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Faster, hassle-free services now available for OFWs with OWWA e-Card

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) launched Tuesday (November 6) the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) e-Card courtesy of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The OFW e-card holders can easily access the different programs of OWWA, welfare services, scholarships, trainings, social benefits and many more, through on line.

This will also save OFWs cash through its paperless transactions.

The e-card can also be used as an exit clearance whenever leaving the Philippines.

“That the card will benefit OFW’s in many ways possible and the e-card is not just proof of OWWA membership upon payment of the required contribution but as a means for easier access to OWWA programs ang services and that a card will also function as a government issued ID card,” explained OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

OFWs can apply through on line, and can claim their IDs to any regional OWWA offices.

As the benefits and programs developed, services of e-cards will be extended to other agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIZEA), through an open database and easy link.

OFW Gilberto Dularte has been working in Saudi Arabia as service crew over the past 10 years.

And every time he goes home, he said, he would encounter hassles in going thru long queues of document processing from the time he steps into the airport.

“Kasi dati nung una pa nung wala pang mga ganitong card talagang pagtyatyagaan mong pipila sa owwa para makabayad ka lang ng oecpara makabalik ka lang sa pupuntahan mo sa abroad,” said Mang Gil.

With the e-card, things will be easy for Mang Gil to transact and process his papers with different concerned government agencies.

Mang Gil is just one of the 250,000 OFWs who will enjoy different benefits of having the OWWA OFW e-cards, which can be obtained, free of charge.

“Basta lahat ng transaction andito na eh pwede nang gamitin ito eh kaya nga lang walang pera nga daw ito,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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DOLE opens 1,000 job opportunities for PWDs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will launch a job fair for persons with disability (PWDs) on Wednesday (December 5) at the Quezon City Hall grounds.

The agency will open job opportunities in the field of advertising, business process outsourcing (BPO), electronics, hotel service, health and wellness, logistics, media, manpower and security services, travel and tourism among others.

Interested applicants may visit www.philjobnet.gov.ph for pre-qualification. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Senate recommends crackdown on foreign illegal workers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2018

PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Senate has launched an investigation into the alleged growing number of illegal foreign workers in the country.

The Senate, in particular, is concerned about the growing number Chinese workers employed locally without proper documents especially in the National Capital Region (NCR) wherein their number has already reached up to around 200,000.

“Kapag umikot ka po dito sa NCR dun po sa BGC, sa eastwood, kung saan, tingin ko hindi lang 200,000,” observed Senator Joel Villanueva.

The senators are questioning the actions being taken by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in monitoring the activities of foreign workers especially those working illegally across the country.

The DOLE is the only agency that issues alien employment permit to foreigners applying for working visa at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

According to the Senate, the DOLE should carefully screen all applications for special working permits especially those whose permits have already expired and are already overstaying.

“The policy issue I think, if they are still here beyond 6 months,” said DOLE Usec. Ciriaco Lagunzad.

The BI reports that there are around 119,000 foreigners already issued with special work permits. The agency admits that most of these numbers are Chinese nationals.

“Most of them are Chinese and they are work for POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators),” confirmed Atty. Homer Arellano, Chief for Prosecution and Legal Assistance, BI.

The lawmakers also are looking into the scheme of illegal workers where they use a tourist visa to enter the country then find a job afterwards.

Based on BI’s records, there are around 1.6M people were granted Chinese Tourist visa for this year.

Senator Grace Poe said her colleagues in the Senate all agree on a crackdown against illegal Chinese and other foreign workers.

“Kailagan talaga magkaroon ng crackdown. Sinabi nga ng commitee na ito na proactively… puntahan itong mga sites na ito, hingan sila talaga ng work permit kasi national security issue rin yan,” Poe said.

The BI admits they are lacking in personnel who will do the inspection. Overall, BI only has 80 inspectors deployed across the country.

The DOLE said such matter should be among the priority of the government next year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

 

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Regional workers also to get pay increase – Wage Board

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines  — Apart from Metro Manila, the Wage Board also approved the salary increase in some regions alongside the formal announcement from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of  the P25 daily minimum wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In Region 2 or Cagayan Valley, the Board approved P10 peso-per basic wage increase.

Meanwhile, workers in Region 4B or those in Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MIMAROPA) will have P12 to P20 pay hike.

This means that the new daily minimum wage rates will range from P320 to P360 in Cagayan valley and P283 to P320 in MIMAROPA across different sectors.

For its part, the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said the amount of the new pay hike went through thorough deliberations by stakeholders.

“Doon po sa pagdedesisyon ng board kung ano po ang amount na pwedeng ibigay ay tinitignan po ang lahat ng anggulo,” said Ma. Criselda Sy, NWPC’s executive director.

Secretary Bello, meanwhile, added that assessment on the impact of pay hike is also being considered.

“Hindi mo lang kino-consider kung sapat sa pangangailangan ng manggagawa. You have to consider other factors like ang capacity ng management of employers,” he explained.

Nevertheless, Malacañang believes that the approved pay hike is enough for now.

“Perhaps as of presently, that’s what they found out, it’s enough, but I guess it’s always subject to change depending on the economic conditions,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo concluded.

The new wage order will take effect 15 days after publication or on November 21. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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