Dollar remittances of OFWs seen to increase in 2017
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017
MANILA — Cash remittances of overseas Filipino workers is expected to increase in 2017.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) believes so after cash remittances have increased by 8.6 percent at the start of 2017.
Based on preliminary data from the BSP, the amount of remittances recorded in January 2017 has reached 2.169 billion U.S. dollars which is greater than the 1.997 billion U.S. dollars in the same period last year.
Remittances from Filipinos based in oil-producing countries like Qatar, one of the biggest oil producers in the world, contributed a lot.
“We should also expect steady or stable demand for our overseas Filipino workers particularly in the Middle East, the oil-producing, oil-exporting countries. Especially the skills diversification of our overseas workers, and new markets that have been developed in the last few years,” said BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo.
According to BSP, the growth of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines can also contribute to the dollar remittances.
“The expansion is the question. The uncertainty is whether they will expand or not, but I don’t think they will pull out and they will remain,” said Guinigundo.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas believes that the government’s campaign against illegal drugs and criminality contributes to the increase of foreign investors in the country since peace and order is a big issue for them. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV | Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
The chief executive said that OFW deployment ban in Kuwait remains and may possibly be implemented in other countries as well.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte once again appealed to Kuwait and other Arab countries to treat overseas Filipino workers (OFW) humanely.
Despite criticisms, the President insisted that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait remain in force and even suggested the possibility of expanding the ban to other countries as well.
“The ban will continue and it will extend to other countries. Mahirapan sila. Well, humihingi na ako ng tawad sa inyo. I will not allow. Hindi. Wala akong kaplano na ipadala kayo doon tapos babuyin kayo. Hindi ko style ‘yan,” said the President.
(The ban will continue and it will extend to other countries. Let them have difficulties. I am asking for your apology, but I don’t have any plans to send you there and let them abuse you. That is not my style.)
Alongside this, the chief executive promised that the government will continue to work for economic progress and will continue to provide livelihood assistance for the repatriated OFWs through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
President Duterte also advised OFWs to consider other alternative employment options like China.
Malacañang, in the meantime, confirmed that the Kuwaiti government has invited President Duterte to visit their country.
The chief executive, however, has no decision on this yet.
“The language used is, they ‘prefer’ that if there’s a visit, there would be already a bilateral agreement in place. But that is not made into a condition, it’s a preference,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Meanwhile, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has submitted a resolution to conduct an inquiry on the impact of the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait on the economy. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East were able to return to the Philippines through amnesty programs.
With this, many of them are now looking for new jobs and are planning to go abroad anew to look for new work opportunities.
However, the non-government organization, Blas F. Ople Policy Center has warned against job opportunities being offered in Russia.
According to the center’s head, Ms. Susan Ople, no job openings are being offered in Russia as of now, particularly to domestic helpers.
Based on the group’s monitoring, the illegal recruitment scheme is now spreading among Filipina domestic helpers in Hong Kong.
Those seeking to apply are asked to pay $10,000 US dollars.
“Merong mga nagrerecruit ginagamit nila yung Facebook. Sumisingil sila for a Russian visa tapos para sa accomodations. So pagdating nila sa Russia baon na baon na sa utang yung worker. Nakakausap namin yung mga illegally-recruited na OFWs sa Hong Kong dinala sa Russia pagdating dun wala naman silang trabaho,” said Ople.
(There are those who recruit using Facebook. They charge for Russian visa and accommodation. Upon their arrival in Russia, they are already buried in debt. We are communicating with OFWs illegally recruited from Hong Kong and brought to Russia where they later found out no jobs were waiting for them.)
In case OFWs do get jobs in the said country, the NGO explained that they could still face danger there.
“Kung makakuha sila ng part-time work tinatago sila ng employer. So tuwing may bisita, tinatago sila, hindi sila pwedeng lumabas. kung nakakalas man sila may mga pulis na pwede silang sitahin, minsan nakokotongan pa sila,” said Ople.
(If they do get part-time work, employers would hide them. So, when there’s a visitor, the Filipino workers are being hidden. They could not go out. If they are able to escape, the police could arrest them and sometimes even extort money from them.)
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III initially said that Russia is one of the countries the Philippines is considering as a market venue for skilled and professional Filipino workers. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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