Philippine Overseas Employment Administration - updates

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DOLE warns public against fake employment ads on Facebook

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Filipinos seeking work abroad should verify the validity of jobs with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, says POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia

POEA accepting applications for nurses in Germany

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The central and regional offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be accepting applications until February 28

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers

BLACKLIST. OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center urges the Philippine government to include Kuwaiti social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan in its list of undesirable employers. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges – POEA

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration says Agnes Tuballes could be held liable for referring slain worker Joanna Demafelis to the recruitment agency

ILLEGAL. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia says Agnes Tuballas may face illegal recruitment charges. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? – Villanueva

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:45 PM

But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

First phase of OFW ID implementation starts

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the OFW ID will still be given for free

POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities

OEC. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has lifted the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificate. AFP file photo

OFWs with visas issued before Nov 12 exempted from OEC moratorium

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment will grant the OEC applications of OFWs who have visas issued before November 12

POEA to fire guards, janitors in internal cleansing

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say says that guards and janitors have been used in irregular activities in the processing of overseas employment certificates

CORRUPTION? The Department of Labor and Employment is investigating illegal activities inside the POEA. Photo from POEA Facebook Page

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the suspension from November 13 to December 1 is due to reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity

How much does it cost to work abroad?

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Here's what OFWs and their employers need to pay

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs

Rappler Talk: Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and other emerging markets for OFWs

Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

BAGONG BAYANI. In this photo, a man stands outside The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. OFWs are also referred to as the Philippines' "bagong bayani" (new heroes). Photo by LeAnne Jazul

100,000 jobs for Filipinos to be available in Japan – DOLE

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM



Among the possible jobs to be opened in Japan are for nurses engineers and architects

#OFWRights: Align OFWs' repatriation with PH economic plans – experts

Sep 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

In the 2016 elections Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity

JOB SEARCH. OFWs search for jobs online inside POEA.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines lifts moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 15, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized

SITUATION NORMALIZED. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Malacañang

PH to be test country for ILO's fair recruitment project

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. Overseas Filipino workers have fallen to the trap of illegal recruiters due to the government's slow processing of their documents. Photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

Pre-employment seminar now mandatory for OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Pre Employment Orientation Seminar PEOS is the government s online tool against illegal recruitment and for OFW safety in their host countries

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR. Enhancements to the PEOS website was presented to the media on Thursday, June 16, at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

DFA Robinsons soon exclusive for OFWs

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:38 AM

The DFA is also offering a courtesy lane exclusively for migrant workers as a way of giving importance to OFWs

OFW SERVICES. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose says the DFA is extending new services to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) applying for passports. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

OFW remittances hit $2.7 billion in March 2016

May 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Meanwhile remittances for the first quarter of the year reach 7 2 billion – higher than the same period last year

OFW remittances grow, hit $2.3B in February

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Remittance flow is higher by 6 1 so far in 2016 says the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

POEA slaps P3.6-M fine on recruitment agency

Apr 01, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Incorporated will pay the hefty fine for failing to heed the repatriation requests of 8 OFWs it had deployed to parts of the Middle East the POEA says

FINED. Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency, Incorporated faces several violations of the 2002 POEA Rules and Rugulations

OFW remittances in December hit record high at $2.7B

Feb 20, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Although potential layoffs threaten the Saudi labor market OFW remittances last December surge by 4 9

RECORD HIGH. The continued deployment of skilled OFWs remains a key factor to the growth in remittance inflows, BSP says

Santiago urges creation of body to monitor documented OFWs

Dec 19, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago makes the call following reports that overseas Filipino worker Thelma Gawidan was starved and forced to work without pay in Singapore

Remittances flat in October

Dec 15, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Cash remittances sent by Overseas Filipinos are slightly up to 3 7 in the first 10 months of 2015 BSP says

UNCHANGED. BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. says the amount of cash remitted by overseas Filipinos was almost unchanged at $2.23 billion in October from $2.29 billion in the same month last year.

POEA reiterates only OFWs with multinationals can return to these 9 countries

Dec 14, 2015 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED POEA reminds Filipinos employed by multinational companies or companies with international operations in Afghanistan Chad Cuba Haiti Mali Mauritania Niger Somalia and Zimbabwe that they can come home for the holidays and go back to their jobs after

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

POEA chief to presidential bets: Help OFWs innovate

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:00 PM

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac says the next president should have a strong stance in pushing the OFW agenda

POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac wants presidential candidates to consider improvements in electronic systems for OFWs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't eases requirements for exit passes of OFWs in Italy

Dec 06, 2015 - 11:25 AM

Good news for 180 000 OFWs in Italy the DOLE is easing requirements for those wishing to return to Manila over the holidays

What you need to know about overseas Filipino workers

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:32 PM

December is the Month of Overseas Filipinos Do you know enough about our country s bagong bayani ?

BSP confident remittances to grow 5% despite August setback

Oct 17, 2015 - 3:01 PM

I believe remittances will continue to be stable at around 5 for 2015 BSP deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo says

INCREASED OFW REMITTANCES. Filipinos overseas are expected to send more money for their families here in the Philippines this quarter in preparation for the Christmas holidays. Shutterstock photo

The OEC is here to stay, OFWs in HK told

Aug 16, 2015 - 11:39 AM

POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac says plans are underway to fully implement the online application system for Overseas Employment Certificates in Hong Kong

LONG LINES. OFWs line up in Hong Kong for their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). Photo by Daisy CL Mandap/The SUN-HK

DOLE-led dialogue offers solutions to recruiters’ woes

Jul 18, 2015 - 3:29 PM

A group seeking the ouster of POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac has shelved its planned July 20 protest action given the policy proposals agreed upon

Dialogue urged over labor migration row

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Saying dialogues have failed them in the past lawyer Steven Yanson says the anti Cacdac group would be willing to talk to any government official in positions higher than Labor Secretary Baldoz

Recruiters divided over labor migration reforms

Jul 16, 2015 - 6:18 PM

A newly formed group of recruiters alleges abuse of power by the POEA chief while established stakeholder groups regard them as disgruntled agencies unable to conform to POEA rules

DFA: 3 challenges in protecting female domestic workers

May 12, 2015 - 9:07 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs DFA says the presence of [Filipino] domestic workers in household all over the world could be considered a liberating force

Mega-recruiters in Gulf states answer to Kafala?

May 11, 2015 - 7:41 PM

The mega recruiter can act as the employer of domestic workers instead of the households that employ them and as visa sponsors often oppress them

PAO wasting resources on Mary Jane's recruiters?

May 08, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Lawyer Edre Olalia on Friday May 8 questions how the alleged traffickers of Filipino on death row Mary Jane Veloso can be considered indigents qualified for PAO representation

Sergio's counsel denies she admitted being part of drug trade

May 07, 2015 - 11:59 PM

Public Attorney s Office PAO chief Acosta regards as trial by publicity the justice department s disclosure of details of an alleged confession by her client Maria Cristina Sergio

DOJ: Sergio was part of int'l drug ring

May 07, 2015 - 8:48 PM

UPDATED Public Attorney s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta who acts as Maria Cristina Sergio s counsel says any supposed confession made by Sergio is null and void

How to report suspected cases of human trafficking

May 07, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Some airport personnel also help illegal recruiters by providing them with their company IDs allowing the departing victims to enter the airport s restricted areas

DOJ okays illegal recruitment case vs Mary Jane's recruiters

May 07, 2015 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED The justice department finds probable cause to indict Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao of illegal recruitment

Desire to work abroad exploited by human traffickers

May 07, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Migrant workers rights advocate Susan Toots Ople explains that human trafficking almost always starts with illegal recruitment – the promise of overseas employment