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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mga katanungan ng mga papauwing OFWs—Pat Sto. Tomas

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ALAM BA NINYO By PAT STO. TOMAS
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Lahat tayo ay Pilipino at dapat lang na iisa ang batas at regulasyon na iiral para sa atin at kasama na rito ang mga alituntunin tungkol sa taxes at customs duties
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Padami ng padami ang mga katanungan ng ating mga OFWs na dumarating sa pamamagitan ng e-mail. Katulad ng nasabi ko noon, marami sa mga tanong ay tungkol sa mga specific concerns subalit kung ating titingnan, ang mga kasagutan dito ay makakapagbigay sa atin ng mga mahahalagang kaalaman. Katulad halimbawa nitong mga tanong ng mga papauwing OFWs.

Si Noneiza na nasa Dubai ay nagtatanong kung gaano daw ba katagal ang magpa-renew ng passport. Siya ay papauwi upang magbakasyon subalit maiksi lamang ang kanyang vacation leave. Ang kanyang passport ay mag-e-expire na sa Enero ng susunod ng taon kaya kailangan niya ng ipa-renew ito.

Noneiza, ayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs, ang regular processing para sa passport renewal ay maaring abutin ng 14 days at ang bayad nito ay P500. Subalit mayroon din silang arrangement for RUSH renewal na hindi hihigit sa 7 days ang proseso at ang bayad naman dito ay P750. Kaya ang maipapayo ko sa iyo ay pumunta ka kaagad sa DFA at lakarin ang iyong passport renewal sa pamamagitan ng rush arrangement pagdating mo dito sa Pilipinas.


Si Benjamin na nasa China at nagtuturo sa isang kolehiyo doon ay nagtatanong kung ano ba ang mga karapatan ng isang umuuwing OFW. Siya daw ba at ang kanyang asawa ay exempted sa taxes para doon sa mga ilang gamit na kanilang nabili doon at balak i-uwi dito sa atin. Si Namik naman na nasa UAE at si Robert Peter sa Jeddah ay more specific sa pagtatanong kung ang mga OFWs ba ay may pribelehiyo na mag-uwi ng sasakyan dito sa atin.


Walang special privilege


Oo naman, walang pipigil sa inyo na mag-uwi ng mga mahahalagang bagay o gamit na inyong naipundar habang kayo ay nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Maliban lamang sa mga bagay na ipinagbabawal ayon sa ating alituntunin at alituntuning pang-international katulad halimbawa ng mga ipinagbabawal na droga o mga bagay na may kaugnayan sa terorismo. Kaya nga lang, ang ano mang bagay o gamit na may halaga na i-uuwi dito sa atin ay maisa-subject to tax lalo na sa kaso ng mga sasakyan. Ang sasakyan ay siguradong i-a-assess ng Bureau of Customs at ang halagang inyong ibabayad bilang Customs duties ay magdedepende sa uri at modelo ng sasakyan.


Hindi naman kailangan ng mga umuuwing OFWs ang mga special privilege dahil sa tayo naman ay walang pagkakaiba sa iba pa nating mga kababayan na bumabalik sa ating bansa matapos ang pangi-ngibang bansa, maging sila man ay turista, mga negosyante, estudyanteng nag-aaral sa ibang bansa o di kaya ay mga dating mamamayan at ngayon ay mayroon ng dual citizenship.


Lahat tayo ay Pilipino at dapat lang na iisa ang batas at regulasyon na iiral para sa atin at kasama na rito ang mga alituntunin tungkol sa taxes at customs duties kung sakaling tayo ay may bitbit na mga mahahalagang bagay pag tayo ay pauwi na sa ating bansa. Kaya nga lagi kong pinapayo doon sa mga nakaka-usap ko na dito na nating bilhin ang mga bagay na nais nating ibigay sa ating mga mahal sa buhay kung ang mga ito naman ay mabibili dito sa atin. Maliban sa mapapalago pa natin kahit kaunti ang pag nenegosyo dito sa atin, tayo rin ay malilibre pa sa pag-iintindi ng ating mga bagahe at sa hirap ng pagbitbit lalo na kung ang mga ito ay hand carried items.


Accident o death benefit


Si Robert Peter ay meron pang ilang katanungan. Nais niyang malaman kung ang isang OFW ba ay entitled sa accident or death benefit sakaling may mangyari sa OFW sa loob ng panahong umiiral ang kanyang work contract. Magkano daw ba itong mga benefits at paano makukuha? Nais din niyang malaman kung paano mag-avail ng loan assistance ang isang OFW at kung gaano ito katagal bago ma-release.


Ayon sa OWWA, ang OFW ay covered ng life insurance sa loob ng panahon ng kanyang pagtatrabaho na nakasaad sa kanyang employment contract. Ito ay nangangahulugan na ang OFW o ang kanyang beneficiaries ay may benepisyong makukuha na nagkakahalaga ng :


P100,000 for natural death;
P200,000 for accidental death;
P 20,000 for burial benefits
P 2,000 to P50,000 for disability/dismemberment benefits; or
P100,000 for total permanent disability.

Meron lamang mga documentary requirements sa dapat isumite ang isang OFW o ang kanyang beneficiary pag nag-file ng claim sa OWWA.


Doon naman sa loan assistance, kailangan meron kayong livelihood project kung saan ito ay maaring gamitin katulad halimbawa ng pagtayo o pag-umpisa ng isang restaurant business, repair shop, meat/fruit processing, piggery o ano mang negosyo na nais ninyong pasukan. Ang loan proceeds ay gagamitin bilang working capital o pambili ng mga ibebentang mga bagay, pambili ng makina o gamit na kailangan sa pagnenegosyo o di kaya ay pampapatayo o pagpapa-ayos ng gusali kung saan itatayo ang negosyo.


Meron ding mga documentary requirements na dapat isumite ang OFW o ang kanyang pamilya na nais mag-avail ng programang ito. Ang pag-release ng loan ay depende sa kakayahan ng OFW na ma-isumite ng buo ang mga loan requirements.


Marahil Robert Peter makakabuti kung iyong mapapa-punta sa OWWA ang iyong asawa o ang sino mang miyembro ng iyong pamilya upang makapag-inquire ng personal sa mga detalye o di kaya ay mapaliwanagan ng husto tungkol sa programang ito. Kung may panahon ka, maari mong ring bisitahin ang website ng OWWA sa http://www.owwa.gov.ph para sa mas detalyeng informasyon sa kanilang mga programa para sa mga OFWs.


Ang kontrata ay kontrata


At si Daud na nasa South Korea ay nagpapaabot ng kanyang concern sa maaring gawin sa kanya ng kanyang recruitment agent pag siya ay magdesisyong huwag ng ipa-extend pa ang kanyang work contract. Ayon kay Daud mahilig daw mag-penalize ang kanyang recruitment agent pag di nasunod ang kanyang kagustuhan, katulad ng pagpa-extend ng work contract kung ito ay naisin ng employer.


Wala siyang problema sa trabaho o sa kanyang employer subalit dahil sa kalungkutan at sa kanyang kagustuhang makapiling na muli ang kanyang mga anak ay ayaw na niyang magpa-extend pa ng kanyang kontrata.


Alam mo Daud, ang kontrata ay kontrata. Pag nakasaad sa kontrata na tapos na ang inyong work contract sa katapusan ng Hulyo, ito ay tapos na. Kahit naisin pa ng iyong employer o agent na i-extend ang kontrata mo ay wala na silang magagagawa pa kung ayaw mo na. Ang mahalaga ay wala kang nilabag sa inyong kasunduan. Kung sakali naman na mangyari nga ang sinasabi mo at gumawa ang recruitment agent mo ng mga bagay na disadvantageous sa iyo, puede mo siyang sampahan na kaso sa POEA at ito ay puedeng maging dahilan ng pagkasuspende o pagkansela ng kanyang lisensya bilang recruitment agency.


Hanggang dito na muna at maraming salamat muli sa inyong pagsubaybay.


Ang e-mail address ni Pat Sto. Tomas ay stotomaspat@gmail.com.


Source: www.abs-cbnnews.com

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Movies Now Showing in UAE

Cinema, cinema, cinema. Now Showing in UAE...

Grand Megaplex - IMAX (IBN Battuta Mall)
Iron Man
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Kung Fu Panda
The Incredible Hulk
Wanted
The Ruins
Hancock

WALL-E
Get Smart
The Dark Knight
Mamma Mia!
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (Indian)
Dragon Wars
Al Jazeera (Arabic)
Kismat Konnection (Indian)
Superhero Movie
The Dark Knight IMAX
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Indian)
Mission Istaanbul (Indian)
Grand Mercato (Mercato Mall)
Kung Fu Panda
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Mamma Mia!
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt)
Kung Fu Panda
Wanted
Get Smart
The Dark Knight
Mamma Mia!
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (Indian)
Kismat Konnection (Indian)
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Indian)
Mission Istaanbul (Indian)

Grand CineCity (Al Ghurair City)
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Kismat Konnection (Indian)
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Indian)
Grand Metroplex (Metropolitan Hotel)
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Dragon Wars
Al Jazeera (Arabic)
Kismat Konnection (Indian)
Superhero Movie
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Indian)


Grand Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Mall)
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Mamma Mia!
Dragon Wars
Superhero Movie
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Grand Al Mariah
Wanted
Get Smart
The Dark Knight
Mamma Mia!
Dragon Wars
Al Jazeera (Arabic)
Kismat Konnection (Indian)
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)


Grand Manar (Al Manar Mall)
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Dragon Wars
Al Jazeera (Arabic)
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)


Grand Mega Mall
Kung Fu Panda
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Mamma Mia!
Kismat Konnection (Indian)
Superhero Movie
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Indian)
Grand Buhairah (Riviera Tower)
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Mission Istaanbul (Indian)
Grand Sahara
Wanted
Hancock
Get Smart
The Dark Knight
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)


Grand Rotana (Rotana Hotel)
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Superhero Movie
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)


Grand Dana Cineplex
Wanted
The Dark Knight
Superhero Movie
Bahr Al Nojoom (Arabic)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (Indian)

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New rules on visit visas in UAE

To some, this may be a bad news but to me, I think is is a good step... Yes, this can directly affect the pinoy job hunters in the UAE, but come on, there are a lot of pinoy job seekers here who are still jobless after a couple of months of staying and finding luck in the Emirates. Some of them resort to engaging in "illegal activities" like working part time without valid working permit and worse, engaging in the oldest profession.. you know what I mean, no need to explain further.Job-seekers will be hit hard by new visa rules

By Alice Johnson, Staff Reporter
Published in Gulfnews: July 24, 2008, 23:37

Dubai: New visit visa regulations are set to affect job-seekers in the UAE.

Nationalities previously visiting the Emirates that were exempt from visa fees, will now need to pay a Dh1,000 refundable deposit and take out health insurance.

This, say recruitment agencies, will have a negative effect on the UAE's employment market.

Umesh Awadramani, Business Development Manager, Careerline recruitment agency, said that certain nationalities will be particularly affected by the new rules, which could lead to labour shortages.

"People coming to look for a job in the UAE from India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines and Bangladesh now won't be able to come - there will be less people from these countries coming to the UAE to look for work. You need one or two months in hand to really look for a good job. People won't want to spend this money to renew a tourist visa just to get a job," he said.

On Wednesday, Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), said the new rules would regulate the market. He said travel agencies would not be allowed to apply for tourist visas.

"This will regulate the business and make the process of people travelling to the UAE easier and smooth, as tourism is a high priority for us."

Awadramani continued that the new rules will also affect employers and recruitment agencies.

"Employers are never going to pay money up front for people to come and visit, because they don't know if they are going to take on the person or not. Employers will have to go to the countries concerned to select people and hire them from there," he said.

Burden

The new visa regulations are set to be enforced from July 29.

Those found working on a visit visa can be fined more than Dh50,000 and banned from re-entering the UAE. Employers will also face harsh penalties.

Jennifer Lucas, Recruitment Manager, Wadi Jobs, said that employers will also bear the brunt of costs when the new regulations are enforced.

"It will be more costly for employers - they will bear the costs - because they will have to fly in people to start working. There will be less people coming in to look for work because the fee is a lot of money, so companies will chose to recruit from countries of origin.

"What might happen is that it might be a quicker recruitment process, because employers and recruiters might carry out interviews over the phone. If employers don't want to make the decision there and then through a telephone interview and want to do it face-to-face, they will have to fly the person out, pay for their visit visa and their accommodation. So it will probably be more costly for employers," she said.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

JAY R & KYLA Live in Dubai!

Yet another Filipino Concert LIVE in DUBAI…. organized by CAC EVENTS, this time, bringing in the ever popular RnB Princess “KYLA AND JAY R”. The show will also be supported by four Local Filipino DJs. The event will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Rashid Halls on the 15th of August. Price of the tickets will be Dhs.65/- per person; free entry for children below the age of 5 years. The event is strongly supported by the Dubai Summer Surprises. For those who wish to purchase tickets at the last minute, …doors will be open at 7 pm and the show will start at 8 pm. Online tickets are available through www.timeoutdubai.com through your credit cards with no extra charges. You can purchase your tickets via cash through any of the following ticket outlets like Tagpuan, Tipanan, Cityline Cargo, Jollibee and Spinneys Audio Video.

So come on…put on your dancing shoes and get ready to beat the heat this summer……in…an indoor venue….with your very own Rnb Princess KYLA & JAY-R. For more information on the concert, please contact 050 876 1958.



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Thursday, July 17, 2008

United Arab Emirates » Public Holidays

United Arab Emirates » Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays for 2010

1 Jan New Year's Day.
26 Feb Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet).
9 Jul Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet).
11 Sep Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
17 Nov Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
2 Dec National Day.
7 Dec Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).
16 Dec Ashoura.

Note
Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

40 arrested in malls for cross dressing

40 arrested in malls for cross dressing
By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter
Published in Gulf News: July 17, 2008


Dubai: Police have caught 40 cross-dressing tourists in shopping malls and other public places and they will be deported soon, a senior officer said on Wednesday.

The visitors were arrested after police launched a campaign against transvestites last May. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief, had said then that transvestites were frequently being spotted in public places. "This is against the UAE's traditions and social values," he had warned.

Any man or woman who dresses up and behaves like the opposite gender in public will be questioned and legal action will be taken against him or her, the police chief had said.

The 40 transvestites were referred to the Public Prosecution, which issued an administrative deportation order against them. All of those arrested were visitors and tourists and not residents, the police official said. ShareThis Read more...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Share Your Story

Tell us about your story - your experiences and adventures in UAE and we will be featuring them here.

You can submit your entries by sending email to mystory@pinoyexpatuae.com or by filling in the form below:

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Undercover cops order Dubai beach coverup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Undercover police are strolling beaches and manning watchtowers to crack down on topless sunbathing, nudity and other forms of indecent behavior in the Persian Gulf tourist haven of Dubai.

Dubai is reminding visitors what it considers decent.

Nearly 80 people have been detained in recent days in a campaign that reveals a clash of customs in this traditional Muslim city-state that attracts thousands of Western partygoers.

The campaign against indecency on the beach was sparked after police detained a British man and a woman who were allegedly discovered having sex on one of Dubai's sprawling shores earlier this month.

Over the past two weeks, police have detained a total of 79 people for "disturbing families enjoying the beach" with their behavior, Zuhair Haroun, a spokesman for Dubai's Criminal Investigation Department, said Monday.

As a result, Dubai has embarked on a public awareness campaign to remind Western tourists and foreign residents that the city may have flashy hotels and glitzy skyscrapers but it also is located in a Muslim country with traditionally conservative values.

The city is installing signs warning tourists in Arabic, English and several other languages not to sunbathe topless or change clothes in public, said Abdullah Mohammed Rafia, an official with Dubai Municipality whose office is overseeing the public awareness campaign.

Police have installed watchtowers and dispatched undercover officers to patrol the beaches, which also will be lit up at night to curb "inappropriate behavior."

First-time offenders may be issued a just warning, but if caught twice, tourists could be referred to the public prosecutor for possible criminal charges, authorities say.

Authorities are "taking action in response to numerous complaints" filed by people who visit the city's beaches, Rafia said. Complaints have ranged from families "offended by displays of nudity" to women sunbathers who say groups of men stare at them while at the beach.

The police campaign also will target people who harass beachgoers with acts "deemed offensive, immoral or disrespectful," including loitering and voyeurism, said Dubai's acting police chief, Maj. Gen. Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina.

Unlike elsewhere in the conservative Persian Gulf, tourists in Dubai are often seen wearing skimpy bikinis on public beaches and walk the city's streets donning shorts. Alcohol is freely available in hotel bars and restaurants in this regional businesses and entertainment hub.

But many Emiratis and Arabs visiting from other Gulf countries increasingly feel Dubai's ambition to become a cosmopolitan metropolis and tourist destination is overrunning their own traditions and contradict what they feel is culturally acceptable.

Thousands of European and Asian expatriates live and work in Dubai, where native Emiratis make up only about 20 percent of its estimated 1.2 million residents. Shopping malls and fast food restaurants have replaced traditional Arab houses, and English has overtaken Arabic as the emirate's lingua franca.

Some tourists who were enjoying Dubai's simmering sun Monday said the new campaign left them confused about what is considered indecent in Dubai.

"I understand that I have to respect the rules of the country," said John MacLean, a British tourist who is on holiday with his girlfriend. But "I am not sure if I can kiss her or touch her in public" because of the new campaign, he added.

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200 attend memorial service for crash victims in Dubai

200 attend memorial service for crash victims in Dubai
By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter
Published in Gulf News: July 15, 2008, 00:09


Dubai: "You were taken from us too soon," wrote a friend in the condolence book that was kept at the Ritazza Coffee shop.

About 200 people attended the memorial service that was held at the coffee shop for Sheril, an Indian, and Michelle, Cecile, Ethel, all Filipinas who died in a horrific road accident early Sunday morning when the minibus in which they were travelling swerved near Dubai Police Officers' Club and landed on the opposite side of the road not before ramming into a car.

The four staff members were on their way to work. The minbus bus driver Mohammad Nada, an Egyptian was also killed.

The staff members were employees of the Abu Dhabi National Hotel company/Compass(ADNH) under which the coffee shop operates.


On the counter of the coffee shop stood a heart shaped red coloured collection box on which a written note read "In loving memory of Sheril, Cecilia, Ethel and Michelle."

Next to it another notice read "this week all revenue from sales at Cafe Ritazza will go to a fund for the families of Sheril, Cecilia, Ethel and Michelle."

Minute's silence

Tears welled up in the eyes of those gathered at the memorial service as Alan Morgan-George Chief Executive Officer -ADNH/Compass spoke on the loss and advised everyone to drive safely while on the roads.

A group of friends of Michelle, Cecile and Ethel were finding it difficult to control their tears as a minute's silence was being observed.

A statement issued to the media by the ADHN/Compass said that the company regretted to say that a tragic motor vehicle accident had occurred at 6.35am on July 13.

There were eight employees on board a company bus which was travelling from Sharjah to Dubai taking a staff team to work. The bus driver and four passengers were killed in the accident.

"One of the remaining three passengers was treated for first aid injuries and has subsequently been released. The other two passengers are being treated at hospital and are in a stable condition. We have company representatives on hand at the hospital to provide support to our staff and their relatives and a company medical officer who is liaising with the hospital's medical team."

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Friends offer prayer for Filipinas killed in Dubai road accident

Friends offer prayer for Filipinas killed in Dubai road accident
By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter
Published in Gulfnews: July 14, 2008, 00:08


Dubai: For Carlos Marcelo, a Filipino media coordinator, it is impossible to believe that the girls whom he saw laughing and dancing to blasting music at their coffee shop on Saturday afternoon will never dance again.

The girls were among the five who died in a horrific road accident on Sunday morning on Shaikh Rashid Road.

"Cecile and Ethel looked so happy and danced in gay abandon, little did they know that that will be their last dance together," said Carlos. The other three are Sheril, Michelle and Mohammad Nada, the driver.

The coffee shop in the Spectrum building in which the Ritazza coffee shop is located wore a deserted look on Sunday. Friends lit candles and stood in a silent prayer.

"Never have I seen Cecile or Ethel or for that matter any of the coffee shop attendants looking glum. I will miss the morning greetings and happy faces when they waved at me when I passed by," said Carlos.

"They had the finest smile that made your day," said Carla Mattar a senior broker. "They knew everyone of us by our names. I heard about the accident on the radio on my way to work. But it was only after I reached the building that the five dead were those who served us with piping hot coffee every morning."

Ramon, a corporate manager who worked in the same building, said: "I just don't know what to say. It is most tragic. The girls at the coffee shop were very lively and cheerful. Its unbelievable that they are no more."

Samer who is also one of the many clients of the coffee shop said that Sheril one of the Indian who died in the accident was the best.

"I have joined one of the offices located in the building just a couple of months back, but the manner in which interacted with each one of us was so warm and friendly." ShareThis Read more...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Opportunities Abound for Filipinos in Canada

Lat night Dayna called me from Trust Caregivers in Canada and asked if I could help her spread the job vacancies they have for Filipina Cregiver to work in Canada. Below is the article about living and working in Canada and how you can apply...


Opportunities Abound for Filipinos in Canada

Times are tough for overseas Filipinos in the UAE right now. Work Permit renewals are being denied. Wages are low and do not seem to be rising. What options do nurses, midwives, caregivers and teachers working in the Emirates currently have?

For many, the best options seem to be found abroad. In particular, Canada has developed into a top choice for overseas Filipinos. Rich, friendly, open and boasting a community of over 400 000 Filipinos, Canada is the new land of opportunity for those seeking greener pastures for themselves and their families.

In a recent Economist study ranking the world’s cities for livability, Canada’s three main cities (Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary) placed 1st, 5th, and 7th respectively. Canadian residents enjoy free World Class health care and education in safe communities that are situated in some of the most beautiful natural settings anywhere in the world. Toronto has been described as the “most diverse city in the world.” Hundreds of cultures and peoples coexist in this vibrant and fun city (including several hundred thousand Pinoys.)

The population of Canada is aging and shrinking. This means that there are shortages in many occupational fields. The most pressing shortage is for live-in caregivers for children and the elderly.

Recognizing this, the government of Canada has created the Live-In Caregiver Program. This program allows qualified foreigners to work in Canada for 2 years. After the contract is completed the employee is eligible to become a Canadian citizen. At this point the employee can sponsor her own family. During the contracted period many employees take advantage of subsidized educational programs. After the contract is complete, (2 years) employees are issued open work permits and can work in any field, for any employer anywhere in the country.

Trust Caregivers is the largest Canadian caregiver recruitment agency and has assisted hundreds of Filipina nurses, teachers, midwives and caregivers to achieve their dreams of success in North America. They have recently begun accepting applicants in the UAE and will maintain a regular active presence in Dubai.

For more information you can email Trust at info@trustcaregivers.com and view the website http://www.trustcaregivers.com/ .

Teresa Godoy, Toronto

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Commentary to Senator Trillanes' Annual Report to the People

Today, I have read a friendster bulletin from a friend and a college schoolmate regarding Senator Trillanes' Annual Report to the People. In this report he pointed out the bills he filed in the house of Senate. While reading the proposed bills, I can't help myself but to react to some of his proposed bills as follows:

1. SBN 753 - An Act providing for a P125.00 daily across-the-board increase in the salary rates of employees and workers in the private sector and for other related purposes

This is crap... if you imposed a mandatory increase of P125 per day across the board for workers in the private sector most of the companies will likely pull out their businesses in the country because of a very expensive labor. Instead of helping the people, they might end up losing their jobs. I believe this is not the solution to the real problem.. If the pay will rise then definitely the prices of all commodities will go high as well as they have increased the cost of labor. At the end of the day, the burden of the companies if they continue to operate will be passed on to the people. The most affected people would be those who are self employed like the vendors in the street. Imagine, the prices of the commodities would go high but their income will still be the same.

2.
SBN 2383 - An Act increasing maternity leave benefits from sixty (60) days to one hundred twenty (120) days or four months, amending for the purpose, P.D. 442, as amended by R.A. 7322

This is too much, again this is a one sided move, he should also consider the impact of this bill to the employer.. The standard i guess is only 45 paid maternity leave.. the country even go beyond... making it double will not do good at all!

3. SBN 756 - An Act increasing the salary grade of public school teachers from salary grade 10 to 20

I think this is too much, they have to ensure first that the teachers are qualified... what i suggest is for them to have an independent assessor for the teachers.. if they have this much qualification, say they will get grade 20, if they only have this qualification, say they will get grade 12. It should not be across the board..

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