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OFWs warned not to apply with 2 agencies facing penalties

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were warned yesterday not to apply with two Canadian recruitment agencies which were recently slapped with penalties by the authorities. In a one-page advisory, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) urged OFWs to temporarily refrain from engaging the services of the Overseas Career and Consulting Services Ltd. and Newpage Immigration Consulting Corp. who have recently been sanctioned by the Canadian government for violating its Fair Trading Act and Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation. "As such, Overseas Career and Consulting Services Ltd. and Newpage Immigration Consulting Corp. are required to submit payment for the administrative penalty within 30 days of the date of service of the notice," POEA said. "After payment, the notice may be filed in the Court of Queen's Bench and enforced as a judgment of the Court …

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Canada’s transport sector opening doors to more foreign workers

Canada will soon open its doors to more Filipinos and other foreign workers to address its looming manpower shortage in its transport sector, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Citing a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Tables (APGST), DOLE disclosed Canada is now in need of at least 36,000 workers for its transportation sector. More than half or 56 percent of these vacancies will be in the Canadian airlines industry. Among the available positions are pilots, flight engineers, and flying instructors. “There is a looming labor shortage in transportation industry in western provinces of Canada on account of workers retiring, moving out of the province, or leaving industries involved with international trade,” DOLE said in a statement. The four Canadian provinces, which …

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Pray for Italy quake victims – CBCP

An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on the faithful yesterday to pray for the victims of the destructive earthquake which struck Italy last Wednesday. “During this trying moment of disaster we commend God’s forgiving love to the deceased. Let us all pray for bodily and moral strength to the survivors and faith and hope to the citizens of Amatrice and Accumoli that with God’s mercy they will rise again,” CBCP – Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) Chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos said. Santos said members of CBCP will also be offering their own prayers for the victims of the disaster. He expressed his condolences for the victims of the earthquake. “While we are relieved that no Filipino perished in the deadly …

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POEA suspends 19 recruitment agencies

Nineteen Philippine recruitment agencies (PRA) had their operations temporarily suspended by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Tuesday for failing to repatriate 250 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait.  POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said that the recruitment agencies are now being probed for possible negligence in assisting their OFWs who are staying in the Migrant Workers and other Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC) of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)in Kuwait.  Under POEA regulations, the agencies are responsible for bringing home the deployed OFWs from the destination countries.  “POEA already suspended the processing of the documents of the 19 Philippine Recruitment Agencies and their counterpart Kuwait recruiters,” Cacdac said in a recent post in his official Facebook account.  The suspension orders will affect the following establishments: Philquest International Management and Service Contractor; Triple One Human Manpower Resources Corporation; …

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HSW Edloy’s family will receive aid from OWWA and KSA

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said yesterday that allegedly raped Filipina household service worker (HSW), who recently died in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), will get financial help from the government and her employer. "Dependents of Irma Edloy will get 150K assistance from OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) and $15 compulsory benefits, etc," Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a text message. He confirmed Avila Edloy, 35, passed away last Thursday at 11:45 p.m.  at the King Salman Hospital in Riyadh, KSA after succumbing to severe injuries. Authorities are currently investigating her employer, who is now being suspected of sexually abusing Edloy. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Hans Cacdac said they are  probing Edloy's employer for his  possible liability in the  HSW's ordeal. "We commenced an investigation at the POEA …

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P50-K reward for info on illegal recruiters due

Concerned citizens who will provide key information on illegal recruiters may soon receive a P50,000 bounty after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that it will officially start accepting leads on erring recruiters after the launch its official hotline next month. Last June, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III disclosed that some private companies have offered a P50,000 reward to informants, who will help in the government’s campaign against illegal recruiters. “It is still an open offer if they are able to give information that will lead to the arrest of illegal recruiters…the P50,000 will not come from the government (funds), but from the association of recruitment agencies,” Bello said in a previous interview. He said interested informants could relay their information to DOLE. “They could give us the information by …

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SK bets told to adhere to anti-nepotism law, or else…

The Commission on Election (Comelec) said stiff sanctions will be imposed on candidates of the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections who will violate its anti-nepotism regulation. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista explained the SK candidates are not exempted from its ban for candidates, who have relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, who are currently serving as elected public officials. “If it will eventually be proven that they have (relatives in office), that will be a ground for your disqualification,” Bautista warned SK aspirants. Comelec also cautioned them against filing a Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for more than one Office. “An aspirant who files a COC for more than one office shall not be eligible for any of them,” Comelec said. The poll chief issued the reminder two weeks before the start of …

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P50,000 reward money to citizens who will report any information on illegal recruiters

Concerned citizens, who will report any information on illegal recruiters, would soon not only be doing their civic duty, but may also earn some P50,000 reward money on the side. This comes after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced it will officially start accepting leads on erring recruiters once it launches its official hotline next month. Last June, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III disclosed some private companies have offered to provide to pay a bounty of P50,000 to informants, who will help in the government’s campaign against illegal recruiters. “It is still an open offer if they are able to give information that will lead to the arrest ng illegal recruiters…the P50,000 will not come from the government (funds), but from the association of recruitment …

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One-stop shop for OFWs unveiled; 3 more due

Following the successful launch of its first-ever one-stop shop for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) yesterday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will soon put up three more similar facilities nationwide. Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the additional One-Stop Service Centers for OFWs (OSSCO) will be strategically located in major urban areas frequented by migrant workers. “The one-stop shop is a project of our President, which will be duplicated in areas, where we have a (heavy) traffic of migrant workers like in the Pampanga, Cebu and of course Davao,” Bello said. Bello said the expansion of the OSSCO is aimed at ensuring that OFWs in other regions will be able to avail of the same convenience and efficient services provided by the one-stop shop at the Philippine Overseas …

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DOLE sending new labor officials to Saudi Arabia

Four new labor officials will soon be flying to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) ongoing revamp. Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the officials will take over the posts to be vacated by labor attaché for Riyadh Rustico dela Fuente, and labor attaché for Jeddah, Jainal Rasul Jr. Last month, Bello issued a recall order for Dela Fuente and Rasul for their alleged negligence in the performance of their official duties to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in their respective jurisdictions. “I already have in mind some people to replace them. In fact I am placing two (labor attachés) instead of one as their replacement because of the number of migrant workers there with problems...I think we need more labor …

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