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OFW groups seek moratorium on SSS and Philhealth premium hikes

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June 17, 2019 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that specializes in labor migration, warned that scheduled increases in OFW contributions to the Social Security System (SSS) and Philhealth would likely push more workers to leave as tourists rather than go through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).             In a joint […]

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Ople Center urges DoLE to match OFWs affected by the Kuwait deployment ban with existing local jobs

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February 12, 2018 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers, stressed the need for the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to work closely with the private sector in offering jobs to repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “There has to be a focused and relentless effort on […]

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NGO warns DOH-accredited clinics and recruitment agencies against online medical registration scam victimizing OFWs

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News Release January 2, 2018 A non-government organization that specializes in labor migration warned medical clinics and recruitment agencies catering to OFWs not to fall for a dubious scheme hatched allegedly by the GCC Ministry of Health, which imposes a $10-fee online registration fee for every Middle East-bound OFW applicant. “This online registration scheme appears […]

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Tulungang Abante-Ople tagumpay

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Mga Kwentong OFWs: OMBE NASAGIP! Sa pamamagitan ng Blas Ople Center nasagip ng mga tauhan ng Overseas Worker Welfare Administration-Philippine Overseas Labor Office (OWWA-POLO) sa Jordan ang isang overseas Filipino worker (OFW) na umano’y minaltrato ng kanyang employer. Mistulang natanggalan ng tinik sa lalamunan at kaba ang mag-asawang Rose, 45, at Jhon Ombe, 50 naninirahan […]

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OFW advocates, recruitment industry seek Senate, House to probe new monopoly on medical tests for Kuwait-bound OFWs

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August 15, 2016 Labor advocate Susan Ople urged the labor committees of the Senate and House of Representatives to look into a new medical certification scheme for Kuwait-bound OFWs that charges nearly triple the costs of prevailing medical tests and limits the number of eligible clinics to only seven Metro Manila-based medical centers. The head […]

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POEA Chief deserves praise, not ouster

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The country’s biggest and well-established organizations in overseas employment expressed their full support to the leadership of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), rejecting calls for their immediate ouster. The Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc (PASEI), the OFW Family Party-List, Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, […]

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PHL EMBASSY REMINDS FILIPINOS TO CARRY IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS, PASSPORTS

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From the Department of Foreign Affairs 16 January 2014 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminded Filipinos in Malaysia to fully complete their immigration documentation and always carry proper identification documents in light of the Malaysian Government’s announced crackdown on undocumented foreign nationals starting January 21. “We would like to remind our nationals to […]