Mga seafarer, maaari nang maghain ng reklamo sa POEA kahit nasa barko

admin   •   May 29, 2013   •   15424

FILE PHOTO: Isang seaman o seafarer na Filipino na naka-duty sa bridge kung saan ang barko ay tinitimon. (ROEL CERDINA / PHOTOVILLE International)

FILE PHOTO: Isang seaman o seafarer na Filipino na naka-duty sa bridge kung saan ang barko ay tinitimon o minamaneho. Ngayon, maaari nang maghain ng reklamo sa POEA kahit nasa barko pa ang mga seaman. (ROEL CERDINA / PHOTOVILLE International)

MANILA, Philippines – Maaari nang maghain ng reklamo sa Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) ang mga Pilipinong seafarer na may problema sa kanilang pinapasukang kumpanya kahit na naglalayag pa ang sinasakyang barko.

Ayon sa POEA, may ipinalabas na kautusan ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) hinggil sa pagsasaayos ng maritime labor disputes.

Kung dati ay kailangan pang umuwi ng seafarer sa bansa para makapaghain ng reklamo, ngayon ay maaari na nila itong ipadala sa pamamagitan ng sulat na naka-address sa Blas F. Ople building corner EDSA and Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Philippines 1501.

Maaari din itong ipadala via email: onboardconci@poea.gov.ph o kaya’y itawag sa telepono bilang 833-6992; 551-6641 at 551-1560.

Tiniyak naman ng POEA na bibigyan nila ng impartial advice ang mga maghahain ng reklamo at mananatiling confidential ang mga impormasyon habang ito ay iniimbestigahan.

“If they will report an incident for surveillance, that should be confidential in order not to break the news not to disseminate the news and prevent the investigation,” pahayag ni Atty. Jeriel Domingo, ang OIC ng POEA Adjudication Department. (Ley Ann Lugod & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Bello tells micro, small biz:  Apply for a 13th-month pay loan

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced that micro and small enterprises that are having difficulty in financing the 13th-month pay of their employees can apply for a government loan.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III made the call on Friday during the ceremonial launch of the loan program with the Department of Trade and Industry and its financing arm, the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), reminding employers that the grant of 13th-month pay is mandatory.

The labor chief, however, assured establishments that are still struggling amid the re-opening of the economy of the government’s support through SBCorp.

“Let me remind the employers that the grant of 13th-month pay is mandatory. We issued a Labor Advisory where we maintained that no exemption and no deferment will be allowed on the payment of the 13th-month pay,” Bello said.

“So, with this loan facility from SB Corporation, there is no more reason to not give the 13th-month pay,” he added.

As of November 12, a total of 25 loan applications amounting to P5.052 million were already approved by SBCorp.

DOLE said qualified borrowers are the micro and small enterprises that have implemented flexible work arrangements and registered under the agency’s Establishment Reporting System as of October 15, 2021.

The zero-interest rate, no collateral loan program can cover up to 40 employees per establishment.

The loanable amount is at P12,000 per current employee which is payable in 12 months, inclusive of the three-month grace period.

“I encourage our employers, especially yung mga nahihirapan pa, to avail of this facility so that they can comply with the mandate to pay our workers with what is due them, especially this Christmas season,” said Bello.

The labor chief invites interested micro and small enterprises to apply at www.bayanihancares.ph. —/mbmf

DOLE denies deployment ban on health care workers

Maris Federez   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)  has denied reports of a deployment ban on health care workers, particularly nurses.

In a statement, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarified that since the deployment cap of 6,500 has already been reached, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced the temporary suspension of deployment.

However, there are exemptions to the said ban.

“We have already reached the current ceiling of 6,500 on the deployment of health care workers. However, OFWs under the Balik Manggagawa, government-to-government arrangements, and those who will be deployed in the United Kingdom are exempted from the suspension,” Bello said.

The labor chief also said that the lifting of the suspension is subject to the evaluation by concerned government agencies of the current situation on the deployment of healthcare workers.

“The Labor Department will confer the matter with the Professional Regulation Commission, the Philippines Nurses Association and the Department of Health should there be a need for the increase of say, another 1,500 in the existing cap,” Bello said. —/mbmf

PH to re-deploy OFWs after South Korea lifts restrictions – DOLE

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers will soon be re-deployed to South Korea after entry restrictions into the country have been lifted, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

In a statement on Sunday, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he has directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to commence the processing of deployment of workers as he welcomed the South Korean government’s decision.

“This is a very good news not only to our EPS (entry permit system) workers and their families, but also to the Korean employers who have been waiting for our workers to return,” he said.

Last Friday, Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) announced it will allow the entry of workers under EPS from all sending countries, including the Philippines starting this November.

According to MOEL, the entry of EPS workers will be subject to pre-entry measures such as full vaccination and negative PCR test results, and post-entry measures such as mandatory quarantine and PCR testing.

The Korean Embassy in the Philippines said it is awaiting guidelines from the South Korean government on the issuance of E9 visas to Filipino EPS workers.

Bello said he has directed the POEA to immediately meet with the Korean government officials to discuss the requirements and procedures for the re-entry of EPS workers to Korea, in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.

Since 2004, the Philippines has been sending Filipino workers to Korea under a government-to-government cooperation agreement on EPS.

The deployment of workers was temporarily halted in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

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