Posts by Albert Hernandez

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aaaPRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte talked with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Vietnam on how to improve the welfare of overseas Filipino workers in the former Crown colony, Malacanang said. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President and the head of the Hong Kong Administrative Region (HKSAR) had a brief “pull aside” meeting on Nov. 10 at the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam. “They discussed the welfare of OFWs in Hong Kong and the the 20th anniversary of HKSAR,” R...

December 4, 2017
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aaaThe Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will undergo a major revamp due to persistent reports of illegal recruitment and other anomalies involving officials and personnel of the agency, a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) official said. Undersecretary Dominador Say said on Nov. 24 that they were investigating reports of illegal recruitment by unscrupulous individuals victimizing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including direct hire workers. “Last January, nagkaroon ng reshuffle sa mga senior officials sa POEA....

November 28, 2017
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aaaMANY migrant domestic workers in Southeast Asia work 14 hours a day and less than half have a day off, an International Labor Organization (ILO) official said. Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, urged Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states to pass the international convention on Domestic Workers, which protects their rights. Nishimoto noted that, among Asean members, only the Philippines had adopted the convention. "Often called the largest invisible wo...

November 1, 2017
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aaaTHE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong to be wary of job offers in Mongolia and three other countries. In a statement, the POEA said it received reports that Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cyprus were falling victim to fake job offers in the United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Turkey, and Russia. "The POEA has received reports of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) in Hong Kong, Singapore and Cyprus who were lured into transferring to another country...

October 30, 2017
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aaa“If it’s your birthday, they give you two chickens.” This was what a Coast Guard officer told me as we walked to the end of the 1,300-metre dirt airfield of Pag-asa island. At 37 hectares, Pag-asa is the biggest island controlled by the Philippines in the Spratlys. It is 480 kilometers west of Puerto Princesa or 34 hours away by boat from Rizal, Palawan. I visited the island with a group of government officials to see how it could be developed into a tourism site. “We have pigs, goats, ducks, and chickens. If it’s ...

August 14, 2017
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aaaGOVERNMENT would not mind if the Philippine peso depreciated further to P52 to a US dollar, according to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Diokno said on July 14 that there was nothing to worry about the depreciation of the peso since the peso-dollar exchange rate was still within the government target range of P48-P52 to one US dollar. He pointed out that peso depreciation also favored overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and the country’s exporters. “I’m not worried about the peso depreciation...And right now our target, w...

August 7, 2017
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aaaTHE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be wary of “fake” Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) websites.” Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, acting POEA chief, said OFWs and those who plan to work abroad should first verify the legitimacy of job vacancies being peddled on the Internet, especially after the proliferation of fake POEA pages in the social media, particularly on Facebook. Olalia said the POEA received reports that “unscrupulous individua...

August 4, 2017
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aaaDOMESTIC workers who fail the competency assessment of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will no longer be required to wait for a month before they can take another assessment, according to a policy research firm. Former Labor Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag, now president of the policy research Lilac Center for Public Interest, said the TESDA board last month approved a resolution scrap the requirement. “This is a move in the right direction. It will open up more employment opportunities for women who c...

March 16, 2017
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aaaLabor Secretary Silvestre Bello III this morning ordered the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Qatar to immediately help 300 overseas Filipino workers affected by a fire that razed a labor camp on Friday. Bello said he ordered Labor Attaché David Des Dicang and his team to assist the victims of the blaze that hit the UCC Labor Camp of the Elegancia Hospitality Group in Al-Shehaniya, which is about 33 kilometers north of Doha. The labor chief said he instructed the POLO to provide immediate assistance to the OFWs, monitor their...

March 7, 2017
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aaaLABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III this morning threatened to charge airline companies to compel them to immediately stop the collection of travel tax and terminal fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “The continuous collection of travel tax and terminal fees from OFWs is not correct because the law exempting them took effect three years ago. They should have stopped the collection as early as three years ago,” Bello said in a statement. The labor chief was reacting to reports that airline companies will only cease collecting ...

March 17, 2017
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