Free OFW ID available beginning Wednesday

UNTV News   •   July 11, 2017   •   37131

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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

DOLE warns public vs fake job postings online

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against fake social media pages and accounts offering local and overseas job opportunities.

In a statement, DOLE urged the public to visit its official page at www.dole.gov.ph, the PhiljobNet for local job posting, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) at www.poea.gov.ph for overseas job orders.

It also encouraged jobseekers to visit these sites to verify licensed and accredited recruitment agencies in the country.

DOLE said it issued the warning after its Information and Publication Service (IPS) received a report from a jobseeker named ‘Mary’ who claimed to have fallen prey to a Facebook page bearing the logo of DOLE, offering various work opportunities as nurses, caregiver, managers and restaurant staff, among others in Canada, Australia, Singapore, London, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

The page also posted pictures of training and a photo of former Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

‘Mary’ said she sent a P1,000 for a reservation fee and arranged for a meetup with a certain Arthur Villena, who introduced himself as DOLE employee, at the department’s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila.

When the alleged employee did not show up, the victim reported the incident to DOLE.

Upon verification, no Arthur Villena appeared on DOLE’s official roster and the Facebook page was found to be bogus.

DOLE said it has reported the page and coordinated with Facebook to shut down the fake account.

SSS allows pensioners to loan up to P200K

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – In celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week, the Social Security System (SSS) unveiled a new borrowing program for pensioners.

Under the enhanced Pension Loan Program (PLP), the SSS said more than 1.5 million retiree-pensioners may loan up to P200,000.  

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Ignacio said on Friday the enhanced guidelines on the PLP, which is pursuant to Social Security Commission (SSC) Resolution No. 429 series of 2019, is aimed to provide adequate financial assistance to qualified retiree pensioners.

“They can now borrow up to 12 times their basic monthly pension plus the additional P1,000 benefit. SSS branches are now accepting PLP applications from qualified retiree-pensioners,” Ignacio said in a statement.

Qualified under the new guidelines are retiree pensioners who are 85 years old and below at the end of the loan repayment term if they have no outstanding loan balance, or benefit overpayment payable to SSS from his monthly pension.

Pensioners must also have no existing advance pension under the SSS calamity package and must be receiving his regular monthly pension for at least one month and has an “active” pension status.

“We want our pensioners to know that we value them as one of our key stakeholders in recognition of their support to SSS during their prime, wherein their monthly contributions were the lifeline of the pension fund then,” Ignacio said.

The enhanced loan program for pensioners grants a higher loanable amount, longer payment terms and wider range for the age qualification.

It also gives borrowers a wider option to choose from their loanable amount.

From the previous minimum loanable amount of twice his basic monthly pension (BMP) plus the P1,000 additional benefit, the pensioner borrower may now loan up to three times, six times, nine times or 12 times of his BMP plus the P1,000 additional benefit.

The repayment term was also adjusted so that borrowers will have the option to pay their loan in six, 12 or 24 months with the first monthly amortization to be due on the second month after the loan is granted.

The SSS said these options were given to discourage pensioners from transacting with loan organizations which charge steep interest rates.

“We hope that more pensioners will be encouraged to avail of this loan as this only incurs an interest rate of 10 percent per annum,” Ignacio said.

The SSS implemented the PLP last September 2018 to prevent the growing incidence of pensioners falling victims to loan sharks and help them with their short-term needs.

So far, the agency has released 59,224 pension loans amounting to P1.4 billion as of September 30, 2019.

Based on SSS data on loan term, 0.8 percent of the pensioner-borrowers preferred the three-month term, 5.88 percent for six months, and 93.32 percent for 12 months as of end-September 2019.

DOLE reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay alert amid fresh protests

Robie de Guzman   •   October 10, 2019

Riot police officers detain a protester in Mong Kok during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong, China, 07 October 2019. Anti-government protesters continue to take to the streets against the government’s use of emergency powers to ban face masks in public in a bid to end the city’s protests. Hong Kong has been gripped by mass demonstrations since June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, which have since morphed into a wider anti-government movement. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong anew to stay alert and cautious amid escalating protests and public disruptions in the area.

DOLE reiterated its reminder after it received fresh reports on the series of protest actions resulting to disruptions in public transport and business activities in various parts of the region.

“We are again urging all our OFWs in Hong Kong to exercise caution by staying indoors and keeping away from the locations where protest activities are taking place,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Based on the latest advisory issued by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, below are the areas and dates when protests are reportedly to be held:

10 October: Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station
12 October: New Town Plaza Shatin
13 October: Victoria Park and Edinburgh Place
14 October: Edinburgh Place and Chater Garden
16 October: Resumption of Legislative Council
20 October: The Riverpark Tai Wai to Shatin
21 October: Yuen Long MTR Station
26 October: Tamar Park Admiralty
31 October: Prince Edward MTR Station

Bello also reminded Filipino workers in Hong Kong to refrain from wearing black or white colored upper garments while on the streets to avoid being mistaken as protesters.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier issued an advisory on fresh protests in Hong Kong, adding that these demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the month. The DFA also reminded Filipinos in Hong kong anew to not participate in, and to stay away from protest areas.

The labor chief assured it continues to monitor developments in the area.

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