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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

P20,000 Each For OFWs Affected By Company Lock-out In KSA–DOLE

The displaced overseas Filipino workers from Azmeel Contracting Corporation in Saudi Arabia will be given financial assistance amounting to P20,000 each as confirmed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.


The displaced overseas Filipino workers from Azmeel Contracting Corporation in Saudi Arabia will be given financial assistance amounting to P20,000 each as confirmed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.        Ads      Sponsored Links      A company lockout in Saudi Arabia affected 1,470 OFWs but according to the Department of Labor and Employment, each of them will be given P20,000 financial assistance. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also made a clarification from previous reports that said they would receive $50,000.       DOLE is also coordinating with the Saudi Ministry of Labor in ensuring that the affected OFWs will be able to get their two to six months' worth of salary lapses.    DOLE's labor attaches have already been coordinating with the officials of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, and have reached initial agreements. Bello said the company commits to repatriate 10 OFWs every after settling their unpaid salaries and DOLE is there to make sure that the company will hold up to their commitment. The government through DOLE also pledged to assist those who want to go home hopefully before the Christmas time approaches.    There had been a violent strike due to the unpaid salaries among Azmeel laborers but the labor secretary said the OFWs were not involved in the said violent protests.  Azmeel offered the workers to stay and work again for the company but many of them decided to go home instead.    Earlier, OWWA has received a report that Azmeel assets were frozen by the Saudi government which made them exclude its workers from the premises after.   Filed under the category of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III., overseas Filipino workers, Saudi Arabia,

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A company lockout in Saudi Arabia affected 1,470 OFWs but according to the Department of Labor and Employment, each of them will be given P20,000 financial assistance. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also made a clarification from previous reports that said they would receive $50,000.
The displaced overseas Filipino workers from Azmeel Contracting Corporation in Saudi Arabia will be given financial assistance amounting to P20,000 each as confirmed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.        Ads      Sponsored Links      A company lockout in Saudi Arabia affected 1,470 OFWs but according to the Department of Labor and Employment, each of them will be given P20,000 financial assistance. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also made a clarification from previous reports that said they would receive $50,000.       DOLE is also coordinating with the Saudi Ministry of Labor in ensuring that the affected OFWs will be able to get their two to six months' worth of salary lapses.    DOLE's labor attaches have already been coordinating with the officials of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, and have reached initial agreements. Bello said the company commits to repatriate 10 OFWs every after settling their unpaid salaries and DOLE is there to make sure that the company will hold up to their commitment. The government through DOLE also pledged to assist those who want to go home hopefully before the Christmas time approaches.    There had been a violent strike due to the unpaid salaries among Azmeel laborers but the labor secretary said the OFWs were not involved in the said violent protests.  Azmeel offered the workers to stay and work again for the company but many of them decided to go home instead.    Earlier, OWWA has received a report that Azmeel assets were frozen by the Saudi government which made them exclude its workers from the premises after.   Filed under the category of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III., overseas Filipino workers, Saudi Arabia,
 DOLE is also coordinating with the Saudi Ministry of Labor in ensuring that the affected OFWs will be able to get their two to six months' worth of salary lapses.

DOLE's labor attaches have already been coordinating with the officials of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, and have reached initial agreements. Bello said the company commits to repatriate 10 OFWs every after settling their unpaid salaries and DOLE is there to make sure that the company will hold up to their commitment. The government through DOLE also pledged to assist those who want to go home hopefully before the Christmas time approaches.

There had been a violent strike due to the unpaid salaries among Azmeel laborers but the labor secretary said the OFWs were not involved in the said violent protests.
Azmeel offered the workers to stay and work again for the company but many of them decided to go home instead.
The displaced overseas Filipino workers from Azmeel Contracting Corporation in Saudi Arabia will be given financial assistance amounting to P20,000 each as confirmed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.        Ads      Sponsored Links      A company lockout in Saudi Arabia affected 1,470 OFWs but according to the Department of Labor and Employment, each of them will be given P20,000 financial assistance. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also made a clarification from previous reports that said they would receive $50,000.       DOLE is also coordinating with the Saudi Ministry of Labor in ensuring that the affected OFWs will be able to get their two to six months' worth of salary lapses.    DOLE's labor attaches have already been coordinating with the officials of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, and have reached initial agreements. Bello said the company commits to repatriate 10 OFWs every after settling their unpaid salaries and DOLE is there to make sure that the company will hold up to their commitment. The government through DOLE also pledged to assist those who want to go home hopefully before the Christmas time approaches.    There had been a violent strike due to the unpaid salaries among Azmeel laborers but the labor secretary said the OFWs were not involved in the said violent protests.  Azmeel offered the workers to stay and work again for the company but many of them decided to go home instead.    Earlier, OWWA has received a report that Azmeel assets were frozen by the Saudi government which made them exclude its workers from the premises after.   Filed under the category of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III., overseas Filipino workers, Saudi Arabia,
Earlier, OWWA has received a report that Azmeel assets were frozen by the Saudi government which made them exclude its workers from the premises after.
Filed under the category of Azmeel Contracting Corporation, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III., overseas Filipino workers, Saudi Arabia, 
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Meanwhile, for one of the OFWs among the victims of the company lockout, the agony has doubled. Since he was not able to receive his salary for a period of six months, Kamaloden Kazzan cannot send any money to his sick 9-year-old kid who eventually passed away. Sec. Bello assures the OFWs that they will do any possible actions to help them get their unpaid salaries from Azmeel and repatriation. For those who will choose to stay in Saudi Arabia, the government will help them find a new employer.


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Many Filipinos especially those in the remote areas of the country.   They can only avail of medical attention once in a blue moon through medical missions coming from non-government organizations (NGO's) and other health advocacy groups. Instances also happen where citizens, even at the heart of the city suffer illnesses and just succumb to their deaths without having treated due to expensive medications and hospitalization. Soon, all Filipinos will have access to free health services including the families of the overseas Filipino workers (OFW).   This situation is about to change as the new universal health bill was already approved and soon to be enacted as a law. The Senate passed on third and final reading a bill that seeks to provide adequate health care services to Filipinos. The senators unanimously voted for the approval of Senate Bill #1986 also known as the "Universal Health Care Bill."   President Rodrigo Duterte wanted it to be certified urgent and called for the proposed measure's passage at the Senate.       Ads     Sponsored Links     With this law being enacted, Filipinos will be given health care coverage and benefits under the National Health Security Program, which replaces the National Health Insurance Program or Philhealth.  Under the universal health care law, "contributors" or those who have the capacity to pay will have to pay for their premiums while the government will shoulder the contributions of non-contributors. Funds for the subsidy will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act as well as sin taxes from cigarettes will also be a major source of funding for the policy.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who authored the bill when he was still a party-list representative, thanked the Senate for passing what he considers to be a "groundbreaking" law.  The House of Representative had previously passed a version of the bill (House Bill No 5784) in September 2017.     The President's move in certifying the bill as urgent shows the administration's "unrelenting commitment to provide the marginalized and disadvantaged with sufficient and better health care services," Roque said.  Filed under the category of Filipinos, non-government organizations (NGO's), health advocacy groups,  free health services,  universal health bill, Senate, Universal Health Care Bill,  President Rodrigo Duterte

As overseas Filipino workers (OFW) working in an unfamiliar territory, we feel comfortable whenever we see a compatriot or a fellow Filipino abroad. In some instances, very unfortunate things happen like getting into a trouble because of a fellow Filipino. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Consulate General in Saudi Arabia confirmed that an OFW was stabbed and killed by a fellow OFW in Jeddah, KSA.      Ads     Sponsored Links    A Filipino was stabbed and killed by a fellow Filipino in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to the confirmation of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).  The victim (name withheld) was a 29-year-old from Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, who worked as a family driver in Jeddah.   The suspect (name withheld), a 34-year-old from Capiz, also a driver for the same family  The suspect remains under police custody after he was arrested immediately after the incident. The two "allegedly engaged in a fistfight in front of the house of their employer that ended in the victim getting fatally stabbed by his fellow driver." The motive of the stabbing is still unknown.  The Consulate General and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Jeddah will extend full assistance to both Filipinos as well as their families.    The victim is set for a vacation to the Philippines soon but the incident turned out to be unfortunate that he will come home inside a box.  Consul General Edgar Badajos said that the suspect is facing a death sentence as per Saudi Sharia law. However, since they are both Filipinos, it is possible that the victim's family could instead  He assured that they will render assistance to help both OFWs.    Filed under the category of overseas Filipino workers, Filipino abroad, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Saudi Arabia,   stabbed, Jeddah, KSA

More often, families with overseas Filipino workers (OFW) rely on their OFW breadwinner in providing their needs and without doing any efforts to have extra income. They use the money they receive to pay their bills, rents, mortgages, etc. They tend to spend the remittances they receive and wait for the next remittance when the money is over without any savings. This is the reason why no matter how long the OFWs exhaust themselves working overseas, they are still coming home broke and without any savings.  Encouraging our spouse or anyone who is responsible for the remittances you send to save could be a great help and could guarantee a hassle-free retirement, much more if they placed this savings to a profitable investment.      Ads     Sponsored Links    Stick to a budget schedule  Convince your spouse to make a monthly budget and commit to saving a portion of the monthly remittance. They could also spend the remaining part of the budget after setting aside the savings.  No matter how small the savings, it could mean a lot after a period of time you regularly do it.    Use the credit card wisely or do not use it at all  Credit cards could be an advantage when purchasing but it can also lure the holder to spend more. Whenever possible, avoid using credit cards and use cash instead. It would save you from paying extra charges and interests which can really raise your spending.    The best rule should be, do not spend the money you do not have.     Always make a list of important things to buy  Many OFW spouses tend to go on a shopping spree just after receiving the remittance and let their impulses lead in which items they like to buy at the very moment without putting their priorities on the things they really needed.  Encourage them to develop a habit and discipline of making a list of the things they need to prioritize during shopping and strictly follow what is on the list to avoid spending too much on the things that are not really important.    Live a lifestyle that suits your income  Many OFW spouses live like one day millionaire. after claiming the remittances you sent, they will go straight to the mall, eat at the fast-food chain of their choice, go on a shopping spree buying what they want without even thinking if they still have the money to go through the month until the next remittance. If their budget got short, they would borrow money from someone which would cause the next budget to bear the shortage and the cycle goes on.    There's nothing wrong with being generous but not too much  Advise your spouse to exercise caution when giving help to extended families, relatives or friends. There is nothing wrong with extending help but there has to be a limitation. This would avoid them to become dependent on your assistance that they would knock your everytime they need financial help.    Working overseas is not forever and you will eventually come home for good. It is you and your spouse who need to work hand-in-hand to succeed. Together you must find ways to take care of your finances and save for the future of your family.  Filed under the category of overseas Filipino workers, extra income,  bills, rents, mortgages, remittances, working overseas, retirement, investment, savings
More often, families with overseas Filipino workers (OFW) rely on their OFW breadwinner in providing their needs and without doing any efforts to have extra income. They use the money they receive to pay their bills, rents, mortgages, etc. They tend to spend the remittances they receive and wait for the next remittance when the money is over without any savings. This is the reason why no matter how long the OFWs exhaust themselves working overseas, they are still coming home broke and without any savings.  Encouraging our spouse or anyone who is responsible for the remittances you send to save could be a great help and could guarantee a hassle-free retirement, much more if they placed this savings to a profitable investment.      Ads     Sponsored Links    Stick to a budget schedule  Convince your spouse to make a monthly budget and commit to saving a portion of the monthly remittance. They could also spend the remaining part of the budget after setting aside the savings.  No matter how small the savings, it could mean a lot after a period of time you regularly do it.    Use the credit card wisely or do not use it at all  Credit cards could be an advantage when purchasing but it can also lure the holder to spend more. Whenever possible, avoid using credit cards and use cash instead. It would save you from paying extra charges and interests which can really raise your spending.    The best rule should be, do not spend the money you do not have.     Always make a list of important things to buy  Many OFW spouses tend to go on a shopping spree just after receiving the remittance and let their impulses lead in which items they like to buy at the very moment without putting their priorities on the things they really needed.  Encourage them to develop a habit and discipline of making a list of the things they need to prioritize during shopping and strictly follow what is on the list to avoid spending too much on the things that are not really important.    Live a lifestyle that suits your income  Many OFW spouses live like one day millionaire. after claiming the remittances you sent, they will go straight to the mall, eat at the fast-food chain of their choice, go on a shopping spree buying what they want without even thinking if they still have the money to go through the month until the next remittance. If their budget got short, they would borrow money from someone which would cause the next budget to bear the shortage and the cycle goes on.    There's nothing wrong with being generous but not too much  Advise your spouse to exercise caution when giving help to extended families, relatives or friends. There is nothing wrong with extending help but there has to be a limitation. This would avoid them to become dependent on your assistance that they would knock your everytime they need financial help.    Working overseas is not forever and you will eventually come home for good. It is you and your spouse who need to work hand-in-hand to succeed. Together you must find ways to take care of your finances and save for the future of your family.  Filed under the category of overseas Filipino workers, extra income,  bills, rents, mortgages, remittances, working overseas, retirement, investment, savings