The recent Supreme Court ruling can surely benefit the 12 million OFWs in 200 countries all over the world. Good news for the OFWs and a big bad news for the recruiters, especially the crooked ones.
All the 15 Justices en banc (except the Chief Justice who was on leave) of the Supreme Court, decided in favor of an illegally dismissed OFW working in Taiwan, and condemn many unfair practices to which our OFWs have been subjected to, for many decades by now.
The 29-page decision penned by the youngest Justice, Mario Victor F. Leonen, former UP Law Professor and Mindanao Peace Process government negotiator, has it all scribed well. This was in SOPA Inc (real name witheld), versus Joy Cabiles, GR 170139 promulgated on 05 August 2014. This decision is precedent-setting and will definitely exasperate the recruitment industry.
Well, I am sure the recruiters will be very angry with this ruling but the Court is only doing its job. Justice Leonen said:
"While these workers may indeed have little defense against exploitation while they are abroad, that disadvantage must not continue to burden them when they return to their own territory to voice their muted complaint. There is no reason why, in their very own land, the protection of our own laws cannot be extended to them in full measure."
Justice Cruz told of the burdens carried by OFWs like breach of contract, maltreatment, rape, inadequate food, subhuman lodgings, insults and all forms of debasement in the hands of foreign employers.
Atty Joseph Jimenez, who wrote this article on The Freeman said: "As a former Labor Attache assigned in Kuwait, Malaysia and Taiwan, these are not just words. These bring me to tears as I recall the sufferings of our OFWs. I salute the Supreme Court for this decision.
At last, there is a ray of hope." Recalling the real situation of the OFWs in the host country where they are working.
From beginning to the end, the real life of OFWs are colorful indeed. To work outside the country, they invest too much, spend a lot. They start making loans for the processing of their needed documents to work abroad.
NATIONAL PORTAL AND NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO SPEED UP INTERNET SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES
In a Facebook post of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, he said that after a presentation made by Dept. of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Pres. Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.Pres. Duterte earlier said he would like the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) "to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed." As a response to the President's SONA statement, Salalima presented the DICT's national broadband plan that aims to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside.
NATIONWIDE SMOKING BAN SIGNED BY PRESIDENT DUTERTE
In January, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said that President Duterte had asked her to draft the executive order similar to what had been implemented in Davao City when he was a mayor, it is the "100% smoke-free environment in public places."Today, a text message from Sec. Manny Piñol to ABS-CBN News confirmed that President Duterte will sign an Executive Order to ban smoking in public places as drafted by the Department of Health (DOH).
How to File Employment Compensation for Private Workers
If you know someone who is sick, had an accident or relatives of an employee who died while on duty, you can help them and their families by sharing them how to claim their benefits from the government through Employment Compensation Commission.
Requirements and Fees for Reduced Travel Tax for OFW Dependents
According to TIEZA ( Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority), it is a levy imposed by the Philippine government on individuals who are leaving the Philippines, as provided for by Presidential Decree (PD) 1183.
A full travel tax for first class passenger is PhP2,700.00 and PhP1,620.00 for economy class. For an average Filipino like me, it’s quite pricey. Overseas Filipino Workers, diplomats and airline crew members are exempted from paying travel tax before but now, travel tax for OFWs are included in their air ticket prize and can be refunded later at the refund counter at NAIA.
However, OFW dependents can apply for standard reduced travel tax. Children or Minors from 2 years and one (1) day to 12th birthday on date of travel.
Accredited Filipino journalist whose travel is in pursuit of journalistic assignment and