20 December 2011

Help CDO and Iligan Flood Victims

Here's how to help the flood victims.


1. SMART


Smart Money: Donors to Typhoon Sendong may help through Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.

Text: Smart subscribers may donate to Sendong victims via text. Send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100

2. GLOBE

Gcash: For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.

Text: Text RED and send it to 2899. You may donate in these denominations: 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000.

3. GAWAD KALINGA

Through Bank Deposit

Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account

# 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account

# 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Swift code: BOPIPHMM

4. LBC Express is now accepting donations for typhoon Sendong victims. You may drop off your donations in any LBC Express branch. To All Pinoys in Singapore you can drop your donations at LBC AirCargo #04-077 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd.

5. ABOITIZ/NEGROS NAVIGATION

Emergency/Relief goods and equipment bound for Cagayan de Oro/Iligan- we have ships ready to transport them asap. For bulk items, bring directly to Abotiz/Negros Navigation, Pier 2, Manila. Call +63 2 211 5484 for more information.

6. DSWD

Donations can be sent to: National Resource Operations Center (NROC) 852-8081(24 hours),Chapel Road, Pasay City (back of Air Transportation Office).

Donations can also be brought at all DSWD Field Offices. For DSWD NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila

Those living near the South: DSWD FO IV-A:Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140Fax No: (02) 807-1518.

7. PHILIPPINE RED CROSS

I. In-Kind Donation

Local

Please send in-kind local donations to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters in Manila. We could also arrange for donation pick-up

International

1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.

2. A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.

3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.

The PRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods. Though we appreciate your generosity, PRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

II. Through Cebuana Lhuillier

We can now accept donations in any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide.

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

III. Bank accounts for Donations

Banco De Oro

Peso: 00-453-0018647

Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Peso: 4991-0036-52

Dollar: 004994-0103-15

Metrobank

Peso: 151-3-041631228

Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank

Peso: 3752 8350 0034

Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines

Peso: 1015 4000 0201

Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)

Banco De Oro

BNORPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank

-PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines

-UNPHPHMM

IV. For Online Donations:

Please fill up the form at -- http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
                                          http://helpcdo.com/



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12 December 2011

OFW House Bill: Added Protection to Overseas Filipino Workers

Quezon City Representative, Winston Castelo advocating the best interest of OFWs’ authored the House Bill 5501. Overseas Filipino workers shall have added protection against abusive employers through this bill which will arrest foreign employers as soon as they step onto the Philippine soil.

Added Protection to Overseas Filipino Workers Act of 2011 further strengthened to give more security of OFWs’. This does not only aid, help and resolve conflicts but to persecute abused foreign employers.

With the advocacy of the legislators OFWs’ could move further to a safer destination. For more than 10 million overseas Filipino workers and in a coming year it is foreseen to rise further. It is just and better to give OFWs’ a blanket of security since overseas Filipino workers has been the major contributor of the influx of dollars in the country. OFW remittances will likely to exceed Php 20Billion as target for 2011, just September of this year the total OFW remittances already reached a record amount of Php 14.76 Billion.

OFWs’ were the modern day heroes but more than that as OFWs’ described as real blood heroes for transfusing dollars to the dying Philippine economy.



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06 December 2011

8th Dubai International Film Festival: Cinema of the World

With over 171 film entries from 56 countries, the “Cinema of the World”, Dubai International Film Festival has shown the multi cultural perspectives. The only film festival in Middle East  that even hollywood celebrities came to grace this majestic event. Tom Cruise is just one of those honored icon to walk in the red carpet. Dubai International Film Festival will run from Dec. 04- 14, 2011 with all documentary movies be shown on respective schedules at the Mall of Emirates, Madinat Jumierah.

The Cinema of the World showcases the global diversity of the film industry, countries participated in the 8th Dubai International Film Festival includes US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, among others.


Two Filipino Films being featured in Dubai International Film Festival, “Crossfire” from Arnel Mardoquio and “ Isda” from Adolfo Alix Jr.

Good luck to the Filipino entries; this is an opportunity once again to show the world that Filipino film makers are opting for quality films competitive to the global film making standard. Filipino entries in any other film festival worldwide has always been given due recognition as a masterpiece.

http://entertainment.inquirer.net/20979/filipino-films-in-dubai-fest

Disclaimer:  picture taken from Inquirer intertainment
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01 December 2011

Philippines Overtakes India as Hub for Call Centers

Business process outsourcing (BPO) has been a blooming indusrty in Asia. By 2020 it is forseen that the BPO industry will steadily  rise, now reaching to a  $ 170 Billion dollar business.  The Philippines overtakes India as hub for call centers. As BPO rises, all call centers establishement floruished in any parts of the Philippine island. Provinces were subdued particularly Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro.

The rapid growth of the industry showed more than 100 call center offices located elsewhere in the country. Call center services in the Philippines include inbound and outbound. This entails about various categories such as inquiries, help desk, technical support, medical transcription, credit card verification, data encoding, telemarketing, telesurvey and a lot more.

This promising industry has contributed much to the Philippine economy  by employing highly qualified Filipinos regardless of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and above all educational  attainment. The major factor to get hired is fluency in English and trainable personality. 

Ofshore investors prefer Philippines for BPO business due to the fact that Filipinos are highly westernized and easily trained for the industry. As of the present, many Filipinos professional and highly skilled individual were employed and earning an average of $500 USD a month.


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29 November 2011

Safa Oilfied and Majestic Sand dunes

Working in the middle of welderness would mean depression and gloom. As I was trying to explore my new area of assignment, I noticed the hidden beauty of the welderness. Safa Oxy oilfield has been covered with vast majestic sand dunes which mostly resembles like pyramids and rustic mountains.

 I have been here now for almost 15 days, though keeping my self intact with this far from human habitation, there's more in here waiting to be discovered.

Safa oilfield is one of the biggest oilfield and has major oil deposits in the Sultanate of Oman. This area covered entirely with  desert with seldom trees stood  miles apart for another. The weather is harsh sometimes cold and mostly hot and dry the whole day. If you could perhaps  be given a chance to come by, you might not stay any longer than a day.

But within the vast desert on top lies a beautiful sand dunes with fine rustic or brown sand formed like pyramids and curved mountains. I was mesmerized by this enchanting beauty as I always travel between oil rig and to the main camp for inspection.  This beautiful landscape were carved by no one but  by nature alone.

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27 November 2011

Another Pinoy Pride: Bulacan Students 4th in World Robot Olympiad

Truely Philippines science education is world class. This latest event held in Abu Dhabi U.A.E. has just concluded that Filipino students are world class competitive when it comes to science and invention.

Image Detail High school students from Bulacan province proved that they too are equally educated compared to those students in schools  from the capital of the Philippines. The World Robot Olympiad held in Abu Dhabi concluded that this students were competitive not only in the Philippines but to the world.

This great news excites me that one day it is not impossible that we might have more distinguished Filipino  scientist.

Congratulations to this 3 young fabulous students! You made us all Pinoy proud!



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15 November 2011

A Book review: 5 Things You need to do before you die


How to live a life of no regrets? If you ever wonder what legacy you would leave behind, then you probably need to read this book.  5 things you need to do before you die was written by Philippine’s bestselling inspirational and motivational author, Bo Sanchez.

In this book, He described chapter by chapter on how to follow your bliss and live a life of no regrets.  Readers were given details on how to live a life full of acceptance, courage and inspiration.




I feel like I’m obliged to share this book most specifically to our overseas Filipino workers. We understand that being an overseas worker, we have submitted ourselves and committed to support and give our life to our families left home.

But having been into this situation, did we ever ask ourselves, shall we ever live this life with no regrets at all? Did we ever embrace this life of self-sacrifice and accept the fact that we are obliged to be in this situation? What legacy you could imagine to leave behind?

Bo Sanchez wrote this book with a very emotional question, How to die with a profound happiness?
Here, he listed some keys that you may learn to live fully and accept the question who you are passionately.

1.      Celebrate who you are?

= Be true to yourself; accept the fact that you are unique because God designed you to be one. You don’t need to be a copycat, stop comparing yourself with other people. Remember you are UNIQUE! So follow your dreams, get your calling and follow your path.

2.      Live in your courage zone

=Sometimes, we need older people to bless us and give us wisdom to inspire in our ways, to stand firm in our decision.  Sometimes, we need people’s lives (success or failure) to know the true life, that from there we could define our own success and continue that journey of fulfillment.

3.      Put people before things

Bo Sanchez says if you never have happy relationships you will be never happy. No matter how much you achieve in life.  We should be grateful for the people in our life specially our loved ones. Learn to prioritize others and express the power of gratitude to them.

4.      Enjoy life in present moment

= Don’t worry about the future. Consider everyday a wonderful day. Every day is a moment of blessing. Enjoy life wherever you are.

5.      Sacrifice for something bigger than yourself

= Bo Sanchez said we are born for greatness and we have a destiny to fulfil. We are created to inspire, serve and care for others. Share God’s love and share yourself to others. In the book, it was mentioned , “ your wealth will never be enough for you. But if you offer your wealth to God, it will be enough for the world."


The Author:
Bo Sanchez has written 24 bestselling books and 8 magazines.  He is one of the best inspirational authors in the Philippines. He is one of the outstanding young men awardee in 2006. He is also a spiritual founder of Light of Jesus Family, a spiritual community.
You can contact him through email bosanchez@kerygmafamily.com


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12 November 2011

TFC’s A Mother’s Story Movie: Depicts the hard life and sacrifice of an OFW

 More movies about overseas Filipino worker’s life struggle were produced and shown. Milan and Dubai were just those two movies who made big bucks from the industry. This year, A Mother’s story was another phenomenal movie for all overseas Filipino workers to watch. The Filipino channel (TFC) released “A Mother’s Story” that depicts the hard life and sacrifices of being an overseas Filipino worker.


Pokwang not only portrays a true OFW but she showed the true color of working as a Filipino in a foreign land. This is a movie that OFWs’ and family left back home to reflect upon. Internalize the flesh of the story and be inspired from it.

How many times movies and television did showed stories like this? But still again and again we forgot to watch that there are real lessons to be learned.

OFWs’ never need a movie to remind more often that our life is a movie of our own, we should in our very own self be inspired, that we’ve struggled, that against all odds we made to support our families back home. That beneath those sacrifices we’ve shared what kind of life we ever wanted for our loved ones, those sometimes family relationships were compromised, that it’s not  an OFW has to make sacrifices alone but the whole family as well, to work together and understand each other.

This story is a no joke that after watching it, words just come out from our mouth would be fantastic! Amazing, great! Pokwang did great!  Or what a nice movie!

What I want OFWs’ like me to do, is to clearly examine what the movie wanted us to see!

Disclaimer: video and picture from ABS-CBN 


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11 November 2011

Go Negosyo and the Villar Foundation on OFW and Family Summit 2011


Go Negosyo and the Villar Foundation advocates empowering OFWs’. The 1st OFW and Family Summit will be held at the World Trade Center on November 24th. The theme of this event is “Kabuhayan para sa Kinabukasan”

If you are in Manila area or perhaps anyone who has OFW family member nearby, do come and learn ways on essential entrepreneurship.

 Go Negosyo and the Villar Foundation were very instrumental in educating OFWs’ on ways to give OFWs’ a wise option to make their hard earned money secured and leveraged to gain  financial security.

Working overseas is only temporary, this however, is a good way to earn and save for the future.  Make the most of our hard earned money and making it in a well secured option. With this, Go Negosyo and the Villar Foundation educate OFWs’ in financial management and entrepreneurship.

OFW and Family summit 2011 offer OFWs’ an opportunity to learn and earn. This event is a good productive tool to make OFWs’ lives being better equipped with financial knowledge and management.


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08 November 2011

The Heritage Hotel: Overnight stay courtesy of Philippine Airlines



I stayed overnight at the Heritage hotel courtesy of Philippine Airlines. I always trust Philippine Airlines with my onward domestic travel. As a Mabuhay miles card holder, I find comfort and luxury on board Philippine Airlines. On my recent vacation, I observed major setback from PAL operations. Whatever that problem was, it’s just an internal affair between the company and the employees association.

With hundreds of passengers affected on the situation, PAL never turn their back to their loyal customers. I know the management was losing a big amount of money considering the number of flights being cancelled.

My flight to Cagayan de Oro was one of the lists as cancelled. I was instructed to visit PAL office just right beside NAIA   Terminal 2. With no other flight available on a late afternoon. Customer service officers offered me a hotel accommodation for a night and of course transport service and a food coupon.

Situation like this is not new to me, I experienced similar situation from Gulf Air and Cebu Pacific Air from the previous years.

 I was one of those unlucky or perhaps lucky customers. Though PAL customer service called me up prior to my scheduled flight, I was unreachable at that moment for I have already started my journey to the Philippines.

Well then, this is what had happened. The customer service scheduled my flight on the next day, early morning. Since PAL flights to Cagayan de Oro has been all cancelled. My ticket is for AirPhil Express (Air Philippines). I could never ask for more, Air Philippines is after all PAL’s sister company.

A private transport service sent me to the Heritage Hotel located along Roxas Boulevard and a few miles away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The Heritage hotel is one of the best hotels in manila where Casino Filipino is located just at the right side of the building. The Heritage hotel is definitely a good place to find comfort with their suite rooms overlooking Roxas Boulevard (my room is on the sixth floor, 618 if I could still remember).

On top of this, a food buffet of eight main courses and dessert buffet free from your selection. The variety of food choices took me a while to just stand in the middle of the dinning hall and keeping my eyes  filled with beautiful and colorful presentation of food. Foods were like crafted in the whole area.

What I never like though, is the internet connection, would you believe? they are charging three thousand pesos on internet cable connection.  This is actually refundable after checking out, but they are charging 100 peso per hour of internet usage. No free wireless internet available.


Thanks to PAL for a wonderful gesture of apology. The cancelled flight made another worthwhile experience. The conflict between PAL management and employees labour association still on negotiation, I am hoping all will be resolved in due time.

PAL as I have discovered was the oldest commercial airline ever existed in Asia. That means PAL has already been on operation before Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and etc.


The Heritage Hotel  Photo #1
The Heritage Hotel Manila features a three floor casino, is located within easy access of the Makati and Manila business districts, and is approximately 



Starting at US $82 Per Night




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07 November 2011

Social Security System Flexi Fund Program for OFWs'


The Social Security System (SSS) provided additional service for overseas Filipino worker, the Flexi-fund program. On top of the regular membership program, Flexi –fund was created to provide OFWs’ another option for a solid financial security.

What you should know about SSS Flexi-fund?

SSS Flexi – fund Program is a provident fund specially designed for overseas Filipino workers. This is an optional service aside from the regular OFW membership.

This program is designed to provide opportunity for OFWs’ to save more and set aside part of their earnings abroad. These serve as a supplement to SSS benefits, thus giving an additional layer of social security protection.

 Benefits of SSS Flexi-fund:

As a member under this program, you are entitled to an additional income from your savings. Members, who reached the age of 60, disabled or get injured from work, will receive a monthly pension aside from the regular SSS membership coverage. Beneficiaries from passed away members will receive lump sum equivalent to the cash value of the remaining pension.

A member may terminate his contribution early and can withdraw his contribution anytime including the interest incurred from the program.

Flexi-fund as a good investment:

Contributions under this program were invested in all government securities. All interest earned under this program are based on treasury rate, thus it is guaranteed on high yielding and a risk free investment.

This program aims to supplement your pension benefits and will provide a better opportunity for a well sounded financial stability.  You can even withdraw your contribution whenever your overseas contract ends; for kids school fees, need money for house improvement and or to finance your small business.

However, pre-termination fees will be imposed from withdrawal of contribution which only stayed less than a year.


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03 November 2011

Gulf Air Ground Staff Hospitality



I should never forget Gulf Air ground staff hospitality. Though I never get to know their names but they are tremendously courteous and pleasant.

As I was being told by the customer service through email earlier than my flight schedule, that they are going to upgrade my seat into a business class, I expect nothing but extraordinary attention.

 Just as I was patiently waiting for my turn to get my visa screened (usual protocol in NAIA 1 for outbound OFWs').  After the screening, I headed directly to the check in counter, the ground staff with a smile said, oh! So you're Mr. Pasilan. She then immediately called up her ground supervisor.

As the ground supervisor approaches, she said she was informed of my coming and instructed to upgrade my seat to a business class! I was never surprised for I have been informed ahead. But, I admit I was happy, I already knew the comfort of business class, stretch your legs and lay down comfortably as if you are in your own single bed and of course a delightful food of your choice.

This I like most, all has been done but the Gulf Air ground staff hospitality never ends there. She accompanied me all the way to Gulf Air Lounge. You’re being treated like VIP, I thanked them for this. Self-service of all you ever want, coffee, sandwiches, soda, food and dessert.

While on board Gulf Air GF-155, I have been assigned to a front seat, I asked the flight attendant if I could possibly transfer to a seat near window. She said that seat is for the pilot (probably to sleep). I have no comments then, though food is good, but the service is only fair as far as I could rate.

I should never compare Gulf Air ground and air staff service method. I know all crews have protocols and quality service orientation but it’s up to them to assess how far they made Gulf Air passenger comfortable and should make only one reason to choose again Gulf Air as their airline of preference.

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02 November 2011

Bank Muscat Remittance Centre now to serve 55,000 Filipinos across the Sultanate



Filipino Remittance Centre launched by Bank Muscat in partnership with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) to serve the 55,000 strong Filipino population across the Sultanate of Oman.

Bank Muscat leads the way to offer value added service to the Filipino community as being the 5th largest customer of the bank. As the bank find ways to ensure good customer service Filipino remittance desk has been initiated.




The synergy between Bank Muscat and RCBC opens a lot of option in sending money to the Philippines.  Filipino residents can now enjoy the RCBC Telemony service.

Telemony service options are the following:

TeLEREMET – an account needed in any bank in the Philippines to avail this service. Remittance sent directly to the beneficiary, and information via SMS will be send to the beneficiary. This is the shorted possible option and money can either be collected at any RCBC Bank branches.

TeLECREDIT – a remittance from one account to the other. Remittance directly credited to RCBC or any bank account. Proceeds are available for withdrawal at any ATM.

TeLe Pay – A facility utilized for directly paying utility bills in the Philippines.

TeLE Door to Door – The most convenient for the beneficiary, funds will be delivered directly via courier right at the beneficiary’s doorstep.

RCBC/ Bank Muscat Remittance Centre is located in Ruwi. Within this month, soon the new location will be at the back of Al Jadeeda store a four blocksbehind Badr Al Samaa Clinic.





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31 October 2011

Undas Online for Overseas Filipinos

As I was trying to keep my time occupied while on my 9 hour flight on board Gulf Air Flight GF-155, I asked the flight steward a newspaper to read rather than to scroll movies on the screen.  The Philippines Star newspaper was given, then, under the headline, Undas online for overseas Filipinos


As the Whole islands of the Philippines observed the All Saint’s Day and the all Soul’s Day, overseas Filipinos had no time to get involved in the said observance.   Overseas Filipinos include seafarers are those who don’t have the chance to visit the graveyard of their departed loved ones.

In connection with this, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launched just yesterday a website for undas celebration. This website is intended for overseas Filipinos to send request for prayers and mass for their loved ones. 

Overseas Filipinos may visit http://www.undasonline.com/ by listing the names of their dead and send it online. For the intention of the dead, masses will be said on Nov. 1 to 8 at the CBCP chapel.

The website also provides facts on the observance of the All Soul’s Day and All Saint’s Day. Non-Catholics can also raise question and send it online.

This website is a good tool for overseas Filipinos who wish that prayers and masses will be said for their dead loved ones.

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26 October 2011

Philippine Tourism: One of the Best in Asia



Promoting once again the fascinating beauty of my beloved country the Philippines, being an overseas Filipino worker,I feel like I'm compelled to do so. OFWs' are one of the most influential people to promote  Philippine tourism to the world. Set aside cynicism, it will bring us all no good. If we could only bring one guest to visit Philippines, you'll discover the chain effect later. They'll bring one more and keep coming back to savor the majestic beauty on the Philippine islands. 

If you already know, Apl.de.ap (of the Black Eyed Peas) has been creating videos  promoting Philippine Tourism and there are more celebrity doing this as well. 

As an ordinary citizen, let us start to do the same. Promote the beauty of the Philippines in our own little way. We will see the results one day. Jobs will be created, revenues for hotel accommodation and food. And a lot more than you could imagine. 

Today, the Department of Tourism is promoting programs akin to nature. There is Eco-tourism projects being promoted all over the Philippine  archipelago. Try to consider nature trekking, scuba diving, whitewater rafting, island hopping and a lot more. You will definitely discover the diverse nature of the 7,107 islands.

There is also Medical tourism program that includes health and wellness spa, Philippines has been a popular travel destination for this purpose alone. Philippine hospitals compete with other Asian rivals for foreign medical services. It is not only of high technology that were considered but of quality service and professional skills that Filipinos were mostly known of.

Retirement option has been an good choice to most old aged foreigners. Retirement homes are now on good development in selected parts of the country. The tender loving care and outstanding hospitality of the Filipinos were unequaled to any other Asian population.

The Philippines of 7,107 islands is an open secret waiting to be discovered. Discover Philippines in its adventure, culture and extraordinary nature. Truly, every time you hop in each of the  island you'll be mesmerized of the beauty of the Philippines.
You Tube video courtesy of WOWPHILIPPINESUK


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24 October 2011

OFW Ako!: Official Nominee for Pinoy Expat/ OFW Blog Awards



I am so much overwhelmed today. There are no ordinary words to best describe my happiness when Mr. Kiko wrote a comment on my blog. He informed me about my blog being featured in Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog awards Facebook account. Truly, no other beautiful worlds greeted me this morning when I finally see the  picture of my blog as an official nominee for the OFW Advocay blog category.

 I have been blogging for more than 4 years now. Just by this year, I've got  this wonderful recognition as an official nominee for PEBA: OFW Advocay blog category. 

Being an OFW myself, this is my simple piece of contribution to the overseas Filipino worker. I never get tired blogging for this is my passion now. I felt that I am obliged to give some information in my way I think would be very helpful for OFWs' growth and survival 

I could share the sentiments of how hard it is being away from our families, making those sacrifices from foreign land, giving up all our personal wants and desire, thinking nothing more but the best for our families left back home.

About PEBA:

Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards Inc., is a non-profit non- stock organization of international Filipino bloggers worldwide. PEBA serves as an award giving body that recognizes and honor Expats/OFW bloggers whose work of art has of outstanding contribution to Filipinos worldwide.

PEBA, not only as an award-giving body but has been involved in more social projects for the needy. PEBA Help, PEBA Cares, PEBA Scholars and Bantay OFW are some important social services delivered to the Filipinos internationally especially the distressed overseas Filipino workers.



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22 October 2011

OFW Friendly Banks according to Bangko Sental ng Pilipinas (BSP)




OFWs’ hard earned money is as precious as his blood. Keeping that money safe for future use needs reliable banks with outstanding financial background. So to answer this needs, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas(BSP) created a Portal for OFWs’. This portal listed recommended banks that have affiliates in your host countries.


  It is best to consider OFW friendly banks that offer not only interests in your deposited money but probable investment that might yield higher earnings.

Also, check OFW friendly banks that have interactive system, wherever you maybe in this part of the world, from time to time you could see your financial portfolio online.

There were banks in the Philippines that have been closed due to bankruptcy. Some of their clients until now were struggling to get their money bank. Though deposits were insured by PDIC but the rigorous processing frustrate depositors.

In order to avoid any possible problems with your deposited hard earned money. I should recommend to further check the BSP OFW Portal and run through all recommended banks.

Review your chosen Bank that suits to your liking and evaluate further the products, services, and the entire financial background; it is not a guarantee that the bigger the bank is the more financially it sounds.

If I were to be asked, personally I recommend Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI), as a client, I am absolutely satisfied with their services. If it’s difficult for you to visit the nearest bank, right into your personal computer, your online portfolio is just a few clicks away. 

Philippine National Bank (PNB) and Land Bank of the Philippines are my other option. These banks are not only financially sound, but they proved their commitment to the overseas Filipino workers.

click to visit: OFW Portal


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18 October 2011

POEA E-Registration Manpower System




In order to protect overseas worker applicants from illegal placement agencies , Philippines Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) initiated E-Registration service, an online manpower registry system. This system is open to all applicants, first timer and those OFWs' on finished contract. 

 The implementation of this manpower system was being made thru the POEA's Government Placement Branch. All aspiring applicants for overseas employment can access this site and register and update their profile. Each applicant profile will be place on active status and from time to time registered applicants can view the status of their application.

Due to an increasing volume of registered profile, all application will be archived and assessed routinely. Registered applicants were then advised to visit their account regularly to maintain its active status.

Here's what you need to do;

Registrants need to attach a photo with the following dimension:

Scanned PASSPORT SIZE (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) photo

    Photo must be in JPEG (.jpg) format

    File size must not exceed 15K

    Recommended dimension of photo : 110 x 150 pixels






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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Service Caravan


We are now on the 4Qtr of 2011. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) still on its quarterly job fair and service caravan nationwide. All OFW wannabe can still visit DOLE office and or their website to verify job fair schedules in your locality.

Here's a copy of the scheduled job fair nationwide. You may visit DOLE website to further check the following schedule posted below.


Region
Date of Job Fairs
Place of Job Fairs
Type of Job Fairs
Organizer
Region 4B
October 15, 2011, Saturday

 Victoria Municipal Gymnasium, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro
Local/Overseas



Region 6
October 7, 2011 Friday


October 14, 2011 Friday
Amigo Plaza Mall, Iznart Street, Iloilo City

Passi City Covered Gym, Passi City, Iloilo
Local/Overseas




Local/Overseas
PESO-Iloilo City/ABS-CBN


PESO-PassiCity  
Region 10
Oct.20-21, 2011 Thurs.-Fri.
Mambajao Gym
Local/Overseas


LGUs of Camiguin, Mambao, Camiguin    



Job Fair: November 2011

Region
Date of Job Fairs
Place of Job Fairs
Type of Job Fairs
Organizer
Region 4B
November 11, 2011 Friday
Divine Word College, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Local/Overseas



Region 6
November 9, 2011 Wednesday


November 23, 2011 Wednesday
Iloilo Capitol Ground, Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City

SM City Mall, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Local/Overseas




Local/Overseas

PESO-IloiloProvince


Ateneo de Iloilo  
Region 10
November 25, 2011 Friday



LegislativeBuilding
Local/Overseas


LGU Opol

Job Fair: December 2011


Region
Date of Job Fairs
Place of Job Fairs
Type of Job Fairs
Organizer
Region  1
December 8, 2011 (Tentative) Thursday
San FernandoCity, La Union
Local/Overseas


DOLE-RO1  
Region 2
December 8, 2011 Thursday
TuguegaraoCity
Local/Overseas


LGU Tuguegarao / DOLE
Region4B
December 16, 2011 Friday
JJ Leido Memorial School, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Local/Overseas


LGU
Region 5
December 8, 2011
Agro Sports Complex, Daet, Camarines Norte
Local/Overseas



PESO-PG Camarines Norte  
Region 6
December 2, 2011 Friday


December 13, 2011 Tuesday
Amigo Plaza Mall, Iznart Street, Iloilo City

IloiloCapitol Ground, Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City

Local/Overseas



Local/Overseas
PESO-IloiloCity


PESO-IloiloProvince  
Region 8
Dec.10-11, 2011 Sat.-Sun.
Municipalityof St. Bernard, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte
Local/Overseas



LGU St.Bernard
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