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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beware: FAKE DRUGS Almost Killed A Girl With Pneumonia

We often read news online about fake bags and other luxury items, many of us who cannot afford to have the original ones would buy the fake or replica. Even when many are asking us not to patronize the fake products,  we know it is illegal, yet the industry of fake goods still makes a lot of money from us. 

Then, we heard news about fake rice, eggs, meat and other fake foods that mostly originate from China. This time, we realized it is getting bad. It is not as fun as the replica items that looks just like that beautiful and stunning Prada bag which you were able to get for a relatively low price. You hope no one would notice it is a replica bag, but this time you wish you would know if the food items you are buying is fake. You become aware of how consuming these fake foods made from chemicals could be detrimental to your health and  your family.



Right now we are facing a worse problem with counterfeit drugs. You're sick and are hoping to get better, only to find out that the medications you are taking is poisoning your body. This is what happened to Shazill Maqsood's daughter



After contacting pneumonia, a medication has been prescribed to his daughter which he bought from the local market in Pakistan.

 But instead of getting better, it seemed that his daughter got worse. So he solicited the opinion of another doctor who told him that her medications were poisoning her. 



In 2012, a single incident caused 120 people to die after taking counterfeit heart medicine. This is not only happening to Pakistan. According to World Health Organization, about 1 million people die every year from ingesting counterfeit medicines. 


"John Clark, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), says analysis of fake drugs seized in the U.S. has shown traces of pesticides, rat poison, brick dust and paint, among other ingredients."


With this deadly counterfeit drugs being sold around, no one really has a way of knowing whether the one you are buying is fake or no. 

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POEA APPROVED JOBS FOR EUROPE (GERMANY, ROMANIA, ITALY, SPAIN, UK)



The following job openings are posted here for information purposes. We are not affiliated to any of these agencies nor do we endorse them. Please be aware that the POEA strongly warns that placement fee should not be collected for domestic helper, caregiver, and seafarer. For other jobs, placement fee should not be more than the 1 month offered salary. Agencies should also not collect collect placement fees from OFWs bound for UK, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Canada and USA under H2B Visa 
To apply for the job and for more information about the job posting please click on the corresponding link or agency name. 
3rd Mate
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC
- Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



2nd Mate
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



Chiefmate
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



3rd Engineer
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



2nd Engineer
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



Chief Engineer
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



Officer
SPLIETHOFF GROUP MANILA INC - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....



SUPERVISOR FOR GRANULATION & NITRIC ACID PLANT
JTC INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES, INC - Turkey
We need top performer candidates to train and provide leadership to operations.THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY IS A LEADERSHIP ROLE CANDIDATES MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES:...





Chief Engineer

VIR-JEN SHIPPING CORPORATION - Germany - Worldwide
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Engineering. At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position....


Surgical Resident Medical Doctor
POWER HORIZON INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES INC - United Kingdom Norfolk
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Professional License (Passed Board/Bar/Professional License Exam), Medicine or equivalent. At least 2 year(s) of...



ICU Medical Officer
POWER HORIZON INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES INC - United Kingdom - Norfolk
Responsibilities: Will manage patients that deals with the ff complications:Heart problems - valves replacement. Oncology and Trauma - complications. Pulmonary complications. Hip...



PHP5 Senior Programmer
LIFELINKS INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES INC - Spain
Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's/College Degree , Computer Science/Information Technology or equivalent. At least 3 years of PHP5 experience and Object Orientated...





NANNY - HOUSEMAID
Candidate must possess at least a High School Diploma, Vocational Diploma / Short Course Certificate. With or without experience. 100 Full-Time position(s) available. “Maging...



Z CAREER EDGE INC. - Romania
Candidate must possess at least a High School Diploma. At least 1 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position. 25 Full-Time position(s)...
Qualifications:BS Nursing Degree. Valid PRC license. At least one year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of 7 in each category is required for UK...


Qualifications:BS Nursing degree. Valid PRC license. At least 1 year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of at least 7 in each category will be..







Qualifications:BS Nursing degree. Valid PRC license. At least 1 year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of at least 7 in each category will be...



Qualifications:BS Nursing degree. Valid PRC license. At least 1 year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of at least 7 in each category will be...



Qualifications:BS Nursing degree. Valid PRC license. At least 1 year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of at least 7 in each category will be...




Qualifications:BS Nursing degree. Valid PRC license. At least 1 year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of at least 7 in each category will be...



Qualifications:BS Nursing degree. Valid PRC license. At least 1 year current experience in a hospital. IELTS passers with band score of at least 7 in each category will be...



Candidate must possess at least a High School Diploma. Applicants must be willing to work in Europe. No work experience required. 20 Full-Time position(s) available. “Maging...


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

3 MORE ISSUES IN THE BALIKBAYAN BOX AS WELL AS RETURNING OFW'S


The issue of Balikbayan Bo is not yet over for Overseas Filipino's. Though the random opening of boxes was stopped by President Aquino, the worries from the OFWs remain.

ISSUE NO. 1

TAX EXEMPTION OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE BALIKBAYAN BOX THAT AN OFW CAN SEND OR BRING HOME TO THE PHILIPPINES: P10,000 
Rep. Roy Seneres of the OFW Family partylist summarizes it in this post.


The existing law that the BOC wanted to implement was E.O. 206 of Pres. Cory Aquino dated June 30, 1987. The EO says OFWs may bring home items from abroad which should be tax and duty free, provided: 1. The total cost of the items should not exceed P10K; they must be used personal effects; and must be one of a kind; 2. The luggage must be accompanied by the OFW or if not possible the luggage must arrive within 60 days from dateof arrival of the OFW.

Note that per the tenor of the EO, the luggage may be opened by BOC otherwise paano nila malaman na worth P10k lang ang laman o one of a kind lang na USED personal effects ang laman.

The State from FVR to PNOY did not strictly implement EO 206 as a tribute to the OFWs. But due to so-called abuses of the privilege, BOC Com. Lina wanted to enforce the law and the OFWs protested. Consequently PNoy directed Lina to back off. Huwag na buksan ang mga boxes except lang kung may na sniff na droga o may xray findings ng mga contrabands. At hindi basta-basta lang bubuksan, kailangan may witness galing sa OWWA or representative of any OFW association at kailangan naka record sa CCTV.

Upon invitation of Com. Lina I went to BOC yesterday to find out how they would implement the directive of PNoy. Sec Edwin Lacierda was also there. I suggested to both Com Lina and Sec Lacierda to ask PNoy to increase the P10k to P100k and sa halip na used personal effects lang puede rin brand new. Sagrado ang significance ng pagpadala ng BB boxes.Tanda yan ng pagmamahalan ng OFW at ng kanyang pamilya so dapat huwag ilimit lang sa mga gamit na. So kung gusto ng OFW ng brand new shoes sa kay Commander o brand new laptop kay bunsoy why not. At kung gusto magpadala ng brand new na relo sa bawat tsikiting why not para walang ingitan.



Bureau of Customs however said that:

 WHAT ARE ALLOWED IN “BALIKBAYAN BOXES”?
Non-commercial goods or goods not in commercial quantity strictly for personal use only, such as: wearing apparel, clothing, foodstuffs/grocery items/canned goods; the value of which must not exceed US$500.00.

ISSUE NO. 2

THE NUMBER OF BALIKBAYAN BOXES THAT AN OFW CAN SEND TO THE PHILIPPINES. 
BUREAU OF CUSTOMS: HOW OFTEN CAN FILIPINOS RESIDING OR WORKING ABROAD SEND A “BALIKBAYAN BOX” TO THEIR FAMILIES AND RELATIVES IN THE PHILIPPINES?
Answer: One consignor/sender is allowed to send one (1) box during a six (6) -month period.


ISSUE NO. 3

IT IS NOT ONLY BALIKBAYAN BOX BUT THOSE THAT OFW CAN BRING ARE ALSO LIMITED TO P10,000 AS STATED IN THIS LAW.


EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 206 June 30, 1987

AMENDING SECTION 105 OF THE TARIFF AND CUSTOMS CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES

WHEREAS, there is a need to adjust the maximum dutiable value of conditionally free importations of personal and household effects belonging to residents of the Philippines returning from abroad to a realistic level;
WHEREAS, to curb abuses in conditionally free importations under Section 105 (f) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, the conditions for such importations must be restricted;
WHEREAS, there is also a need to recognize the magnitude of the contribution of the overseas contract workers whose lonely sacrifices in foreign lands bring in a considerable amount of foreign exchange annually thereby contributing to the national recovery effort;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Philippines, do hereby order:

Sec. 1. Section 105 (f) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines is hereby amended and a new subsection (f-1) is hereby added thereto, to read as follows:

Conditionally-Free Importations. . . .

(f) Personal and household effects belonging to residents of the Philippines returning from abroad including jewelry, precious stones and other articles of luxury which were formally declared and listed before departure and identified under oath before the Collector of Customs when exported from the Philippines by such returning residents upon their departure therefrom or during their stay abroad; personal and household effects including wearing apparel, articles of personal adornment (except luxury items), toilet articles, instruments related to one's profession and analogous personal or household effects, excluding vehicles, watercraft, aircraft and animals purchased in foreign countries by residents of the Philippines which were necessary, appropriate and normally used for their comfort and convenience during their stay abroad, accompanying them on their return, or arriving within a reasonable time which, barring unforeseen and fortuitous events, in no case shall exceed sixty (60) days after the owner's return: Provided, That the personal and households effects shall neither be in commercial quantities nor intended for barter, sale or hire and that the total dutiable value of which shall not exceed Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00): Provided, further, That the returning resident has not previously availed of the privilege under this section within three hundred sixty five (365) days prior to his arrival: Provided, finally, That a fifty percent (50%) ad valorem duty across the board shall be levied and collected on the personal and household effects (except luxury items) in excess of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00).
For the purposes of this section, the phrase "returning residents" shall refer to nationals who have stayed in a foreign country for a period of at least six (6) months.

(f-1) In addition to be privilege granted under the immediately preceding paragraph, returning overseas contract workers shall have the privilege to bring in, duty and tax free, used home appliances, limited to one of every kind once in a given calendar year accompanying them on their return, or arriving within a reasonable time which, barring unforeseen and fortuitous events, in no case shall exceed sixty (60) days after the owner's return upon presentation of their original passport at the Port of Entry: Provided, That any excess of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) for personal and household effects and/or of the number of duty and tax-free appliances as provided for under this section, shall be subject to the corresponding duties and taxes provided under this Code.

For purposes of this section, the following words/phrases shall be understood to mean:

a. Overseas Contract Workers Holders of valid passports duly issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and certified by the Department of Labor and Employment/Philippine Overseas Employment Agency for overseas employment purposes. It covers all nationals working in a foreign country under employment contracts, including Middle East Contract Workers, entertainers, domestic helpers, regardless of their employment status in the foreign country.

b. Calendar Year shall cover the period from January 1 to December 31."

Sec. 2. All laws, orders, issuances, rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

Sec. 3. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.


Done in the City of Manila, this 30th day of June, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven. Source:

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Top 10 Most Emotional Countries in the World for 2015, Philippines 4th


Led by Bolivia and El Salvador, Latin American countries dominate the top of the list of the most emotional countries in the world for 2014. On average, nearly six in 10 residents in each of these countries reported experiencing positive or negative emotions the previous day. Post-Soviet states largely dominate the list of countries at the other end of the spectrum, where at most four in 10 residents reported experiencing any of these feelings.

MOST MOST EMOTIONAL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

Bolivia
El Salvador
Ecuador
Philippines
Nicaragua
Guatemala
Iraq
Cambodia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Honduras

The 2015 Global Emotions report presents the results from Gallup's latest measurements of these two indexes based on nearly 153,000 interviews with adults in 148 countries in 2014.

This report includes exclusive measures that show:
  • the most positive countries in the world
  • the most negative countries in the world
  • countries where people are smiling, laughing a lot
  • countries where people are most likely to experience anger daily

Bolivia
El Salvador
Ecuador
Philippines

Nicaragua
Guatemala
Iraq
Cambodia
Colombia
Costa Rica
Honduras

Gallup’s Positive and Negative Experience Indexes measure life’s intangibles — the feelings and emotions that traditional economic indicators such as GDP were never intended to capture. Each index provides a real-time snapshot of people’s daily experiences, offering leaders insights into the health of their societies that they cannot gather from GDP measures alone. The 2015 Global Emotions report presents the results from Gallup’s latest measurements of people’s positive and negative daily experiences, based on nearly 153,000 interviews with adults in 148 countries in 2014.

According to Gallup’s 2015 Global Emotions report, released on Thursday, the saddest people in the world often (and not surprisingly) live in countries in turmoil — economic or otherwise. Indeed, the countries with the highest levels of negative experiences among residents (defined as often feeling pain, worry, sadness, stress and/or anger on the previous day) were, in this order: Iraq (which has been No. 1 on this list now for three years), Iran, Cambodia, Liberia, South Sudan, Uganda, Cyprus, Greece, Togo, Bolivia and the Palestinian Territories.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

WATCH: OFW Lose Php 200,000 After Her Bank Account Went Dormant


How important is your savings to you? Many OFWs are opting to put their hard -earned money in savings account to become their safety net in case of contingency. For some it has become some sort of investment where they keep their retirement fund.

But what would you do if that savings account turned empty without you making any withdrawals?
No matter how careful we are, unexpected things could happen. Just like Janica, an OFW who opted for a savings account thinking that her passbook is safer than an account with ATM. As an OFW, she saved and placed her money in the bank and  she did not make any transaction for 4 years. By the time she checked her account and her passbook which is supposed to have a balance of Php 200,000. All the money is gone and she was told by her bank that her account had become dormant, but the question remains. If her account became dormant, the bank is supposed to deduct a certain amount for penalty but that penalty is not supposed to equate to Php 200,000, not even for 4 years. 

In Saudi Arabia we usually get notifications through sms/text if there is any withdrawal or any kind of transaction in our account. Online access to our account also passes through verification by sending one time access code on our mobile. We hope this kind of security could also be implemented in the Philippines.



We have heard several stories already about bank accounts being hacked in the Philippines specially those with ATM. Bank fraud is very common not only in the Philippines, it can happen anywhere and anyone can be a victim.


In order to protect yourself from this:

Never lend your card to anyone.
As much as possible never leave your receipts, better dispose it properly.
Never let anyone have access to your card number.
Never give information about your card over the phone as much as possible unless you are confident that the transaction you are initiating is with a reputable company.




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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EXTEND YOUR PASSPORT IN THE PHILIPPINES, EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES FOR FREE!

Advisory on the Gratis Extension of Passport Validity
consular-updates

Advisory on the Gratis Extension of 
Passport Validity


(Riyadh, 25 August 2015) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh wishes to inform the Filipino community
 that pursuant to the instruction of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, the Embassy 
offers to all applicants for passport renewals the EXTENSION of the validity of their passports, 
FREE OF CHARGE (Gratis).
Extensions shall be processed and released within the same day of application.
Passport extensions for all shall be available ONLY UNTIL THE END OF 2015.







If you are outside the country, please visit your Embassy or Consulate for more details.

The Department of Foreign Affairs issued this advisory dated 19 August 2015 - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) offers to applicants for passport renewals in the Philippines and abroad the extension of the validity of their passports (for 1 to 2 years) free of charge (gratis).
Extensions shall be processed and released within the same day. Passport extensions for all shall be available only until the end of this year. 



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VIRAL POST: OFWs SOCIAL MEDIA PROTEST AGAINST CUSTOM'S PLAN

These are the viral photos from the social media protest of the OFWS.
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Top 10 Items Found in Balikbayan Boxes


Philippine Daily Inquirer made a survey in December 2014 regarding the usual items Filipinos get through balikbayan boxes. Here are the top 10 items, with approximate budget that an average OFW spend for such items.

1.    chocolates and candies(Php 2,000)


2.    clothes,(Php 3,000)

3.    shoes (Php 3,000)


4.    food and canned goods (Php 3,000)

5.    toiletries (Php 2,000) - 
May include shampoo, soap, toothpaste, lotion, facial creams and moisturizers
6.    bags (Php 5,000) 
7.    toys (Php 2,000)
8.    watches (Php 10,000) 

9.    appliances (Php 3,000) - 
Usual appliances are blender, food processor, hair dryer, flat iron, component and speakers


10. gadgets (Php 30,000)- 
This amount is limited to 1 gadget which could either be cellphone, tablet, laptop, camera 

Based on our estimate, a box with this items has a value of  Php 61,000. Currently for a box to be tax free the value should not exceed Php 22,500 or $500.


But if you are receiving a box like Mike, would they tax the $10,000 cash as they open the box for inspection?

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Friday, August 21, 2015

CUSTOMS: NO TAX ON USED, OLD ITEMS, NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF BOX


Bureau of Customs will earn around P600M every year if they will implement the necessary measures to a strict implementation of laws.

SEE HERE: BALIKBAYAN CARGO BOXES, YOU PAY TAX

The Bureau of Customs says that old, used items will not be taxable.


They are considering to increase the allowed maximum amount to P45,000 ot $1000.
They might also allow more than one Balikbayan Box for each person in a period of 6 month. 


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