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POEA Issued a press release on January 2, 2012.
According to Secretary of Labor and Employment, Rosalinda Dimapilis – Baldoz, overstaying Overseas Filipino Workers can now avail of a two month amnesty that is being granted by the Abu Dhabi government.
Overstaying OFWs can visit any Residency Department across UAE to obtain exit visas and leave the country without having to pay any penalty.
The amnesty is available until February 4, 2013.
There are an estimated 209, 000 OFWs staying in UAE.
Happy New Year to all Filipinos who are already working abroad. For Filipinos hoping to get a job overseas this year, don’t worry there are always jobs available. Though some countries have been banned by the POEA because of political instability, it doesn’t mean that the jobs have disappeared. There is always work available.
For 2013 here is the job market outlook in the Middle East.
UAE will be one of the top destinations for OFWs because of it’s steady economic growth. Especially with the economic recovery of Dubai. If you remember Dubai was hit by an economic slump in 2009 but after that year Dubai has posted steady GDP growth rate: 2.8 percent growth in 2010 and 3.4 percent growth in 2011.
And in 2013 Dubai is expected to continue this rate so expect more jobs coming from Dubai.
The political instability in some middle eastern countries have actually benefited the whole UAE. Peace and order and personal safety issues in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria have forced the upper class citizens of these countries to escape to more stable countries.
As a result the real estate sector in UAE which was slumping has suddenly experienced growth.
The tourism sector has experienced growth as tourist who used to visit Egypt have transferred to UAE instead.
This means more jobs for OFWs in the construction industry and tourism sector.
Lastly, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continuous to post steady economic growth. It was reported that the countries economy grew by almost 6% in the 3rd Quarter of 2012. So expect steady jobs coming from Saudi Arabia.
Again, Happy New Year and Good luck on your job applications this 2013.
The Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is accepting nomination for the “Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas”. Individuals or Organizations who are Filipinos or Foreign may now submit their nominations.
Nominations can be submitted to:
1. Philippine Embassy
2. Philippine Consulate
3. Commission on Filipinos Overseas
4. Online at http://www.2012presidentialawards.cfo.gov.ph/index.php/nomination-form.html
Deadline for submission is on June 15, 2012
1. Lingkod sa Kapwa Filipino Award - To be given to Filipino associations or individuals who exceptionally or significantly contributed to local reconstruction, progress and development.
2. Banaag Award - To be given to Filipino associations or individuals who who contributed to advancing a cause of or benefited Overseas Filipinos Communities or Sectors.
3. Kaanib ng Bayan Award – Foreign Individuals or Organization with significant or exceptional conception to Philippine Reconstruction, Progress and Development, or Benefited Community or Sector in the Philippines or Abroad.
4. Pamana ng Filipino Award – Filipinos Overseas who brought the country honor or recognition through the excellence or distinction through the performance in the pursuit of their work or profession.
If you know an individual or organizations who deserve these Awards CFO is encouraging everyone to nominate.
Data from the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) shows that remittances for August 2011 grew by 11.1 percent as it reached 1.7 Billion USD. This brings the total of money sent by OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) to 13 Billion USD from January to August this year.
It appears that demands for Filipino Jobs Abroad continuous to be stable despite the global economic crisis and localization policies in a number of countries.
“Notwithstanding lingering global economic uncertainties, the cumulative steam of remittances from overseas Filipinos continued to be solid and resilience, supported by sustained demand for Filipino skills abroad,” the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a statement on Monday.
The top 10 country sources of remittances according to the data are United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, UK, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Italy, Germany and Norway.
A few months ago we posted on RRJM Facebook Page about an interesting case of a Filipina Domestic Helper applying for permanent residency in Hongkong.
Evangelina Banao Vallejos has been working in Hongkong since 1986 (25 Years).
According to the Legal References website of the Hongkong Judiciary the hearings were set on 22, 23 and 24 August 2011. And the Judgement date was set on September 30.
The verdict was any foreign worker who have resided in the city state for a continuous period of seven years is allowed to apply for permanent residency. Along with it they are entitled the right to vote, welfare and other services.
The HK government is still going to appeal the ruling.
But we should all watch this case because it applies to all foreign workers in all kinds of jobs.