Guam sends out requests for Filipino workers — DOLE

Maris Federez   •   August 8, 2020   •   530

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Saturday announced the increasing job requests for Filipino workers from accredited employers under the construction sector in Guam.

DOLE said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Los Angeles, through Assistant Labor Attaché Armi Peña, submitted a labor market report to Secretary Silvestre Bello III saying that employers in the construction service sector are opening their projects for skilled and semi-skilled Filipino workers.

POLO LA said Guam’s Department of Labor (DoL) Director David Dell’Solla reached out to their office regarding the intent of some contractors in Guam to hire more skilled Filipinos for the construction and maintenance job categories.

Dell’Solla said the employment of Filipino workers will be under H2 visas.

Job orders in Guam will be for carpenters, cement masons, sheet metal workers, pipe fitters, heavy equipment operators, and mechanical and civil engineers.

DOLE said the Office of the Labor Attaché in LA has opened all communication lines to interview foreign principals for the documentary requirements to determine their veracity.

A thorough background check to determine the track record and favorable standards for managing the employment of foreign workers of the applicant is being undertaken by the POLO. — /mbmf

PH Labor Office in Riyadh suspends operation after 6 staffers contract COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh will temporarily suspend its operations effective Sunday, June 14, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced.

In a statement on Thursday, DOLE said the suspension of POLO-Riyadh operation will be implemented after six of its staff tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The objective of the temporary suspension is to prevent the escalation of infection among POLO staff and its clients and to allow the conduct of a thorough disinfection of the office premises,” Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa was quoted as saying in the statement.

Mustafa said all 37 POLO personnel already underwent COVID-19 testing.

He also assured that POLO officers and staff will still respond to calls, offer consulting services to clients and provide counselling on a 24/7 basis to distressed overseas Filipino workers as they will be on work-from-home arrangement starting Sunday.

DOLE said it will release an advisory for the guidance of the transacting public.

Taiwan rejects deportation call against Pinay caregiver critical of Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   April 29, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The country’s foreign ministry has rejected calls for the deportation of a Filipina caregiver accused of cyber-libel by a Philippine labor official in Taiwan for “willful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte.”

In a news conference on Tuesday (April 28), Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou noted that as a democratic country, Taiwan gives the same treatment to all foreign workers as its own citizens and that “their rights are protected, including freedom of speech.”

Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag of the Philippines Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taichung, Taiwan brought up the issue on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) website on Saturday (April 25).

In a press statement, Macauyag said the Filipina worker’s action “intended to cause hatred amidst the current global health crisis caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”

The Pinay caregiver,  identified as Elanei Egot Ordidor, is employed in Yunlin County in Taiwan.

The official alleged that Ordidor was using multiple social media accounts and joined groups “organized to discredit and malign the President and destabilize the government.”

He said his staff went to warn the OFW of the consequences of her posts on April 20 to which she conceded and assured to delete them and post a public apology to the President and the Philippines government.

His office also has coordinated with the worker’s broker and employer on her deportation on her supposed violation of the Philippines’ Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In an interview with Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA), Philippine representative and chair of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei, Angelito Banayo said there was no instruction coming from the Philippines regarding the matter. 

He also noted that the order for deportation is a sovereign right of Taiwan being the host government.

“So the question of deportation is something that only the Taiwanese government can decide upon,” he said.

Filipina household helpers in Malaysia enjoy pay hike, new labor rights

admin   •   November 29, 2017

Juliet Labong has been working for six months as a domestic helper in Malaysia to be able to support his parents who have gotten on in years.

A househelp in Malaysia gets about 1,440 ringgits or P17,700 pesos.

Since this month, a domestic servant has been receiving 1,680 ringgit or P20,600 pesos.

This is a result of an agreement between the Malaysian and Philippine governments.

Labong is grateful for the salary adjustment.

“This is beneficial for us since the reason we came to work in a foreign country to be able to earn more,” said Juliet Labong, a domestic helper in Malaysia.

Aside from the salary increase, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Malaysia has also released a circular stating that a maid is entitled to one day off work in a week.

And in case a househelp is obligated to work on a scheduled day-off, he or she must receive 65 ringgit or P800 pesos.

“Para po sa aming mga OFW,kailangan po naming lumabas every week para po maibsan ang pangungulila namin sa aming mga mahal sa buhay. Kaya maraming salamat po at napakagandang move po ng Philippine embassy para po sa mga DH dito po sa Malaysia,” said Kate, a domestic helper.

A domestic helper also has the right to hold his or her passport.

POLO said any employer who wants to take hold an employee’s passport must submit a written explanation to the POLO office.

It is also the right of a domestic helper to use a mobile phone during break time.

POLO advises any agency that will not abide by the memorandum will be delisted from the agencies recommended to Filipinos who apply for work overseas.

However, despite the new benefits of Filipinos who work as domestic helpers in Malaysia, they say they would rather work in their home country if given the chance to have a better livelihood.

“Kung ako po ang tatanungin as much as possible, ayoko ko pong maging katulong kaya lang po, para sa kinabukasan ng mga mahal ko sa buhay kailangan ko gawin atsaka po yung kinikita ko po dito ay mas mabibigyan ko po ng magandang buhay yung mga mahal ko,” said Kate. — Joselito Liquido | UNTV News & Rescue

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