Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Australia, UK, Canada wants OFWs

Despite the global economic crisis, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) still got a chance to land a job abroad. South Australia United Kingdom and Canada will need OFWs to fill perennial skills shortage.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Marianito Roque said Philippine and South Australian is preparing for the recruitment of Filipino workers.

“Thus the recruitment of OFWs to South Australia would be orderly, ethical and in line with the laws and policies of the Philippines and of Australia,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Philippines said that OFWs are highly appreciated to work in their country despite the financial crisis and that they (OFWs) are continuously making a “valuable contribution” to the UK since they are providing quality work.

Engineers, doctors, nurses and teachers are included in the national occupation shortage list recently issued by the British Borders and Immigration Agency.

On the other hand, Jason Kenney, minister for immigration, Canada will maintain its policy of encouraging immigration to meet labor shortages despite the worldwide financial crisis.

“Obviously, the economic crisis worries us a great deal... but we believe it would be counterproductive to cut off a labor supply from those sectors of the economy that are still growing by reducing immigration levels,” Kenney said.

He also added that they are eying for nurses from the Philippines, heavy equipment operators from Ukraine and consumer software designers from India.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Qatar opens 37,000 jobs next year

More Filipino workers are expected to come in Qatar by next year since the country will open some 37,000 job openings for Filipinos. This was announced by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her three-day employment-and-investment-seeking visit in Qatar.

This will be another great opportunity for Filipinos who see slim job opportunities in the contracted world labor market next year due to the economic downfall.

Arroyo said she expected “only a minimal displacement of overseas Filipino workers despite the financial crisis sweeping across the globe,” after her meeting with Qatar businessmen and local Filipino communities.

She also added that Qatari employers and other Middle East countries preferred Filipinos due to their diligence, trustworthiness, efficiency and skill.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

More Jobs for OFWs in Italy in 2009

Contrary to the global financial slowdown, Italy will need more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2009 according to the Italian Honorary Consul of the Philippine Consulate in Florence.

Dr. Fabio Fanfani said that there is a big demand for jobs not only on domestic work but also in the medical sector like caregivers, chefs, auto mechanics, IT programmers, bank and hotel workers.

“In our country, we pay in Euro and its better for Filipino people because the dollar is down,” Fanfani said.

Divinia Capalad, councilor representative for migrant workers in Florence, led the enactment of law that recognizes Filipino professional workers in Italy.

Pinasa ko na din ang proposal na iyan na kilalanin iyong higher educational level natin. Iyong mga nakapag-trabaho ng may pantay na karapatan bilang doon sa propesyon natin,” Capalad said.

Filipino workers who were already in Italy will be given priority in hiring with the job opportunities next year.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Special Visas for OFW employers

The global economic slowdown affects most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been laid off and were sent back home with nothing. Thus, recruitment groups in the Philippines request the government to grant special visas to OFW employers so they can continue with the hiring of OFWs.

The recruiters sent a letter to call the attention of President Gloria. Macapagal-Arroyo. The letter requests to extend to OFW employers the benefits of Executive Order (EO) No. 758. The EO will grant special visas for employment generation (SVEGs) to foreigners who could employ at least 10 Filipinos in the country.

The EO 758, issued in November, states that a foreigner with an SVEG would be considered special non-immigrants with multiple entry privileges and conditional extended stay, without need of prior departure from the Philippines.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Filipino Welders in-demand than other workers

The Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) stated that Filipino welders are more in-demand in industry here in the Philippines as well as overseas than any other workers.

According to TESDA Region 1 Director Washington Agustin welders, especially structural welder, comes number one requirement of manpower both here and abroad.

He said that structural welders are highly in-demand in ship building industry and manufacturer of industrial tanks, including LPG (liquefied petroleum tanks).

Agustin address the need of welders locally and overseas during his speech in the commencement exercise of 136 trainees in Shielded Metal Arch Welding sponsored by TESDA in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Deployment ban for OFWs remains

The Palace has decided to retain the deployment ban for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Nigeria, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

This was the agreement of the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with Philippine ambassadors to Middle East during their meeting in Doha, Qatar. The meeting was called to assess the situation of OFWs in the five countries.

Despite the need of the of these five countries with thousands of foreign workers, the President decided to keep the deployment ban to protect the safety and well being of OFWs. Filipino workers will not be allowed to work here particularly in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Philippines will open an embassy in Damascus by February to cater the needs of some 15,000 OFWs here whom about 80% are undocumented. This embassy will be under the management of Ambassador Wilfredo Cuyugan.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Deployment Ban in Lebanon partially lifted

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has partially lifted the deployment of overseas Filipino workers in Lebanon.

The DoLE Secretary Marianito Roque instructed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to search for job orders from Lebanon.

“I have already given instructions to look into the job offers and that they can already (entertain)… provided that the employer abides by our HSW (household service workers) rules and see if it is worth considering,” Roque said.

According to Roque Lebanese employers can only hire OFWs provided that they must comply with the rules on hiring of Filipino household workers, including the minimum monthly salary of $400.

Hiring of Filipino domestic helpers will only resume when the POEA has issue an official resolution lifting the ban.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Skilled Workers needed in Cyprus

Cyprus will be needing skilled workers such as electricians, chefs, concrete finishers, manicurists and labor workers, for thousands of jobs that would be available for next year.

The demand will still depend with the status of economy if it will improve, according to a report in ABS-CBN website.

The report also said the Cypriot recruiters who are eyeing Filipino workers who will work for two huge marina projects in Limassol and Larnaca starting February.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Overseas Mega Jobs Expo

Visit the 1-day event and opportunities dubbed as “Overseas Mega Jobs Expo” organized by the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc (PASEI) on December 12, 2008, 9 am - 5 pm at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Primeblock Building Tutuban Mall. Divisoria, Manila

This event is for FREE and no registration fee required. You may also submit your resume to For more details you may call them at 724-9986/725-7030/725-7024/725-7082/718-0423.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Finally a Website Especially Created For Nurses

Are you a licensed nurse looking for a job? Or a nursing student confused on what nursing specialty to focus on? Perhaps a new nursing graduate preparing for board exam and want to know the best review center?

Good news! There is a new website designed to suit your needs. is a resource website where student and professional nurses can find everything they need to know about nursing. This website will provide information and serves as a guide on how to maximize local and global opportunities for Filipino nurses.

It also has a NursingGuide Forum, a nursing community where members can discuss anything and everything about the profession. The following are some of the things you can do at the site and the forum:

  • Meet fellow nurses and increase your social network.
  • Discover jobs and opportunities for nurses.
  • Get in touch with nursing colleagues.
  • Get tips on how to pass licensure exams.
  • Post your concerns and questions.
  • Share your knowledge and experiences.
  • Rate a nursing school or review center.

So what are you waiting for! Visit NursingGuide and register in the forum now!

You can also create your own nurse profile and enjoy all the cool features of a new social networking site for the modern-day heroes: OFWNation!
Join the Nurses Corner in OFWNation now!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Filipino DH do not apply in Jordan

Jordanian Senator Ali Dalain advised Filipina to avoid applying in Jordan as domestic helper due to low salary rate.

Dalain studied at the University of the East for a bachelor’s degree and at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for post-graduate degrees. And is married to a Filipina that is why he’s so concerned with Filipinos.

“Why go to another country and have a hard time and blisters on your body and just earn the salary of $200 [a month]?” he asked.

Currently, the Philippine government has a partial ban on the deployment of Filipina domestic helpers in Jordan due to low salary and insufficient protection for foreign workers.

Monday, November 24, 2008

OFWs Deployment in Iraq still ban

The Philippine government keeps the deployment ban of Filipino workers in Iraq despite the request of the Iraqi government to lift the ban since they need some 10 million foreign workers in rebuilding their shattered infrastructure.

“We have a lot of plans for infrastructure so we will be needing...possibly 10 million foreign workers from outside Iraq. That's why we are so in need of Filipino help and experience,” said Iraq's charge d'affaires Adel Mawlood Al-Hakimh.

The deployment ban for Iraq was implemented when Angelo dela Cruz was kidnapped and was threatened to be beheaded.

“We had a talk between our minister of immigration and Philippine officials including the Philippine labour minister. They said maybe it (the ban) will be lifted in the coming months,” the Iraqi official said.

They are still hoping for the consideration of the request since both parties will discuss it by start of 2009.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EPS Korea Extended!

EPS Korea Extended!

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Korea and Philippines in hiring Filipino workers through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has been extended.

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Luzviminda Padilla signed the agreement for extension valid for at least three months effective October 20, 2008.

The POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili reminds interested applicants to clarify official guidelines directly to the POEA to avoid illegal recruitments.

“Do not be enticed by these unscrupulous illegal recruiters. Watch out for official guidelines from the POEA,” Manalili said.

Manalili also said that to have a great chance of passing the EPS-KLT, MOL Korea came out with its 2,000 pool of test questions. All interested applicants can access these questions in the POEA website

“The EPS, however, does not guarantee employment but provides registered applicants a chance to be offered a labor contract if their qualifications match those specified by the Korean employers,” the POEA administrator stressed.

View the signed agreement

Sunday, November 16, 2008

More OFWs for Qatar

The Philippines and Qatar has signed a new recruitment protocol for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that would improve the two countries’ relationship in terms of labor force.

Philippines Labor Undersecretary and Philippines Ambassador Isaias Begonia said that the new recruitment protocol will give assurance that there will be continuous deployment of OFWs in Qatar.

“The signing of the protocol is to re-assure the Qatari government that the Philippines will continue to supply highly-skilled labor needed in the fast-growing economy here and it is also to demonstrate our government’s commitment to the labor agreement signed in 1997.”

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Job Scam in Vietnam

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that there are bogus jobs for Vietnam offered by some unscrupulous Filipinos base in Ho Chi Minh to unsuspecting compatriots seeking overseas jobs.

Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam, Laura Del Rosario, reported that these individuals are asking the victims to pay the round-trip plane ticket from Manila-Ho Chi Minh-Manila amounting to Php 25,000 to Php 30,000. The said airfare normally cost only cost Php 7,000 to Php 18,000.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fingerprinting a must for nurses in California

The California Board of Registered Nursing is now requiring all licensed nurses, including Filipinos working in the US state to submit fingerprints. This act was implemented after the result of the investigation of LA Times and Propublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization, revealed that some violators can still renew their nursing permits.

The California Board of Registered Nursing announced that, “effective immediately, upon renewal of an RN license, the Board will require licensees to indicate if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony during the last renewal period.”

Nurses are also obliged to report convictions even if they have been dismissed, reduced, or expunged. Violation of Section 11368 of the Health and Safety Code, ay ganunwhich is the Generation and Use of Forged or Altered Prescription and all traffic violations (omit traffic infractions under $300) involving alcohol, drugs, injury to persons, or providing false information must be reported.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

POEA: Job opportunities in Saudi Arabia

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announces that the Ministry of Interior in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is in urgent need of qualified applicants for the following positions:

One Naval Electrical Engineer; One Naval Mechanical Engineer; One Naval Electronics Engineer; One Naval Planning Engineer; One Electrical Technician; One Mechanical Technician and One Electronics Technician with the following qualifications: BS Engineering Graduate or its equivalent, with at least three years work experience in the field and not more than 50 years old.

Qualified applicants may personally submit the following requirements:

  • detailed resumé with job description,
  • original copy and photocopy of passport, school credentials, employment certificates
  • six pieces 2x2 recent photos

Submit the above mentioned at the:

Manpower Registry Division,
Window M, POEA,
G/F Blas F. Ople Bldg.,
Ortigas Ave. corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City

or at:

POEA-Regional Extension Unit-10,
G/F Trinidad Bldg., Yacapin St.,
Cagayan de Oro City
Telephone numbers (08822) 724824/729465

or register online at or

Deadline for submission is on November 26, 2008.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What’s next after passing the EPS-KLT

After having an employment offer applicant will now report for the EPS orientation and pre-documentation briefing, 8am at the:
POEA Multi-Purpose Room
4th Floor BFO Bldg (formerly POEA Bldg.)
Ortigas Avenue Corner EDSA
Mandaluyong City

The following documents are needed to present:

  • Original Passport
  • 5 photocopies of the first page of the Passport
  • KLT official result
  • 1 2x2 colored picture with white background
  • 1 long brown envelope (write your surname first then first name and middle initials)
  • 1 valid ID

If in case the applicant cannot come on the interview schedule, contact the POEA immediately at 7221175 or 7221177.

To view the list of applicants who has offer of employment and scheduled interview on the 11th of November please click the link below:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Returning OFWs should get travel exit clearance early

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration advises overseas Filipino workers returning to the country for the holidays to have their overseas employment certificate (OEC) or travel exit clearance processed early to avoid the holiday rush.

Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said returning workers should avoid flocking to the POEA office in Ortigas immediately after Christmas and New Year’s Day as this results to long lines at the Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center.

To avoid the huge crowd, Manalili suggested that returning OFWs secure their exit clearance instead at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their jobsite even before their flight to the Philippines, or as soon as they arrive in the country.

Workers going to the provinces may also get their exit clearance from the POEA regional offices nearest their residence. The POEA offices are located in Baguio City; Tuguegarao City; San Fernando City, La Union; Clark Field, Pampanga; Calamba City; Legaspi City; Tacloban City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Cebu City; Cagayan de Oro City; Zamboanga City; and Davao City.

Manalili said OFWs may also use the OEC courier system that is available online at

Nevertheless, all POEA offices nationwide will be open on December 22, 23, 24, 26 and 29; and January 2, 2009; considered as peak days, to process exit clearance of returning workers, Manalili said.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Recruitment Guidelines for Canada

Under the recruitment guidelines, DOLE will keep a registry of employers pre-qualified by the Canadian provinces under their immigrant nominee programs to hire Filipino workers. This is apart from its list of employers hiring under Canada’s temporary foreign workers program.

Licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines are required to provide the employers with the names, educational background and work experience of their worker-applicants. From such lists, the employers will select workers in accordance with the criteria set by Canada’s temporary foreign workers program or the immigrant nominee program.

Selected workers should pass (1) the health examination determined by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration of Canada, (2) have no criminal record, (3) do not have outstanding custody or divorce disputes that may make them ineligible to immigrate to Canada, (4) must meet the English language competency standard as measured by a testing system pre-defined by the program and (5) have the skills and knowledge sought by employers.

Recruitment agencies are required to provide hired workers with a free copy of their employment contract or written offer of employment, specifying the minimum employment standards set by DOLE and the governments of the four Canadian provinces.

An employer, as defined in DOLE’s Memorandum of Understanding with Alberta province, may be one ‘who has been approved an allocation under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program and intends to recruit Filipino nationals for employment in Alberta.”

Alfredo G. Rosario
The Manila Times

More information at this link:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

New POEA policy; Disadvantage for Filipino Seamen

The president of the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) Nelson Ramirez said that the new policy of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to disembark Filipino seafarers in their ships at the last port before passing through the “high-risk area” would discourage ship owners to hire Filipino seamen.

“Kung ako ang ship owner hindi na lang ako maghi-hire ng Pinoy. Magulo ‘yan,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez also added that crew members of a ship are not allowed by port authorities to disembark at a port if it not their destination yet.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said he would oblige a resolution by the POEA governing board that would declare specific coordinates in longitude and latitude covering 516.8 nautical miles of Gulf of Aden entering the Red Sea as high-risk.

Roque explained that Filipino seafarers may opt to stay on board when passing the high-risk area or disembark on a port before the high-risk area without facing any sanctions from the ship owners.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

China targets illegal foreign workers

The Chinese government is cracking down on illegal foreign workers, including undocumented Filipinos working as teachers and house maids. There is a demand for teachers in China but not all schools are allowed to hire foreigners. It prohibits foreign nationals from doing manual labor such as those of nannies and domestic helpers. A foreigner has to hold a working "Z" visa in order to work in China.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Beware OFWs using roaming numbers

Another scam circulating over the SMS is luring overseas Filipino workers who use (OFWs) roaming mobile numbers. According to a post in OFWGuide Forum a certain Atty. De Guzman claiming he is from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will send an SMS informing the prospective victim that he won in an electronic raffle for OFWs with roaming numbers amounting Php3m. He will ask you to deposit 1percent of the price through a money transfer service before you can claim it. Then after he received the money he will be gone.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Is this website familiar to you? Have you tried applying with their job offer? is recruiting foreign workers from different part of the world. Some Filipino workers have also tried their luck applying to this company and got the same process.

The Team will send you emails containing links where their reply, which usually tells you what to do, the team called it as personal webpage. After you have passed all the process, including the interview, they will send you a work permit form written in Italian language. Since you cannot understand what is written their, they will refer you to a certain Puldin Media for the translation, processing of papers, registration in work force offices which will cost you 30euros to be deposited in a certain account and you will receive instruction of what you need to do next.

After you have paid the amount you will be referred to another employer. And when you try to contact them they will be gone together with your 30euros.

To see what the victims of this scam say, visit this link:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Available Jobs for Filipinos in Alberta

The Department of labor and Employment (DoLE) said that Alberta the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Philippines and Canada the states that the latter will be hiring 10,000 highly skilled workers and professionals for the oil and gas industry of the province and also construction workers.

“Initially 10,000 Filipinos are need immediately for this recruitment program, but Alberta officials said they have a shortage of 30,000 workers for their oil and gas industry,” Roque said after signing of the MOU.

Roque also said that he expects to deploy 30,000-40,000 Filipinos in Canada every year.

He also cited the salary of Filipinos who will be deployed in Alberta. According to him, highly skilled welders will receive 6,000 Canadian dollars (US$5,700) for the highly skilled welders, C$3,800 (US$3,600) for pipe fitters.

Canada will also train Filipino workers who will be deployed there.

“They are willing to invest in the Philippines for the continued training for the availability of the Filipino workers to upgrade their skills," Roque said.

Aside from the oil and gas workers, food counters such as food attendants, food processors and butchers as well as nurses and care givers is also needed in Alberta.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Job Openings in the Philippines

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Forum for Nurses

Are you an experienced nurse or a fresh nursing graduate who needs the advice of a colleague? While the latter is probably concern on what to do to get a job or how to know what nursing specialty to focus on; the former will be happy to share their knowledge and skills. Nurses can freely interact and mingle at this new forum! Join us now and help a nursing community grow. Nursing students and other nursing enthusiasts are welcome to join!

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Overseas Job in Canada for OFWs soon!

More overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are expected to arrive in the Canadian Province of Alberta due to the agreement signed between the two countries.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Employment and Immigration (E & I) will work together on the ethical recruitment, selection, and protection and skills development of OFWs who will be working in the Province of Alberta.

The Secretary of Labor Marianito Roque mentioned that DOLE and E & I will focus in the following plans:

Expedite the approval of selected OFWs for employment opportunities in Alberta;
Ensure that Alberta's occupational standards are met through training and credential recognition activities;
Provide programs for the well being and protection of OFWs in coordination with employers;
Promote sound and equitable recruitment and employment practices and;
Establish other areas for collaboration such as HRD programs.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

POEA not recruiting nor accepting applications for Canada

The Canada provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia which have signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment are recruiting Filipino workers through licensed recruitment agencies and not through POEA.

Applicants may submit their applications to recruitment agencies with approved job orders from Canadian employers. Recruitment agencies are not allowed to collect placement fees from workers bound for Canada.

Meanwhile, employers from British Columbia, which will conduct a pilot recruitment mission in Manila, are looking for long-haul drivers, food counter attendants, and hotel workers. Applicants for long-haul drivers must have at least two years experience, class 1 license or equivalent, and high school education at the minimum. Qualified applicants are requested to submit their documents to Omanfil International Manpower Corp., Manpower Resources of Asia, IPAMS, EDI Staffbuilders International Inc., and Dahlzen International Services, Inc.

Food attendants and hotel workers may submit their applications to any of the following top agencies: AG&P Company of Manila, Dahlzen International Services Inc., EDI Staffbuilders International Inc., EEI Corporation, Eligardi Enterprises Inc., Gatchalian Promotion Talents Pool Inc., Industrial Personnel & Management Services, Inc. (IPAMS), International Skill Development Inc., Manpower Resources of Asia Inc., Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation, Philippine Hospitals and Health Services Inc., and Sangle Bernabe International Incorporated.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Pinoy IT and Service Workers needed in Korea

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that South Korea prefers overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not only in the factory but also in their Information Technology (IT) and service industries.

Deputy Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said they are negotiating with the government of South Korea for feasible jobs of OFWs in Incheon Metropolitan City since banks and hotels here needs English-speaking staffs.

“They are opening the Incheon Metropolitan City for Filipino workers,” said Dimzon.

Currently they cannot give the exact figures considered necessary in this job, but Dimzon said that they will urgently announce it as well as the requirements once the agreement has been finalized.

Meanwhile the 10,000 quota allotted by Korea in the deployment of OFWs through Employment Permit Systems EPS is still in effect.

Dimzon said that the suspension of deployment will be lifted once they have completed the signing with their counterparts.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jobs Fair for Maritime

The Department of Labor and Employment-NCR in partnership with the Joint Manning Group (JMG) shall conduct a jobs fair for graduating students of maritime and also for those who are still unemployed and underemployed graduates of maritime on September 26, 2008, 8am to 5pm at San Andres Gym, San Andres cor. Adriatico Sts. Malate Manila

For more detail, please contact Ms. Andrea P. Cabansag, Head of Manila Field Office and/or Anthony D. Sapasap at telephone numbers 339-2014/338-7830.


Friday, September 12, 2008

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

3rd Philippine Nursing Opportunities Conference & Expo (PNOCE) 2008

The 3rd Philippine Nursing Opportunities Conference & Expo (PNOCE) 2008 will be held at at the Mandarin Oriental Suites, Gateway, Araneta Center, Cubao on Sept. 19-21, 2008.

For more information visit this link

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Requirements for HSWs

The Department of Foreign Affairs proposed that the domestic helpers must undergo a psychiatric test before they can be deployed overseas as well as increase the minimum age requirement for household service workers (HSWs) that would be deployed overseas.

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Esteban Conejos Jr. proposed to change the minimum age requirement for HSWs to 30 years old, which is currently 23 years old.

He said that this is to ensure that HSWs are emotionally and mentally prepared to face the challenges posed by employment abroad.

Aside from that, he also suggested that HSWs undergo a psychiatric test to assure that they can stand the stress, trauma, and some abuse that most HSWs are exposed. But this proposal did not get an approval from the migrant and labor organizations. Nevertheless, these proposals are being studied by DoLE.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Avoid making a “bomb joke”

Traveling Filipinos, including overseas Filipino workers, are advice not to make a “bomb joke” since it cause you a big trouble.

This act is violation of the Presidential Decree 1727, which declares as unlawful the malicious dissemination of false information or willful making of any threat concerning bombs, explosives or any similar device or means of destruction.

If you’ll be found guilty, five years imprisonment would be punished.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

UAE has new regulation on passports

OFWs seeking work or returning to their jobs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are advised to check on the validity of their passports to avoid delay, which could adversely affect their employment in the Emirates.

The Philippine passport must be valid for not less than six months if the OFW has no UAE residence permit. If the OFW holds a UAE special entry permit or an employment visa, their Philippine passports must be valid for not less than three months.

Without valid passports, OFWs will not be granted a UAE entry permit or entry visa, which they need in order to enter the emirates and also return to the home country or any country, which issued their passports.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

DFA: Stop sending OFWs to Somalia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) proposed that deployment of land and sea-based overseas Filipino workers to Somalia should be ban due to the increasing number of ships being hijacked by pirates in the boundaries of Somalia and Nigeria.

The proposal was made by DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Esteban Conejos Jr. during the inter-agency meeting of DFA with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Office of the Vice-President, and the four manning agencies of the Filipino crew hijacked in Somalia.

The DFA Undersecretary also proposed that the contract of Filipino crews should not be allowed to be on ships that are vulnerable with the attack of the pirates and raiders, just like what happened to the recent attack of pirates in Somalia. Aside from that, OFWs should be restricted by contract to the safe sea lanes identified and certified by the Coalition of Naval Forces operating in the area.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Caregiver Summit

The 1st Philippine Caregiver Summit organized by Elite Consultancy, Mandarin Oriental Suites and Gateway Mall will be held on August 29-31, 2008 at the Gateway Trade Hall (expo) and there is also a conference on august 30-31 at the Mandarin Oriental Suites.

For more details please visit there website at

Monday, August 11, 2008

Declare cash, jewelry worth over SR60,000 when traveling in and out of KSA

Filipino travelers, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) traveling in and out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are advised by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to declare cash and jewelries over SR60,000 (Saudi Riyals) or its equivalent in other currency upon arrival or departure to avoid confiscation or legal penalties.

This act of the KSA government is part of the country’s battle against money laundering and funding of terrorist.

“The Kingdom is among the first few countries, which gave special attention to counter money laundering by committing to and complying with many rules and international conventions,” the Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Dental and Ortho Technicians needed in Saudi

The Ministry of Health (King Fahad College, Riyad) urgently needs qualified applicants for the position/s of:

10 Dental Technicians (Porcelain) (M/F)
10 Ortho Technicians (M/F)


  • With Diploma in Dental Technology or related course
  • With at least 3 years work experience
  • Not more than 45 years of age

Qualified applicants may personally submit a detailed resume with job description, original and photocopy of passport, school credentials and employment certificate/s and six (6) pieces 2X2 recent picture at the Manpower Registry Division, Window M, ground floor, Blas F. Ople Building (Formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

Deadline of submission is on: 13 August 2008



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Back-door Exit Via Jeddah No Longer Allowed

The Philippine Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who fled from their employer and want to be repatriated to the Philippines via the back-door exit through Jeddah. The runaway OFWs are advised to think twice before doing this because KSA is now aware of the practice and even implemented a stricter deportation rules.

Filipinos who wants to exit via back-door in Jeddah will claim that they are Umrah visa holders, since all expenses will be shouldered by the Saudi government. But this visa is valid only for a week and is issued only to Muslims who will visit and pray in the Holy Cities of Makkah, Madinah and its connecting roads.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Deployment ban for HSWs in Jordan partially lifted

The Department of Labor and Employment partially lifted the deployment ban of returning household workers (HSWs) in Jordan only that they will still work with the same employer and must have a monthly salary not lower than US$400 as stated in the Department Order No. 93-08, Series of 2008.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque asked the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jordan continue processing the documentary requirements of qualified returning HSWs.

The POEA and POLO in Jordan will also monitor the terms and conditions of employment of returning HSWs who will work with the same employer. And the DoLE assures that only qualified employers can hire Filipino HSWs to protect OFWs from abuse and exploitation.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Helpline for OFWs

OFW Helpline 0917-4226800 was launched by Senate President Manny Villar for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are maltreated or in danger and their families who need assistance.

“We want to provide another avenue where OFWs can air their plight, and by which we can prod government departments and agencies into immediate action,” said Villar.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Filipinos still welcome in Malaysia

Filipinos who have been deported from Malaysia are still welcome to enter and work there provided that they will enter the country in a proper and legal way.

The Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi said that Malaysia still prefers to hire Filipino workers and also re-hire those who were deported as long as they will enter legally.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Zealand needs 35 RNs

The Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) in New Zealand is in need of 35 registered nurses for Theatres, ICU, HDU, Orthopedics, Burns, Plastics, Emergency Care and General Surgical Areas.

Exceptional skills and experience in acute setting
Minimum IELTS score of 7 in each band or OET band
Score of B
Minimum 2 years acute hospital experience
Completed a 4 year ‘pure nursing degree’ (no credited
Unit/s from other course)

Education: BS Nursing

Salary: NZ$ 46,383 – 57,845/annum

Qualified applicants should personally submit a detailed resume, Diploma and transcript of records, board license/certificate, PRC card, 2 dated letters of reference from previous/current manager/supervisor, IELTS certificate and 1 pc 2x2 picture at the Manpower Registry Division, Window M, Ground Floor, Blas Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.) Ortigas Ave., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City between 8 am to 5 pm or the nearest, POEA Regional Extension Unit. Please submit scanned copies of CVs and credentials in compact disc or diskette.

Qualified applicants may also send in their updated CVs to
Representatives of CMDHB will conduct the interview from 8th – 12th September

Deadline to submit applications: 24 August 2008.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Advisory for OFWs bound to Middle East

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised Filipino workers bound for the Middle East to remove their tattoos, since it is considered as offensive to Islam.

A report from Manila Standard Today said that a Filipino worker was arrested in Saudi Arabia for having a tattoo on his left arm.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Passport Services for OFWs in POEA

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) need not go to the main office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to obtain a passport. They can take care of their passport needs right at Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) because the DFA satellite office there now gives full-service passport services for OFWs.

This would be very helpful and convenient for OFWs because almost all legal overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) go to the office of the POEA to process their papers.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who applied for a passport at the POEA office have to wait for seven or fourteen working days before their passport is released.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More OFWs for Australia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that Australian companies are looking forward in hiring foreign workers, especially Filipinos, due to the skills shortage of the country.

With regards to this, the DFA warns Filipinos to be wary of individuals who are posing as recruiters. They said that Australian companies who want to hire Filipino workers must coordinate with a Philippine recruitment agency accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).

Workers who have been hired illegally are prone to abuses, hazards, and risks. They will we deported and also blacklisted to re-entry in Australia when caught.

Foreign workers who will be hired, according to the Australian law, will not pay for their travel and Australian administrative fees in entering Australia. The company is responsible for all the expenses of the workers, the Australian embassy in Manila said.

The Australian government will issue a “Temporary Business Long Stay Visa,” also known as the “Standard Business Sponsorship Subclass 457 Visa” or the “457 Visa,” to companies and this will be granted to foreign workers that will be hired.

The 457 Visa does not give foreign workers permanent residency, this only allows foreigner to work in Australia for a period of six months to four years.
For inquiries and complaint you can email the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) at nsw.457Jntegrity@fmmi.–

Monday, July 14, 2008

Seafarer's Upgrading Program (SUP)

The Seafarer's Upgrading Program (SUP) is another scholarship program offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for Filipino seafarers who wants to upgrade their skills and develop the expertise of Filipino seafarers so they can compete with the technological advancements and international maritime standards.

The OWWA aims to provide the seafarer members a job-related training in priority maritime courses identified by the Maritime Training Council.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

20 abused OFWs back home at last

The 20 abused overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the United Arab Emirates were already home with the help of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

Sen. Estrada’s visits in the Middle East is for a film opening, but when he saw how miserable these OFWs are in the crowded shelters in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, he decided to bring them home with him, using his own money, since all they need is their plane ticket.

“Most of them were runaways who were maltreated, physically abused, refused food, who were overworked with some even forced into prostitution … These 20 were ready to go, their papers were ready and all they needed were plane tickets,” said Estrada.

He said that there are around hundred more OFWs in the shelters in the UAE. He assures that he’ll repatriate 10 more OFWs soon and will also visit and check the situation of OFWs’ in Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

According to Cresente Relacion of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Migrant Workers Affairs office there was an adequate amount of money to repatriate OFWs but processing their papers and plane tickets took time.

“It just so happened the senator was there, but we have enough funds to assist [OFWs],” he added.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Advisory for Filipinos who want to watch the 2008 Olympics

Filipinos traveling to China for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in August and September are advised to apply and acquire appropriate entry visas from the Chinese Embassy or consulate.

Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Cataumber Brady reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a circular advising that the Chinese Government has issued laws and regulations requiring visa applicants to present necessary documents, including an invitation letter, family relationship certificate, roundtrip air tickets, and hotel reservation in China.

Foreigners are advised to procure their visas before leaving for China from their countries of origin or long-term residence.

Filipinos traveling to China for the Olympics are advised to observe this advisory to avoid unnecessary delay and expense.


Friday, July 4, 2008

Are you traveling to Romania?

Filipinos traveling to Romania are advised to procure appropriate visas from the Romanian Embassy in Manila.

For tourism purposes, Filipinos need to apply for short-stay (tourist) visa. The Romanian Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reforms emphasizes that holders of short-stay visas cannot seek employment in Romania. Short stay visa is based on a special procedure, via invitation, which does not permit subsequent prolongation of the right to stay in Romania.

Although Romania is a member of the European Union (EU), it is not a party to the Schengen Visa Agreement.

Published in DFA on June 23, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

20K jobs in Guam for OFWs

Victor Fernandez, president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI) had a visit and Guam and he said that the country will open about 20,000 jobs for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that will scheduled to start next year (2009).

He said that the construction of various facilities and housing for United States military personnel will last up to four years. He added that he had met with the Guam’s department of labor officials, labor and trade unions, placement offices and local Filipino associations.

“We were also briefed on the hiring policies, the documentary requirements and health concerns by officials from the island's labor department,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez also added that the labor officials of Guam will monitor if the foreign and local contractors who will take part in the contraction of the billion-dollar project will comply.

“The opening of new job opportunities in the island for Filipino workers came following the announcement of the impending relocation of thousands of US military personnel and facilities from Okinawa, Japan to Guam,” he said.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Architects and Engineers needed in Saudi

The Ministry of Finance is in urgent need of qualified MALE applicants for the position of:

(5) Architects
(5) Civil Engineers
(5) Mechanical Engineers
(5) Electrical Engineers
(5) Agricultural Engineers


  • BS Engineering / Agricultural Graduates or equivalent
  • With at least 8 years work experience in the field
  • Not more than 50 of age
  • Licensed / Fluent in English


  • (6) pcs. pictures (2x2)
  • Original and photocopies of College Diploma, Board Rating, Board Certificate, PRC ID,& 3 Original and Photocopy of Employment Certificates
  • Valid Passport

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS should personally submit a detailed resume with job
description with the above requirements at the Manpower Registry Division, Window M, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Building (Formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner
EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

Deadline for submission: 11 July 2008


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saudi makes hiring of OFWs quick

Eduardo Mahiya president of the Overseas Placement Association of the Philippines (OPAP) stated that the Embassy of Saudi Arabia has approved to revert the visa issuance for OFWs.

According to Mahiya, Ambassador Mohammed Ameen Wali, recruitment agencies will now be authorized to file visa applications in behalf of workers, since they have been complaining of the visa application process delay.

“Of course, if there is a delay in visa issuance, the workers could not immediately leave for their employment in Saudi,” Mahiya added.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

6 Ways to Increase your Chance of Being Seen by Employers has more than 300,000 resumes in its database. In order for your resume to stand out and be seen by recruiters, make sure you follow these simple steps:

1. Update your resume. When an employer or recruiter searches the WorkAbroad database, the latest resumes are displayed first. If you want to have your resume display on top of the pile, make sure it is updated every six months.

2. Check your contact information. Can an employer contact you easily? Make sure you have updated your contact information so that employers and recruiters can reach you easily.

3. Add a picture. Do you know that you can attach your picture in your resume. Make sure you place a formal picture in your resume. Your picture must have a maximum size of 20KB and must have a maximum dimension of 150 by 150 pixels.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Australia not recruiting farmers, household workers

Filipino applicants for overseas jobs should be wary of illegal recruiters who promise jobs as farm and domestic workers in Australia. While there are many opportunities for skilled and professional workers in that country, many unscrupulous recruiters offer domestic and farm jobs which are non-existent.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Language Training and Culture Familiarization Program

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Language Training and Culture Familiarization program aims to equip overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with basic knowledge in the language and culture of their host country. This is to ensure a harmonious relationship with the foreign employer and better job performance, hence will help them cope with the new working environment.

The Language Training and Culture Familiarization is a Pre-Departure Program of OWWA and a mandatory requirement for departing first-time OFWs, primarily the Household Service Workers (HSWs). Experienced OFWs are also welcome to attend the training. An instructor will evaluate their language and culture knowledge and if they are seen as proficient in the language and with ample knowledge of the culture of the host country, a Certificate of Competency will be awarded. After completing the program, participants will receive Certificate of Attendance.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Japan Welcomes Foreign Nurses

Japan will start hiring foreign nurses, including Filipinos, through the agreement signed between Japan Philippines and Indonesia. More than 80% both medium or large-sized hospitals are very much interested in employing foreign nurses including Filipinos based on the survey done by the research team at the Kyushu University Asia Center.

The professor of the at University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, Sadachika Kawaguchi said that they are not expecting the number of hospitals who are interested in hiring foreign nurses. Hospitals that considered hiring of foreign nurses are more than what they expected.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Job Fair at PTTC

The Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI), in cooperation and partnership with Pamilyang OFW-SME Network Foundation, Inc will hold a two-day overseas job fair at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) at Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue Ext. corner Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on June 21 (Saturday) and June 22 (Sunday).

Applicants are advice to bring resumes, 2×2 pictures, school credentials, training and employment certificates, NBI clearances and passport (if available). There is no entrance/registration fee.

Monday, June 16, 2008

How to Become a Nurse in the US

have been in-demand in the United States due to the increasing aging population. And because of this, more and more nurses are expected to retire on 2010. Aside from that, lesser and lesser youths in US are interested in taking up this field.

In more than 10 years, nearly 90, 000 nurses left the country to put their knowledge into practice. Filipino nurses in U.S can earn up to $3,000 to $4,000 a month.

According to RCM Health Care Services vice president Michael Saks, Filipino nurses are highly preferred to work in US not only because of their education but most importantly because of their work ethics and loyalty. They work until late at night without complaining.

Those who desire to work as a nurse in US here are some ways on how you can apply:

Obtain licensure as a nurse (RN or LPN/LVN) in the United States.
Licensure requirements differ from state to state; you must contact the Board of Nursing in the state where you wish to practice in order to verify the respective and current licensure requirements. Also keep in mind that endorsing (transferring) licensure to another state will also have different procedures depending on the respective state.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

OFWs: Know Your Rights

10 Karapatan ng Migrante at Pamilya.

  1. Karapatan para mabuhay ng disente at payapa sa sariling bayan.
  2. Karapatan sa mahahalagang impormasyon at rekurso para pangalagaan ang kapakanan.
  3. Karapatan laban sa pangingikil, panggigipit at pang-aalipin.
  4. Karapatan laban sa Illegal Recruitment at Human Trafficking.
  5. Pantay na karapatan at benepisyo ng mga migrante at local na manggagawa.
  6. Karapatan sa tulong legal at proteksyon.
  7. Karapatan laban sa diskriminasyon at xenophobia.
  8. Karapatan laban sa pagsasamantala at pang-aabuso ng kababaihan.
  9. Karapatan maging mamamayan sa bansang kinaroroonan.
  10. Karapatan para mag-oorganisa at maorganisa bilang mga migrante at pamilya.

Migrante International flyers

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Certificates for December 2007 Nursing Voluntary Retakers Now Available!

Successful examinees of the December 2007 nursing voluntary retake exam of Test III and IV of the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) can now have their certificates.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will release the Certificates starting today, May 7, 2008 from 9am to 12 noon and 1:30pm to 4:30 pm at the Office of the Secretary in Intramuros, Manila.

Successful examinees should present their Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) License in claiming their certificate. Meanwhile those living outside Metro Manila should register at the nearest Regional Office in their area to claim their Certificates.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Schedule for Filling of Nurses Licensure Exam for 2008

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has set the schedule of filling the applications for the Nurses Licensure Examinations (NLE) for the year 2008. The PRC is anticipating around 100,000 examinees will take the NLE in June.

Applicants for the 2008 NLE can now file their application at the PRC Central Office and at the PRC regional offices in the cities of Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga in the following dates:

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Join the NursingGuide Forum!

We are inviting all professional and student nurses out there to visit and join the NursingGuide Forum. is a website that will keep you updated with the latest news and information about the nursing profession as well as give you insights on various nursing topics. NursingGuide will help you succeed in your profession. Visit now!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Livelihood and Job Fair on Independence Day

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will hold a job fair on June 12, 2008 dubbed as Independence Day Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair from June 10-12 in front of Quirino Grand Stand, Rizal Park Manila, 8am to 4pm.

There are approximately 15,000 local and overseas jobs available for participants. Jobseekers can also find jobs at the Philjobnet on-line employment, obtain their NBI clearance, birth certificate, TIN and SSS. The DoLE will also set up their Assistant Clinic.

The event will also offer skills demo, competency assessment and youth profiling and product sale of DoLE livelihood program beneficiaries.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Better treatment for OFWs with E-Passport

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who hold the new machine readable passports get better treatment in airports and they are no longer discriminated.

The DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo assured the integrity, validity and security of the e-passport being issued to Filipinos here and abroad.

“As a result of the DFA's machine-readable passports, our kababayans (compatriots) now have greater travel security, confidence and convenience all over the world,” he said, without making any reference to the number of Filipinos who still have the old passports.

The DFA said that the price in obtaining the machine readable passport remains P500 for regular processing. Currently there are more than a million Filipinos have already received the new passports.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Schedule for Mobile Passport Services in various Local Government Units

Bulacan, Bulacan
June 07, 2008
Bulacan Municipal Hall

June 07, 2008
Paombong Municipal Hall

Puerto Princesa City Palawan
June 10-15, 2008

Cabanatuan City
June 14, 2008

Pasig City
June 14, 2008
Pasig City Hall
Cong. Roman T. Romulo
02-9315001 loc 7252

Montalban Rizal
June 21, 2008
Montalban Municipal Hall
Ms. Grace P. San Jose

ABS-CBN (Quezon City)
June 21, 2008
Mr. Wency

*Exclusive only for staff and families
Pasig City
June 28, 2008
Pasig City Hall
(Mayor Robert C. Eusebio) Ms. Lolit Austria

Muntinlupa City
June 28, 2008
Festival Mall
Myrna Dullawin



Monday, May 26, 2008

Labor Education for OFWs in Korea

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea that aims to protect the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working under the Employment Permit System (EPS) in the country.

According to POEA Administrator Rosalinda Baldoz the labor education will also lessen labor disputes between the OFWs and their Korean employer.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) emphasize the need to educate foreign workers, including Filipinos, in occupational safety and health, and Korean labor laws such as the Labor Standards Act, Minimum Wage Act, and the Foreign Employment Act, particularly during their pre-departure training.

Several seminars regarding occupational safety and health and Korean labor laws have been conducted for Filipino community leaders who currently work under the EPS-Korea.

The MOU was signed by DOLE Undersecretary Luzviminda Padilla, Baldoz, and KLEI President Han Seung Sun signed the MOU at the POEA office on May 2.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Good News for OFWS in Middle East

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can study computer related courses while working in their host country since the AMA International University has opened in Bahrain and in June another university will be opened in Jeddah.

The university in Bahrain offers computer studies, courses in engineering, arts and sciences, business administration and some graduate study programs.

The AMA University in Jeddah will offer Bachelors of Science in Computer Education, Information Technology, and Business Administration for OFWs and their children. Unfortunately, they can only take up the first two years of college since Jeddah will not allow a university to operate there. He said they have to complete their college degrees in the Philippines.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Deployment ban in Jordan not yet lifted

Contrary to my previous post, Deployment Freeze of DH in Jordan Lifted, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) denied reports that the deployment ban in Jordan has been lifted.

Due to some reports of abuse of Filipino workers DoLE freeze deploying of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Jordan. The government agency has also denied that the two countries, Philippines and Jordan has signed a memorandum that lifts the ban.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Incentive program for victims of illegal recruitment

Administrator Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz is encouraging victims of illegal recruitment to avail of the POEA’s incentive program in filing cases against their recruiters as she observed that most illegal recruitment cases do not prosper in courts because of desistance of the complainants.

Baldoz said many illegal recruitment cases are dismissed due to complainants’ disinterest to pursue the case or their inability to pay the required docket fees. Most often, after filing the cases, victims would not continue participating in court proceedings, accepting instead measly sum of settlement money.

The POEA’s incentive program hopes to perk up complainants’ interest in illegal recruitment cases by providing assistance to victims and witnesses through the payment of docket fees and other court related expenses.

As a bonus, victims and witnesses availing of the program shall be given priority for overseas employment at no cost, Baldoz said.

“It is very disappointing to see illegal recruitment cases we have helped build up being dismissed and archived because the complainants lost interest or accepted settlement money to drop the case,” said Baldoz.

Baldoz cited a case filed in Manila which was already in the pre trial stage when one of the accused offered the complainant P70,000 as settlement money. The victim readily accepted the money because she paid the accused P30,000 only.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Manitoba Nominee Program

Skilled workers are encouraged to apply to immigrate under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. There are special options for international students, people with family here, and those with job offers.

Who can apply

Applicants to the MPNP must be able to justify why they should be employ in Manitoba. Skilled workers applying for MPNP must have:

  • sufficient training and work experience in your occupation
  • sufficient language ability to begin working soon after arrival
  • settlement supports in Manitoba to assist you upon your arrival

More information:

Manitoba Nominee Program

Friday, May 16, 2008

UAE adds Hepatitis C to list of deportable diseases

Effective July 1, 2008, the United Arab emirates will consider hepatitis C a deportable disease in addition to the present list that includes HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B. The new test applies to all expatriates applying for residency and labor visas, including renewal. Anyone who tests positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) will be deported.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

How to Apply a Malaysian Visa

Experience Asia in Malaysia...

Do you want to visit the land of many cultures, wonders and attractions and stopover in some of the world’s best beaches and diving spots? Then you got to secure yourself a Malaysian visa.

Malaysian Visa
There are three types of Malaysian visa which are issued by the Malaysian Government for foreign nationals who want to enter Malaysia. These are the single entry visa, multiple entry visa and the transit visa.

Single Entry Visa
The single entry visa is valid for a single entry and will last for three months from the date issued. This is issued for foreign nationals who will enter Malaysia for a social or business visit.

Multiple Entry Visa
The multiple entry visa is valid from three months up to 12 months upon the date of issuance. This is issued to foreign nationals who will enter Malaysia for a purpose of business or government to government matters.

Transit Visa
The transit visa is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Malaysia on transit to other countries. While those foreign nationals on transit without leaving the airport precincts and who continue their journey to the next destination with the same flight does not require a transit visa.

How to Apply Visa
Application for Malaysian visa is done at the Malaysian Missions in your country or in the British High Commission or Embassy if there is no Malaysian Missions that has been established in your country yet.

The applicant should apply personally together with the following documents:

  • Passport or Travel Document
  • Form IM.47 (3 copies)
  • Three (3) passport sized photographs
  • Return or onward - journey traveling ticket
  • Proof of sufficient funds

For complete details of the article please click below:

How to Apply a Malaysian Visa

Friday, May 9, 2008

Warning for OFWs in UK

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be wary of individuals recruiting workers bound for United Kingdom (UK). The Philippine Embassy in London reported to that an internet scam is targeting OFWs.

According to Edgardo Espiritu, Philippine Ambassador to UK, the scammers pretend to be officials of the British Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), a unit of the British Home Office. The BIA manages the migration of foreigners to UK.

Espiritu also added that the criminal syndicates carry the official address of the BIA in their internal communications but use email addresses obtained from commercial internet and email service providers. Added to that is they are using names of other British or Filipino government agencies in their deceitful activities.

Con artists asked the unsuspecting victim to pay for their service via the legitimate commercial money remittance service providers operating all over the major cities in the Philippines.

“Filipino workers who have received invitation to work in the United Kingdom through the internet are advised to consult with POEA to verify if the recruitment agency is licensed to deploy workers to the UK,” Espiritu said.

Espiritu also emphasize that if the artist asked them to settle their payments prior to their deployment, the transaction is considered suspicious and they should stop dealing with the recruiter.

Statistics shows that there are some 200,000 Filipinos mostly nurses and caregivers in the British national health system, in the United Kingdom.

The new Point-Based System in UK strictly monitors the entry of non-European Union workers.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wage hike for DHs in Hong Kong

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) announced that the monthly salary of domestic helpers (DHs) in Hong Kong will increase in June.

Acting Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said that the Hong Kong officials will determine the amount of wage hike of foreign maids, including Filipina DH when the statistical data on consumer price index, gross domestic product and other economic indicators was release at the end of the month.

Permanent Secretary for Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung of the Government of the Hong Kong said to Roque that he will inform the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong about the wage increase before the formal announcement by government officials.

Currently, foreign DHs earn HK$3,480 a month.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Deployment Freeze of DH in Jordan Lifted

The Philippine Ambassador to Jordan Julius Torres said that the 15,000 Filipino household workers in Jordan can now return to work due the two-month freeze on the deployment in the Kingdom.

The deployment of Filipino household workers in Jordan was freeze due to reports of abuse, including non-payment of wages, maltreatment and rape. Which Jordan denies saying that the problem is with their residency.

Filipino domestic helpers in Jordan will now earn $US400 a month as compare to their previous monthly salary of $150.

There is also an agreement that Jordan government will protect the human rights of Filipinos working in the kingdom as agreed by the Human Rights Commissioner General of Jordan Shahir Bak and Ambassador Torres.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Filipino tourists cannot work in Romania

Beware of recruiters who encourage applicants for overseas jobs to enter Romania as tourists with the premise that a work permit will be issued when the worker arrive in the country. Working in Romania using tourist visa (short stay visa) is not possible because it is issued only through invitation and cannot be used for a longer stay. Filipino workers who wish to legally stay and work in Romania should acquire the appropriate visa.

The employer needs to file with the Romanian Immigration Office a labor permit for permanent workers (long stay visa for labor purposes) on behalf of the foreign worker justifying the necessity of hiring the selected worker.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Job scams in the internet

OFWs beware! The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration received reports of Filipino workers victimized by the following employment scams in the internet:

Reserve Petroleum Nederland BV (
Copied the website of a legitimate maritime contracting company, and posts fake offers for jobs in dredging and marine projects in Europe
Asks applicants to pay fees for visa or work/residence permit, additional fees to cover registration of documents
Targets OFWs in the Middle East

Western Nursing & Day Care Services Ltd. (
Offers caregiving jobs in Canada
Applicants to pay visa fee and medical insurance
Uses free e‐mail and website hosting services

First Global Manpower (
Offers jobs as fish packers, garden workers and office cleaners in Ecuador, USA,
Canada and Turkey
Lists office address in Ivory Coast
Uses e-mail in recruitment (The POEA Administrator actually received such e-mail)
Charges service fees for processing of visa

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Israel seeks stiffer penalty against assault of elderly

Israel has raised the punishment for assault of the elderly or those 65 years old and above, to five years imprisonment. Knesset, the Israel parliament will monitor the impact of the law and if proved ineffective, a more severe penalty will be introduced.

Prior to the passage of the bill, two cases of maltreatment of the elderly involving Filipino caregivers were reported in the Israeli media.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Warning for Nurses bound to NZ

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) advised nurses bound for New Zealand about agencies or individual recruiters who are collecting excessive fees. There are reports that has reached the office of DoLE that nurses who are applying for a job in New Zealand were required to pay P500,000 and P700,000.

Secretary Arturo Brion of DoLe advice nurses who have job offers in New Zealand to report these recruiters to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) so they can file appropriate charges.

Upon arrival in New Zealand, they will stay in rest homes for which they were automatically billed 15 percent of their monthly salary.

The DoLE has proposed to the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) of New Zealand that they will recruit Filipino nurses with the aid of the POEA. Through this process, applicants can avoid dealing with middle men or recruiters, since the CMDHB will reimburse all the expenses of the nurses’ transportation costs. Thus, there mobilization would only cost some P8,000 each.

The proposal also states that the applicants must register with the POEA and must undergo a screening test. Applicants who will pass the process will be deployed to CMDHB hospitals in New Zealand.

Brion added that the POEA will discuss the repatriation coverage and other benefits of the nurses.

“This will not only protect the nurses from unscrupulous recruiters but also ensure their employment and welfare in New Zealand,” Brion said.  View Ads, Get Paid

Friday, April 18, 2008

Prohibited Items When Entering Singapore

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warned Filipinos who are planning to enter Singapore to avoid bringing porno magazines, gun-shaped lighters, and chewing tobacco.

The advisory was issued after a report from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore that a Filipino was apprehended due to possession of a knuckle duster. This is punishable by imprisonment and caning under the Arms Offences Act of Singapore.

The following items are prohibited for all who wants to enter the Lion City:
  • firearms or firearms parts, including magazines
  • live bullets, including blanks, of small or large caliber for revolver, pistol, or rifle
    air pistol or air rifle or parts
  • spear guns or cross bows
  • explosive blasting caps, dynamite, detonators, detonating cords
  • fireworks
  • spent or empty ammunition cartridges, including bullets rendered "safe’"
  • signal flares
  • tear-gas spray, pepper spray
  • walking stick with dagger
  • industrial acid and other corrosive substances
  • flick or fan knives, gravity knives
  • whips made from bicycle or motorcycle chains
  • nunchaku, knuckle dusters, ninja stars, throwing knives

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Avoid helping troubled OFWs; Saudi Ambassador

The Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villamor wrote to Filipino community organizations in Saudi Arabia asking the OFWs to stop their fellow overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who escape from their Arabian employer.

The letter states that the Philippine Embassy understood that Filipinos cannot refuse their kababayan asking for help but they (OFWs) must follow and respect the local laws and regulations being enforced by the Saudi authorities. The offence is considered serious and is punishable of imprisonment, lashes and excessive fines if one is found guilty.

“It includes the responsibility of not giving refuge to a worker who absconded from his employer,” he said.

Ambassador to Saudi tells OFWs not to help troubled Pinoys

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

How to become more competitive: The Tulay Microsoft Program

The Tulay or Bridge Education Program aims to train overseas Filipino worker with the use of the internet. This would help both of them to access the technology that would serve as bridge to communicate with each other.

The Tulay Microsoft Project was launched by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and was made possible through the partnership of Microsoft Philippines. This program is under the Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential (UP).

The project primarily aims to provide technology and skills for underserved individuals. Through the Tulay Microsoft Project, OFWs and their families will learn to use basic functionalities of computer such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel as well as the internet and e-mail use at the Community Technology Learning Centers (CTLC).

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How to become more competitive: The Tulay Microsoft Program

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Job hunting and shopping: Mall-based Jobs Kiosk

People can now also find jobs at mall through the recently launched and first ever information machine in the country that contains the in-demand jobs, other job related information and services for jobseekers locally and overseas.The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has launched the greater modular access (GMA) jobs center or kiosk in Robinson’s Place Manila.

The kiosk has a touch screen web-enabled machine that would display information on employment opportunities and services for both local and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The Secretary of DoLE Marianito D. Roque said that they will set up more Kiosks in other malls and public places such as local government offices and schools where there are lot of people passing. Roque also said that GMA Kiosk will soon be available in other malls and public places to get closer to people seeking employment. The kiosk is connected with the Phil-Jobnet and it contains information on local and overseas job vacancies, lists of licensed local and overseas recruitment agencies, job orders accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), job fair schedules, workers certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and it would also serve as guide for jobseekers on how to avail for the benefits offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

The kiosk will also caters returning OFWs and their families who wants to inquire for the information on available reintegration services.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

POEA eases OFW exit procedure at airports

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is dropping the validation of documents of OFWs leaving through its labor assistance counters (LAC) at international airports to further streamline processes in the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Starting March 24, 2008, departing OFWs shall present the exit clearance or overseas employment certificate issued by the POEA directly to the airline counters, terminal fee counters, and the Bureau of Immigration counters.

The POEA labor assistance counter shall remain open 24/7, but its services shall be limited to assisting OFWs with documentation problems, issuing overseas employment certificates (OEC) to OFWs leaving the country within 24 hours, and dissemination of information and education materials to OFWs and families.

POEA  View Ads, Get Paid

Thursday, March 27, 2008

How to become more competitive: The Tulay Microsoft Program

The Tulay or Bridge Education Program aims to train overseas Filipino worker with the use of the internet. This would help both of them to access the technology that would serve as bridge to communicate with each other.

The Tulay Microsoft Project was launched by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and was made possible through the partnership of Microsoft Philippines. This program is under the Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential (UP).

The project primarily aims to provide technology and skills for underserved individuals. Through the Tulay Microsoft Project, OFWs and their families will learn to use basic functionalities of computer such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel as well as the internet and e-mail use at the Community Technology Learning Centers (CTLC).

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

List of Recruitment Agencies Authorized to Recruit for Canada

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has released the list of licensed recruitment agencies that are authorized to recruit and deploy Filipino workers bound for Canada.

The POEA said that some skilled and professional overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are needed in the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. And they advised that the Canadian law requires no recruitment and placement fee for workers applying for jobs in these provinces.

The POEA’s government placement facility has no job offer for Canada. Applicants are advised to apply only at the DOLE-POEA licensed recruitment agencies listed below (partial list) to avoid illegal recruiters. These are the only licensed agencies that have approved job orders and are permitted by the POEA to recruit OFWs for Canada.

21st Century Manpower
APEX- Agency for Pinoy Excellence
Archangel Global Solutions, Inc
Augustin International Center, Inc
Best One International Services & Consultancy, Inc
Bison Management Corporation
BM Skyway General Services & Trading
CATAMA Placement Agency, Inc
Centaur International Manpower
EDI-Staffbuilders International, Inc
Excel Green Kard International, Inc
FIL-HR Manpower Development Services Specialist Corp.
Finest Asia Resources, Inc

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Monday, March 24, 2008

POEA eases OFW exit procedure at airports

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is dropping the validation of documents of OFWs leaving through its labor assistance counters (LAC) at international airports in compliance
with the directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to further streamline processes in the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Administrator Rosalinda Dimaplis-Baldoz said starting March 24, 2008, departing OFWs shall present the exit clearance or overseas employment certificate issued by the POEA directly
to the airline counters, terminal fee counters, and the Bureau of Immigration counters.

The POEA labor assistance counter shall remain open 24/7, but its services shall be limited to assisting OFWs with documentation problems, issuing overseas employment certificates (OEC) to OFWs leaving the country within 24 hours, and dissemination of information and education materials to OFWs and families.

The implementation of the new procedure coincides with the start of the peak season when thousands of OFWs are expected to return to their job sites after attending the graduation of their family members, and observing Holy Week in the country.

The POEA has labor assistance counters at NAIA 1, NAIA 2, Mactan International Airport, Davao International Airport, and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Agency Suspended for Excessive Collection of Placement Fees

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has suspended the license of JFG Career Agency as well as its counter part in Canada, September Star, Inc, that were found collecting placement fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are bound for jobs in Canada.

The owner of four branches of A&W restaurants in Canada, Mr. Tyson J. Kefebre, filed the complaint when one of the 16 OFWs he hired told him that each of them paid some US$1,500.00 to JFG Career Agency and were compelled to sign promissory notes that they would pay additional US$4,500.00 to September Star in scheduled installments.

Another OFW, according to Mr. Kefebre, also complained JFG Career Agency for asking of US$2,000.00 for the release of her travel documents. Aside from that, the Canadian Agency also requires the workers to sign with another employment contract which is totally different from the contract approved by the Canadian government and that gives burden to the OFWs.

The POEA Administrator, Rosalinda Baldoz, said that police authorities in Alberta filed cases of extortion and violation of Fair Trading Act against JFG Career Agency.

She also said that JFG Career Agency also collects very high placement fees from OFW recruited directly from United Arab Emirates.

The Canadian government strictly prohibits the collection of recruitment fees from employees. Anyone caught collecting any amount of money from applicants will be punished and will have a minimum fine of $100,000.00 or imprisonment or both.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Don’t Miss the 2nd Philippine Nursing Conference and Expo!!!

Good news for all nursing students, nursing graduates, and licensed nurses! The biggest event for nurses is now on it second run!

Be part of the 2nd Philippine Nursing Opportunities Conference and Expo 2008 to be held on April 4-6, 2008 (Friday to Sunday) from 10am onwards at SM Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall.

The 2nd Philippine Nursing Conference and Expo (PNOCE 2008) aims to gather all companies and organizations involved in the nursing industry. Through the initiative of Elite Consultancy Services and in partnership with SM Megatrade Hall, this conference and expo will become the biggest and most exciting one for all nurses.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

WorkAbroad Book: Free Copies to Be Given Away!!!, the leading overseas jobs board in the country is giving away free copies of Work Abroad! Filipino’s Guide to Working and Succeeding Overseas. The comprehensive guidebook provides all essential information an OFW needs. Power-packed with essential information about working overseas, the book is an indispensable tool of overseas life.


Visit any of the following book stores (National Bookstore, Powerbooks and Fully Booked)

Look for the book: Work Abroad: (Filipino’s Guide to Working and Succeeding Overseas)

Take a picture of you holding the WorkAbroad Book inside the bookstore and send it to with your full name, address, contact numbers and the name of the bookstore and branch where they saw it.

The first forty (40) to send in their pictures will receive a free copy of the WorkAbroad Book!!!

What are you waiting for? Go to the bookstore nearest you now and send your entries!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

POEA will lift deployment ban of OFWs in Jordan soon

Recruitment and deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was ban in Jordan in January 21, 2008 when some OFWs who absconded from their Jordanian employers due to maltreatment and not paying their salaries.

Some reports said that the Jordanian labor officials will come to the Philippines to arrange an agreement with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to totally lift the ban on the deployment of OFWs in Jordan.

During an interview with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Marianito Roque he states that he and Jordanian Labor Secretary Bassem al Salem have agreed to revise the procedures of the 1988 bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Labor Matters to reflect the current conditions.

Roque also said that even OFWs are totally ban in working in Jordan there are still OFWs working there without proper documentation since the Jordanian government issues work permits to Filipinos even they are only holding tourist visas.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Warning against recruiter for "jobs" in Spain

The POEA warns applicants against accepting offers from a certain Mrs. Garcia Jose who is illegally recruiting Filipino workers for Spain through e-mail. Mrs. Garcia promises employment upon arrival in Spain but the supposed job orders were found to be non-existent and the workers would leave the country using tourist visa.

advisory from the POEA

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

No Job Placement in Israel

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued an advisory for Filipinos seeking jobs in Israel. The advisory states that there are scrupulous individuals recruiting workers for hotel works in Israel.

According to DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv reported that the State of Israel is not in need of hotel staffs and that there are no existing jobs for them.

“The post warns the public on false information circulating regarding a job order processed in the Embassy for this category”, a statement of the DFA in a press report.

The Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Israel asked jobseekers to report with them the recruitment of these non-existing jobs. And should verify the status of the recruitment agency with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) whether the job orders is genuine and not bogus to avoid dealing with illegal recruiters.

Anyone who has offer in a hotel job in Israel should immediately report to the Philippine Embassy or Israel's Ministry Of Labor.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Repatriation for OFWs through legal way

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that overseas Filipino workers stranded in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia should undergo through the legal process of their repatriation to the Philippines.

The DFA also said that they will not accept the request of OFWs to the Philippine Consulate to use fictitious documents just for their fast repatriation.

DFA Undersecretary for Special Concerns Rafael Seguis said that they (OFWs) should go the Consulate for legal processing of their repatriation and that the DFA will not support the short way of processing.

Stranded OFWs had set up a camp outside the Philippine Consulate for their immediate deportation in the Philippines. Reports said that there are 74 stranded OFWs in Saudi and among them, only 18 OFWs agreed to undergo the legal process of deportation.

Some OFWs according to Seguis are stiff to their request that the Consulate should issue them fictitious documents but the Consulate don’t agree and said that it can’t be done.

The Philippine Consulate also reported that there are fixers who acts as agents of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah and they claim that they can help the run-away OFWs be repatriated. These agents are collecting fees ranging from SR500 to SR2,500 which is about P1,000 to P5,000 in exchange for the immediate repatriation of overstaying and run-away OFWs.

According to the Vice President and Presidential Adviser on OFWs Noli de Castro, the fixers are also spreading rumors that the Saudi Arabian government is offering amnesty because of the Hajj season.

“According to the Consulate, there is no way they are connected to any of these individuals or fixers because all transactions are conducted inside its premises by its personnel who have Consulate IDs and have resident permits issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” de Castro added.

De Castro also said that the Philippine Consulate offers assistance to the repatriation of OFWs in accordance with the existing Saudi legal procedures for the issuance of exit visa of sponsored expatriates and that the Consulate can resolve their cases through the regular channels.

OFWs who are willing to undergo through the legal process shall present themselves, with representation of the Consulate, to Saudi authorities for investigation and processing.

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