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Jan
23
2015

At Last, the Long Wait Will be Over for OFWs

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Most of the time, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) complain about the long wait for the processing of their documents from recruitment agencies. The recruitment agencies’ reply would be turned to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)’s slow processing of papers.

 

Good news, not only for OFWs, but for the recruitment agencies as well! POEA now has a solution to this problem. They now offer two online services, the e-payment and the Recruitment Authority Issuance systems.

 

POEA-licensed recruitment agencies can now request for processing of contracts (RFP) online  for their hired workers.  And the moment it was approved, they can now pay the fees through POEA-accredited banks via the ePayment system. Recruitment agencies can also print the overseas employment certificate (OEC) of the hired worker.

 

The Recruitment Authority Issuance System on the other hand, allows application for the approval and issuance of special recruitment authority or SRA and letter of acknowledgement. It also grant agencies to upload documentary requirements and view their application status.

 

SRA and letter of acknowledgement are issued for agencies to be able to conduct activities inside or outside their premises.

 

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac has also encouraged all recruitment agencies to use the online services which aims to promote a culture of efficiency, accountability and transparency.

 

But POEA clarified that these online services will be for processing documents of OFWs that are skilled and professional workers only. Contracts for household service workers or HSWs will still pass close examination and evaluation like before.

* source here.

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Jan
21
2015

OFWs in Oman, Be Careful!

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Oman should be extra careful with their health while working abroad, as it comes with the possibility of being sick and infected with spreading diseases.

 

OFWs are warned to avoid eating camel meat and drinking its milk as the animal is thought to be a carrier and transmits the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus or MERS-CoV.

 

An article from Gulfnews.com reported of the first death in Oman because of MERS-CoV.

 

Though scientists are not sure of the origin of MERS-CoV, several studies have linked the virus to camel. Consumption of its meat and milk were presumed as a way to transmit the virus from the animal.

 

Aside from avoiding eating camel meat or drinking its milk, OFWs must always practice the following as precautions:

 

  • good personal hygiene

  • frequent hand washing

  • wearing of facial mask

 

OFWs work abroad may bring their dreams closer to reality with the money they’ll earn, but it is a must that taking care of their health should be a priority, too.

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Jan
19
2015

FB Etiquette for OFWs to be Included in PDOS

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Following the incident of an OFW nurse being expelled in a Singaporean hospital, the Philippine government is now looking into including Facebook etiquette in PDOS for OFWs.

The Filipino nurse allegedly posted anti-Singaporean posts in his Facebook and Google Plus accounts, which became viral and gained protests from Singapore nationals. But the Filipino nurse denied it, claiming his accounts were hacked.

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A suggestion for the inclusion of FB etiquette in PDOS for OFWs will be made by the Malacañang Palace to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA.

Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs need to undergo the pre-departure orientation seminar or PDOS before they can fly to work abroad. This seminar include topics like immigration procedures, travel regulations, culture, and the do’s and don’ts on the destination country.

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*source: gmanews

 

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Published in: Philippine News
Jan
16
2015

Filipino Nurse Expelled for Foul FB Post

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Sadly, a Filipino nurse was relieved from duty in a Singaporean hospital after making ‘inflammatory’ post in his Facebook account.

The Filipino nurse, named Ello Ed Mundsel Bello by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), was immediately dismissed from the healthcare institution after making three offensive comments to his facebook account, pertaining to Singaporean race and religion.

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Singapore were then reminded by the Philippine Embassy to be careful in making a post to their social media accounts and to avoid making disrespectful statements to others.

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Bello was dismissed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, independent of what the police investigations outcome would be.

The three offensive comments made by Bello include (1) an offensive facebook comment on Singapore, and (2) two offensive comments on religion in his Google plus page.

Working and living in a foreign country automatically enlisted every OFWs to be cautious about their judgements or opinions about it and its nationals as well. It is a must that OFWs should observe good conduct to avoid consequences which may greatly affect their work abroad.

*source: abs-cbnnews

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