OFW News

DMW holds Job and Livelihood Fair for displaced ex-Saudi OFWs and family members; nearly 17,000 jobs available

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople today said the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) will be holding a special job fair on Saturday, November 19, for former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia displaced due to the closure of several mega-construction companies. Job vacancies will be both for the domestic and overseas workforce in partnership with the Department of Labor

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eARRIVAL CARD

Starting November 1, 2022, an eArrival Card will be required from all inbound travelers arriving in the Philippines prior to departure from their country of origin. The Bureau of Quarantine observes an e-Arrival Card scan-and-go system in our airports for ease of travel. To ensure enjoyment of this, arriving travelers should register for an e-Arrival Card within 72 hours prior

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No placement fees for Canada job applications

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Toronto is reminding aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that they do not have to pay placement fees if they want to work in Canada. “We are reminding everyone that Canada is a ‘no placement fee’ country. All fees related to recruitment and employment of foreign workers bound for Canada are shouldered by the

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Taiwan urges Filipinos to join English teacher program

Taiwan is encouraging more Filipinos to apply for its foreign English teacher program next year. In 2022 alone, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative Peiyung Hsu said a total of 77 Filipino-English teachers and 11 teaching assistants have been selected from 6,000 applicants. “We welcome more teachers to join the project next year,” he said in a speech on

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From Singapore to the UAE, demand for Philippine nurses sparks bidding war amid global talent shortage

Many countries are stepping up efforts to lure foreign nurses and other medical professionals with promises of expedited visas and better pay No nation is better prepared to help the world staff up its hospitals and clinics than the Philippines, the single largest exporter of nurses The toll of nearly three years of Covid-19 includes millions of nurses broken by

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HK wage hike boon to Filipino domestic workers

The recent wage increase for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong benefits Filipino house helpers or kasambahays. “The increase in pay comes after a two-year wage freeze in HK due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. At this time of rising prices due to a stronger US dollar, this new minimum wage hike is a boon to our kasambahays

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Wage hike in HK a boon for OFWs

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople cited the equivalent of a P750-wage hike in Hong Kong as a boon for Filipino domestic workers, making it one of the most attractive places to work as a “kasambahay.” Compared to today’s minimum wage for local domestic workers that range from a low of P3,500 in the Zamboanga Peninsula or P5,500 in Central Visayas

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Ople holds bilateral talks with IOM head; orders POLOs, OWWA to continue monitoring conditions of OFWs in Japan, Taiwan

Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople today discussed climate change and its impact on Filipino workers around the globe during bilateral talks with Director-General Antonio Vitorino of the International Organization on Migration (IOM). Ople also cited the need for more research and published articles on the impact of climate change on labor migration and on workers around the

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OPLE: DMW ready to aid Taiwan OFWs in aftermath of 6.6 magnitude quake

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople has ordered the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to extend aid and support to Filipino workers affected by the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan Sunday. Secretary Ople also directed the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) as well as other labor officials in Taiwan to provide her regular updates as the situation develops. “I would

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UAE: No more queues as Philippine exit pass to be digitised soon

Beginning October 15, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be able to process and download the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) – a mandatory travel document for OFWs leaving the Philippines – from their smartphones, officials said during a townhall meeting at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai on Friday night. Susan Ople, secretary of the newly-created Philippine Department of Migrant Workers

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Joint statement on the Deployment of Filipino Workers between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of the Philippines

The Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development (MHRSD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia values the significant contribution of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to economic and social development and shares the vision of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) of the Republic of the Philippines for a rights-based approach to labor migration. The DMW recognizes the labor reform initiatives

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Deployment of Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia to resume in November

The Philippines and Saudi Arabia have agreed to resume the deployment of Filipino workers to the Kingdom by the first week of November. The agreement was reached after several days of bilateral discussions between Philippine and Saudi officials led by Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople and Minister for Human Resources and Social Development Minister Ahmad Bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi. In a

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Visa-free entry for Filipino has ‘yet to resume’ in Taiwan

The Philippines and other Asian nations are not yet included in Taiwan’s latest list of countries eligible for visa-free entry. Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Joanne Ou on Wednesday said the Philippines was not technically suspended, rather its inclusion in the scheme, which lapsed in July 2022, has just yet to resume. “We didn’t ‘suspend’ it, most of

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Singapore Keen to Hire More Filipino Health Care Workers

The Philippines and Singapore have agreed to hold exploratory talks on the hiring and deployment of nurses, medical professionals and other Filipino health care workers under a government-to-government arrangement. The agreement is contained in a Joint Communique signed Wednesday by Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople and Singaporean Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. “We acknowledge the recognition given by the Singaporean

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GERMANY Needs 600 Filipino Registered Nurses

RSF NO. 220013 – A EMPLOYER : GERMAN FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT AGENCY WORKSITE : Federal Republic of Germany CLASSIFICATION : Government to Government Arrangement The International Placement Service of the German Federal Employment Agency (ZAV/BA) is in urgent need of qualified nurses, but not limited to the position/s stated below: 600 REGISTERED NURSES The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is accepting

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2022 Government Online Career Fair

In celebration of the 122nd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, the Civil Service Commission (CSC), in partnership with JobStreet.com, will conduct the 2022 Government Online Career Fair (GOCF). The GOCF is a week-long online event scheduled on 19-23 September 2022 during which government agencies and job seekers may converge virtual environment to exchange information about job openings. Government agencies from across the

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Rules on work suspension, payment of wages during weather disturbances out

Employees who report for work during weather disturbances are entitled to full regular pay provided that they have worked for not less than six hours, said Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma. The directive was contained in Labor Advisory No. 17, Series of 2022 issued by Secretary Laguesma to guide private sector employers on the suspension of work and the appropriate

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DMW sets stricter measures to protect OFWs, particularly domestic workers

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople today said her department will be imposing stricter measures to protect the rights and welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), particularly domestic workers. “Safeguarding the rights and welfare of our migrant workers is at the heart of the DMW’s programs, services, and agreements. We will always strive to do our best amid so many challenges

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