OWWA awaits decision on death of Pinay OFW in Kuwait

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 6, 2020   •   1988

Graduation photo of slain OFW, Jeanelyn Villavende | Courtesy: DSWD

The Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) is waiting for the decision of the Kuwaiti government on the investigation of the death of Jeanelyn Villavende.

READ: Deployment ban to Kuwait possible over another Pinay’s death — Bello

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the government also awaits the filing of formal charges against the employer couple.

“The employer couple is detained in prison so, pending investigation they will remain in prison until of course ang expectation natin after 6-7 days they will be formally charged in the court, Kuwaiti court,” he said.

Cacdac also said there is still no confirmation if the male employer is a member of the police force.

“He is an official of the Interior Ministry at kasama doon sa Interior Ministry ang kapulisan (and the police is under the Interior Ministry),” he said.

Meanwhile, the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is currently investigating Villavende’s recruitment agency for their alleged inaction on her abuse complaints.

Cacdac said the recruitment agency might face suspension or revocation of the license if they are proven guilty of inaction on Villavende’s case.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Be wary of ‘too good to be true’ job offers online — DOLE

Maris Federez   •   November 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The labor department has warned Filipinos aspiring to work overseas to be wary of spurious job offers online.

In a statement released Sunday, DOLE said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Madrid, Spain received a request to verify an online job offer for a fruit farm cashier position in the country with a salary of 3,000 or 6,000 Euros.

POLO Madrid Labor Attaché Joan Lourdes Lavilla advised job seekers to be careful in entertaining ‘too good to be true’ job opportunities abroad amid numerous job offers proliferating on social media.

“What our kababayan did was right. She checked with us first before grabbing the job opportunity,” Lavilla said.

The Labor Attache said scammers use names of legitimate companies but usually offer jobs that are too good to be true.

Another indication of a spurious job offer is if the company gives mobile numbers only.

“One tip is to check their given address using Google maps because sometimes there is no actual structure or company,” Lavilla said.

She also said that another red flag of a scam is when an applicant is being required to send out money to an individual through a remittance center.

DOLE said legitimate job offers are listed on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website at https://www.poea.gov.ph/.

Meanwhile, Lavilla reported that with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Spain, more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now back to work.

She said Spanish employers prefer Filipino workers because of their capacity to speak and understand the English language.

According to the POLO Madrid official, OFWs in Spain, Andorra, France, Portugal, and Monaco, are composed of household service workers; hotel and restaurant staff; and professionals like Information Technology personnel, researchers, managers, and nurses. —/mbmf

Bello: KSA to pay P4.6B unpaid salaries of OFWs in December

Maris Federez   •   November 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced that overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were forced to return to the Philippines after they stopped receiving remuneration will be able to receive their unpaid salaries in December.

The DOLE said the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is expected to pay P4.6 billion in unpaid salaries to 9,000 OFWs.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a statement, said he is optimistic the payment will be made when KSA Labor Minister Ahmed al-Rajhi visits the country in December this year.

“So, the unpaid salaries of our OFWs can be settled just in time for Christmas,” the Labor chief said.

Bello was in KSA last week to attend the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, a forum for talks and cooperation between Asian Countries of labor origin and destination.

It aims to enable safe, orderly, and regular labor migration in some of the world’s largest temporary labor migration corridors.

There, Bello was invited by Al-Rajhi for a private meeting where the KSA labor executive appealed for the lifting of the suspension on Arab mega recruitment agencies.

These agencies were reportedly the ones who were responsible for the deployment of OFWs whose salaries and benefits remained unpaid.

Bello assured Al Rahji that the Philippines would lift the deployment ban in exchange for the payment of salaries of the OFWs.

Repatriated by the government in 2016, the unpaid OFWs, through the help of state lawyers, won the case over their unsettled pay in KSA.

Despite the legal victory, however, the KSA government refused to pay the OFWs.

“But our government is really thankful that the meeting with the KSA labor minister was fruitful,” Bello said. —/mbmf

Quarantine period para sa mga OFW, pinag-aaralang paikliin sa 5-7 araw – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pinag-aaralan na ng pamahalaan ang posibleng pagpapaikli sa ipinatutupad na quarantine period para sa mga umuuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) na bakunado na kontra COVID-19.

“Pinag-uusapan na po namin sa IATF, in fact, pina-finalize lang po namin ito na maging five to seven days na lang ang quarantine period sa mga vaccinated po,” ani Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año sa kanyang ulat kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Huwebes.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang mga international passenger na galing sa green countries at fully vaccinated na ay sumasailalim na lamang sa 7-day facility based quarantine at 3-day home-based quarantine pagdating ng mga ito sa bansa.

Ang green list ay kinabibilangan ng mga bansang itinuturing na low-risk sa COVID-19 batay sa incidence rate at case count.

Ang yellow list naman ay moderate risk habang ang nasa red list ay itinuturing na high risk.

Sa ngayon, ang British Overseas Territory na Bermuda lang ang nasa red list habang 49 bansa naman ang nasa green list.

Ang mga tinatawag na green countries ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • American Samoa
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China (mainland)
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Hungary, Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Taiwan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Cook Islands
  • Eritrea
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

Nasa yellow list naman ang mga bansang hindi nabanggit sa mga nasabing kategorya.

Ang updated list ng territories ay epektibo mula Oktubre 1 hanggang 15.

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