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Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.


The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.


Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.


Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.


Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.


OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.


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The OFW Code of Discipline

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The OFW Code of Discipline:

Duty to Oneself, Family and Fellow OFWs

Many Filipinos opt to work in a foreign land for the sake of their loved ones’ betterment. This motivation is one of the reasons why the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) created the OFW Code of Discipline.


The code encompasses what an OFW’s duties to himself, to his family, fellow OFWs, country of origin and destination, and to his employer are.




  • Assert the occupation, position and job scope to which you have been hired for.
  • Assert one’s entitlements to all wages, compensation, and benefits agreed upon in the employment contract.
  • Be professional; maintain self-respect, good image and track record.
  • Ensure personal health as well as psycho-social and economic well-being; be aware of one’s vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS.
  • Be responsible for one’s safety and security at all times, including that of one’s belongings and personal property.
  • Notify the Philippine embassy or diplomatic mission of your presence in the country of work.


  • Engage in prostitution, drug trafficking, illegal recruitment, human smuggling and trafficking or other transnational crimes whether as principal party or accessory.
  • Possess deadly weapons, explosives and prohibited drugs, alcohol, pornographic or other contraband materials.
  • Solicit services of unauthorized manpower brokers and fixers for underground migration.
  • Don’t fall to “4D” jobs – dirty, dangerous, demeaning and (unreasonably) difficult.




  • Provide ample financial and moral support to your family in the Philippines.
  • Communicate with your family as often as you can and make your presence felt just as if you were around.
  • Provide them detailed information and documents about your overseas employment.
  • Be faithful to your spouse.


  • Abandon your family and refuse/discontinue support for the children.
  • Bring your family, especially young children, to hardship posts or countries where there is high risk to one’s welfare and security.



  • Assist and cooperate with other  OFWs working in the same site, especially in times of crisis.
  • Support OFW organizations of Filipino diaspora groups and contribute to their productive role.


  • Degrade a colleague or put him/her in bad light in order to get a position/rank or other personal gains.
  • Act as an unofficial remittance courier for all its risks of loss or robbery or spend for personal use money entrusted by fellow workers.
  • Invent lies and allegations against fellow OFWs to have them deported, detained or to be under police surveillance.
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Filipino Cancer Patient Honored for Exceptional Service

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An illness will never be a hindrance to serve others.


This is what Filipino breast cancer patient Doreen Jaen-Mooney of Kingstanding, England believe.  Mooney was recently acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth II for her significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.


The Filipino cancer patient managed to volunteer establishing a community cafe and take care of disabled persons, all despite her own illness.


Mooney was given the rank Member under the Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry. The United Kingdom award this honor for those who become an example for others.


More and more Filipinos around the world are making their names for remarkable acts, giving prestige and pride not only to the Philippines, but also to other Filipinos who are living and working abroad.


Kudos to all Filipinos abroad!

*source: philstar.com


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OFWs, for the sake of your beloved, don’t take loans!

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs, and most Filipinos, are used to borrowing money from lenders here in the Philippines. And often, they bring this attitude even when they’re working abroad.

The United Arab Emirates is one country that offers loans or credit cards with low interest rates for borrowers. Many OFWs can’t say no to such temptations. So OFWs apply for loans or credit cards, without thinking for a million times if they’ll be able to pay for its charges or not.

And this is where situations get worse. Because most OFWs just grab the offers, they fail to see the hidden charges underneath and the consequences they’ll face.

Advice to OFWs: Avoid Loan Sharks

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), an alarming number of OFWs in the UAE were detained due to loan cases.

Tips for OFWs: Don’t Be a Victim of Loan Sharks

DFA had advised OFWs to take extra precaution when taking loans or credit cards.  Failure to pay for it may result to civil or criminal charges filed by the lenders, whether banks or individuals. Bouncing checks issued also face the same charges, since lenders require  OFWs  to attach their signatures on blank checks as part of their security measures.

Debt-related cases in UAE are difficult to handle, because a travel ban is imposed for civil cases. This means that OFWs will not be allowed to leave UAE because of unpaid loans or credit card charges. Co-makers and guarantors will also be apprehended and detained for this.

OFWs should learn to manage their money wisely to avoid making loans since failure to pay for it will result to consequences they wouldn’t want to experience with their work abroad. Learn to live with what you earn OFWs, so you can return to your family waiting for you.

Tip for OFWs: How to Avoid Loan Sharks


*source: globalnation.inquirer.net

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OFWs, You Have Been Warned Repeatedly

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs have been taking every jobs possible to earn for their family. And many illegal recruiters were taking advantage of this eagerness from OFWs to work abroad.

How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment

For most OFWs, being a household service worker or HSWs is the easiest way for them to work abroad and reach for their dreams. Many of the OFWs working abroad as HSWs were deployed in Middle East, as demand for the service continues to rise.

But when the UAE Ministry of Interior imposed a new standard contract for HSWs to protect both them and their employers rights, the deployment was affected.

OFWs are brought by using fake job position. They are fronted as sales ladies, clerks, cashier, waitress or salon staff just to meet the demands for HSWs. Illegal recruiters not only exposed OFWs to possible abuse by foreign employers, but themselves as well to penalties from the Philippine government.

How to Identify Overseas Job Scams

OFWs are warned over and over again not to accept job offers abroad from recruiters who would give them work visa for jobs they didn’t apply to. They’re also reminded not to sign a new contract upon arriving at their work destination abroad.

Beware of Employment Contract Substitution

Presently, POEA are implementing strict rules regarding HSWs deployment in the Middle East. But this applies only to new hires and does not affect OFWs who’ve been in and out of the Kingdom to work as HSWs.

*source: Gulfnews


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