POEA extends balik-manggagawa services
Balik-manggagawa Processing Center in the POEA main office in Ortigas
shall be open
on December 26, 2009 (Saturday) and December 30, 2009 (Rizal Day) from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. in
anticipation of the influx of OFWs after
Online registration for EPS and JPEPA applicants
Applicants for EPS-KLT and JPEPA are
required to register online at
http://www.eregister.poea.gov.ph/ereg/ereg.asp. EPS-KLT applicants
can only be allowed to pay for the language test after registration.
Nurses and caregivers should wait for further instruction from POEA.
exit clearance early
who have just arrived
are encouraged to apply for their OECs early either at the POEA Main
Office or at the nearest POEA Regional Offices and Extension Units, or
avail of the OEC delivery service, so that they can avoid last minute
problems prior to their return flights.
will operate from 7:00am to 12:00nn only (halfday-morning)
of December 22, 2009 to give way to the POEA Year-end
Assessment in the afternoon. Issuance of OFW Info Sheets
will be cut-off at 11:00am. Regular operations
will resume on December 23, 2009 (Wednesday). Special
processing days will be on December 26, 2009 (Saturday)
and December 30, 2009 (Wednesday, Rizal Day).
Saudi requires licensure exam for foreign
The Saudi Council mandates all foreign
nurses to pass the Saudi Licensing Examinations for Health Specialties before working in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the Philippines, the accredited
testing center are Prometric Testing Center, Ateneo Professional Schools,
130 H. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Telephone No.:
(632) 892-0383, Website:
http://www.prometric.com and Tread, Inc., Suite 308, Centro Maximo
D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City. Tel no. 032-2535514. The examination is scheduled Tuesday up to
Friday, with a fee of US$90.00. A prometric exam is similar to the
licensure exam for nurses given in the Philippines.
Beware of job offers in Russia
The POEA warns overseas job applicants against promises of employment in
Moscow under the pretext of invitation from the Russian Olympic
Committee but using travel agencies as front for deployment.
Foreigners holding commercial visas in Russia are not allowed to work.
Applicants who want to work in Russia should undergo the legal process
of OFW documentation at the POEA
benefits for OFWs under EPS-KLT
Who can apply:
OFW returnees under EPS KLT who have not claimed their insurance
benefits (DIRECT CLAIMANTS ONLY, NO FIXERS)
OFWs WITH UNCLAIMED DEPARTURE GUARANTEE INSURANCE
LIST OF OFWs
WITH UNCLAIMED RETURN COST INSURANCE
SAMPLE CLAIM FORM
Where to apply:
HRD-KOREA - Resident Office in Manila
1607 Prestige tower
Emerald Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Copy of Passport
Photocopy of Passbook (under the applicant's name)
Bank Swift Code (ask your local bank for their bank swift code)
Macau targets overstaying foreigners
A new immigration regulation penalizes foreigners, including
Filipino tourists, who overstay in Macau, Special Administrative Region
for more than thirty days after their permit expires with a fine of
200MOP (US$26.00) per day. Offenders who commit the same violation
within 180 days will not be able to "legalize" this overstaying by
paying fines and will have to leave Macau immediately. Illegal
immigrants will be deported and prohibited from entering Macau, SAR for
a certain period as indicated in the deportation order.
Filipino tourists with the intention to overstay in Macau for
purposes of looking for job are advised to use the legal cannel for
seeking overseas employment.
Beware of recruitment agencies
with cancelled or suspended licenses
The POEA advises the public to be wary of
recruitment agencies with cancelled or suspended licenses that are still
actively recruiting for overseas jobs.
The POEA, as of September 14, 2009, has cancelled the licenses of 454 recruitment
agencies since the start of its operations and placed 44 others under
preventive suspension. For 2008 and the first eight months of 2009
alone, the POEA cancelled 76 licenses and suspended or fined 57 agencies
as a result of recruitment violations. Please click
to verify status of recruitment agencies.
Filipino seafarers with transit visas
not allowed to work in UK
The United Kingdom’s Border Agency recently announced that Filipino
seafarers who have been issued transit visas are not allowed to work in
the UK fishing industry.
The UK transit visas are basically temporary visas for non-European
Union seafarers, including Filipinos joining vessels in the UK which are
bound for foreign ports or traveling international waters for a longer
No deployment of Filipino entertainers to Turkey
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration cautions female job
applicants against accepting offers of employment as entertainers in
The POEA is not processing employment documents of overseas
performing artists (OPAs) to Turkey and the Department of Labor and
Employment is not keen on allowing their deployment due to lack of
established protective and monitoring mechanisms.
DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque said deployment of OPAs shall be
allowed only in the presence of a bilateral agreement between the
Philippines and Turkey to assure protection of Filipino workers in that