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Free OFW ID available beginning Wednesday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Starting July 12, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will launch the OFW ID card with its partner agencies such as SSS, DBP, PHILPOST, among others.

OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) can avail of the ID cards for free. They just need to go to POEA’s website to fill out the necessary information.

“So this is for OFWs who are scheduled to leave and for applicants,” said DOLE Usec. Dominador Say said.

Overseas workers don’t need to pay for the processing of their ID card, which will be delivered by Phil Post to their respective addresses.

“One of the costs of hiring an OFW is the ID. This for the benefit of the OFWs anyway so the employers must shoulder the expenses for it,” USec. Say said.

DOLE targets to provide ID cards to more than six million OFWs.

OFW seafarer Vuson Gil Taala is among those who would benefit from the new system.

He has been a seafarer for more than 20 years now.

Taala believes the new system will help in the faster processing of documents of Filipino migrant workers, especially those who set to leave for abroad.

“So far for now, there’s no problem because everything’s computerized. You can look it up on the website if an agency is really registered with POEA,”  Taala said.

Another OFW seafarer, Ryan Guevarra, has been working in the kitchen of a ship. Ryan said he can save more time and avail a number of privileges with the ID card.

“It will be a big help because instead of processing documents, you would just need to present the ID which has privileges. It will be favorable to OFWs,” he said.

An ID card will serve as a proof that the documents of an OFW are legally processed by POEA.

Along with the Overseas Employment Certificate, it will also serve as the travel exit clearance and is valid for up to two years.

Likewise, an OFW with an ID card will no longer need to pay for travel tax and terminal fee. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Bello urges public to report foreign nationals doing Filipino jobs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Chinese workers in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged the public to report through the Labor Department’s hotline 1-3-4-9, illegal foreign workers or foreign nationals doing jobs that can be done by Filipino workers.

“We would really appreciate any report from any sector or anybody about foreign workers doing works that can be done by Filipinos. We will start checking on foreign workers with special working permits, workers in the online offshore gaming, and foreign workers in economic zones,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in an interview on Monday (April 8).

This, after Secretary Bello declared a ban on foreign nationals doing jobs that can be carried out by Filipinos.

He clarified, however, that he is against the total ban of foreign workers because there are some jobs that require special skills by professionals from other countries.

Bello said foreign workers who are doing jobs that Filipinos are capable of doing should be deported and blacklisted.

“Mayroon talagang general rule na hindi natin pahihintulutan na magtrabaho ang dayuhan dito kapag iyong trabaho ay kaya ng Pilipino. Proteksyon iyan sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

The government’s drive against illegal foreign workers was prompted by the influx of Chinese nationals in the country’s gaming industry.

According to Secretary Bello, offshore gaming firms may hire Chinese nationals to deal with their clients in China.

However, granting special permits to Chinese nationals in the construction industry is a violation of the Philippine Law, Bello said.

The Labor Secretary said that the government’s inspection of establishments in the country is ongoing although the official admitted that their job is being limited by shortage of labor inspectors.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) already allowed DOLE to have additional 1,000 labor inspectors apart from the existing 800 to be able to speed up labor inspections in all commercial establishments across the country. – Marje Pelayo

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Drive vs. illegal foreign workers delayed by shortage of labor inspectors

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

Chinese workers in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) admits that the drive against illegal foreign workers is a huge challenge, having only 800 labor inspectors in its roster.

“Dapat kami ang maniguro na walang mga dayuhan ang mabigyan ng permit na magtrabaho kung ang trabaho na iyan ay kaya ng Pilipino,” noted Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a radio interview on Monday (April 8).

(We [DOLE] must make sure that no foreign worker will be granted a work permit for a job that can be carried out by a Filipino.)

“Ang problema lang kasi namin diyan ay sa dami ng mga establishment na ini-inspection namin, mayroon lang kaming 800 na inspectors, and you’re talking of almost one million business establishments all throughout the country,” he lamented.

(Our problem, however, is the number of establishments that we need to inspect. We only have 800 inspectors and you’re talking of almost one million business establishments all throughout the country.)

Bello thanked the Department of Finance (DOF) through Secretary Carlos Dominguez for assisting the DOLE to have at least an additional 1,000 labor law compliance officers, although that number is still not enough as the agency needs at least 5,000 labor inspectors.

The Labor Secretary said the additional labor law compliance officers will focus on foreign workers who were given special working permits in economic zones in the country. – Marje Pelayo

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SSS reminds members of new table of monthly contribution

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

The Social Security System (SSS) has issued a reminder to all members of the new table of contribution.

Through its Twitter account, the agency announced the new SSS Contribution Table that took effect on Monday (April 1) for the applicable month of April 2019.

The new system in payment of monthly contribution is presented in three tables: one is for those who are Employed, Self-Employed, Voluntary Members and Non-Working Spouse; for Household Employers and kasambahay; and for OFW Members.

Members with advance payments at the minimum monthly salary credit (MSC) of P1,000 shall settle underpayments amounting to P6.00 per month; otherwise, such advance payment shall be deemed as ineffective contributions. 

Meanwhile, OFW members with advanced payment at the minimum MSC of 5,000 shall settle underpayments at P30.00 per month.

On the other hand, those with advance payments at an MSC other than the minimum may opt to pay the corresponding increase in contributions to retain posting at the same MSC; otherwise, such advance payment shall be posted at the applicable lower MSC. – Maris Federez

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