New labor policy to hit Filipino workers in New Zealand

UNTV News   •   May 4, 2017   •   6271

NEW ZEALAND – Paul Gatchalian is a Filipino working as a technical sales representative in New Zealand for more than a year now.

Gatchalian said he has not experienced any difficulty in finding work in the said country as he is an international student.

Such is the case also of another Filipino migrant worker, Michael Valle, who finished a course in business studies and now has a stable job.

Valle said he needed P500,000 for his one year tuition, aside from the expenses for his rent and food.

Despite a number of opportunities and high salary, they advise job seekers to be wise and weigh in the possibilities before applying, especially these days.

Gatchalian, who has a 1 year visa said, “Yung batas ng immigration [dito sa New Zealand] medyo mahigpit. Kaya bago po kayo pumasok dito kailangan alamin muna natin ang batas nila sa immigration para hindi tayo mahirapan (The immigration laws here are very strict. So before you come here. Know their laws on immigration first so you won’t have any difficulty).”

Michael Valle, holder of open job search visa, said, “Dapat pag-isipan mabuti ng isang migrante bago pumunta sa bansang ito… ano yung mga requirements na kailangan mo magamit o madala para maging eligible ka sa ganung antas ng sahod (Those who want to come here must think about it thoroughly first… you must know the requirements you need to bring so you can be eligible for the level of salary offered here).”

New Zealand immigration minister, Michael Woodhouse, has announced recently the implementation of a new immigration policy.

This new policy requires the companies to prioritize the hiring of Kiwis or New Zealand nationals who are capable of the job they offer.

An employee, who is a prioritized skilled visa holder, will receive a yearly minimum income of 49, 000 NZ dollars or equivalent to 1.6 million pesos. While highly-skilled workers can get an annual income of 73,000 NZ dollars or 2.5 million pesos.

The processing of temporary visa will begin in August while the implementation of minimum annual wage will start in July. — Nina Bascon| UNTV News & Rescue

Lost hikers found alive after 18 days in New Zealand forest

UNTV News   •   May 27, 2020

Scenery at Kahurangi National Park

Two New Zealand hikers survived for more than 18 days in a densely-forested national park before being found alive on Wednesday (May 27), rescue officials said.

Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23, hiked into Kahurangi National Park in the northwest of New Zealand’s South Island on May 9, and were expected to return in five days. They were reported missing by a friend on May 18.

A search helicopter located the pair on Wednesday afternoon, and they were taken to be medically assessed at a hospital, police said.

Police said initial indications were that the pair became lost in fog during the first few days of their hike. They decided to stay put and had run out of food by the time they were found.

At 452,002 hectares (1116921.27 acres), Kahurangi National Park is New Zealand’s second largest national park. It was also one of the locations for the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (Reuters)

(Production: James Redmayne)

DOLE: Over 1-M Filipino workers displaced due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2020

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that over 1 million Filipino workers have been displaced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The Labor Department on Sunday (April 12) reported that 1,048,649 workers in the formal sector were affected after several establishments had to temporarily close down while others implement flexible work arrangements due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOLE reported that Metro Manila has the highest displacement numbers with 246,810 affected workers. Central Luzon followed with 179,875 workers, and Calabarzon listed third with 99,178 affected workers.

The government already allotted P1.6 billion financial assistance through DOLE. However, it will only be enough for over 300,000 workers.

Due to this, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is calling on big time private companies to assist their employees who are unable to work due to the ECQ.

Based on the latest DOLE report, only around 200,000 workers have received the financial assistance from the special amelioration program. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

OFWs urged to take safety measures as New Zealand confirms first COVID-19 case

Robie de Guzman   •   February 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Wellington on Friday urged Filipino workers in New Zealand to take precautionary measures after the country confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an advisory, the embassy told Filipinos to follow the safety measures outlined by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These measures include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people with cold or flu-like symptoms  
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing
  • Washing of hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after caring for sick people

New Zealand on Friday confirmed that its first case of coronavirus is a person who recently returned from Iran.

In a statement, New Zealand’s Health Ministry said the patient, who is in their 60s, tested positive in results conducted earlier.

It added that the patient is also currently receiving treatment and is in improving condition.

“The Ministry of Health of New Zealand assured that the chances of community outbreak remain low as the patient is in isolation in a negative pressure room to prevent any spread of the disease,” the Philippine embassy said.

Authorities also urged those who have been in contact with the patient or those who took the final leg of the flight back to Auckland on board the Emirates flight EK450 on February 26 to contact New Zealand’s COVID-19 Healthline number 0800 358 5453.

The Philippine Embassy in Wellington assured it is monitoring the situation and advised Filipinos requiring assistance to immediately contact the dedicated COVID-19 health line number.

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