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

Support in the 11th Philippine Web Awards

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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

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