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OFW Advisories 2011


PDOS at POEA transferred to OWWA
Pursuant to the policy directions of the Department of Labor and Employment and the POEA-OWWA Joint Circular No. 01, Series of 2011 amending the
POEA-OWWA Joint Circular No.4, Series of 2002, the management and conduct of Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for government-placed and name-hired workers has been transferred to OWWA.
POEA Advisory No. 46, Series of 2011

Exit clearance validation for seafarers
Effective November 1, 2011 , Filipino seafarers shall be required to have their travel exit clearance validated at the POEA Labor Assistance Centers (LAC) at the airports prior to their departure. Deploying manning agencies are advised to inform their departing seafarers accordingly.  MC 12, Series of 2011

Partial lifting of deployment ban on Iraq and Afghanistan
Pursuant to POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 5, series of 2011, Filipino workers working inside American military camps and facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan with existing contracts shall be allowed to finish their contracts which can be extended or renewed onsite. Workers who will go home for vacation will also be allowed to return to their jobs to finish the unexpired portion of their contract. ADVISORY 40_2011

 

Guidelines on Russian work permit
Filipinos who wish to work in Russia are advised to obtain work visas instead of commercial visas. Commercial visas are valid only for three months and are not renewable. Holders of lapsed commercial visas would have to leave Russia and apply for work visas. READ MORE

 

No construction jobs for foreign workers in Italy

The POEA warns job applicants on a mode of illegal recruitment currently perpetrated through email by a syndicate enlisting Filipino workers for an alleged housing reconstruction project to rehabilitate earthquake affected cities in Italy including L’Aquila and Rome. READ MORE

 

POEA suspends deployment of OFWs to Syria  
The POEA has deferred the processing and deployment of all newly hired workers to Syria in view of the issuance of a travel advisory by the DFA indicating Alert Level 2 (Caution Stage) on the current political situation in that country. POEA ADVISORY NO. 21-2011

 

Filipino nurses cautioned on job offers in Belgium

The Philippine Embassy in Brussels has cautioned Filipino nurses on available jobs advertised in the Philippines. POEA ADVISORY 15-2011

 

POEA defers deployment of OFWs to Bahrain

The POEA defers anew the processing and deployment of OFWs to Bahrain in view of the issuance of a travel advisory by the DFA that raised the alert level on the security situation in that country.

POEA ADVISORY 12-2011

 

Taiwan resumes normal processing of OFW documents

The Council of Labor Affairs in Taiwan issued a press statement effectively lifting restrictions on visas of Filipino workers. CLA's PRESS RELEASE  POEA ADVISORY NO. 16

BIR issues tax regulation for OFWs  
The Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Regulation 1-2011 to clarify who are considered as OFWs for taxation purposes and to define the tax treatment of their income.

BBFI opens search for 2011 Bagong Bayani Awards
The Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the private sector, announces that the search for the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awardees is now open.
READ MORE
  THE BAGONG BAYANI AWARDS      NOMINATION FORM

POEA asks for contingency plans for OFWs in Libya  
All employers and recruitment agencies deploying workers are directed to activate their contingency plans for their affected OFWs and submit updated reports to POEA ADVISORY NO. 7  ADVISORY NO. 6

BBFI opens search for 2011 Bagong Bayani Awards
The Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the private sector, announces that the search for the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awardees is now open. READ MORE
  
THE BAGONG BAYANI AWARDS      NOMINATION FORM

POEA restores validation of OFW exit clearance at NAIA terminals

Starting March 1, 2011,  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) leaving the country through Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 will  have to pass through POEA’s Labor Assistance Center (LAC) for validation of their exit clearance. READ MORE

Nominations of  OFW representatives to  POEA and OWWA Boards now accepted
Pursuant to Section 32 of Republic Act No. 8042 ( Migrant Workers Act of 1995) as amended by RA 10022, and its Implementing  Rules and Regulations  and the Joint OWWA-POEA Memorandum Circular  No. 001, Series of 2011,  the   OWWA  and the POEA are seeking  nominations for sector representatives in their respective Board.

GUIDELINES (Joint OWWA-POEA Memorandum Circular)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

NOMINATION FORM (EXCEL FORMAT)  (ADOBE PDF FILE)



CNMI RULES ON E-2 NON-IMMIGRANT INVESTOR STATUS
A new USCIS policy allows aliens to obtain non-immigrant status in the CNMI without having to leave the island.
ADVISORY NO. 2_2011

TOTAL BAN ON DEPLOYMENT OF OFWs TO SELECTED COUNTRIES STILL IN EFFECT

The POEA reiterates the total ban on the deployment of OFWS to Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. ADVISORY NO. 1_2011

MALAYSIA’S PLAN TO INCREASE LEVY ON FOREIGN WORKERS

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has reported on the plan by the
government of Malaysia to increase the levy on foreign workers in 2011. According to the report, AmResearch Sdn Bhd senior economist Manokaran Mottain was quoted by one of the biggest English newspaper in Malaysia saying that the move could discourage the hiring and lessen Malaysia’s dependency on foreign workers. Malaysian Estate Owners Association president Boon Weng Siew, however, opines that increasing the levy would not reduce the need to employ foreign workers based on the existing demand. Mr. Boon said that he is hoping that the planned increase would not apply to the plantation sector, of which the hiring of foreign workers is not a choice but a need. He added that Malaysia, since 1980, has followed pro-manufacturing sector policies that facilitated rural-urban migration leaving the plantation sectors no recourse but to employ foreign workers. Mr. Boon also believed that the planned increase would only be an added financial burden to the industry and would make it less competitive. Based on the existing levy, the cost of recruiting a foreign workers for plantations is estimated at around RM3,000 (US$967) in peninsular Malaysia and around RM4,000 (US$1,290 in Sabah and Sarawak. It is believed that the sector would continue to be dependent on foreign workers despite the policy to “Malaysianize” the workforce. The levy, along with the legislated minimum wage policy, is one of the measures the Malaysian government is considering to boost domestic employment and raise per capita income from around US$7,000 to US$15,000 by 2020. The estimated 1.8 million foreign workers in Malaysia can be found in the country’s construction, manufacturing, plantations and service sectors.
Source: Philippine EmbassyKuala Lumpur, Malaysia03 January 2011


NEW QUOTA DECREE 2010 (DECRETO FLUSSI) TO ALLOWENTRY OF 100,000 FOREIGN WORKERS TO ITALY
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Rome, Italy has reportedthat Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has signed the New Quota Decree 2010 (Decreto Flussi) last 30 November 2010 and will come into force once it is publishedat the Official Gazette. The new decree will allow the entry of 100,000 foreignworkers to Italy, 4,000 of which are allotted to the Philippines.Under the new decree, around 50,000 non-seasonal workers will be allowedto enter Italy for countries that have stipulated special agreements with the Italiangovernment. Among these countries are: Albania (4,500), Algeria (1,000), Bangladesh(2,400), Egypt (8,000), Philippines (4, 000), Ghana (2,000), Morocco (4,500), Moldavia(5,200), Nigeria (1,500), Pakistan (1,000), Senegal (2,000), Somalia (80), Sri Lanka(3,500), Tunisia (4,000), India (1,800), Peru (1,800), Ukraine (1,800), Niger (1,000), andGambia (1,000). An extra 1,000 quota was allotted for countries that are finalizingagreements on control of immigrant flow and re-admission procedures while 30,000quotas are reserved for household service workers and caregivers from othercountries.According to POLO-Rome, while the Philippine government is still in theprocess of forging a bilateral agreement with Italy, we were already listed as one ofthose which have forged such agreement.There is also a possibility that more than 4,000 Filipinos can enter Italy ifsome of the assigned quotas are still unused 120 days after publication of the newdecree. The unused quotas maybe reassigned to other countries based on the need ofthe Italian labor market.
Applications can be submitted online starting at 8:00 AM of the 31st dayafter publication of the New Quota Decree 2010 at the Official Gazette; householdservice workers and caregivers will be entertained on the 33rd day; and on the 34thday for other categories. Source: POLO-Rome21 December 2010


LIFTING OF SIX-MONTH BAN ON FOREIGN WORKERSBOUND FOR THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai, UAE has reported that starting 01January 2011, the Ministry of Labor of the UAE is lifting the six- month ban on foreign workers whose employment contract has expired. The said measure apparently applies only if the two parties in a labor contract have ended their job relationship cordially and the employee has worked with his employer for at least two years except in the following cases:

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When joining his new job, the worker should be classified in the first, second or third professional class and that his new salary should not be less than Dh12,000, Dh 7,000 and Dh 5,000 if he is in the first, second and third class respectively.

- The employer had not complied with legal and labor obligations towards the worker or in the case where the worker has no role in terminating the work affiliation.

- The worker will shift to another firm the employer owns or has stake in it. The Ministry will only interfere in the employer-worker contractual relationship if it detects breach in obligation stated in the labor contract indicating the Ministry’s determination to guarantee the rights of both parties legally.
Source: POLO Dubai, December 2010


EXEMPTION OF VACATIONING OFWs FROM RE-ENTRY PERMIT

The Korean Immigration Service of the Ministry of Justice through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea (ROK) has announced that Filipino residents of ROK with valid passports and alien registration cards, are free to enter and depart from Korea without a re-entry permit for one year within their permitted period of stay on visa. If the period of stay is less than one year, the exemption is valid for the duration of the period of stay. In case of permanent residents (F-5), their exemption will remain valid for two years after their departure date. The exemption from securing a re-entry permit took effect on 01 December2010.Source: POLO, Korea, 02 December 2010, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
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