Friday, September 28, 2012

Passport Services Now Available in SM Megamall!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) consular department now has a satellite office in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong.

The satellite office of the DFA in SM Megamall or the DFA-NCR East is now ready to offer the following services to Filipinos:

• New Passport Application
• Passport Renewal
• Replacement of lost passport
• Authentication Services

This development is part of the DFA’s effort to improve their services to the Filipino people. This satellite office can serve a total of 1000 applicants daily. The DFA satellite office can only accommodate applicants with scheduled appointments, PWDs (persons with disabilities), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and senior citizens with valid proof of age.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DFA Hopes to Get 200,000 More Overseas Absentee Voting Registrants

he Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) needs 200,000 more registrants for the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) to meet their one million target before the deadline on October 31.

A report from the DFA said that as of August 10, more than 800,000 Filipinos abroad have registered for the OAV
 2013 Philippine elections. This means they are still 200,000 registrants away from their goal.
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To achieve their goal, the DFA is implementing promotional strategies via internet. They are now turning to websites, blogs and social networking sites to increase awareness about OAV among OFWs and get them to register before the October 31 deadline. The government agency is also making use of mobile phones to make OAV registration easier for Filipinos working and living overseas.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Manning Agencies Wants to Ratify Maritime Labor Convention of 2006

To protect Filipino seamen from rampant sea piracy, manning agencies in the Philippines are calling for immediate ratification of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) of 2006. This is because the International Labor Organization (ILO) implemented a number of major changes to current international regulations that involves the security and protection of the ships crew.

According to the Joint Manning Group (JMG), ratifying the convention would greatly benefit the Philippines as we are the world’s leading supplier of seafarers. Filipino seamen are deployed in shipping companies that are based in countries where the MLC 2006 has been ratified.

The JMG said, “The ratification by the Philippines will be a major indication of the country’s serious efforts to comply with the latest international rules and regulations that will enhance the continued employment of the Filipino seafarers.”

The group of manning agencies said that the Philippines currently share 30% of the global seafaring supply and this number would even increase as the JMG predicts that more demand for Filipino seafarers in the next two years.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

US Tourist Visa Application Fees Require Printed Deposit

The US Embassy Manila announced in their Facebook page that as of September 3, 2012, all nonimmigrant visa applicants now need to present a U.S. visa application deposit slip to be able to pay the machine-readable visa (MRV) application fee.

This means that visa applicants should first print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip before heading to the bank to pay for the visa application.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Survey Says Pinoys Abroad Don’t Know How to Register for OAV

The Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) registration for the 2013 national elections started on November 02, 2011 and would end on October 31, 2012.

As the deadline nears, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) are urging Filipinos abroad to register so they can meet their target of one million registrants. As of September 10, stats from the DFA said that they still need more or less 150,000 registrants to meet this target.

What could be the reason why some Filipinos abroad fail to register for the OAV?  Could it be that many would like to exercise their right to participate in the national elections even when they are out of the country but just don’t know how or where to do it.

Survey Result:

Apparently many Filipinos abroad would like to register for the OAV but are hindered by lack of information about the registration process or venues. Another reason is because the registration is too far from their place.

This conclusion is based in an informal survey conducted among site visitors of and Facebook page from September 2 to September 11, 2012.

Of the respondents, only 12.2% have already registered for the OAV. This is in far contrast from the 87.8% who have not yet registered.

Why They Did Not Register

Of the survey respondents who are not yet registered, 34.7% said that they want to register but don’t know how or where. 29.6% said that the registration venue is too far from their location while 22.4% are clueless about the ongoing registration. Only 13.3% said that they don’t want to register and don’t intend to vote.

About the Respondents

Majority of the respondents (90.8%) are legal OFW. The remaining 6.1% are undocumented OFWs and 3.1% are Filipinos with permanent residency status in their host country.

To help Filipinos abroad who want to register here are some basic FAQs about the OAV:

Who can register as Overseas Absentee Voters?

  • All Filipino citizens abroad who are at least 18 years old on 14 May 2013, and who are not otherwise disqualified by law;

  • Those who have reacquired or retained their Philippine citizenship under R.A. 9225 and other Filipino citizens with dual citizenship;

  • Immigrants or permanent residents of other countries who are recognized as such in their host countries.

Where and how can one register for OAV? Is personal appearance at the PH Embassy required?

  • A registrant needs to have their biometrics captured so personal appearance is required in the venue where the registration will be done, which can be at the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General or any identified registration site.

What requirements should one present to be an Overseas Absentee Voter?

  • Valid Philippine passport or a certificate from the DFA issued through the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General, declaring either of the following;

    1. that one have submitted document that will warrant the issuance of a passport 
    2. or one is a valid passport holder but unable to produce it for valid reasons.
  • Accomplished OAV Form No. 1 that is available at the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General or mobile registration site at the time of registration.

The form can also be downloaded in the following sites: 
Department of Foreign Affairs
Philippine Embassy / Consulate General

·         For seafarers, an additional requirement is a photocopy of their Seaman’s Book or any other document to prove that they are a seafarer.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Online Filing of Philhealth Benefits May Soon be Available for OFWs

Getting sick and being hospitalized abroad is a frightening scenario as aside from being away from loved ones that may offer emotional support, one may also have to worry about the cost of hospitalization overseas.


For this reason, the plan of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) to install a system that would make it possible for Filipinos abroad to file claims for hospitals bills online would benefit many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).


According to the announcement from Philhealth, they are planning to implement this system by 2013.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Advice to Filipino Seafarers: Take HIV Test

Filipino seamen specifically those with active sex life abroad are encouraged to have themselves tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The advice was given by a party list representative, Congressman Arnel Ty who said the HIV test is necessary to ensure the safety of their partners at home.

Rep. Arnel Ty said, in a news release, “It s not exactly a secret that many sailors are exceptionally vulnerable to HIV, owing to their easy access to commercial sex services overseas, plus they have the money to pay for it. e have reason to believe many of these HIV-positive OFWs may be sailors. “

The congressman mentioned the paid sex workers that usually board visiting ships in foreign ports. He also stressed that the medical examination is not required for Filipino seafarers who are returning to work for the same employer or shipping company.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Multiple Travel Exit Clearances Now Available for OFWs in Hong Kong

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong whose job necessitates travel to and from the Philippines at least twice a year can now avail of Multiple Travel Exit Clearance or multiple-OEC (MTEC). This development would benefit Filipinos employed as pilots,cabin crew, seafarers and the like. The good news was announced by labor attaché, Manuel Roldan.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jobs for US Registered Nurses (USRN) in the Philippines

US Registered Nurses (USRN) now have an option to work and stay in the Philippines as a top business process outsourcing (BPO) company has an opening for Charge Nurse or Head Nurse to work as a U.S. Registered Nurse Operations Team Lead or Manager.

  • Minimum two years of formal clinical experience
  • Active US State License holder
  • Minimum six months of formal supervisory experience
  • Clinical Instructors may be considered for a Team Lead post
  • Willing to work on a shifting schedule
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Monday, September 10, 2012

PHL Government Adopts Measures to Ensure Safety of Filipino Seafarers

To protect Filipino seamen from rampant sea piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that the Philippines is planning to adopt measures that would give more protection to seafarers.

In an interview done by Inquirer (, the spokesperson for DFA, Raul Hernandez said, “The plan calls for, among other measures, the adoption of what the merchant shipping industry refers to as “best management practices.”
The ship protection procedures that they are planning to implement includes the following:
  • Putting anti-piracy alarms all over the ships
  • Arrangements for watch and lookout
  • Installing razor wires
  • Providing nig vision optics
  • Putting water cannons
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Job Fair for Manny Pangilinan Group of Companies

Do you want to work for top companies in the Philippines?

Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) and his group of companies will offer jobs to Filipino jobseekers on the MVP Career Fest 2012 on September 10-11, 2012 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) at the Megatrade Hall B, SM Megamall,Mandaluyong City.

Friday, September 7, 2012

POEA: Recruitment of Seafarers in Luneta is Illegal

The Rizal Park area that is near the National Library in Manila is a popular place forseafarers who are looking for work because this has become a one-stop recruitmentcenter for them. One of the reasons is the proximity of the place to manning agencies around the Kalaw area. Manning agencies have set up booths there and they conduct recruitment activities. The booths are managed by the Luneta Seafarers’ Welfare Foundation, Inc.

However on May 2009, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) under the management of former POEA chief, Jennifer Jardin-Manalili announced that all recruitment activities of land-based and sea-based agencies in the area are deemed illegal. The government agency issued the law because of reports of unfair hiring practices in the area. Likewise the POEA has not issued any Special Recruitment Authority (SRA) to manning agencies conducting recruitment activities in the said area since May 2009. Administrative sanction awaits those who will disobey this law.

The SRA is the permit given to licensed recruitment agencies so they can still conduct legal recruitment outside heir registered offices. The POEA also requires the manning agencies to submit sworn statements of their activities, and remove their posters andjob advertisements in the area.

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