Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Transit Visa not allowed for working in UK

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warned Filipino seafarers who were granted of transit visas in the United Kingdom are not allowed to work in the country as well as in the UK fishing industry.

The UK Border Agency reported that there are some Filipino seafarers who are working in Scotland and Northern Ireland as fisherman and they are receiving salaries below the UK minimum wage and poor accommodation; they are living in harbors and on board fishing vessels.

The POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili quoted from the UK Border Agency that transit visas in UK is basically temporary visas issued for non-European Union seafarers, including Filipinos joining vessels in the UK which are bound for foreign ports or traveling international waters for a longer period.

Manalili pointed out that these visas do not apply to UK-based work, instead it requires a working visa.

Meanwhile, the British Embassy in Manila is now implementing a new point-based system in assessing applications for permission to enter the Unsited Kingdom.

The new system replaces some 80 ways to work and study in the UK and consists of five tiers: Tier 1 for highly skilled workers; Tier 2 for skilled workers with job offer; Tier 3 for low skilled workers filling specific temporary labor shortages; tier 4 for students; and Tier 5 for youth mobility and temporary workers.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Job Fair in Mega Mall

9th Metro Job Fair 2009
August 20 - 22, 2009
10 am to 6 pm
Megatrade Hall 1,
SM Megamall Mandaluyong City

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beware of Fake Jobs in Turkey

The Department of Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Marianito Roque announced through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) that the employment documents of overseas performing artists (OPAs) to Turkey is still on process so they should be careful in dealing with recuiters offering this job.

“Due to lack of established protective and monitoring mechanisms, the DoLE is not keen on allowing Filipino artists to perform in that country,’’ said Roque.

He also added that they still have to come up with a bilateral agreement to assure protection of Filipino workers in Turkey.

The POEA website also posted an advisory after receiving reports that some groups of OPAs who were able to land jobs in a nightclub in Turkey complained of abuses by their employer.

The POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili said that Filipino entertainers had no proper documentation by the POEA and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and they were later repatriated by the Philippine embassy.

The DoLE also reminded jobseekers that they are still implementing the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Afghanistan since the country is still experiencing wars. The agency also cited the recent death of 10 Filipino workers in a helicopter crash and that it “should serve as a lesson for OFWs defying the ban to their own disadvantage and peril.’’

It has not yet been ascertained whether the workers entered Afghanistan illegally.

“We urge OFWs to seek and avail of legitimate opportunities available to them, through the POEA and licensed recruitment agencies,’’ Roque said, adding these are available in more than 190 host destinations worldwide.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Advisory for Filipina workers in Qatar

The Federation of Filipino Workers Worldwide (FFWW) warns Filipina workers in Doha, Qatar to wear decent clothes and avoid wearing skimpy and flirty get ups when in public.

Two Filipinas were reprimanded by authorities in Doha when they were seen wearing skimpy shorts and halter tops at a mall and on the street near their accommodation.

“We remind our female compatriots that they are working in a Muslim country which is conservative on their culture. We should be discreet enough not to abuse their hospitality to us,” said Noli Perez, FFWW chairman.

Perez advised Filipinas to wear decent clothes when in public places in the city, like malls, to avoid getting provocative attention particularly among men.

The FFWW’s caution came when an advisory from the US Embassy in Qatar came out reminding its citizens living and working in Qatar against wearing revealing and “provocative” clothes.

Cristina Mariñas, concerned over the report and spokesperson of the Filipino Community Organizations Alliance (FILCOA) said that due to the incident she decided to push an advocacy campaign to all groups of the community particularly in dress code for women that would not insult the customs and traditions of Arab people.

She also said that she would coordinate with a Filipino Muslim group based at Fanar Islamic Center at the Souq Area for the continuous basic orientation on laws, rules and regulation of the Qatari government for Filipino women to be aware of.

“We should respect the culture of their country. We are here to work and earn a living and it is just proper enough not to bring here our modern westernized influence back in our country,” Mariñas said.

Dawud Turla, Filipino Muslim leader and chairman of Philippine Islamic Kibla Association in Qatar (PIKAQ) also agreed with the calls and said that the respect of women’s right and their well-being is not recognized by being modernized with alluring dresses.

“Both the Holy Quran and the Bible taught us that women should not show the shape of their bodies to avoid getting the attention in the eyes of men,” Turla said.

Chris V. Panganiban
The Peninsula

Monday, August 3, 2009

More jobs for OFWs in Norway and Qatar

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Marianito Roque said that Norway is still hiring Filipino workers particularly engineering and information technology professionals while Qatar has 99,000 open for technical and engineering expertise.

According to the Labor Secretary only 26,000 positions have been filled up out of 125,000 work visas allotted for Filipino workers in Qatar since the country has opened its labor market for Filipino to meet the demands in construction works and in the oil fields.

While for OFWs who wants to apply in Norway, they can go directly in the country to apply for a job seeker visa.

“They allow people to go there as job seekers,” Roque said.

Roque stressed that this was a good set-up since job seekers actually have all the opportunity to choose which workplace is best for them.

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

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