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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SSS Payment To Be Made Mandatory. No Payment of Dues, No Travel For OFWs?


Mandatory payments has been a burden for OFWs eversince. Government services membership like Pag-ibig, Philhealth, OWWA and now, SSS. It can be helpful for them, yes. But if you will hinder them to travel outside the country just because they failed to pay. Do you think it is still helping the OFWs?  In 2013, an outburst among OFWs happened when Philhealth announced a premium increase from P900 to P1,200 to P2,400. The OFWs from all over the world opposed the increase, much more when they said it will be included in the mandatory fees attached to the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which is needed in order to allow OFWs to work overseas.  The POEA  later issued Advisory No.6-2015 excluding Pag-ibig and Philhealth on OEC Payment allowing OFWs to pay without being obliged to pay these fees, which brought  the OFW clamor to ease.   Sponsored Links The same thing might happen if the SSS premium will be made mandatory and will be included in OEC payment.  First published on March, the Social Security System seek mandatory membership for the OFWs. The SSS said that they want to ensure that the OFWs can surely avail of social security benefits.     Under the SSS proposed measures for enforcement, it seeks to include SSS premium payment in recruitment and employment contracts and in the process of securing OEC. It includes verification on compliance on mandatory SSS coverage and payment of "unpaid contributions" if any before leaving the country, which equated to "no pay, no fly" for the OFWs.  However, the mandatory SSS payment for OFWs are still under negotiations and series of meetings with concerned stake holders including OFW representatives and recruitment agencies. SSS said that out of over 2 million OFWs deployed worldwide, only about 20 percent only were paying-members of the SSS or about 500,000 OFWs.  Advertisement Read more:    Read More:       ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

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Mandatory payments has been a burden for OFWs eversince. Government services membership like Pag-ibig, Philhealth, OWWA and now, SSS. It can be helpful for them, yes. But if you will hinder them to travel outside the country just because they failed to pay. Do you think it is still helping the OFWs?

In 2013, an outburst among OFWs happened when Philhealth announced a premium increase from P900 to P1,200 to P2,400. The OFWs from all over the world opposed the increase, much more when they said it will be included in the mandatory fees attached to the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which is needed in order to allow OFWs to work overseas.

The POEA  later issued Advisory No.6-2015 excluding Pag-ibig and Philhealth on OEC Payment allowing OFWs to pay without being obliged to pay these fees, which brought  the OFW clamor to ease.
Mandatory payments has been a burden for OFWs eversince. Government services membership like Pag-ibig, Philhealth, OWWA and now, SSS. It can be helpful for them, yes. But if you will hinder them to travel outside the country just because they failed to pay. Do you think it is still helping the OFWs?  In 2013, an outburst among OFWs happened when Philhealth announced a premium increase from P900 to P1,200 to P2,400. The OFWs from all over the world opposed the increase, much more when they said it will be included in the mandatory fees attached to the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which is needed in order to allow OFWs to work overseas.  The POEA  later issued Advisory No.6-2015 excluding Pag-ibig and Philhealth on OEC Payment allowing OFWs to pay without being obliged to pay these fees, which brought  the OFW clamor to ease.   Sponsored Links The same thing might happen if the SSS premium will be made mandatory and will be included in OEC payment.  First published on March, the Social Security System seek mandatory membership for the OFWs. The SSS said that they want to ensure that the OFWs can surely avail of social security benefits.     Under the SSS proposed measures for enforcement, it seeks to include SSS premium payment in recruitment and employment contracts and in the process of securing OEC. It includes verification on compliance on mandatory SSS coverage and payment of "unpaid contributions" if any before leaving the country, which equated to "no pay, no fly" for the OFWs.  However, the mandatory SSS payment for OFWs are still under negotiations and series of meetings with concerned stake holders including OFW representatives and recruitment agencies. SSS said that out of over 2 million OFWs deployed worldwide, only about 20 percent only were paying-members of the SSS or about 500,000 OFWs.  Advertisement Read more:    Read More:       ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO


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The same thing might happen if the SSS premium will be made mandatory and will be included in OEC payment. 
First published on March, the Social Security System seek mandatory membership for the OFWs. The SSS said that they want to ensure that the OFWs can surely avail of social security benefits.
Mandatory payments has been a burden for OFWs eversince. Government services membership like Pag-ibig, Philhealth, OWWA and now, SSS. It can be helpful for them, yes. But if you will hinder them to travel outside the country just because they failed to pay. Do you think it is still helping the OFWs?  In 2013, an outburst among OFWs happened when Philhealth announced a premium increase from P900 to P1,200 to P2,400. The OFWs from all over the world opposed the increase, much more when they said it will be included in the mandatory fees attached to the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which is needed in order to allow OFWs to work overseas.  The POEA  later issued Advisory No.6-2015 excluding Pag-ibig and Philhealth on OEC Payment allowing OFWs to pay without being obliged to pay these fees, which brought  the OFW clamor to ease.   Sponsored Links The same thing might happen if the SSS premium will be made mandatory and will be included in OEC payment.  First published on March, the Social Security System seek mandatory membership for the OFWs. The SSS said that they want to ensure that the OFWs can surely avail of social security benefits.     Under the SSS proposed measures for enforcement, it seeks to include SSS premium payment in recruitment and employment contracts and in the process of securing OEC. It includes verification on compliance on mandatory SSS coverage and payment of "unpaid contributions" if any before leaving the country, which equated to "no pay, no fly" for the OFWs.  However, the mandatory SSS payment for OFWs are still under negotiations and series of meetings with concerned stake holders including OFW representatives and recruitment agencies. SSS said that out of over 2 million OFWs deployed worldwide, only about 20 percent only were paying-members of the SSS or about 500,000 OFWs.  Advertisement Read more:    Read More:       ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO


Mandatory payments has been a burden for OFWs eversince. Government services membership like Pag-ibig, Philhealth, OWWA and now, SSS. It can be helpful for them, yes. But if you will hinder them to travel outside the country just because they failed to pay. Do you think it is still helping the OFWs?  In 2013, an outburst among OFWs happened when Philhealth announced a premium increase from P900 to P1,200 to P2,400. The OFWs from all over the world opposed the increase, much more when they said it will be included in the mandatory fees attached to the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) which is needed in order to allow OFWs to work overseas.  The POEA  later issued Advisory No.6-2015 excluding Pag-ibig and Philhealth on OEC Payment allowing OFWs to pay without being obliged to pay these fees, which brought  the OFW clamor to ease.   Sponsored Links The same thing might happen if the SSS premium will be made mandatory and will be included in OEC payment.  First published on March, the Social Security System seek mandatory membership for the OFWs. The SSS said that they want to ensure that the OFWs can surely avail of social security benefits.     Under the SSS proposed measures for enforcement, it seeks to include SSS premium payment in recruitment and employment contracts and in the process of securing OEC. It includes verification on compliance on mandatory SSS coverage and payment of "unpaid contributions" if any before leaving the country, which equated to "no pay, no fly" for the OFWs.  However, the mandatory SSS payment for OFWs are still under negotiations and series of meetings with concerned stake holders including OFW representatives and recruitment agencies. SSS said that out of over 2 million OFWs deployed worldwide, only about 20 percent only were paying-members of the SSS or about 500,000 OFWs.  Advertisement Read more:    Read More:       ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
Under the SSS proposed measures for enforcement, it seeks to include SSS premium payment in recruitment and employment contracts and in the process of securing OEC. It includes verification on compliance on mandatory SSS coverage and payment of "unpaid contributions" if any before leaving the country, which equated to "no pay, no fly" for the OFWs.

However, the mandatory SSS payment for OFWs are still under negotiations and series of meetings with concerned stake holders including OFW representatives and recruitment agencies.
SSS said that out of over 2 million OFWs deployed worldwide, only about 20% were paying-members of the SSS or about 500,000 OFWs.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

IMPORTANT! OFWS in SAUDI ARABIA: EMBASSY DATABASE REGISTRATION

The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia is urging all overseas Filipinos based in Saudi Arabia to register at the Embassy website to have a detailed info of OFWs in cases of emergencies, outbreak and other important notices.
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"The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges all Filipinos in Saudi Arabia (and Yemen) to register with the Embassy through the Embassy website (www.philembassy-riyadh.org).
For those in Saudi Arabia, they should click on the flag of Saudi Arabia to enter to the Saudi Arabia specific module.
The Embassy’s campaign is part of its efforts to implement Section 20 of Republic Act 8042 and Section 13 of Republic Act 10022. The information is important for submission to Congress and during emergency situations, and will allow the Embassy to contact Filipinos regarding updates on services and advisories on matters important to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia.
The Embassy assures the public that the information submitted is saved on the Embassy’s server, and will not be shared with non-government agencies."
-End of Advisory

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This how it look like in Mobile/Smartphone

I tried to register and we invite all OFWs especially the Kasambahay and HSW's and those working in the establishments to fill the form for our safety and protection as well.

These are the info's you need as required:
Name
Job/Occupation
Birthdate
Address in Saudi Arabia/Yemen
Passport Number
Passport Date of Issue
Passport Date of Expiry
Region and City
Contact Details (Phone and Email Address)
Employer Name
Employer Contact Number
Relative Name in the Philippines
Relative Mobile Number in the Philippines
Relative Email Address

After you successfully register, you will received the following message
******************

Thank you very much!

You are now included in the list of registered Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Expect to receive an email confirming your registration with links to edit and delete your registration.
For further inquiries, you may contact us at:

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

Address:
Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street
P.O. Box 94366, Riyadh 11693
Fax: (96611) 488-3945
Tel.: (96611) 482-3559, 482-0507, 482-1577
Email: rype@riyadhpe.com or riyadh.mis@dfa.gov.ph
 or 

Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah

Address:
Um Al-Qurra Street in Al-Rehab District
P.O. Box 4794, Jeddah 21412
Fax: (96612) 669-6797
Tel.: (96612) 669-6303, 667-0925
Email: pc.jeddah@gmail.com

You will also receive an email like this.
*****
Dear Juan Dela Cruz (RIY01733422),
Thank you for registering.
We also encourage you to register your dependents living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Click this link to modify/view your registration:  Edit Record ID - RIY01733422
Click this link to delete your registration:  Delete Record ID - RIY01733422
***Important: Please save this email as this contains links to modify/view and delete your registration.***
This confirms your registration in the database of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

2016 UPDATE
Ambassador Tago reiterated that OFWs in Saudi Arabia are encouraged to have their names listed at the Embassy Database, not about wars or rumors of wars but for personal database of the Embassy and Consulate.

WATCH AMBA TAGO VIDEO HERE
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Updated (2016)


Monday, January 11, 2016

Report: Kuwait Giving Amnesty To Illegals



The Kuwait Ministry of Interior announced a partial amnesty for illegal residents in Kuwait. 
The amnesty will allow illegal residents to pay their fine, legalize their status or leave the country without being blacklisted. If they chose the latter, they could return on a new visa without any problem. 
In order to participate in the amnesty they must come forward to any residency affairs department in the country to rectify their status. F86A2450
Image from kuwaittimes.net
They added that the amnesty will not cover those who will be caught by security personnel. Those who will be caught will face deportation, they have to pay fine, and they will be banned from returning to the country.

According to report the fine for overstaying is KD 2 per day and is capped at a maximum of KD 600.

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior announced a partial amnesty yesterday for all illegal residents in Kuwait. Residency...
Posted by DR. CHIE L. Umandap on Sunday, January 10, 2016

Security Media Brig Adel Al-Hashash said, “The ministry will now allow the presence of residency law violators in Kuwait,” He also explained that concerned authorities are tracking violators and fugitives “as they are dealing with them based on an accurate and comprehensive database”.


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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 Cañete, 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
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Sunday, December 06, 2015

OFWs and Expats Need To Close Bank Account Before Exit


Expats and Overseas Filipinos working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are advised to close their bank accounts prior to exiting the Kingdom.
In a report via Arab News
"The Interior Ministry (of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) has warned citizens and residents to be careful with their bank accounts by not allowing anyone to use their accounts for terrorism-related purposes.
Specifically, security expert Nayef Al-Marwani said that these bank accounts remain a dangerous security breach and may help in the financing of terrorism electronically between individuals. He added that most cases of terrorism depend on such modes of electronic finance, which is proven to have been used to fuel the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in the United States.
Al-Marwani said that it was essential that the parties concerned are made aware of this and make closing their accounts prior to departing the Kingdom a top priority.
Al-Marwani also suggested that as soon as expats apply for their final exit visa, this should be contingent upon the person closing their bank account prior to the visa being supplied."


Source: Arab News
Update from one of the commenter:

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

DTI Advisory as of 23 October 2015: DO NOT SEND BALIKBAYAN BOXES TO THESE CARGO FORWARDERS






A victim of Balikbayan box substitution detailed how her box was renamed and replaced

The below documents was an embedded report from the DTI website for Balikbayan Cargo Forwarders and companies that are Blacklisted/Unaccredited, Philippine and Foreign Freight Forwarders with Consumer Complaints that needs to be resolve.  Here are the latest (October 2015) list from the Department of Trade and Industry, of those Cargo Forwarders both Internationally based and its counterpart in the Philippines that are:  Unaccredited, Unlicensed, Watch-listed, and with Complaints CARGO FORWARDERS 



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Here are the latest as of 31 October 2015, LIST OF ACCREDITED CARGO AND FREIGHT FORWARDERS FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES.
Singapore, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, China, Cyprus, Germany, Hongkong, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Spain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) United States of America (USA) Qatar 
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

OFW NEEDS 18 YEARS OR P3MILLION BEFORE YOU CAN STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES


via Sunstar Cebu:
"Philam Life, which commissioned market research provider Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) to do the study, reported 82 percent of OFWs said they need to have their own business so they can stay home permanently, while 63 percent said they’re ready to come home for good when their kids have finished school. Forty-seven percent said that when they have their own car they can return home, and some 24 percent said they will be ready to stay when they have their own house."
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According to Philam Life director of agencies Rolan H. Enriquez, in a press conference yesterday, the respondents of the study mostly involved OFWs who are under a two-year contract, with an average tenure of six and a half years of working abroad and earn an average of P50,000 per month. The nationwide study on OFWs was done in April 2015.



The same study showed that of the OFWs surveyed, 82 percent said “they are not yet ready to stay home permanently.”
They reasoned out that they did not enough savings or their children are still studying. Some said they have no house yet, had “more dreams to achieve” and are “not yet stable.”
This means only 18 percent of those surveyed are ready to go home, believing that they are better off staying with their families or already have an established business and have enough savings.
The study reported that 55 percent of the income of these OFWs is sent back home and what remains is for personal use.



Respondents said they save on average P13,000 per month. If they save this amount religiously, Enriquez said this would take one OFW 18 years before he can save P3 million and stay in the Philippines for good.

Read the rest here






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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WATCH: NEW UPDATES ABOUT BALIKBAYAN BOX AND BUREAU OF CUSTOMS

Release from the Blas Ople Center Facebook page: 
Today, September 16, the OFW Advocates Coalition had a consultation meeting with the Bureau of Customs (BoC) officials at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) building.
The following points were derived from the meeting:


Image courtesy of Bhing Comiso and Nelson Ramirez
Resolved points:
1. There is nothing to fear about additional costs in balikbayan boxes. Eveything must and will go through a consultative process.

2. There is a unified position that the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act that includes an increase in the amount of value of goods that an OFW is entitled to bring home with him/her must be passed soon.
3. The BoC will reiterate once again the policy of Commissioner Alberto Lina that OFWs' circumstances and situation will be recognized and respected within all levels of the BoC. Rights of OFWs must be respected at all times.
Unresolved points:
1. What is the role of OWWA in this issue?
2. How can we ensure the legal cover and security of OFW advocates' representatives if they are to witness the opening of balikbayan boxes?

Monday, September 14, 2015

WATCH:BoC APPEAL: KNOW THE CUSTOMS LAW AND RESPECT THE AUTHORITIES

Since the news broke out regarding the warning issued by the NAIA Arrival Area Assistant Chief, overseas Filipinos expressed their outraged in the social media

In a follow-up report by TV Patrol (video below) though the Customs Assistant Chief avoided media interview, the Acting Customs Examiner Carol Buenconsejo explained her role in the apprehension of Arrieta who she explained is not an OFW but a frequent traveler, thus, the need to pay taxes.  She also mentioned how she is  being bullied because of what happened. 

There is a misunderstanding in that report because OFWs are not worried or do not care at all about Arrieta or if the Customs asked him to pay taxes over the number of quantities that he brought with him because he is not an OFW in the first place. What is the problem with the previous report was the way the Assistant Chief of BOC delivered the information as well as the warning she expressed regarding imposition of tax. Read it in the graphics below.

There is a communication problem between the BOC, and the OFWs. If it is possible that BOC can release an official statement with the list of taxable items or what is allowed for an OFW to bring with him or items he can send to the Philippines so OFWs will not be agitated or will not worry about the possible custom duty and tax that they will pay for their luggage. 
General statement like this, will not help either. 









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Saturday, August 29, 2015

3 MORE ISSUES IN THE BALIKBAYAN BOX AS WELL AS RETURNING OFW'S


The issue of Balikbayan Bo is not yet over for Overseas Filipino's. Though the random opening of boxes was stopped by President Aquino, the worries from the OFWs remain.

ISSUE NO. 1

TAX EXEMPTION OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE BALIKBAYAN BOX THAT AN OFW CAN SEND OR BRING HOME TO THE PHILIPPINES: P10,000 
Rep. Roy Seneres of the OFW Family partylist summarizes it in this post.


The existing law that the BOC wanted to implement was E.O. 206 of Pres. Cory Aquino dated June 30, 1987. The EO says OFWs may bring home items from abroad which should be tax and duty free, provided: 1. The total cost of the items should not exceed P10K; they must be used personal effects; and must be one of a kind; 2. The luggage must be accompanied by the OFW or if not possible the luggage must arrive within 60 days from dateof arrival of the OFW.

Note that per the tenor of the EO, the luggage may be opened by BOC otherwise paano nila malaman na worth P10k lang ang laman o one of a kind lang na USED personal effects ang laman.

The State from FVR to PNOY did not strictly implement EO 206 as a tribute to the OFWs. But due to so-called abuses of the privilege, BOC Com. Lina wanted to enforce the law and the OFWs protested. Consequently PNoy directed Lina to back off. Huwag na buksan ang mga boxes except lang kung may na sniff na droga o may xray findings ng mga contrabands. At hindi basta-basta lang bubuksan, kailangan may witness galing sa OWWA or representative of any OFW association at kailangan naka record sa CCTV.

Upon invitation of Com. Lina I went to BOC yesterday to find out how they would implement the directive of PNoy. Sec Edwin Lacierda was also there. I suggested to both Com Lina and Sec Lacierda to ask PNoy to increase the P10k to P100k and sa halip na used personal effects lang puede rin brand new. Sagrado ang significance ng pagpadala ng BB boxes.Tanda yan ng pagmamahalan ng OFW at ng kanyang pamilya so dapat huwag ilimit lang sa mga gamit na. So kung gusto ng OFW ng brand new shoes sa kay Commander o brand new laptop kay bunsoy why not. At kung gusto magpadala ng brand new na relo sa bawat tsikiting why not para walang ingitan.



Bureau of Customs however said that:

 WHAT ARE ALLOWED IN “BALIKBAYAN BOXES”?
Non-commercial goods or goods not in commercial quantity strictly for personal use only, such as: wearing apparel, clothing, foodstuffs/grocery items/canned goods; the value of which must not exceed US$500.00.

ISSUE NO. 2

THE NUMBER OF BALIKBAYAN BOXES THAT AN OFW CAN SEND TO THE PHILIPPINES. 
BUREAU OF CUSTOMS: HOW OFTEN CAN FILIPINOS RESIDING OR WORKING ABROAD SEND A “BALIKBAYAN BOX” TO THEIR FAMILIES AND RELATIVES IN THE PHILIPPINES?
Answer: One consignor/sender is allowed to send one (1) box during a six (6) -month period.


ISSUE NO. 3

IT IS NOT ONLY BALIKBAYAN BOX BUT THOSE THAT OFW CAN BRING ARE ALSO LIMITED TO P10,000 AS STATED IN THIS LAW.


EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 206 June 30, 1987

AMENDING SECTION 105 OF THE TARIFF AND CUSTOMS CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES

WHEREAS, there is a need to adjust the maximum dutiable value of conditionally free importations of personal and household effects belonging to residents of the Philippines returning from abroad to a realistic level;
WHEREAS, to curb abuses in conditionally free importations under Section 105 (f) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, the conditions for such importations must be restricted;
WHEREAS, there is also a need to recognize the magnitude of the contribution of the overseas contract workers whose lonely sacrifices in foreign lands bring in a considerable amount of foreign exchange annually thereby contributing to the national recovery effort;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CORAZON C. AQUINO, President of the Philippines, do hereby order:

Sec. 1. Section 105 (f) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines is hereby amended and a new subsection (f-1) is hereby added thereto, to read as follows:

Conditionally-Free Importations. . . .

(f) Personal and household effects belonging to residents of the Philippines returning from abroad including jewelry, precious stones and other articles of luxury which were formally declared and listed before departure and identified under oath before the Collector of Customs when exported from the Philippines by such returning residents upon their departure therefrom or during their stay abroad; personal and household effects including wearing apparel, articles of personal adornment (except luxury items), toilet articles, instruments related to one's profession and analogous personal or household effects, excluding vehicles, watercraft, aircraft and animals purchased in foreign countries by residents of the Philippines which were necessary, appropriate and normally used for their comfort and convenience during their stay abroad, accompanying them on their return, or arriving within a reasonable time which, barring unforeseen and fortuitous events, in no case shall exceed sixty (60) days after the owner's return: Provided, That the personal and households effects shall neither be in commercial quantities nor intended for barter, sale or hire and that the total dutiable value of which shall not exceed Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00): Provided, further, That the returning resident has not previously availed of the privilege under this section within three hundred sixty five (365) days prior to his arrival: Provided, finally, That a fifty percent (50%) ad valorem duty across the board shall be levied and collected on the personal and household effects (except luxury items) in excess of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00).
For the purposes of this section, the phrase "returning residents" shall refer to nationals who have stayed in a foreign country for a period of at least six (6) months.

(f-1) In addition to be privilege granted under the immediately preceding paragraph, returning overseas contract workers shall have the privilege to bring in, duty and tax free, used home appliances, limited to one of every kind once in a given calendar year accompanying them on their return, or arriving within a reasonable time which, barring unforeseen and fortuitous events, in no case shall exceed sixty (60) days after the owner's return upon presentation of their original passport at the Port of Entry: Provided, That any excess of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) for personal and household effects and/or of the number of duty and tax-free appliances as provided for under this section, shall be subject to the corresponding duties and taxes provided under this Code.

For purposes of this section, the following words/phrases shall be understood to mean:

a. Overseas Contract Workers Holders of valid passports duly issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and certified by the Department of Labor and Employment/Philippine Overseas Employment Agency for overseas employment purposes. It covers all nationals working in a foreign country under employment contracts, including Middle East Contract Workers, entertainers, domestic helpers, regardless of their employment status in the foreign country.

b. Calendar Year shall cover the period from January 1 to December 31."

Sec. 2. All laws, orders, issuances, rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

Sec. 3. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.


Done in the City of Manila, this 30th day of June, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven. Source:

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