Showing posts with label OFW News. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


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

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

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

OWWA said claimants may apply through OWWA Regional Welfare Offices. 

They are required to submit the following:

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

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac has instructed all OWWA implementing units in the affected regions to facilitate the release of the OFWs’ and their families’ CARE based on the guidelines prepared for this purpose.
"This way, they can use the money to fix their houses or in a way help them," Cacdac said.

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

Update:OWWA Central Luzon has released a memo bearing different amounts of the assistance that can be claimed by  the OFW and families victimized by Super Typhoon Lawin.
The aforementioned amounts of P3,000 for active OWWA members remained as is but the amount that can  be claimed by the non-active members were reduced to P1,500 from P2,500.

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




The new Customs Modernization and Tariff Act states that all parcels amounting to P10,000 and below will be exempted from paying any taxes and duties.According to Customs Commissioner Faeldon,it is a good gift for the OFWs for the coming Christmas season.
The Bureau of customs will soon fix the tax exemption for the balikbayan boxes amounting to P150,000 and below.A law concerning this is expected to come into effect any from now.

The  former Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, Atty. Agaton Teodoro, said that they will implement the tax exemption soon as Congress is already on the final reading of the proposed Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The Congress approved the bill while the senate, is on its third and final reading prior to approval.

He also expressed in this interview that they are not opening Balikbayan boxes anymore, canine dogs and XRay machines are used to inspect the OFW and expats boxes.


Why P10,000? Where are those proposals of our good Congressmen and Senators like P80,000 or P100,000?

Sen. Ralph Recto has issued a press release  that his proposed Balik-bayan Box Law will be submitted to the senate for approval today. 

The following are the highlights in his proposed law:

Value exempt from tax: Php 150,000

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

He Sheltered His Girlfriend Who Was Pregnant, Now He Will Be Jailed And Fined


A Filipino who is permanent resident in Hong Kong was sentenced to six weeks in prison after he pleaded guilty to the charge of aiding, abetting, counseling or procuring the breach of condition of stay. 

Ramir S. delos Reyes' girlfriend was a domestic worker in Hong Kong but in July 2013 she showed up in his doorstep three months pregnant with his son. Out of concern for the safety of his girlfriend and his son he sheltered her.
“His girlfriend turned up at his door and she was already three months pregnant with his child. She had nowhere else to go,” the lawyer said.
Their plan was to surrender once she delivers the baby, but because she is breastfeeding they decided to hide for 18 more months.

In July 2015, delos Reyes decided that its time for his girlfriend to surrender so they can also register the baby.
Because of his failure to register the baby right after he was born, he was fined $1,000. The judge also sentenced him to two months in jail but after his appeal, the judge made consideration and reduced his jail term to 6 weeks.
“I have considered carefully all the grounds of your application. I give you the benefit of the doubt that you were the one who initiated your girlfriend’s (eventual surrender),” the judge said during the review hearing of Delos Reyes’ sentence on February 17.

His girlfriend will also be serving 14 weeks in jail for overstaying in Hong Kong for five years.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

This Filipina Admitted She Dumped Her Baby in the Waste Bin in Macau!

The Judiciary Police has arrested a woman on a tourist visa believed to be the mother of the baby that was found in a waste bin in Taipa earlier this week.
Authorities say the woman, a Philippine national, confessed to abandoning the baby as she thought it had died during birth.

Courtesy of TDM Canal Macau

The Judiciary Police has arrested a woman on a tourist visa believed to be the mother of the baby that was found in a waste bin in Taipa earlier this week.Authorities say the woman, a Philippine national, confessed to abandoning the baby as she thought it had died during birth.More updates or on TDM News aired on Canal Macau at 11pm.
Posted by TDM Canal Macau on Friday, February 19, 2016

"The suspect has been our person of interest. She was staying at the same floor   where the baby was found. She wasn't cooperative with us and has earlier denied that she had given birth. We initially couldn't tell through her body if she had given birth although she looked weak. That was the time that we initiated a DNA test. The result turned positive, confirming that she is the mother of the baby", said Judiciary Police Spokesperson Choi Ian Fai.
"She went to the bathroom of the household unit on the 17th floor. She delivered the baby herself and cut the naval cord. She thought the baby girl was dead because the baby did not cry. The suspect covered the baby in a blanket and threw it in a garbage bin".
The case has been transferred to the Public prosecution Office.

The suspect may be charged with child abandonment, which may result in five years of imprisonment.
The baby is alive and is recovering in the hospital. 

Monday, February 01, 2016


An OFW hiding under the name Marie was a victim of a suspected scammer, losing her hard earned money that she saved for 2 years while working overseas. It was supposed to be an investment that could earn up to 40% a week, but in the end, it turned out to be a scam.

A 21-years old suspect named Bonjomar Laguna whom she only met on Facebook was sweet-talking and seemingly convincing that she eventually invested up to P50,000.

She begun to panic when the suspect deactivated his Facebook account after several weeks that Marie was complaining of not receiving her promised 40% pay-out. It was a nightmare. Just last month, when found out that the suspect’s Facebook account was again reactivated she talked to the guy and eventually they agreed to meet for her to give another P200,000 as another set of investment, and that's when she asked the help of the police which lead to Laguna’s arrest.
Unfortunately, Laguna admitted that there are around 300 people that was victimized and around 150 to 200 of them are overseas Filipino workers.

Monday, January 18, 2016


This proposed P150,000 tax-free Balik-bayan Box Law was approved in the Senate today. 

Overseas Filipinos returning to the Philippines are also entitled to ship home tax-free up to P350,000 worth of personal...
Posted by Sen. Ralph Recto on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The following are the highlights in the proposed law sponsored by Senator Ralph Recto:

Value exempt from tax: Php 150,000

“residents of the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers, other Filipinos while residing abroad or in their return to the Philippines shall be allowed to bring in or send to their families or relatives in the Philippines balikbayan boxes which shall be exempt from duties and taxes.” 
The “total dutiable value” of the boxes shall not exceed P150,000."
OFWs can send boxes up to 3 times a year: 

 The privilege can only be enjoyed “up to three times in a calendar year,” Recto said, quoting the proposed law.
“This means that an OFW can send two boxes at the same time provided that their total worth is not more than P150,000. That will be counted as one shipment,” Recto said.
Screenshot from ABSCBN News

OFWs are allowed to send personal and household effects only:

“personal and household effects only and shall neither be in commercial quantities, nor intended for barter, sale or for hire...This is to prevent senders from abusing this privilege. With this privilege comes the duty to observe the law. And it also comes with penalties so that smugglers won’t take advantage of it,” Recto explained.
For returning OFWs/residents who lived abroad for 10 years, they can bring (tax free) Php 350,000 worth of personal and household effects:
Recto said the proposed CMTA also increases to P350,000 the tax-exempt ceiling of “personal and household effects” that a returning resident who had lived abroad for 10 years may ship to the Philippines.



Monday, December 28, 2015


With the introduction of the new UAE labor laws to be implemented this January 2016, some info's are starting to come out. As reported in the 24/7 UAE news organization, the 6-months ban for workers who end their job even without completing the two year contract, provided, the employer and the employee are in mutual agreement.

 "UAE Ministry of Labour has confirmed that the ban of six months will be cancelled beginning January if the work permit and employment are terminated in mutual agreement.

Who are those in LEVEL 1,2 and 3?

LEVEL 1- Professions include: Manager, Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Accountant, Accounts Clerk, Marketing Specialist, Quantity Surveyor, Draftsman, Executive Secretary, Pharmacist, Administration Officer, Reservation Officer, Safety Officer, Public Relations Officer, Computer Operator, Advertising Designer, Graphic Arts Draftsman etc.
LEVEL 2 - Technical, Technicians and Mechanical related professions.
LEVEL 3 - Sales Executive, Sales Representative, Sales Supervisor, Site Supervisor, Administration Clerk, Correspondence Clerk, Customs Clearing Clerk, Ticketing Clerk, Cash Desk Clerk, Receptionist, Cashier, Store Keeper, Tourist Guide etc. 

According to the 24/7 News, "the Ministry, employees will be allowed new work permits to join another facility immediately, even if the employee has not completed two years at the first facility.

However, the Ministry confirmed that workers under level IV and V who have not completed six months with the first establishment will be excluded from this rule.

The new rule is part of the new resolutions issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash in September and which will be effective in January."

"Humaid Rashid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary at Ministry of Labour, told Al Bayan that under the new resolution, employees who end their service in agreement with the establishments and cancel their work permits will be allowed to move to other establishments, even if they have not completed two years at the workplace.
However, workers in levels IV and V who have not completed six months with the first facility are exempted from this rule, he added.
Al Suwaidi said that currently workers who terminate their service through consensus and have completed two years are also not allowed to move to another facility immediately. They are allowed to join another job only after a period of six months from the date of cancellation of the work permit, he added.
As per the new resolution No. 766 of 2015 workers will be granted new work permits immediately beginning January, explained Al Suwaidi and added that this is so as long as both the parties fulfill the conditions agreed upon in the labour contract signed between them."
image from NY Times. Q and A on DUBAI law here
news Source: 24/7

Friday, December 25, 2015


A taxi driver named Anselmo Nava, in Iloilo returned the bag of his OFW passenger with a money worth P300,000. He said he can live with his earnings from being a taxi driver without being tempted to keep the money that is not his. 

He said that even though he is only a taxi driver, he is contented as long his family is eating thrice a day and with good health.

This is good news! Sir, we admire you!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

In Kuwait, Expats Over 50 Years Old In Gov't Jobs Will be Terminated?

Reported by ArabTimes in Kuwait

"The Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a decision to end the services of expatriate employees in government departments and agencies who are more than 50 years old, reports Al-Anba daily.
A source disclosed the commission will start implementing the decision on March 1 and it will cover all nationalities. He said the decision also applies to all professions where Kuwaitis can fill vacancies and are on the waiting list.
He explained the government has a plan on how to deal with the technical oriented jobs, but the affected expatriates will continue in such jobs until the manpower needs are met. He stressed the government decided to embark on the policy to appoint Kuwaitis who are on the waiting list for employment. He hinted the number of affected expatriates outweighs Kuwaitis on the waiting list — not more than 20,000 with intermediate and lower qualifications."
source: ArabTimes

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

HongKong OFW: Employer Burned Her Back With Flat Iron Twice!

In a GMA News report: 
"An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who has been working in Hong Kong for less than a month has accused her employer of inflicting physical harm on her by burning her with a flat iron.

According to a report by GMA News stringer Corazon Amaya CaƱete, the 25-year-old OFW from Cagayan Valley, who is working as a domestic helper, has sought assistance from the police regarding her 85-year-old male employer.

She said on December 12, her employer asked her to give him a massage. However, the employer was not satisfied with her massage and pushed her.

Later, while the OFW was ironing her employer's clothes, the employer allegedly came to her, grabbed the flat iron, and burned the right side of her back with it. Seemingly not contented, the employer also placed the iron on the left side of her back.
The OFW said all she could do was cry. She said the pain prevented her from sleeping at night.
With the aid of her siblings, who are also working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the police got wind of her situation and are now investigating it."
Unfortunately, some countries may not be able to see this video below because the uploader has not made this video available to Saudi Arabia and other countries. 
source: GMA NEWS

Monday, December 14, 2015

OFW in Singapore Escaped: Reported She Had Been Starved For 15 Months By Her Employers

A couple in Singapore who were employing a Filipina domestic worker are on trial after being charged for failing to provide their employee with adequate food. 
Lim Choon Hong (right) and Chong Sui Foon, who failed to provide their former domestic worker with adequate food.ST PHOTO Credit: WONG KWAI CHOW

The OFW named Ms Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40 years old ran away on April 14, 2014. According to the report she was given two meals a day, with each ration consisting of instant noodles and a slice of bread. 

She used to weight 49 kilos in January of 2013, when she escaped in April last year she was only weighing 29 kilos, after working for 15 months she suffered a significant weight loss due to insufficient intake of food. She was then immediately taken and was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

She also claimed that she was made to sleep in a storeroom, and was allowed to bathe only once or twice a week, at a public toilet in her employer's condominium. Her employer would also watch her shower, as the latter "did not want her to bathe too long,". 
Filipino maid Thelma Oyasan Gawidan (above) dropped from 49kg to 29kg over 15 months as a result of her employers not giving her adequate food. ST PHOTO Credit: WONG KWAI CHOW

Ms Thelma also claimed that she was not allowed to brush her teeth.

If proven, her employers Lim Choon Hong (right) and Chong Sui Foon will both face a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015


A report via UK and US News regarding "hoverboards" catching fire or bursting into flames, UK and US officials are advising the public to be careful in buying these self-balancing scooters.
A couple of months ago, Allan K, a comedian and host of Eat Bulaga was said be hospitalized because of an accident involving the hoverboard that he had to be taken to Medical City for CT scan.

Just a few days ago, a mother warned the public that the toy hover trax or hover board went up in flames. 
Watch the news below.

WPTV NewsChannel 5 reports: Pamela Levine says her 11-year old daughter, Sophie, just missed getting injured by her hoverboard Saturday night. "She felt it get hot, she jumped off, and it was in flames," she says.
Pamela quickly put water on the flames, and says the fire was out before firefighters arrived.
Another report says: 
"One of the hottest holiday toys is literally catching fire."

You cannot blame kids now a days if you can see celebrities as you can watch in the videos below touting their new 21st century toy. But when it comes to quality, a lot of fake and counterfeit and low quality batteries and substandard materials are used to produce quickly and sell cheaply this popular toy. 


Sunday, December 06, 2015


Screenshot from TV patrol ABSCBN report

"On the basis of the PSRTI study, the HUDCC recommends the extension of rental regulation after December 31, 2015 for two years, beginning January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

"Further, the rental regulation for the period, shall use the inflation rate for 2014 of 4.1% as the basis for adjustment of the coverage and rates of increases on rent," Castelo said.

"The rent for any residential unit, occupied by the same lessee, shall not be increased by more than 4% for those with a monthly rental of Ph1 to P3,999 and not more than 7% for those with a monthly rental of P4,000 to P10,000," he added.

The PSRTI report reveals that based on the Family Income and Expenditure Survey conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) for the year 2012: 1.54 million families or 7.2 percent of the 21.48 million households in the country were home renters.

About 1,274,788 families or 82.5 percent of the 1.54 million renting families paid a monthly rent of less than P4,000; and of those renting less than P4,000 per month, 124,742 families or 8 percent of the total renters belonged to families earning an average monthly income of not more than P5,252.