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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

President Duterte Signs Laws Extending Passport and Driver License Validity

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Wednesday Republic Act 10928 extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years. The new law states that “Regular passports under this act shall be valid for a period of 10 years. Provided, however, that for individuals under 18 years of age, only a passport with five-year validity shall be issued.”  Republic Act 10928 amends Republic Act 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.  The new law also states that the issuing authority may limit the validity to less than 10 years in cases where national economic interest or political stability is at stake.  But do not get excited that the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue passports with longer validities soon. The DFA has to prepare the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10928 first, to ensure that its provisions will be implemented.  The President also signed Republic Act 10930, which extends the length of the driver's license’s validity to 5 years. The law amends Section 23 of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which set a three-year validity for the license.  “Except for student permits, all drivers’ licenses shall be valid for five years reckoned from the birth date of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended,” the new law says.  Under the law's Section 23, a driver holding a license with a 5-year validity may even be granted a license with a 10-year validity upon renewal if found that he or she has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations.”  The law also mandates the establishment of stricter rules before the issuance of driver’s licenses.  A fine of P20,000 shall be imposed on a driver’s license applicant if found to have misrepresented material information in his or her application, connived with the officer in the irregular conduct of examinations or issuance of license, falsified documents, or cheated during examinations.  Both laws will be enforced and take effect  take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. The DFA and LTO will now write and publish the implementing rules and regulations for each of their jurisdictions.




President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Wednesday Republic Act 10928 extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years. The new law states that “Regular passports under this act shall be valid for a period of 10 years. Provided, however, that for individuals under 18 years of age, only a passport with five-year validity shall be issued.”

Republic Act 10928 amends Republic Act 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.


President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Wednesday Republic Act 10928 extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years. The new law states that “Regular passports under this act shall be valid for a period of 10 years. Provided, however, that for individuals under 18 years of age, only a passport with five-year validity shall be issued.”  Republic Act 10928 amends Republic Act 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.  The new law also states that the issuing authority may limit the validity to less than 10 years in cases where national economic interest or political stability is at stake.  But do not get excited that the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue passports with longer validities soon. The DFA has to prepare the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10928 first, to ensure that its provisions will be implemented.  The President also signed Republic Act 10930, which extends the length of the driver's license’s validity to 5 years. The law amends Section 23 of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which set a three-year validity for the license.  “Except for student permits, all drivers’ licenses shall be valid for five years reckoned from the birth date of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended,” the new law says.  Under the law's Section 23, a driver holding a license with a 5-year validity may even be granted a license with a 10-year validity upon renewal if found that he or she has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations.”  The law also mandates the establishment of stricter rules before the issuance of driver’s licenses.  A fine of P20,000 shall be imposed on a driver’s license applicant if found to have misrepresented material information in his or her application, connived with the officer in the irregular conduct of examinations or issuance of license, falsified documents, or cheated during examinations.  Both laws will be enforced and take effect  take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. The DFA and LTO will now write and publish the implementing rules and regulations for each of their jurisdictions.
The new law also states that the issuing authority may limit the validity to less than 10 years in cases where national economic interest or political stability is at stake.

But do not get excited that the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue passports with longer validities soon. The DFA has to prepare the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10928 first, to ensure that its provisions will be implemented.


The President also signed Republic Act 10930, which extends the length of the driver's license’s validity to 5 years. The law amends Section 23 of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which set a three-year validity for the license.

“Except for student permits, all drivers’ licenses shall be valid for five years reckoned from the birth date of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended,” the new law says.

Under the law's Section 23, a driver holding a license with a 5-year validity may even be granted a license with a 10-year validity upon renewal if found that he or she has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations.”

The law also mandates the establishment of stricter rules before the issuance of driver’s licenses.

A fine of P20,000 shall be imposed on a driver’s license applicant if found to have misrepresented material information in his or her application, connived with the officer in the irregular conduct of examinations or issuance of license, falsified documents, or cheated during examinations.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Wednesday Republic Act 10928 extending the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years. The new law states that “Regular passports under this act shall be valid for a period of 10 years. Provided, however, that for individuals under 18 years of age, only a passport with five-year validity shall be issued.”  Republic Act 10928 amends Republic Act 8239 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.  The new law also states that the issuing authority may limit the validity to less than 10 years in cases where national economic interest or political stability is at stake.  But do not get excited that the Department of Foreign Affairs will issue passports with longer validities soon. The DFA has to prepare the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10928 first, to ensure that its provisions will be implemented.  The President also signed Republic Act 10930, which extends the length of the driver's license’s validity to 5 years. The law amends Section 23 of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which set a three-year validity for the license.  “Except for student permits, all drivers’ licenses shall be valid for five years reckoned from the birth date of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended,” the new law says.  Under the law's Section 23, a driver holding a license with a 5-year validity may even be granted a license with a 10-year validity upon renewal if found that he or she has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations.”  The law also mandates the establishment of stricter rules before the issuance of driver’s licenses.  A fine of P20,000 shall be imposed on a driver’s license applicant if found to have misrepresented material information in his or her application, connived with the officer in the irregular conduct of examinations or issuance of license, falsified documents, or cheated during examinations.  Both laws will be enforced and take effect  take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. The DFA and LTO will now write and publish the implementing rules and regulations for each of their jurisdictions.


Both laws will be enforced and take effect  take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. The DFA and LTO will now write and publish the implementing rules and regulations for each of their jurisdictions.

source: Phil Star, ABS-CBN, GMA




Senate Bill: Will Retain 5 Year-Validity For Passports Of Minors

  The Senate of The Philippines recently approved the bill proposing that passport validity be made 10-years instead of the current 5-year validity.    "A minor's passport should indeed be renewed every 5 years because a minor's facial changes while growing up."- Sen. C.Villar   One of the reasons for the extension of the passport validity is for the convenience of Filipinos working overseas.      Under the bill that has been passed in the Senate, regular passports will be valid for 10 years, instead of the current five.  Based on the speech by Sen. Cynthia Villar, one of the reasons why they pushed through the change in validity period of passport is for the OFWs.  "In order to make travel abroad easier for the OFWs, the bill simply extends the validity of regular passports to 10 years,"   After the House of Representatives approval of extending the validity of Philippine passports last February, the Senate has also approved, on its second reading, a proposal extending the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years.  Senate Bill 1365, authored by Senators Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Ralph Recto, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Grace Poe, and Alan Peter Cayetano amends Republic Act No. 8329 or the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 extending the validity of the Philippine passports to ten years for citizens of legal age. For 18 years old and below, the validity will still be five years.   During his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned about the passport validity extension. According to Senator Cynthia Villar, passports of several countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Vietnam, and Cambodia, already has10 years validity.   The Philippine passport, however, is only valid for five years and six months before the expiration date it can no longer be used.   Passport applications, she said, increase by 30 percent every year and there will be no impact on government revenue due to the validity extension.  “Whatever we will lose in terms of renewal will be compensated by the increase in the passport application,” Sen Villar said.  The government revenue from passport applications is P4 billion every year. Sources: Manila Standard, GMA News RECOMMENDED:  A massive attack on Google hit millions of Gmail users after receiving an email which instructs the user to click on a document. After that, a very google-like page that will ask for your password and that's where you get infected. 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The applicant for any of the modalities under the UniFAST must meet the following minimum qualifications:  (a) must be a Filipino citizen, but the Board may grant exemptions to foreign students based on reciprocal programs that provide similar benefits to Filipino students, such as student exchange programs, international reciprocal Scholarships, and other mutually beneficial programs;   (b) must be a high school graduate or its equivalent from duly authorized institutions;   (c) must possess good moral character with no criminal record, but this requirement shall be waived for programs which target children in conflict with the law and those who are undergoing or have undergone rehabilitation;   (d) must be admitted to the higher education institution (HEI) or TVI included in the Registry of Programs and Institutions of the applicant’s choice, provided that the applicant shall be allowed to begin processing the application within a reasonable time frame set by the Board to give the applicant sufficient time to enroll;   (e) in the case of technical-vocational education and training or TVET programs, must have passed the TESDA screening/assessment procedure, trade test, or skills competency evaluation; and   (f) in the case of scholarship, the applicant must obtain at least the score required by the Board for the Qualifying Examination System for Scoring Students and must possess such other qualifications as may be prescribed by the Board.  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Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS   The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  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Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   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Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised.  LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month.     Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS    The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised.  LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month.  Meanwhile, the LTO Chief has uttered support to the program of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) which is the establishment of the Driver's Academy which will begin this month  Public Utility Drivers will be required to attend the one to two days classes. At the academy, they will learn the traffic rules and regulations, LTFRB policies, and they will also be taught on how to avoid road rage. Grab and Uber drivers will also be required to undergo the same training.  LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said that they will conduct an exam after the training and if the drivers passed, they will be given an ID Card.  The list of the passers will be then listed to their database. The operators will be able to check the status of the drivers they are hiring. Recommended:    Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS   The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.   Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised.  LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month.     Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS A massive attack on Google hit millions of Gmail users after receiving an email which instructs the user to click on a document. After that, a very google-like page that will ask for your password and that's where you get infected.Experts warned that if ever you received an email which asks you to click a document, please! DO NOT CLICK IT!This "worm" which arrived in the inboxes of Gmail users in the form of an email from a trusted contact asking users to click on an attached "Google Docs," or GDocs, file. Clicking on the link took them to a real Google security page, where users were asked to give permission for the fake app, posing as GDocs, to have an access to the users' email account.For added menace, this worm also sent itself out to all of the contacts of the affected user Gmail or and others spawning itself hundreds of times any time a single user was hooked on its snare. Do You Need Money For Tuition Fee For The Next School Year? You Need To Watch This Do you need money for your tuition fee to be able to study this coming school year? The Philippine government might be able to help you. All you need to do is to follow these steps:  -Inquire at the state college or university where you want to study.  -Bring Identification forms. If your family is a 4Ps subsidiary, prepare and bring your 4Ps identification card. For families who are not a member of 4Ps, bring your family's proof of income.  -Bring the registration form from your state college or university where you want to study.   Nicholas Tenazas, Deputy executive Director of CHED-UniFAST said that in the program, the state colleges and universities will not collect any tuition fee from the students. The Government will shoulder their tuition fees.  CHED-UniFAST or the Unified Student Financial Assistance For Tertiary Education otherwise known as the Republic Act 10687  which aims to provide quality education to the Filipinos.  What are the qualifications for availing of the modalities of UniFAST?  The applicant for any of the modalities under the UniFAST must meet the following minimum qualifications:  (a) must be a Filipino citizen, but the Board may grant exemptions to foreign students based on reciprocal programs that provide similar benefits to Filipino students, such as student exchange programs, international reciprocal Scholarships, and other mutually beneficial programs;   (b) must be a high school graduate or its equivalent from duly authorized institutions;   (c) must possess good moral character with no criminal record, but this requirement shall be waived for programs which target children in conflict with the law and those who are undergoing or have undergone rehabilitation;   (d) must be admitted to the higher education institution (HEI) or TVI included in the Registry of Programs and Institutions of the applicant’s choice, provided that the applicant shall be allowed to begin processing the application within a reasonable time frame set by the Board to give the applicant sufficient time to enroll;   (e) in the case of technical-vocational education and training or TVET programs, must have passed the TESDA screening/assessment procedure, trade test, or skills competency evaluation; and   (f) in the case of scholarship, the applicant must obtain at least the score required by the Board for the Qualifying Examination System for Scoring Students and must possess such other qualifications as may be prescribed by the Board.  The applicant has to declare also if he or she is already a beneficiary of any other student financial assistance, including government StuFAP. However, if at the time of application of the scholarship, grant-in-aid, student loan, or other modalities of StuFAP under this Act, the amount of such other existing grant does not cover the full cost of tertiary education at the HEI or TVI where the applicant has enrolled in, the applicant may still avail of the StuFAPs under this Act for the remaining portion. Recommended:  Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised.  LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month.  Meanwhile, the LTO Chief has uttered support to the program of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) which is the establishment of the Driver's Academy which will begin this month  Public Utility Drivers will be required to attend the one to two days classes. At the academy, they will learn the traffic rules and regulations, LTFRB policies, and they will also be taught on how to avoid road rage. Grab and Uber drivers will also be required to undergo the same training.  LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said that they will conduct an exam after the training and if the drivers passed, they will be given an ID Card.  The list of the passers will be then listed to their database. The operators will be able to check the status of the drivers they are hiring. Recommended:    Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS   The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.   Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised.  LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month.     Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS    The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised.  LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month.  Meanwhile, the LTO Chief has uttered support to the program of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) which is the establishment of the Driver's Academy which will begin this month  Public Utility Drivers will be required to attend the one to two days classes. At the academy, they will learn the traffic rules and regulations, LTFRB policies, and they will also be taught on how to avoid road rage. Grab and Uber drivers will also be required to undergo the same training.  LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said that they will conduct an exam after the training and if the drivers passed, they will be given an ID Card.  The list of the passers will be then listed to their database. The operators will be able to check the status of the drivers they are hiring. Recommended:    Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS   The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.   Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS Starting this August, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will possibly release the driver's license with validity of 5 years as President Duterte earlier promised. LTO Chief Ed Galvante said, LTO started the renewal of driver's license with a validity of 5 years since last year but due to the delay of the supply of the plastic cards, they are only able to issue receipts. The LTO is optimistic that the plastic cards will be available on the said month. Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS    The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include: Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against? Transfer to other employer   An employer can grant a written permission to his employees to work with another employer for a period of six months, renewable for a similar period.  Part time jobs are now allowed   Employees can take up part time job with another employer, with a written approval from his original employer, the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.   Staying out of Country, still can come back?  Expatriates staying out of the country for more than six months can re-enter the country with a “return visa”, within a year, if they hold a Qatari residency permit (RP) and after paying the fine.    Newborn RP possible A newborn baby can get residency permit within 90 days from the date of birth or the date of entering the country, if the parents hold a valid Qatari RP.  No medical check up Anyone who enters the country on a visit visa or for other purposes are not required to undergo the mandatory medical check-up if they stay for a period not more than 30 days. Foreigners are not allowed to stay in the country after expiry of their visa if not renewed.   E gates for all  Expatriates living in Qatar can leave and enter the country using their Qatari IDs through the e-gates.  Exit Permit Grievances Committee According to Law No 21 of 2015 regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates, which was enforced on December 13, last year, expatriate worker can leave the country immediately after his employer inform the competent authorities about his consent for exit. In case the employer objected, the employee can lodge a complaint with the Exit Permit Grievances Committee which will take a decision within three working days.  Change job before or after contract , complete freedom  Expatriate worker can change his job before the end of his work contract with or without the consent of his employer, if the contract period ended or after five years if the contract is open ended. With approval from the competent authority, the worker also can change his job if the employer died or the company vanished for any reason.   Three months for RP process  The employer must process the RP of his employees within 90 days from the date of his entry to the country.  Expat must leave within 90 days of visa expiry The employer must return the travel document (passport) to the employee after finishing the RP formalities unless the employee makes a written request to keep it with the employer. The employer must report to the authorities concerned within 24 hours if the worker left his job, refused to leave the country after cancellation of his RP, passed three months since its expiry or his visit visa ended.  If the visa or residency permit becomes invalid the expat needs to leave the country within 90 days from the date of its expiry. The expat must not violate terms and the purpose for which he/she has been granted the residency permit and should not work with another employer without permission of his original employer. In case of a dispute the Interior Minister or his representative has the right to allow an expatriate worker to work with another employer temporarily with approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development,Labour and Social Affairs. Source:qatarday.com Recommended:      The Barangay Micro Business Enterprise Program (BMBE) or Republic Act No. 9178 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started way back 2002 which aims to help people to start their small business by providing them incentives and other benefits.  If you have a small business that belongs to manufacturing, production, processing, trading and services with assets not exceeding P3 million you can benefit from BMBE Program of the government.  Benefits include:  Income tax exemption from income arising from the operations of the enterprise;   Exemption from the coverage of the Minimum Wage Law (BMBE 1) 2) 3) 2 employees will still receive the same social security and health care benefits as other employees);   Priority to a special credit window set up specifically for the financing requirements of BMBEs; and  Technology transfer, production and management training, and marketing assistance programs for BMBE beneficiaries.  Gina Lopez Confirmation as DENR Secretary Rejected; Who Voted For Her and Who Voted Against?   ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS       President Rodrigo Duterte , he mentioned the necessity of stretching the validity of passports from the current 5 to 10 years.  However, there seemed to be a catch because minors or Filipino citizens below 18 years old is not included, and they will therefore still receive passport that is valid for 5 years only!  "...although the 5-year validity of passports of minors or those individuals under 18 years old is being retained. A minor's passport should indeed be renewed every 5 years because a minor's facial changes while growing up. An adult's facial features basically remain the same for longer periods; hence the renewal of an adult's passport every 10 years is apt. "  According to Senator Villar, the reason behind why minors will still receive passport with less than 10 years validity is due to the changes in facial features of a growing up child.    The Department of Foreign Affairs may also lessen the period of validity "whenever in the national economic interest or political stability of the country such restriction is necessary," according to the bill.           ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below


President Rodrigo Duterte’s P8-trillion infrastructure program will create a shortage in labor that might require bringing home overseas Filipinos or importing foreign workers to the Philippines. That is the view of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. He said the 75 projects under the President’s Build Build Build Program will create 2 million jobs annually and that currently, construction companies are “having a hard time” looking for laborers.  Sec. Diokno said the Philippines is open to importing more laborers from other countries. This raised concerns among the labor sector that Filipino workers might be displaced, while those unemployed will continue to be ignored.  "Build, build, build is going to create a shortage in labor," he said. “I don’t mind if we import labor just to finish the projects. We can even import labor from Pakistan, India. We have 75 major projects, there’s no way of stopping that. We won’t stop,” he said.  Assuring the labor sector, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said importing labor only happens when the skills required for projects are not available domestically. “If you need special skills and they are not available in the country, then what should you do, you’ll bring it in right? Which we already do,” Dominguez said.  The Finance department further assured Filipino workers, particularly those in the construction industry, should not worry about losing their jobs as only alien workers with highly technical skills are allowed to work in the country. The law only allows special work permits to be issued to aliens who are either highly technical or managerial.  Under Section 20 of the Philippine Immigration Act, allowed non-residents coming for employment will only be when no person can be found in the Philippines willing or competent to perform the labor or service for which the non-immigrant is desired, and that the non-immigrant’s admission would be beneficial to public interest.  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, for his part, has said the Department of Labor and Employment is considering measures to prevent the shortage of skilled workers in the country. He said the DOLE is eyeing to slow down the processing for the deployment of skilled workers abroad and to fast- track the training program to bring in more skilled Filipinos into the domestic workforce.


There is a hThere is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 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 OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Flooruge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the deceased OFW’s legal heirs collect their respective benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the heirs.   The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 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 OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor



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