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Mga Babala at Paalala Para sa mga OFWs sa KSA

Mga Babala at Paalala Para sa mga OFWs sa KSA

Mga Babala

1. Para sa mga kababayan natin na napasabak at nagtratrabaho sa propesyon dahil gumamit ng mga pekeng diploma, pekeng transcript of records o pekeng PRC license.

Mabusisi na po ngayon ang Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Interior at Saudi Council sa mga papers na naisubmit nyo at isa-isa itong inimbestigahan. Sa katunayan, may mga nakulong na po.

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli April 2014 Newsletter

Ang Tambuli- is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the April 2013  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL’s-Ang-Tambuli-April-2014-Newsletter.

Kuwait: Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues

Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in www.arabtimesonline.com

KUWAIT CITY, April 26: The Representative of the Home Mutual Development Fund (PAG-IBIG Fund) Mahmoud Khalil urged all Filipino workers in Kuwait to avail the benefits of being a PAG-IBIG member after the Philippine government has imposed the mandatory contribution to all OFWs across the globe. Khalil made this call on Friday during the “Kapihan sa Kuwait” talk show at the Carlton Tower Hotel in Kuwait City.

HAGIT: MAAYONG PAMATASAN ANGAYANG PANAMINAN

MAAYONG PAMATASAN ANGAYANG PANAMINAN

It is disquieting to note that Mar Roxas gets a slapping from Wack Wack Golf and Country Club for his misbehavior when asked to pay the green fee which is required among all club members.

It is not his suspension that deserves utmost attention, but what matters most is his uncontrolled emotion to be easily irritated when confronted by situation that would put him at par with other members of the club.

Dasal Tayo? (A Reaction to: POLO Officials cleared in Sex For Flight Cases)

The Godmother: DOLE Secretary Baldoz, Protektor ng mga abusadong taga-POLO na nang-aapi ng mga OFW.

Dasal Tayo?  (A Reaction to: POLO Officials cleared in Sex For Flight Cases)

Kung ang kaso ni Assistant Labatt Villafuerte ay inabswelto at ang kaso ni Labatt Musa ay suspenyon ng isang buwan at isang araw; huwag na tayong magtataka pa kung bakit lalong umaabuso ang mga taga-POLO ngayon lalo na yong mga nasa Al khobar, KSA.

Sa kalandian at kawalang-galang sa babae ni Villafuerte ay reprimand lang ang parusa. Sa pagtabon ng krimen at pagkampi ni Musa sa rapist ay 1 month and 1 day suspension lamang. Samantalang, napakalinaw naman sa Senate hearing kung anong mga klaseng tao sila. Sila ay mga masasamang tao na hindi karapatdapat maglingkod sa aming mga OFW.

Kaya pala lalong umaabuso itong sina Alex Padaen at Samuel Madrid ng POLO Al Khobar

HAGIT: Ang “Bayani” at “Lingkod-Kapwa” ay mga Banal na Salita

HAGIT: Ang “Bayani” at “Lingkod-Kapwa” ay mga Banal na Salita

Maimulat natin ang ating mga kababayan na ang salitang bayani at lingkod-kapwa ay sagrado.. hindi ito nakukuha sa paligsahan, nomination, internet voting or text voting. Ang pagiging bayani ay hindi nakakamit sa paramihan, sa kasikatan.

Magtulongan tayo na maparangalan ang mga tunay na bayani at lingkod-kapwa.. Pero paano?

Sa pamamagitan ng pagbabago ng mga bulok na kaisipan ng lipunan na ang mga katangiang ito ay natatangi sa iilan lamang. Ipapamulat natin sa lipunan na ang ikakisiya ng tunay na bayani at lingkod-bayan ay kung may gagaya at susunod sa kanilang mga ginagawa. Tutularan kung papano sila naglilingkod sa kapuwa at gawing panuntunan kung papano sila nakipaglaban para sa prinsipyo para sa katarungan, karapatan at kagalingan.

Kuwait: Labatt Chavez calls for strict imposition of $400 salary for Filipino HSWs

Philippine Labour Attache Atty Cesar Chavez Jr talks to Filipino leaders

Chavez calls for strict imposition of $400 salary for Filipino HSWs
By: Michelle Fe Santiago Arab Times Staff
First Posted in arabtimesonline

POLO implements reforms

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 2: “We will be implementing various reforms at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) to safeguard the welfare of the wards in the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) and to uphold the general welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait,” stated Philippine Labour Attache to Kuwait Atty.

Cesar Chavez during the launching of “Chat with Labatt” on Thursday. “Chat with Labatt,” a forum organised by Chavez together with the Filipinos in Kuwait which will be conducted every last Thursday of each month aims at opening the communication channel between the POLO and the OFWs in Kuwait and providing a venue for all parties to discuss current issues and concerns of OFWs. Present during the launch were Assistant Labour Attache Florencia Ardivilla and Welfare Officer Norlita Lugtu.

Feature Story: PATULOY NA PAGLALAKBAY

PATULOY NA PAGLALAKBAY
TALAMBUHAY : DITTZ CENTENO-DE JESUS

Taong 2004, buwan ng Disyembre, nang simulan ko ang isang paglalakbay patungo sa isang dayuhang bansa, ang Italya, kung saan ay mahigit na dalawang taon nang pinamamalagian ng aking mahal na kabiyak ng puso, si Gene. Hindi ko alam kung tama ba ang aming desisyon na ako ay magtungo din duon bunga ng kanyang pagpetisyon, iwan ang aming dalawang anak na sina Hydee at Hadji sa aking mga magulang, at samahan siya sa pakikipagsapalaran bilang dayuhang manggagawa.

Pagtapak pa lamang ng aking mga paa sa Guglielmo Marconi Airport sa Bologna, alam ko, simula na ito ng isang bagong buhay na kakaharapin ko, puno ng pangungulila sa mga anak at tigib ng pangamba sa kung ano ang nakalaan para sa akin.

Patnubay Leaks: KSA HSWs Current Issues and Problems, our Suggestions and Recommendations

From: Joseph Henry Espiritu
Date: 2014-02-11 15:11 GMT+03:00
Subject: Patnubay Discreet Discussion: KSA HSWs Current Issues and Problems, our Suggestions and Recommendations
To: Amba Ezzedin Tago, Rafael Seguis ,”Sec. Linda Baldoz”, Admin Carmelita Dimzon, HANS CACDAC, Labatt Resty Dela Fuente,
Cc: Patnubay Partners and Friends

Note: with 21 PDF file attachments of (Discreet) HSWs’ Cases for the past two(2) months only

Discreet: HSWs’ Current Issues and Problems, our Suggestions and Recommendations
By: Tasio Espiritu on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:14pm

Invitation for Discussion

If mapansin nyo sa aming mga emails sa DOLE, POEA at OWWa ang palagi naming tinatanong ay kung nasaan na ang Bilateral Agreement..

Susan Ople: Who says all diplomats are gentlemen?

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.

Who says all diplomats are gentlemen?
by Susan Ople
First posted in arabnews.com

IT is assumed that diplomats behave like perfect gentlemen and gentlewomen, using wit and humor to make their guests feel at home, and comporting themselves with grace and dignity at all times.

Among peers, that is what most diplomats would appear to be. A true test of a diplomat is when the doors are closed and he has a domestic worker in front of him. All the academic credentials, framed diplomas on the wall, and years of service in government will pale in comparison to that momentary test of character: How does a seasoned diplomat deal with a simple, humble domestic worker?

The House of Representatives is looking into this matter because of formal complaints filed against some Filipino diplomats in the Middle East for their alleged involvement in human trafficking of household service workers. A Kuwait Anti-Trafficking Task Force headed by State Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito was formed by the Department of Justice primarily to look into these complaints.

Susan Ople: 1536

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.

1536
by Susan Ople
First posted in susanople.com

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2014, the monthly PhilHealth contributions of members with the lowest salaries was doubled to P200, with the additional Php100 contribution to be shouldered equally by the worker and his or her employer. In the case of overseas Filipino workers, this adjustment translates into a P2,400 annual contribution compared to last year’s P1,200 annual rate.

PhilHealth Circular No. 0025 s. 2013 issued in October 2013 provides for two payment options for OFWs set to leave this year:

Pay the P2,400 annual contributions in one sweep at all PhilHealth accredited collection agencies including the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and accredited recruitment agencies; or,
Pay P1,600 valid for six months premium with an understanding that the contributions for the succeeding six months will be settled within six months after the expiration of the initial coverage in order for the OFW to enjoy full benefits of the program.

Subject: Bloodmoney: Isang bukas na liham para kay Pangulong Aquino at Pangalawang Pangulogn Binay

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From: Patnubay Online
Date:
2014/1/13
Subject: Bloodmoney: Isang bukas na liham para kay Pangulong Aquino at Pangalawang Pangulogn Binay

Salam President and Vice President.

Marami po sa mga nakakulong ngayon sa Saudi ay tapos na ang sentensya pero hindi pa rin nakakalaya dahil kailangan nilang magbayad ng bloodmoney sa pamilya ng mga biktima.

Sa panahon ni PGMA, kung tapos na ang sentensya at bloodmoney na lang ang kulang ay babayaran na kaagad ang bloodmoney. Hindi katulad ngayon na nagtitiis na ang mga nakakulong ng matagal nang tapos ang kanilang sentensya.

Marami ang ganitong kaso ngayon pero ang ilalapit lang namin ay yong lumapit lang din sa amin sa Patnubay.

Patnubay Online Police Cases Review for 2013

Common Cases

1. Drugs – ito yong kaso na pinakamaraming OFWs na nahuli sa taong ito. (dati love cases at liqour ang marami ngayon, hindi na). Tatlong type ito, smuggling, pushing and using. Ang smuggling, palabas o papasok ng ksa ay may parusang kamatayan. Hindi natin matindinhan

2. Embezzlement (Company) – ito yong pumangalawa sa mga cases.. Paalala lamang , sa mga workers na in-charged sa paghawak ng pera, vault, magdouble ingat, sa accounting at sa kasama na ibang lahi na kapartner mo ng responsibility. At wag magnakaw kahit maliit. Dahil kung mahuli kayo ang lahat ng losses sa mga nakaraan ay sa inyo iakusa.

End of Contract Duration Tips for OFWs in KSA

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A worker must send an early written notice to his employer  to remind the latter that the worker does not intend to renew his contract.  As early as two (2) months before matapos ang contract, you should send a letter stating that you don’t want to renew your contract. The letter must contain the following:

1. The Subject should be Non-renewal of Contract” don’t use the word “termination” or “resignation”.
2. That your contract will end on (what date) and that you dont want to renew it.
3. That you send the letter in 60 days advanced notice for them to be able to do the following:

a. to have an enough time  to look for your replacement
b. to have an enought time to process the unpaid salary, overtime pay, vacation pay (21 days per year) and end of service benefits (1/2 month per year for the first five years, and 1 month every on the 6th year onwards)
c. to have an enough time to process, the exit visa, and plane ticket
d. all tasks above must be done before the date of the contract.
e. to repatriate you to your home country on or before the end of contract date.

3. Do not use the word termination or resignation.. use the word non-renewal of contract.

Susan Ople: Time to review Philippine overseas employment program

Time to review Philippine overseas employment program
by Susan Ople
First posted in arabnews.com

The Philippine overseas employment program requires a holistic review in light of emerging realities on the migration front. Online recruitment websites connect employers and job applicants worldwide. Popular social media sites like LinkedIn enable companies and international organizations to spot talent with a click of the mouse. Interviews are done via Skype. Budget flights make it easier to fly talents from where they are to places where they are needed.

When should a complete review of the Philippine overseas employment program take place? Next year, would be apt. A series of dialogues and roundtable discussions on how to improve the program can be conducted prior to the 40th anniversary of the overseas employment program on May 1, 2014.

Susan Ople: OFWs face new chapters in life

OFWs face new chapters in life
by Susan Ople
First posted in Arabnews

Filipino worker Reynaldo Esmero Reposar, 71, walked the length of a dimly lighted street in Marikina City, trying to identify which house was his. His confusion was understandable. The elderly gentleman had not seen his family in more than 10 years. He arrived in the Philippines on Nov. 6 as part of the first batch of workers repatriated from Saudi Arabia as an offshoot of the Kingdom’s ongoing Saudization program. His wife couldn’t leave the house to fetch him at the airport due to her own fragile health. This writer brought Tatay Rene home, and ended walking up and down the street until he could pinpoint where exactly his house was.