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OFW Advisories 2010


Cyprus suspends issuance of entry permits to Filipino entertainers

The Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece reported that the Republic of Cyprus has suspended the issuance of Residence and Entry Permits to Filipino entertainers. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Cyprus made representations with the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance for the suspension of issuance of work permits because of the reported abuses experienced by some Filipina entertainers while working in nightclubs. The POEA has suspended the deployment of  entertainers to Cyprus since 1988.

Insurance providers accredited by IC

The Insurance Commission, as of November. 22, 2010, has  accredited seven companies to provide insurance coverage to OFWs hired through licensed recruitment agencies. SEE LIST HERE. The implementation of compulsory insurance coverage for agency-hired workers took effect  8 November 2010. In addition to the present requirements for processing/ issuance of POEA Exit Clearance/Overseas Employment Certificate, a Certificate of Coverage (COC) indicating all contingencies under Republic Act No. 10022, must be presented by the licensed recruitment agencies upon processing of documents of the OFWs. READ MORE  (Guidelines on Insurance Coverage for OFWs (MC No. 9, Series of 2010)

Hiring of foreign workers for Guam starts late next year
The recruitment and deployment of foreign workers, including Filipinos, for Guam will have to wait for another year as the construction phase of the US Naval facilities in the island has been scheduled to begin during the last quarter of 2011, and not in the early part of the coming year as previously estimated.
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Government lifts ban on deployment of au pairs
After 13-years, the ban on recruitment and deployment of au pairs to selected European countries is finally lifted. The Department of Foreign Affairs imposed a ban on the deployment of Filipina au pairs to Europe in 1997 because of the reported maltreatment of au pairs such as unfair compensation, excessive working hours, discrimination and sexual assault.
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OFW insurance coverage now mandatory

The implementation of compulsory insurance coverage for agency-hired workers takes effect  8 November 2010. In addition to the present requirements for processing/ issuance of POEA Exit Clearance/Overseas Employment Certificate, a Certificate of Coverage (COC) indicating all contingencies under Republic Act No. 10022, must be presented by the licensed recruitment agencies upon processing of documents of the OFWs. READ MORE  (Guidelines on Insurance Coverage for OFWs (MC No. 9, Series of 2010)

Filipino entertainers going to Cyprus beware
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warns women applicants against accepting offers of work as entertainers in Cyprus as some nightclubs in that country are hiring legitimate Filipino entertainers but force them to work as prostitutes. READ MORE         

KLT passers should submit requirements to POEA

The POEA is calling on remaining passers of the 6th Korean Language Test (KLT) to comply with documentation requirements to enable them to be offered jobs by Korean employers as soon as possible.Two months had lapsed after the KLT for Filipino jobseekers but not everyone out of the 2,755 applicants who passed the test has been included in the roster of workers in Korea’s Employment Permit System. READ MORE

POEA prohibits recruitment of seafarers at Rizal Park

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ordered  manning agencies occupying booths managed by Luneta Seafarers’ Welfare Foundation, Inc. (LUSWELF) at Rizal Park near the National Library to stop their recruitment activities or face administrative sanctions.

The POEA has discontinued issuance of Special Recruitment Authority (SRA)  to the said agencies in May 2009 because of reported hiring malpractices.  Therefore, all recruitment activities of manning agencies in the area are deemed illegal.

SRA  is the authority granted by the POEA  to a licensed agency to conduct recruitment outside the registered office or address stated in the license of an agency or its acknowledged additional office(s). READ MORE

UK ends issuance of concessionary visas to fishermen

The British Embassy in Manila has announced that the issuance of concessionary visas  to non-European Union crew on-board fishing vessels operating in UK territorial waters ended on May 31, 2010.  No further applications will be accepted.

Applicants warned of travel agencies sending Filipino domestic helpers illegally to Singapore
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration advises Filipino women intending to work as domestic helpers in Singapore to use the legal process of overseas employment and not rely on the services of travel agency operators who are moonlighting as employment agents. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore, said 99 per cent of Filipino domestic helpers who ran away from their employers were deployed by travel agents and do not have valid overseas employment documents issued by the POEA.
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Italy does not allow recruitment of seasonal workers in the Philippines 

The POEA warns overseas job applicants against recruitment agencies and individuals promising jobs in Italy supposedly as seasonal workers.

Recruitment of seasonal workers is allowed only in countries with special agreements with Italy excluding the Philippines, and those already working legally in Italy. READ MORE

Beware of franchising scams
OFWs should be wary of the rampant franchising activities of the following as reported by the Department of Trade and Industry:
  - Fran.con Franchise Marketing and Consultancy, Inc.
  - Hamoraon Business Specialist Inc.
  - Michelle Ann Pacubas-Chan
Please contact the DTI hotline 731-3330 to verify the legitimacy of the franchisor.

Do not be fooled by text scammers
The public is again being warned about text scams which continue to victimize people, including overseas Filipino
workers. Text scammers use fictitious names or pose as government officials, send fraudulent text messages to their victims saying that their mobile phone numbers won in a raffle allegedly sponsored by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or other institutions. READ MORE

New UK visa policy for Filipino fishermen
The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has issued a new policy granting limited concessionary visas  to non-European Union crew, including Filipino fishermen on-board fishing vessels operating in UK territorial waters.  
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