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Compared to our Asian neighbors the Philippine economy is one of the slowest. Year after year the country constantly run a trade deficit. In layman’s term, this means we import more goods than we export them. Which also means more money goes out of the country than the money that goes in.
This is bad. If you can imagine a person spending more than he can produce that person will eventually go bankrupt.
And so that is the direction the Philippines finds itself if not for the OFWs.
An OFW typically leaves the Philippines to seek work abroad not to live comfortably in another country, but instead so that those left behind can live comfortably or atleast sustain their needs.
This is the original intent and as an accidental consequence the country has also benefited.
During the international financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 saw many industrial countries greatly affected. Miraculously, the Philippines economy remained stable. And if you look back the Philippine peso always seem to appreciate during the months of December. This was attributed to the influx of dollars coming from abroad.
You can refer to http://www.gocurrency.com/ to check the historical data.
That’s how powerful OFW remittances are.
It is not easy being an OFW. It involves a lot of sacrifices not only for the family but for the country. But until those left behind can lift the GDP by means of local activity, the country will have to rely on Filipinos abroad to give the economy a little push.
The Philippines is one of the countries that are moving to the new ePassport system. This is being done for border or countrywide security.
The new ePassport is designed to prevent passport tampering and quicker identification of the holder.
Components of an ePassport
The ePassport is embedded with an electronic chip. This chip stores information to verify that which is displayed visually on the passport. The information contained are:
1. The passport holder’s name.
2. Passport number
3. Biometric Information (like facial information and fingerprints)
4. Other pertinent information as recommended by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).
Advantages for the ePassport Holder
1. Fast verification of Identity
2. Prevents tampering and Impersonation
3. You can use the eGate instead of lining up to the immigration officer to have your passport stamped.
Difference between an MRP Passport and an ePassport
The MRP adheres to the minimum requirements as set by the ICAO standard while the ePassport is fully ICAO compliant.
The MRP contains only a machine readable line while the ePassport has an embedded electronic chip.
How to Apply for an ePassport
1. Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website at http://dfa.gov.ph
2. Click on “Agency Appointment” which you can find on the middle left side of their website.
3. Fill up the online application form
DFA will provide you with a schedule. You must bring the required documents when you visit.
ePassport currently cost 950 pesos.
Last May 3-16 (May 3-5 for Cebu Branch Office & May 6-8 for Iligan Branch Office), Ekin Proje of Qatar interviewed workers of different skills for their airport expansion project of the Doha International Airport.
|Owner||: NDIA Steering Committee (Qatar Airways)|
|Main Contractor||: SKY ORYX Joint Venture (Taisei / Japan – TAV / Turkey)|
|Contractor||: Akin Is? & Ekin Ortak Girisimi|
|Total working area||: Terminal – 220.000 m²|
|Started At||: March – 2005|
|Cooling Load||: 32.415 KW (Main Terminal 19.613 kW, Concourse A 6.237 kW, Concourse B 6.565 kW)|
|Total Duct Quantity||: 100.000 m² Rectangular Air Duct|
|Total Pipe Quantity||: 110.000 m Black Steel Pipe, 1.600 m Galvanized Pipe, 200 m Ductile Iron Pipe,
37.500 m Cast Iron Pipe, 40.000 m Copper Tube
|Cooling System||: 548 units of VAV, 370 units of FCU and Condensing Circulation Pump.|
|Air Conditioning System||: 75 units of AHU, 10 units of exhaust filter, 8 units of smoke exhaust fan, 7.249 units of grills,
133 Acoustic Silencers, 181 ea Auto. Air Ventilation Unit
|Fire System||: 20.800 fire sprinklers, 320 units of fire extinguishers and Fire Hose Cabinets,
73 Alarm Check Valves, 520 units of FD, 391 units of FSD.
|Sanitary Systems||: 552 Water Closets, 204 Urinals, 133 Showers, 66 Mop Sinks, 133 Electronic Cooler and Hair Dryer,
631 Counter Mounted Lavatory, 100 Bides, 390 Ablution Faucets and Hose.
|Rain & Waste Water System||: 57 pieces Area Drain, 449 pieces Cleanout, 75 pieces Electrical Water Heater,
230 pieces Floor Cleanout, 888 pieces Floor Drain and Floor Sink, 21 pieces Oil Interceptor,
40 pieces Wall Cleanout, 80 m Storm Drain.
|Automation System||: Building Management System with 3.000 locations|
|General Information||: Total project value 825.000.000 USD.|
Ekin Proje interviewed Instrument Fitters, Duct Fabricators, Duct Fitters, Plumbers, Insulators, Millwrights, Mechanical Foreman and selected 150 workers in the Cebu interview and 245 workers in the Iligan interview.
Ekin Proje is an accredited employer of RRJM International Manpower Services, Inc. and is registered at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
RRJM International Manpower Services, Inc. is a licensed manpower agency by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
For possible future job openings, post your resume at http://apply.rrjm.com.
Libya is located in the northern portion of the African continent. Compared with the other countries of the African Union, Libya (official name: Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) is considered as an “Upper Middle Income Economy” by the World Bank.
Geographically, it is surrounded by Mediterranean, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia from all sides. The capital of Libya, Tripoli, and it is the fourth largest country in Africa in terms of land area.
The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which contribute about 95% of export earnings, 25% of GDP, and 60% of public sector wages. Since the ending of the UN’s sanctions in 2003 , Libya has rejoined the international community and has been implementing measures to reform and open up its economy. US Federal Government re-assumes relationship with Libya in 2006. The three decade sanction almost halted economic activities and developmental projects in Libya. With foreign reserves estimated to be at US$ 405billion, Libya is now ready to be at par with other Middle Eastern – oil – producing – prosperous countries. Hence, Libya is aggressively exerting efforts to attract international companies and business organizations to invest in the country so that industries will be jump started. Most of the projects that these companies are involve with are in the construction and renovation of airports, buildings, hospitals, schools, railroads, roads and highways, oil and gas facilities, etc. With these projects, enormous manpower from all over the world are needed. Naturally, the world class reputation of Filipino workers makes them the preference of these companies. POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) statistic shows that in years 2007 and 2008 alone, Filipino workers in Libya have grown at almost 30% year-to-year.
According to sources, expatriate workers represent an estimated fifth of the workforce of the country.
So, if you have a dream to work abroad as so many people and you are looking for a high-paying job, Libya could be your place. Libya is ready to step forward as a popular destination for Filipino manpower. And Libya will be the next country – destination for the workers of RRJM International Manpower Services, Inc.
Interested Filipino workers may post now their applications/detailed resumes at www.apply.rrjm.com.