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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Hyundai will put up their first assembly plant in the PH

ONE of the largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co in South Korea will have their first assembly plant in the Philippines.

 Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the exclusive distributor of Hyundai Motor Co already submitted an application to the Philippine government to knock down their assembly plant in the country.

They will put up the said plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna wherein, this will be the final assembly plant of the company.

The company will export auto parts from foreign countries and they will assemble the final vehicle in the said plant. The facility will mainly assemble the Eon model where it's very popular among consumers in India and Philippines.

Hyundai also hoping that Eon will become a bestseller in other ASEAN countries just like what happened in India.

They are aiming to sell 35,000 vehicles in the Philippines this year. Aside from that, they aim to raise their shares in the market to more than 10 percent in 2020.

Hyundai Motor Co will be subjected to tariff exemption when they exported their vehicles to other ASEAN countries. This is in connection to the recent launching of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community that will allow the auto company to have discounted taxes.

As of now, the said automaker currently has their assembly lines in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In 2018, their second plant in Vietnam will start operating.


Philippines auto industry boomed this year. That's why a lot of firms wants to invest in the country. Aside from Hyundai, there are some companies want to put up their assembly plants in the Philippines.

One of them is the Volkswagen. The Volkswagen is planning to invest $200 million for their expansion in the country. 

According to President and CEO of Volkswagen Philippines (VW) John Orbeta, they want to put up their car manufacturing facility here.

But they have a problem with the tax policy in the country. Orbeta said, once the government will fix some of the issues in the taxes there will be a possibility that they will move forward with their plans.


The China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC Motor) is also want to invest in the Philippines because of the potential of the local market. They think that investing in the Philippines is beneficial for them especially this year there is 27.6% growth in the auto industry in the country according to Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines.

As of now, GAC is looking for local Filipino partners with future plans to assemble cars in the Philippines to export to ASEAN by 2017.




Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will give financial assistance to OFWs and their families who were affected by the recent super typhoon Lawin particularly those in the areas that were under signal #5,under their Cash Relief Assistance Program (CARE).
This includes Cagayan,Isabela,Kalinga,Apayao,Northern Abra and Ilocos Norte.
OWWA provided P30Million  funds  for the said program.
Under OWWA-CARE program,affected active OWWA  members will receive P3,000 per OFW family while non-active members will receive P2,000 per OFW family.

The CARE program is OWWA's response to President Rodrigo Duterte's orders to extend and expand the assistance for the Oveseas Filipino Workers.

"In the event that there is more than one OFW in a family, only one OFW member is entitled to receive the monetary assistance," OWWA said.

OWWA said claimants may apply through OWWA Regional Welfare Offices. 

They are required to submit the following:

  1. Duly accomplished Claim Form with Undertaking that no other OFW-family has availed of the grant.
  2. Certification that the claimant OFW/family member is a resident of the barangay and has suffered loss/damage to property and/or personal injury due to Super Typhoon Lawin from the authorized official of the Local Government Unit (LGU) (Office of the Mayor, Barangay Captain, City or Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or Local Social Welfare and Development Office )
  3. Identification Card or any document that will establish the identity of the claimant, and
  4. Proof of relationship, if applicant is dependent of OFW-member. 

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac has instructed all OWWA implementing units in the affected regions to facilitate the release of the OFWs’ and their families’ CARE based on the guidelines prepared for this purpose.

"This way, they can use the money to fix their houses or in a way help them," Cacdac said.

However,an statement from Admin Hans Cacdac  was released from a Facebook page Republic Defenders asking the public to wait for the next announcement about the OWWA benefit.He also asked for understanding and apology for the delay.


 Meanwhile,Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said that the P20 Million worth of smuggled rice from China can be donated as a relief goods for the benefit of the families affected by the recent Super Typhoon Lawin's onslaught.
The 12 container vans declared to be leatherettes are found to be containing 10,000 sacks of rice from China after the BOC officers had a suspicion as  leatherette demand of is not that big.




 Qatar will be implementing a new labor law this coming December 2016.The employers  and the employees alike are eagerly waiting for the implementation with high hopes that that both parties will be mutually benefited.
The changes are set to reform the labor market to a significant extent as the ambiguity surrounding many issues would be cleared and the role of the Ministry of Labour would become much more effective in regulating the labour market and overseeing the relations between the workers and the employers.
The changes are said to overhaul the image of the Qatar labor market in international media and rights organizations' perspective.


1. Contract based Employment: 
All expats in Qatar would now be entirely governed by contracts.

2. Ban period under termination: 

Workers who terminate their job contracts and leave the country before completion of the contract period are not allowed to return to the country before the end of the contract period.
Worker who has a four years contract and he completed three years with the current sponsor and left without completing one more year cannot come back until next one year till his earlier contract period is over.

3. No Ban under completion of contract: 

Those who complete their contracts under the law can come back to Qatar next day of their departure if he/she found new job offers. Workers who complete their contracts can easily come back without facing any ban.

4. No new contracts to be signed: 

There is no need for the companies to make new contracts with their employees after implementation of the new law but the existing contracts will be valid as long as the employee is willing to continue in his job.

5. Contract period: 
Date he has signed the fresh employment contract will be the date from his contract would be counted.
All types of contracts will start from the date of enforcement of the new law regardless of how many years the employee had served in the company but this does not mean the previous years of service are not counted.

6. Domestic helps/Kadamas: 
Law will apply to domestic help as well.

7. Signing contracts:
 If the employer has agreed to hire the worker and processed his/her entry visa for work, the worker can sign the contract after arriving in Qatar. However, in case he refuses to sign the contract, he would be forced to go home,

8. Five years maximum term: 
The work contract needs to be certified by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the maximum period for work contract is five years.

9. Four Years Ban: 
If a foreign worker is fired as a punitive measure and he did not appeal his dismissal or his plea was rejected by a court, he shall not be permitted to come back to Qatar before the passage of four years, states Article 26 of the new law.