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POEA to exempt selected OFWs from securing OECs

Starting next month, some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will no longer be required to secure an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  POEA announced last week it will start exempting selected OFWs from the OEC requirement.  An OEC is a mandatory document issued by POEA for OFWs prior to their overseas deployment.  Migrant advocate groups have been pushing for the removal of the OEC since it entails additional processing costs. THE RULING  In its two-page governing board resolution no. 12, series of 2016, POEA disclosed that the exemption is part of its pilot study to remove the OEC requirement for “balik-manggagawa” (BM) or vacationing OFWs.  “The POEA will issue implementing guidelines to operationalize the system (for the project) which shall have the pilot implementation in the first week of September, 2016,” …

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Power Interruption affects workers

The incessant power shortage in Luzon this week has now started affecting workers. Associated Labor Union (ALU) spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said they got reports from their affiliated labor unions in Metro Manila and Cavite that some of their members were sent home by their employers since their work sites lacked power. “Several factories have to cease operation and send a good number of workers home, our local union from ALU reported,” Tanjusay said in a text message. Parts of Luzon were hit with a rotating brownout this week due to a shortage of power supply. The National Transmission Corporation attributed this to the simultaneous and unscheduled shutdown of power plants. Meanwhile, ALU revived its calls for wage reforms saying the prevailing minimum wage rates nationwide are “inadequate” for the needs of workers.

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OWWA releases around P250M as OFW cash aid in Saudi Arabia

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has already released around half of its P500-million budget for its cash aid for stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). In an interview, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III disclosed he instructed OWWA to disburse its Relief Assistance Program (RAP) in to two-tranches to avoid funding restrictions in KSA. “We have difficulty sending big amounts… it is very difficult for them to explain (to Saudi authorities) why they (Philippines officials) suddenly have half a billion (pesos),” Bello explained. “Initially we sent half of the amount. The balance of that amount is forthcoming,” he added. Last month, OWWA’s governing board authorized the RAP to immediate cash relief to at least 11,000 OFWs, who were …

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Bello to return to KSA to bring home stranded overseas workers

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) next week to bring home the estimated 6,000 remaining stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Al Khobar. Bello said he was ordered by President Duterte to facilitate the immediate repatriation of the affected OFWs, who were displaced from large Saudi firms facing financial woes due to the dip in international oil prices. “When I made the report on our stranded migrant workers, the President’s immediate reaction was (to order me to) go and get them back. Never mind the expense that we will incur. First go and get them back,” Bello told reporters in an interview. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier reported that around 11,000 OFWs are currently stranded …

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Senior citizens back to the jobseekers’ line

Thousands of elderly people could now go back to the job market without fear of being discriminated by employers with the passage of Republic Act No. 10911 last month. Republic Act No. 10911 or an Act Prohibiting Discrimination against Any Individual in Employment on Accounts of Age recently lapsed into law on July 21, 2016 after former President Benigno Aquino III failed to sign it during his term. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) welcomed the new legislation, which it said will ensure the job security for “not-so-young” workers. “This is really a positive development because there are people, who are above 40, but are still productive and willing to work,” Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod told reporters during an interview. He said this will empower elderlies now that many companies would prefer hiring …

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Stranded OFWs can start availing of cash assistance

The displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia (KSA) could finally start availing of the one-time financial grant from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) after it officially issued the program's implementing rules and regulation (IRR). According to the IRR, only OFWs, who were displaced from nine large Saudi firms, and their families will be qualified for the Relief Assistance Program (RAP). The nine Saudi companies are Mohammed al Mojil Group (MMG), Saudi Bin Laden Group of Companies (SBG), Saudi Oger Ltd., Mohammed Hameed Al-Bargash and Bros. Trading and Construction, Aluminum Company (ALUMCO L.L.C.), Rajeh H. Al Merri Contracting and Trading Company, Fawzi Salah-Al Nairani Contracting Company, Arabtec Contstruction L.L.C., and Real Estate Development and Investment Company. "This one-time grant is exclusively for affected OFWs who are either staying in camps or …

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POEA blacklists 4 Saudi firms for displacing OFWs

Four large Saudi companies have been suspended by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) from hiring overseas Filipino workers (OFW) after displacing more than 11,000 of them. POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said they already stopped the deployment of OFWs for Saudi Oger, Ltd. (SOL), Saudi bin Ladin Group of Companies (SBG), Mohammed Al Mojil Group (MMG), and Mohammad Hameed Al-Bargash & Bros. The firms are among the nine financially troubled Saudi companies which have been reported by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to have displaced at least 11,000 OFWs. Cacdac pointed out they are currently also probing the other companies included in the list for possible violation of POEA regulations for OFWs. The other five Saudi establishments are Alumco L.L.C., Rajeh H Al Merri Contracting & Trading Company, Fawzi Salah Al Nairani …

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DOLE takes first step to end ‘endo’

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has taken the first step in its campaign to end the practice of contractualization, popularly referred to as “endo.” Department Order No. 162, series of 2016, issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello and which took effect last Monday, directs DOLE regional offices to stop accepting applications from new third-party service providers. Only the 5,000 to 6,000 contractors and subcontractors already registered with DOLE will now be allowed to operate. “All certificates of registration of contractors/subcontractors issued prior to this Order shall be respected,” Bello said in the one-page order. But he warned registered labor contractors they could still lose their license if they are found violating government regulations. Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said the issuance of Order No. 162 is in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise …

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OWWA asked to expedite release of cash assistance to stranded OFWs

A migrant workers advocate group urged the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) yesterday to release the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) that will facilitate the release of cash assistance for the thousands of stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). In a statement, Blas F. Ople Policy Center President Susan Ople made the appeal after OWWA announced last week it has allocated P500 million of its funds to be used in giving financial aid to OFWs, who were displaced from large Saudi construction firms. She disclosed around 11,000 stranded OFWs in KSA may qualify for the program. “Thousands of stranded OFWs in the Middle East and their families throughout the country are awaiting the issuance of guidelines on the release of Php 26,000 in financial assistance from the …

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Southeast Asian licensing pact for realtors, customs brokers eyed

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is now drafting an agreement that will allow Filipino Real Estate Services and Customs Brokers (RESCB) to practice their profession in other Southeast Asian countries using their local credentials. PRC said it met last month with representatives of its Thai counterpart, the Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI), for the creation a new Mutual Regulation Agreement (MRA) for both of the aforementioned professions. “The visit was to probe the possibility of forging an instrument of collaboration for mutual recognition of professional qualifications of our Real Estate Services and Customs Brokers professionals,” PRC said. PRC currently has existing MRAs for nurses medical practitioners, dentistry practitioners, accountants, surveyors, architects and engineers. Meanwhile, PRC also recently announced it has started the implementation of the new provisions of the Republic Act No. 10862, which …

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