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Monday, July 31, 2017

China is Planning to Hire Household Service Workers to Work In Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Other Major Cities

hina's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities. It could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destinfor Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   According to Usec. Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children. China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO   Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal. China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Emmanuel Geslani, a recruitment and migration expert said that: “The recruitment industry welcome the possibility of deploying HSWs to China due to the existing large market of foreign workers or expatriates working for many international companies and financial institutions,” in a news statement. He also said that the P100,000 rate is very attractive to the OFWs especially among domestic workforce. According to reports, China aim to employ around 100,000 Filipino domestic workers in their five largest cities including Xiamen, Beijing and Shanghai as stated by DOLE. Source: GMA News, Business Mirror Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
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China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities. It could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas

Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destinfor Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.

DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September. 



According to Usec. Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.
China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
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Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.

There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.

China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector.
Emmanuel Geslani, a recruitment and migration expert said that: “The recruitment industry welcome the possibility of deploying HSWs to China due to the existing large market of foreign workers or expatriates working for many international companies and financial institutions,” in a news statement. He also said that the salary rate is very attractive to the OFWs especially among domestic work force.
According to reports, China aim to employ around 100,000 Filipino domestic workers in their five largest cities including Xiamen, Beijing and Shanghai as stated by DOLE.
Source: GMA NewsBusiness Mirror
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New 'Laglag Bala' In NAIA?


After a year of hibernating, is 'Laglag Bala' thriving a new in Ninoy Aquino International Airport?  This is a question of many after a netizen post in his Facebook account regarding the alleged new victim of Laglag Bala in NAIA.  In a Facebook post of Jo Vidal, he said the latest victim was a Korean student who departs the country through Terminal 3 around 3 or 4 am.




After a year of hibernating, is 'Laglag Bala' thriving a new in Ninoy Aquino International Airport?

This is a question of many after a netizen post in his Facebook account regarding the alleged new victim of Laglag Bala in NAIA.

In a Facebook post of Jo Vidal, he said the latest victim was a Korean student who departs the country through Terminal 3 around 3 or 4 am.

"The student is of course traumatized," Vidal wrote in her post. "The Korean community feels terrible about what happened."

With this, investigation was launched immediately by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) with Office of the Transport Security (OTS)

In a statement, the Department of Transporation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade instruct its people to act on this matter with utmost urgency.




Meanwhile, MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal warns airport personnel that they will face permanent termination if found to be responsible in "laglag bala" o planting ammunition.

"If this was really the intention of airport security personnel, heads will roll," Monreal emphasized.

But according to the initial investigation, as of Sunday afternoon, July 31, there were no official complaints reported nor encoded into security log books.

Monreal believed that the alleged victim made it through two x-ray machines and was intercepted at the final bag-check, where a bullet would be discovered inside a jacket pocket or in hand-carry luggage.

He added, whether or not a bullet was found on the Korean student identified in the post, the student most likely got on her plane which took off with no delay.

Based on the new airport rules, any passenger caught with one or two bullets could still catch their flight without delay as long as the incident was logged.

It was July last year that President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits authorities from arresting passengers for bullets in their luggage after it victimized many passengers, especially the elderly and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).


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In Just 48 Hours, You Can Get A French Visa Starting Nov. 1







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Sunday, July 30, 2017

In Just 48 Hours, You Can Get A French Visa Starting Nov. 1


From more than 10 days, the process of getting a French visa will be shorter to just 48 hours or 48 hours starting November 1, 2017  This is France's strategy to invite tourist in their country after the number decreased due to series of attacks that hit Paris and Nice last year.  Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the fast visa processing is open to citizens of the following countries; Russia India Thailand Cambodia Laos Myanmar Indonesia Philippines. Read: 20 Visa-Free Countries to Visit this 2017 for Philippine Passport Holder




From more than 10 days, the process of getting a French visa will be shorter to just 48 hours or 48 hours starting November 1, 2017

This is France's strategy to invite tourist in their country after the number decreased due to series of attacks that hit Paris and Nice last year.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the fast visa processing is open to citizens of the following countries;

  • Russia
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines.
Read: 20 Visa-Free Countries to Visit this 2017 for Philippine Passport Holder




Read: 30 Common Questions for US Visa Applicants and UK Visit Visa Restrictions

From 83 million tourists last year, France is eyeing a record of 89 million foreign tourists this year and a 100 million in 2020.

The measure will be extended to Saudi Arabia and Vietnam next year if a change in European Union visa procedure will allow it.

The measure is already enjoyed by the citizens of Qatar and other few countries.

Read:10 Countries Filipinos Can Visit and Experience Snow Without Visa

In line with this, the France government said it will assign more staff in the airport passport checks to limit waiting time to 30 minutes for EU citizen and 45 minutes for non-EU citizens.

For more information regarding visa application to France, click this link. http://www.vfsglobal.com




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Saturday, July 29, 2017

DFA Has 112 Million Pesos in Unclaimed OFWs’ Service Benefits

The Commission on Audit(COA) has discovered over 112 Million pesos in unclaimed End of Service Benefits (ESB) that are being held by the Department of Foreign Affairs via a bank account in the Philippine National Bank. That benefits should have been released to claimant Overseas Filipino Workers(OFW) for as far back as 10 years ago.  In its annual audit report on the DFA ending in December 2016, COA said the receipt and distribution by the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) of the end-of-service benefits (ESB) due to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) or beneficiaries of the deceased OFWs remained unaccounted. This resulted in non-recognition of the cash in a bank account with a balance of PHP114,094,995.37 as of October 31, 2016.  The audit body noted that the interest income earned from the bank deposits in the net amount of PHP1,894,145.15 as of same period was not recorded and remitted to the National Treasury.  COA futher stated that the disbursements of the benefits were not also in accordance with the existing rules and regulations.  COA has asked DFA to submit a complete status report on all unclaimed and unreleased benefits - to include which has no identified beneficiary and which are with pending claims. recommended DFA to facilitate the prompt release of the ESB and hopefully to resolve issues and concerns affecting the release of benefits.   Among the roles of the DFA is to promote the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers. This includes assistance to facilitate the receipt and release of the end-of-service benefits (ESB) and other financial benefits due to the Filipino migrant worker or beneficiary of the deceased Filipino migrant workers.  The ESB or financial benefits are either released by the employer directly to the beneficiaries or remitted through the DFA Foreign Service Post (FSP).  The remittance of said benefits to FSP is receipted by its Collecting Officer and deposited to its bank account. Then, the Post remits the monies, by way of bank transfer, to the designated OUMWA bank account. OUMWA informs the latter of the remittance, name of the OFW or beneficiary, and amount of benefits. Upon receipt of the advice from the bank of the remittance, the OUMWA notifies the Filipino migrant worker or beneficiary and requires the latter to submit the necessary documents for the release of benefits.  The Undersecretary for OUMWA explained that the delay or non-release of benefits was attributed to the following reasons: 1. the use of substitute name of OFW 2. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 3. illegal and undocumented workers 4. incomplete documentary requirements 5. multiple marriages 6. illegitimate children 7. family disputes 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. no identified beneficiary 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons  The COA suggested DFA to consider the possibility of transferring the funds to the disposition of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through the execution of Memorandum of Agreement as the latter has the complete data on the OFWs and their dependents, beneficiaries, or next-of-kin. Of whoever is capable of administering the death benefits of ESB of OFWs.  However despite OUMWA’s representations, the Department of Labor and Unemployment or DOLE and OWWA are reluctant to accept the responsibility of receiving and releasing the ESB.




The Commission on Audit(COA) has discovered over 112 Million pesos in unclaimed End of Service Benefits (ESB) that are being held by the Department of Foreign Affairs via a bank account in the Philippine National Bank. That benefits should have been released to claimant Overseas Filipino Workers(OFW) for as far back as 10 years ago.

In its annual audit report on the DFA ending in December 2016, COA said the receipt and distribution by the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) of the end-of-service benefits (ESB) due to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) or beneficiaries of the deceased OFWs remained unaccounted. This resulted in non-recognition of the cash in a bank account with a balance of PHP114,094,995.37 as of October 31, 2016.


The audit body noted that the interest income earned from the bank deposits in the net amount of PHP1,894,145.15 as of same period was not recorded and remitted to the National Treasury.


COA futher stated that the disbursements of the benefits were not also in accordance with the existing rules and regulations.


COA has asked DFA to submit a complete status report on all unclaimed and unreleased benefits - to include which has no identified beneficiary and which are with pending claims. recommended DFA to facilitate the prompt release of the ESB and hopefully to resolve issues and concerns affecting the release of benefits. 

Among the roles of the DFA is to promote the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers. This includes assistance to facilitate the receipt and release of the end-of-service benefits (ESB) and other financial benefits due to the Filipino migrant worker or beneficiary of the deceased Filipino migrant workers.

The ESB or financial benefits are either released by the employer directly to the beneficiaries or remitted through the DFA Foreign Service Post (FSP).



The remittance of said benefits to FSP is receipted by its Collecting Officer and deposited to its bank account. Then, the Post remits the monies, by way of bank transfer, to the designated OUMWA bank account. OUMWA informs the latter of the remittance, name of the OFW or beneficiary, and amount of benefits. Upon receipt of the advice from the bank of the remittance, the OUMWA notifies the Filipino migrant worker or beneficiary and requires the latter to submit the necessary documents for the release of benefits.

Thingking Pinoy Interviews Migrant Workers Affairs Undersecretary
(interview starts at 7 minute mark)


The Undersecretary for OUMWA explained that the delay or non-release of benefits was attributed to the following reasons:
1. the use of substitute name of OFW
2. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants
3. illegal and undocumented workers
4. incomplete documentary requirements
5. multiple marriages
6. illegitimate children
7. family disputes
8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records
9. no identified beneficiary
10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons


The COA suggested DFA to consider the possibility of transferring the funds to the disposition of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through the execution of Memorandum of Agreement as the latter has the complete data on the OFWs and their dependents, beneficiaries, or next-of-kin. Of whoever is capable of administering the death benefits of ESB of OFWs.


However despite OUMWA’s representations, the Department of Labor and Unemployment or DOLE and OWWA are reluctant to accept the responsibility of receiving and releasing the ESB.





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