Tuesday, October 4, 2011

mounting fees

"According to reports, household workers bound for the Middle East spend about P5,800 to P11,300 ($134 to $262) each for medical certification, household worker assessment fee and other related fees such as those for clearance from the National Bureau of Investigations and passport, excluding transportation and food.
In the meantime, OFWs bound for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore also shoulder compulsory insurance premiums and placement costs, which range from P50,000 to P150,000 ($1,162 to $3,488). With most OFWs on two year contracts, the upfront cost of the compulsory insurance is between P6,500 to P8,800 ($151 to $204)."

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Monday, August 1, 2011

New tack on domestic workers’ pay terms proposed | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

New tack on domestic workers’ pay terms proposed | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

Domestic workers have been the leading occupational group of deployed new-hire overseas workers for many years now, says POEA data. NSO’s annual Survey on Overseas Filipinos also shows that laborers and unskilled workers, the occupational grouping where domestic workers fall under, have been the leading overseas worker remitters.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Recruiter advised OFW to jump off a building to get insurance money? | Inquirer Global Nation

Recruiter advised OFW to jump off a building to get insurance money? | Inquirer Global Nation: "When contacted by Bantay OCW, Benzon Tan denied he told Saberon to go jump off a building. He said the girl probably overheard him “teasing” a different applicant over her insurance coverage. He also denied advising Villanueva to recruit other applicants to such jobs in Taiwan. Tan did not answer our questions regarding the agency’s job orders."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The success of OFW families - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

The success of OFW families - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "ONE OF the signs of the disproportionate social significance of Filipino families with a member working abroad is their presence in the agenda of surveys. For instance, the Bangko Sentral’s quarterly Consumer Expectations Survey asks households how many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) they have, whether they receive remittances, and how they spend the remittances. From its national sample of 5,643 respondents in 2010Q4, 11.1 percent were OFW families."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Maridel Sagum, living in Paris, hasn’t seen her children for 12 years.

"Across the world, millions of mothers have made this sacrifice for their children — forgoing a life with them in hope of ensuring a better life for them. These women venture far, often into the uncertain world of undocumented domestic work that in effect keeps them hostage in their host countries. Often, they toil six-day weeks, send home much of their meager earnings and — now, in the digital age — say goodnight to the children onSkype or by instant messenger."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Updates March 14

Taiwan lifts suspension of OFW contract renewal
Manila Bulletin
Worse, Taiwan decided to send back the 90000 documented OFWs in Taiwan upon expiration of their contracts by refusing to renew their contracts. ...
Taiwan relaxes rules for OFW visa applications
Viewing personnel changes at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) as a show of "regret," Taiwan on Wednesday made a reciprocal gesture by announcing that it has ...
PCCA exec helps OFWs in Taiwan
Journal Online
Dy, a Filipino-Chinese philanthropist, said he is neither pro-Taiwan nor pro-China, but a private citizen concerned about the plight of OFWs based in Taiwan ...
Philippines hopes for better ties with Taiwan
Philippine Star
Lacierda said the easing of requirements for OFWs going to Taiwan was a welcome development and that back-channel talks had been ongoing. ...
• OFW Recalls Danger in Libya, Denounces Neglect by Philippine ...
Lebria's first two attempts to apply for a job abroad – first to Australia, then to Taiwan — were both frustrated by illegal recruiters. ...
Taiwan understands, really
Manila Standard Today
And Taiwan can still play the OFW card, which would certainly affect the livelihoods of upwards of 100000 Filipinos (illegals included) working there. ...
Sand castles
BusinessWorld Online
These threatened Taiwan, the Philippines, New Guinea, Indonesia, Australia, ... mostly signed for by OFW families, in the growing unrest in the Middle East, ...
David goes to Immigration; Taiwan impasse end seen
... offshoot of the controversial deportation last month of 14 Taiwanese to Beijing, ... In the absence of an apology, OFW hiring was subjected to stringent ...
Stop treating workers as exports
Zamboanga Today Online
Taiwan has just recently threatened to send home thousands of Filipinos ... the fact that the OFWremittances comprise more than 10% of the country's GNP. ...
BSP to review remittance targets amid Mideast unrest, Japan disaster
The central bank also projects OFW remittances to breach $20-billion this year. ... Hong Kong ($362.5 million), and Taiwan ($121.7 million). ...

Monday, March 7, 2011

News updates

Review of state employment program sought
"We wish to inform all Taiwan-bound OFWs that we have put in place measures that shall ensure the swift release of their voter ID cards to facilitate their ...
Fighting Batangueña
Philippine Star
She said that OWWA has sent a Welfare Officer in Yemen where an estimated 1000 OFWs are located. She said that the 5000 applicants for Taiwan jobs have not ...
Agency for OFWs eyed
Journal Online
The labor department also depends on DFA for inputs about OFWs... We have to save the jobs of our workers in Taiwan over a deportation snafu of their ...
Comelec moves on Taiwan documents
"If an OFW files his request between 8 am and 12 noon, his voter's ID will be released 4 pm," he said. Last month, TECO, the de facto embassy for Taiwan in ...
Bangko Sentral lays down guidelines for Libyan dinar exchange
Philippine Star
Under the CEF, each OFW returning from Libya would be allowed to exchange with the ... South Africa's rand, Sweden's kroner, Syria's pound, Taiwan's dollar, ...
P1 million for Caritas Manila
Manila Bulletin
(Christina I. Hermoso) Issuance of the voter's identification cards for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for Taiwan will be fast-tracked by the ...
Bending rules, BSP to allow exchange of Libyan dinars
... Syrian pound, (New) Taiwan dollar, and Venezuelan bolivar. ... The BSP sees OFW remittances growing by 8 percent a new record breaching the $20 billion ...
Libyan dinars may be converted to pesos at all banks
Philippine Star
The BSP and the banks require the OFWs to present pertinent documents such as ... South Africa's rand, Sweden's kroner, Syria's pound, Taiwan's dollar, ...
Over here, over grim
Manila Bulletin
What should've taken “30 to 45 seconds” per OFW as promised took 90 to 120 minutes! ... In addition, 30000 working in Taiwan could be sent home. ...
Outlook : Middle East Unpreparedness Team / Rigoberto D. Tiglao
... even as his concise attention span was on our China and Taiwan troubles. ... Asked in a talk show if her department had informed OFWs in Libya to ...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Updates Feb 2011

Govt sets up special lanes for Taiwan-bound OFWs
Ochoa said the SSS has already opened courtesy lanes and started issuing documents certifying that the Taiwan-bound OFW is a member of SSS and has applied ...
PHL looks for options to Taiwan's threats not to hire OFWs
Malacañang over the weekend reassured jobseekers it is looking for other job openings in other countries to make up for the hiring freeze that Taiwan labor ...
DZIQ: Meco doing its best to help OFWs keep their jobs in Taiwan ...
Perez is referring to the plight of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Taiwan who are in danger of losing their jobs. Meco stands for Manila Economic ...
Senators urge govt to provide safety nets for OFWs
Villar said the Middle East is home to millions of OFWs including 31000 in Bahrain; ... which could delay the deployment of almost 5000 Taiwan-bound OFWs...
Kalinga OFW shares how she resisted being a drug mule
Philippine Information Agency
The lady, who earlier worked as a factory worker in Taiwan before deciding to transfer to China, rejected the offer outright. The OFW, a college graduate ...
Binay off to Middle East to ensure OFW safety
The Philippine Online Chronicles
Binay, who is also presidential adviser on OFW concerns, ... Meanwhile, Aquino's envoy to Taiwanand former presidential running-mate Mar Roxas has failed ...
Unprepared, disorganized
Philippine Star
As many as 100000 OFWs from the Middle East and Taiwan may come home this year. Is the government now prepared to take care of them? I don't believe so. ...
Hiring of Pinoys in Taiwan in peril
POEA administrator Carlos Cao, also in a phone interview, said, "There is no freeze order for the jobs of our OFWs in Taiwan." Baldoz and Cao were reacting ...
Roxas downplays 'rivalry' with Binay on diplomatic front
I am just doing my job, for the sake of Filipinos working in Taiwan... “Maganda ang ating layunin dito, mabantayan ang interest ng OFW...
Aquino details efforts to assist Filipinos in war-torn Libya
BusinessWorld Online
On another OFW concern, five agencies have been directed by Malacañang to set up priority lanes for Filipino workers bound for Taiwan which has imposed ...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Taiwan seen to ease rules on OFW hiring
Philippine Star
Gan further expressed hope that the more than 5000 OFWs scheduled to leave for Taiwan for this month and March can immediately fly and work in factories ...
No apology to Taiwan
Manila Bulletin
Roxas explained that 70 percent of the 90000 OFWs in Taiwan form part of the industrial labor force that fuels its economy. Roxas added the OFWs in Taiwan ...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

‘OFWs must be taught ways of hosts’ - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

‘OFWs must be taught ways of hosts’ - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "The government should conduct country-specific pre-departure orientation seminars (PDOS) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to avoid “embarrassing incidents” like the one where an OFW was caught with 150 pounds of copper in his luggage while leaving Saudi Arabia, a recruitment industry leader said.

Jackson Gan, vice president of the Federated Association of Manpower Exporters Inc. (Fedmanex), urged the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to make sure pre-departure seminars for OFWs were “country specific” to make them aware of the laws and traditions of the countries they are going to."