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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

KSA Denies Imposition Of Fees To Foreign Remittances

The remittances coming from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) helps the Philippine economy on its feet for decades. Because many Filipinos count on their relatives or family member working abroad for their monthly expenses, particularly those who are working in Saudi Arabia, was worried about a recent news that the Saudi Arabian government will impose taxes on remittances sent by expatriates including thousands of OFWs in the Gulf region.

The remittances coming from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) helps the Philippine economy on its feet for decades. Because many Filipinos count on their relatives or family member working abroad for their monthly expenses, particularly those who are working in Saudi Arabia, was worried about a recent news that the Saudi Arabian government will impose taxes on remittances sent by expatriates including thousands of OFWs in the Gulf region.      Ads     Sponsored Links       The Ministry of Finance has denied rumors with regard to the imposition of fees on remittance by foreign workers.   “Referring to what has been circulated by some media about the proposal to impose fees on remittance by foreign workers, the Ministry of Finance categorically denies this and affirms the commitment to support the free movement of capital through official channels in accordance with the best international standards and practices,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.  The statement noted that the ministry aims by this to boost investor confidence in the economy and achieve further growth of the economy within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 so as to enhance the competitiveness of the economy and its attractiveness to foreign investments.  It is to be noted that the ministry spokesman had denied in January 2017 a similar report about the move to impose a fee on foreign remittance.

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The remittances coming from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) helps the Philippine economy on its feet for decades. Because many Filipinos count on their relatives or family member working abroad for their monthly expenses, particularly those who are working in Saudi Arabia, was worried about a recent news that the Saudi Arabian government will impose taxes on remittances sent by expatriates including thousands of OFWs in the Gulf region.      Ads     Sponsored Links       The Ministry of Finance has denied rumors with regard to the imposition of fees on remittance by foreign workers.   “Referring to what has been circulated by some media about the proposal to impose fees on remittance by foreign workers, the Ministry of Finance categorically denies this and affirms the commitment to support the free movement of capital through official channels in accordance with the best international standards and practices,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.  The statement noted that the ministry aims by this to boost investor confidence in the economy and achieve further growth of the economy within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 so as to enhance the competitiveness of the economy and its attractiveness to foreign investments.  It is to be noted that the ministry spokesman had denied in January 2017 a similar report about the move to impose a fee on foreign remittance.
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The Ministry of Finance has denied rumors with regard to the imposition of fees on remittance by foreign workers.

“Referring to what has been circulated by some media about the proposal to impose fees on remittance by foreign workers, the Ministry of Finance categorically denies this and affirms the commitment to support the free movement of capital through official channels in accordance with the best international standards and practices,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

The statement noted that the ministry aims by this to boost investor confidence in the economy and achieve further growth of the economy within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 so as to enhance the competitiveness of the economy and its attractiveness to foreign investments.

It is to be noted that the ministry spokesman had denied in January 2017 a similar report about the move to impose a fee on foreign remittance. 
The remittances coming from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) helps the Philippine economy on its feet for decades. Because many Filipinos count on their relatives or family member working abroad for their monthly expenses, particularly those who are working in Saudi Arabia, was worried about a recent news that the Saudi Arabian government will impose taxes on remittances sent by expatriates including thousands of OFWs in the Gulf region.      Ads     Sponsored Links       The Ministry of Finance has denied rumors with regard to the imposition of fees on remittance by foreign workers.   “Referring to what has been circulated by some media about the proposal to impose fees on remittance by foreign workers, the Ministry of Finance categorically denies this and affirms the commitment to support the free movement of capital through official channels in accordance with the best international standards and practices,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.  The statement noted that the ministry aims by this to boost investor confidence in the economy and achieve further growth of the economy within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 so as to enhance the competitiveness of the economy and its attractiveness to foreign investments.  It is to be noted that the ministry spokesman had denied in January 2017 a similar report about the move to impose a fee on foreign remittance.
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One of the many problems encountered by overseas Filipino workers (OFW) prior to their deployment is the high placement fees collected by recruitment agencies aside from processing and medical fees and other expenses in securing various documents in applying for overseas jobs. For that reason, they are forced to sell their properties or to avail loans even on a high interest rate. But for the OFW caregivers who are applying for deployment to Israel, the placement fees will become lower as a new bilateral agreement is being forged between the two countries.     Ads  EMBED VIDEO HERE  Sponsored Links  Filipinos wanting to work as caregivers in Israel would no longer have to pay high placement fees as the governments of Israel and the Philippines are expected to forge a bilateral labor agreement during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s state visit on September 2-5.  Philippine Ambassador to the State of Israel Nathaniel Imperial said the labor cooperation agreement will “hopefully ensure that the exploitative placement fees that are being charged to our workers would be substantially reduced, if not, eliminated.”    “It will be a government to government agreement. So private recruitment agencies will no longer be involved in the recruitment process,” Imperial said in an interview with Radio Television Malacañang at the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on August 30.  Aside from the labor and business agreements, Imperial said the Philippine Embassy has identified several areas of cooperation that will be pursued during the President’s visit.  “One is in science and technology. Israel, as you know, is known as the start-up nation. It is known for its innovation and its very advanced software and technology. And this is something that we can learn from and that we can partner with Israel,” he said.  Over the last few years, he said, the Philippines has broadened the areas of labor cooperation with Israel, which is home to 29,000 Filipino workers and residents.  “Around 24,000 of them are caregivers taking care of the elderly in Israel and disabled children. And so in a way, you can say that we are helping Israel cope with an aging population,” he said.  Imperial also took pride in saying that labor conditions in Israel are some of the best in the Middle East.  “Workers here receive the highest minimum wage in all of the Middle East. And they have days off, they have the right to worship and practice their faith,” he added. “And as you know this is the Holy Land. It’s a special place for Filipino Christians and they’re having a very good time here and enjoying their work even though it’s a very difficult and demanding type of work, caregiving.”     Ads  The President, who departed Manila Sunday afternoon for Israel, is expected to meet with the Filipino community (Filcom) at Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem at around 9:30 p.m. (Manila time).  Imperial said Filipinos are looking forward to the meeting because it is a fulfillment of the President’s promise.  “He was supposed to come in May of last year. But because of the Marawi incident, he had to postpone his overseas travel,” he said.  Because of the limitations of space though, only around 1,400 Filipinos will be able to meet with President Duterte at the Filcom event venue.  Imperial said Filipinos in Israel are fortunate because President Duterte’s visit is the first by a sitting Philippine president since the formal establishment of diplomatic ties 61 years ago.  He said the enduring friendship between Israelis and Filipinos actually started in the late 1930s.  “In 2009, the Philippine embassy together with the Israeli government dedicated a monument in the city of Rishon Lezion called the Open Doors monument to commemorate the humanitarian assistance provided by the Philippines to Jewish refugees escaping the Holocaust in the late 1930s,” he said.    He added that then President Manuel Quezon allowed the entry of around 1,300 Jewish refugees and that monument has attracted a lot of attention from Israeli and Filipino tourists.
One of the many problems encountered by overseas Filipino workers (OFW) prior to their deployment is the high placement fees collected by recruitment agencies aside from processing and medical fees and other expenses in securing various documents in applying for overseas jobs. For that reason, they are forced to sell their properties or to avail loans even on a high interest rate. But for the OFW caregivers who are applying for deployment to Israel, the placement fees will become lower as a new bilateral agreement is being forged between the two countries.     Ads  EMBED VIDEO HERE  Sponsored Links  Filipinos wanting to work as caregivers in Israel would no longer have to pay high placement fees as the governments of Israel and the Philippines are expected to forge a bilateral labor agreement during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s state visit on September 2-5.  Philippine Ambassador to the State of Israel Nathaniel Imperial said the labor cooperation agreement will “hopefully ensure that the exploitative placement fees that are being charged to our workers would be substantially reduced, if not, eliminated.”    “It will be a government to government agreement. So private recruitment agencies will no longer be involved in the recruitment process,” Imperial said in an interview with Radio Television Malacañang at the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on August 30.  Aside from the labor and business agreements, Imperial said the Philippine Embassy has identified several areas of cooperation that will be pursued during the President’s visit.  “One is in science and technology. Israel, as you know, is known as the start-up nation. It is known for its innovation and its very advanced software and technology. And this is something that we can learn from and that we can partner with Israel,” he said.  Over the last few years, he said, the Philippines has broadened the areas of labor cooperation with Israel, which is home to 29,000 Filipino workers and residents.  “Around 24,000 of them are caregivers taking care of the elderly in Israel and disabled children. And so in a way, you can say that we are helping Israel cope with an aging population,” he said.  Imperial also took pride in saying that labor conditions in Israel are some of the best in the Middle East.  “Workers here receive the highest minimum wage in all of the Middle East. And they have days off, they have the right to worship and practice their faith,” he added. “And as you know this is the Holy Land. It’s a special place for Filipino Christians and they’re having a very good time here and enjoying their work even though it’s a very difficult and demanding type of work, caregiving.”     Ads  The President, who departed Manila Sunday afternoon for Israel, is expected to meet with the Filipino community (Filcom) at Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem at around 9:30 p.m. (Manila time).  Imperial said Filipinos are looking forward to the meeting because it is a fulfillment of the President’s promise.  “He was supposed to come in May of last year. But because of the Marawi incident, he had to postpone his overseas travel,” he said.  Because of the limitations of space though, only around 1,400 Filipinos will be able to meet with President Duterte at the Filcom event venue.  Imperial said Filipinos in Israel are fortunate because President Duterte’s visit is the first by a sitting Philippine president since the formal establishment of diplomatic ties 61 years ago.  He said the enduring friendship between Israelis and Filipinos actually started in the late 1930s.  “In 2009, the Philippine embassy together with the Israeli government dedicated a monument in the city of Rishon Lezion called the Open Doors monument to commemorate the humanitarian assistance provided by the Philippines to Jewish refugees escaping the Holocaust in the late 1930s,” he said.    He added that then President Manuel Quezon allowed the entry of around 1,300 Jewish refugees and that monument has attracted a lot of attention from Israeli and Filipino tourists.
uying real property can be considered among very important investments for an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) must have. having your own house and lot is a big accomplishment in a life of OFWs regardless of how big it is or its location or if you bought it cold cash or through a mortgage loan. To own a real property, it is important that you secure proper documentation. You need to be issued a land title as a proof of ownership. But what if your title was lost or damaged no matter how safe you keep it?  That is why the Land Registration Administration urges every Filipinos to enjoy the benefit and convenience of converting their paper land titles to electronic titles also known as the eTitle.      Ads     Sponsored Links     The Philippine Embassy in UAE on Tuesday, August 28, encouraged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the UAE to convert their physical copy of land titles to e-titles or the digital version of land titles.    Under the Land Regulatory Authority’s (LRA) Land Titling Conversion Project, original titles in the Registry of Deeds are now stored in digital databases while the landowner’s duplicate copies of land title can now be converted to e-titles.    In a video uploaded by LRA, physical copies of land titles are prone to get lost, production of multiple fake copies, fire, and other natural disasters that may damage the physical copies. Landowners will also no longer need to pay hefty fees in securing another copy of the land title when their duplicate copies are lost.    Moreover, e-titles also have security features to further protect the legitimacy of the land title.    Landowners need to bring their duplicate land title copies and other required documents to the Registry of Deeds or nearest satellite office. The LRA personnel will then compare the duplicate copy to the original copy stored in their database.    Once validated, the physical copy will then be converted to e-titles for a minimal fee. The e-title will be available for pick-up after a few days.   The Land Registration Authority has been implementing the Voluntary Title Standardization Program. It provides title owners the option to upgrade manually-issued titles to “eTitles”, which are issued by LRA’s new Computerized System.  LRA’s Computerized System was developed as part of the agency’s Land Titling Computerization Project, which aims, among others, to:  1. Maintain on-line information on titles that is current, complete and accurate. 2. Maintain the security and integrity of records by safeguarding these from tampering or destruction and deter substitution or insertion of questionable data, in paper or digital form; and 3. Provide a system of timely detection and identification of fake land titles which will assist in the identification of persons responsible, therefore.  How Do You Convert Your Land Title to eTitle?  Bring your owner’s duplicate title and other required documents to the registry of deeds or the nearest satellite office. The LRA personnel will match the duplicate copy to the original to validate authenticity.  Once validated, the conversion process of your manual title to eTitle will commence. And after a few days, your owner’s duplicate eTitle will be ready for pick-up–all for a price of a movie date.  So start enjoying the convenience of a tamper-proof, destruction-proof, lost-proof original eTitle and the security of an owner’s duplicate eTitle. Start converting today!”  Why do you need to convert your paper land title to eTitle?  Both original and duplicate titles are made of paper and these can be faked, lost, or misplaced, or destroyed by wear and tear, fire, and natural disasters.  The answer is land title conversion to eTitle. The LRA has embarked on the eTitling Conversion Project. Original titles in the Registry of Deeds Vaults are now digitzed and stored in the computer database while owners’ duplicate copy of title can now be converted to eTitles.  eTitles are immune from the dangers paper titles are exposed to. Landowners are also spared from the expensive and tedious reconstitution process whenever the original titles are lost or destroyed.  Ads    With the use of technology, the eTitle now empowers the LRA to further improve its delivery of services. eTitles also address the risk management requirements of banks and other institutions. Convert your titles! While the LRA is doing its part, you must also do your share as a landowner.  Filed under real property, investments, overseas Filipino worker (OFW), mortgage loan, land title, Land Registration Administration, Filipinos electronic title, eTitles

Modern technology can be useful in making human lives easier. In this age where everything has corresponding applications whether you are using an Android or an iOs platform in your mobile device or smartphone, there is an application that suits your needs.  You can even handle your finances using an app as a guide if you are not adept at money management. There are also apps for investing and availing loans.      Advertisement    Mint  Hands down, the free Mint app from Intuit Inc. (INTU) – the name behind QuickBooks and TurboTax – is an effective all-in-one resource for creating a budget, tracking your spending and getting smart about your money. You can connect all your bank and credit card accounts, as well as all your monthly bills, so all your finances are in one convenient place – no more logging into multiple sites.  Mint lets you know when bills are due, what you owe and what you can pay. The app can also send you payment reminders so you can avoid late fees. 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Filed under applications, Android,  iOs, money management,  app, mobile device,  investing,  loans  Read More:  What is the main reason why many Filipinos decided to leave their beloved family behind and work abroad? It is to earn more in order to be able to give their family the best possible future they can give. To buy the things they need, to have their own house to call their home, etc. The overseas Filipino workers  (OFW) are usually breadwinners supporting even their extended families as well. The remittances the OFWs send to their loved ones used to be enough to pay their bills, mortgages and even a little extra for them to go to the mall and enjoy. Today, the families of the OFWs are experiencing difficulty in stretching their budget for the whole month due to the high prices of everything. From basic commodities, transport fares, school supplies, etc.        Advertisement  Godofredo's wife is an OFW in Malaysia. She needed to work there because the family cannot rely on his salary as a "barangay tanod" alone. They use the remittances they receive from his OFW wife for the education of their children, while his salary from his local job is used to pay their electric and water bills.   Gina also experienced difficulty in making ends meet and forced to transfer her children to a public school because the remittances sent by her OFW husband is not enough anymore for their expenses.  The remittances sent by OFWs abroad is considered the redeeming grace for the Philippine economy by helping stabilize the country's dollar reserve.    Ads   The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the OFW remittances had been slowing down and this year was the slowest flow of cash remittances in the past seventeen years. It is due to the repatriation program of the government, according to the BSP.  From $13.8 Billion from January to June last year, OFW remittances had slightly gone up to $14.2 Billion at the same period this year.  The government said headline inflation rate went up to 4.6 % in May as compared to 2.9%  last year mainly caused by price increases in fish and seafood, fuel, lubricants, bread, and cereals. Average inflation at 4.1 %, higher than the government’s 2 - 4 % target for 2018. Due to the price hike, OFWs are encouraged to send at least 20% more of their usual remittance for their family to cope up with the experienced inflation, at least until the prices stabilized.    Ads  While OFWs do their best to provide for heir family back home, the latter also need to learn to value their sacrifices and hardships by spending the remittances wisely. It is important for them to know how to spend the remittances wisely as a way of helping their beloved OFW.   What is the main reason why many Filipinos decided to leave their beloved family behind and work abroad? It is to earn more in order to be able to give their family the best possible future they can give. To buy the things they need, to have their own house to call their home, etc. The overseas Filipino workers  (OFW) are usually breadwinners supporting even their extended families as well. The remittances the OFWs send to their loved ones used to be enough to pay their bills, mortgages and even a little extra for them to go to the mall and enjoy. Today, the families of the OFWs are experiencing difficulty in stretching their budget for the whole month due to the high prices of everything. From basic commodities, transport fares, school supplies, etc.        Advertisement  Godofredo's wife is an OFW in Malaysia. She needed to work there because the family cannot rely on his salary as a "barangay tanod" alone. They use the remittances they receive from his OFW wife for the education of their children, while his salary from his local job is used to pay their electric and water bills.   Gina also experienced difficulty in making ends meet and forced to transfer her children to a public school because the remittances sent by her OFW husband is not enough anymore for their expenses.  The remittances sent by OFWs abroad is considered the redeeming grace for the Philippine economy by helping stabilize the country's dollar reserve.    Ads   The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the OFW remittances had been slowing down and this year was the slowest flow of cash remittances in the past seventeen years. It is due to the repatriation program of the government, according to the BSP.  From $13.8 Billion from January to June last year, OFW remittances had slightly gone up to $14.2 Billion at the same period this year.  The government said headline inflation rate went up to 4.6 % in May as compared to 2.9%  last year mainly caused by price increases in fish and seafood, fuel, lubricants, bread, and cereals. Average inflation at 4.1 %, higher than the government’s 2 - 4 % target for 2018. Due to the price hike, OFWs are encouraged to send at least 20% more of their usual remittance for their family to cope up with the experienced inflation, at least until the prices stabilized.    Ads  While OFWs do their best to provide for heir family back home, the latter also need to learn to value their sacrifices and hardships by spending the remittances wisely. It is important for them to know how to spend the remittances wisely as a way of helping their beloved OFW.  What is the main reason why many Filipinos decided to leave their beloved family behind and work abroad? It is to earn more in order to be able to give their family the best possible future they can give. To buy the things they need, to have their own house to call their home, etc. The overseas Filipino workers  (OFW) are usually breadwinners supporting even their extended families as well. The remittances the OFWs send to their loved ones used to be enough to pay their bills, mortgages and even a little extra for them to go to the mall and enjoy. Today, the families of the OFWs are experiencing difficulty in stretching their budget for the whole month due to the high prices of everything. From basic commodities, transport fares, school supplies, etc.        Advertisement  Godofredo's wife is an OFW in Malaysia. She needed to work there because the family cannot rely on his salary as a "barangay tanod" alone. They use the remittances they receive from his OFW wife for the education of their children, while his salary from his local job is used to pay their electric and water bills.   Gina also experienced difficulty in making ends meet and forced to transfer her children to a public school because the remittances sent by her OFW husband is not enough anymore for their expenses.  The remittances sent by OFWs abroad is considered the redeeming grace for the Philippine economy by helping stabilize the country's dollar reserve.    Ads   The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the OFW remittances had been slowing down and this year was the slowest flow of cash remittances in the past seventeen years. It is due to the repatriation program of the government, according to the BSP.  From $13.8 Billion from January to June last year, OFW remittances had slightly gone up to $14.2 Billion at the same period this year.  The government said headline inflation rate went up to 4.6 % in May as compared to 2.9%  last year mainly caused by price increases in fish and seafood, fuel, lubricants, bread, and cereals. Average inflation at 4.1 %, higher than the government’s 2 - 4 % target for 2018. Due to the price hike, OFWs are encouraged to send at least 20% more of their usual remittance for their family to cope up with the experienced inflation, at least until the prices stabilized.    Ads  While OFWs do their best to provide for heir family back home, the latter also need to learn to value their sacrifices and hardships by spending the remittances wisely. It is important for them to know how to spend the remittances wisely as a way of helping their beloved OFW.  What is the main reason why many Filipinos decided to leave their beloved family behind and work abroad? It is to earn more in order to be able to give their family the best possible future they can give. To buy the things they need, to have their own house to call their home, etc. The overseas Filipino workers  (OFW) are usually breadwinners supporting even their extended families as well. The remittances the OFWs send to their loved ones used to be enough to pay their bills, mortgages and even a little extra for them to go to the mall and enjoy. Today, the families of the OFWs are experiencing difficulty in stretching their budget for the whole month due to the high prices of everything. From basic commodities, transport fares, school supplies, etc.        Advertisement  Godofredo's wife is an OFW in Malaysia. She needed to work there because the family cannot rely on his salary as a "barangay tanod" alone. They use the remittances they receive from his OFW wife for the education of their children, while his salary from his local job is used to pay their electric and water bills.   Gina also experienced difficulty in making ends meet and forced to transfer her children to a public school because the remittances sent by her OFW husband is not enough anymore for their expenses.  The remittances sent by OFWs abroad is considered the redeeming grace for the Philippine economy by helping stabilize the country's dollar reserve.    Ads   The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the OFW remittances had been slowing down and this year was the slowest flow of cash remittances in the past seventeen years. It is due to the repatriation program of the government, according to the BSP.  From $13.8 Billion from January to June last year, OFW remittances had slightly gone up to $14.2 Billion at the same period this year.  The government said headline inflation rate went up to 4.6 % in May as compared to 2.9%  last year mainly caused by price increases in fish and seafood, fuel, lubricants, bread, and cereals. Average inflation at 4.1 %, higher than the government’s 2 - 4 % target for 2018. Due to the price hike, OFWs are encouraged to send at least 20% more of their usual remittance for their family to cope up with the experienced inflation, at least until the prices stabilized.    Ads  While OFWs do their best to provide for heir family back home, the latter also need to learn to value their sacrifices and hardships by spending the remittances wisely. It is important for them to know how to spend the remittances wisely as a way of helping their beloved OFW.  ©2018 THOUGHTSKOTO