Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PhilHealth Joins Inter-Agency Mission for Filipinos in Cambodia

PhilHealth, DOH and DSWD converge to deliver social protection for the poor

PhilHealth, DOH and DSWD converge to deliver social protection for the poor

Affordable SSS savings scheme reaches 74,000 workers from 748 ISGs

Offering social protection for as little as P11 per day, the AlkanSSSya program of the Social Security System (SSS) has attracted more than 74,000 members from 748 informal sector groups (ISGs) nationwide as of May 2013.
Amalia Tolentino, SSS AlkanSSSya Program Director, said informal sector workers who save at least P11 per day – about the price of cellphone load or softdrink --- can complete the minimum P330 monthly AlkanSSSya contribution based on a declared monthly income or “salary credit” of P3,000.
The growth in participating ISGs reflects the AlkanSSSya's appeal to the needs of informal sector workers such as affordability and convenience, especially since many among them have busy work schedules and tight budgets,” Tolentino noted.
A total of 180 ISGs representing over 17,000 members joined the program within the first five months of 2014. Luzon-based groups account for 337 out of the 748 covered ISGs – nearly half of the nationwide total – while 179 ISGs were from the National Capital Region, 116 ISGs were from Visayas, and 116 ISGs were from Mindanao.
To date, the transport industry accounts for about half of the AlkanSSSya-enrolled ISGs, including groups for operators and drivers of tricycles, jeepneys, trisikad, vans, shuttle buses and habal habal; motorboat and pumpboat operators; airport service providers; and bus dispatchers. A total of 332 out of these 389 transport-based ISGs are tricycle operators and drivers associations.
Apart from transport workers' groups, other covered ISGs include associations for ambulant and market vendors, farmers and fisherfolk, jail inmates, garbage pickers, pottery makers, lay ministers, beach cottage owners, and members of cooperatives and community-based organizations, among others.
Workers' savings are placed in a communal AlkanSSSya unit that houses dozens of secure box-type “piggy banks” owned by the ISG members. Recently, the SSS has also started the e-AlkanSSSya program, which primarily caters to job order (JO) and contractual workers in state-run institutions who are excluded from the mandatory coverage of the Government Service Insurance System.
The e-AlkanSSSya employs automatic deduction of contributions from workers’ salaries and wages, which the government office will then remit to the SSS. Like the regular AlkanSSSya, this program helps promote an active SSS membership among workers by putting in place a system for the regular remittance of their SSS contributions, as facilitated by their respective organizations,” Tolentino explained.
Out of the 106 government-based ISGs, 73 are enrolled in the regular AlkanSSSya program while 33 opted for the e-AlkanSSSya scheme. Workers benefiting from these partnerships include JO and contactual workers in government offices, barangay employees and tanod, street sweepers and daycare workers. 

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OFWs return from Libya with stories of harassment

A new batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) repatriated from Libya arrived home Tuesday afternoon with stories of being held up by men wearing police uniforms while still there.

One of the 24 OFWs interviewed by radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen shortly after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport said the men took their mobile phones and other valuables.

"Naka-uniporme po... pagbaba [namin ng] sasakyan diretsong tutok ng baril sa amin. Wala kaming magawa kundi ibigay," said the OFW.

He said they were near the Philippine embassy at the time of the incident.

Even the female OFWs were searched, he said.

The 24 OFWs were part of the latest batch who left strife-torn Libya Tuesday afternoon. Last Sunday, 42 OFWs from Libya arrived in Manila while five more arrived early Monday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the repatriated OFWs are to be briefed and assisted by DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives at the airport.

The Philippine Embassy in Libya has started relocating its non-core staff to Tunisia.

"Due to the increasing violence and lawlessness in Tripoli, all non-core staff of the Philippine Embassy there are being relocated to Tunisia. Staff dependents were repatriated last week," it said.

Last July 20, the Philippine government raised the alert level in Libya to "4," citing the "extremely unstable" situation there. "Under Alert Level 4, the Philippine government undertakes evacuation of about 13,000 Filipino nationals there as soon as possible while no Filipino national will be allowed to travel to Libya," the DFA said.

Filipinos can contact the Embassy through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and the e-mail addresses;

Their relatives can call the DFA’s 24-hour hotlines at (02) 552-7105 and (02) 834-4685, or send queries by e-mail to —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

US firm pulls out training video scene negatively depicting Pinoys

A California-based firm has pulled out a scene from its training video that could potentially portray Filipino health care workers in a negative light after the Filipino community complained about it.

CRM Learning of Carlsbad, California, also said it will withdraw the training video from the market, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. said Tuesday.

"The CRM Learning video, entitled 'It’s a Dog’s World,' showed two Filipina healthcare employees gossiping in Tagalog in front of an American patient," the embassy said in a statement.

It said a Filipina nurse was offended after seeing the video at a hospital training workshop, and reported it to Filipino community leader Victoria Navarro.

Navarro in turn brought up the matter with Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr.

The embassy, together with the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), told the company the video violated cultural sensitivities.

Cuisia welcomed CRM Learning's decision to delete the scene and withdraw the video from the market.

“While we understand that it was intended as a parody, we felt that it was unfair to single out and depict Filipinos as insensitive and disrespectful employees who do not care at all about good customer service,” said Navarro, co-director of the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition and past president of PNAA.

MHC Executive Director and PNAA Foundation lawyer Arnedo Valera said the video offended Filipinos and violated guidelines on the “English Only Rule” in the workplace.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had struck down the "English Only Rule" as language discrimination and violative of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Valera said this advocacy and ensuing collaborative efforts "make this process a good model to follow promoting respect and celebration of diversity, the hallmark of America.”

CRM letter

The embassy cited a letter from CRM Learning President Peter Jordan to Cuisia, Navarro and Valera, saying his firm is committed to the principles of diversity.

Jordan said the company did not intend to create a scenario that disrespects or stereotypes Filipino employees.

Also, he said health care training professionals reviewed and critiqued the training video before it was released.

Jordan said copies of the original version of the video will be withdrawn from their inventory, once the revised version of the video is completed.

He also said CRM will notify all previous buyers of the video that they may exchange their copies of the original version with the revised version for free. —Joel Locsin/KBK, GMA News

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Pinoys repatriated from Libya

MANILA, Philippines - Another batch of Filipinos from Libya will be arriving in Manila on Tuesday (July 29).
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 24 Filipino repatriates are set to arrive at 4 p.m. on board QR926 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, while the remaining six OFWs will arrive at 4:35 p.m. on board EK332.
This would bring the total number of repatriated Filipinos from Libya to 708.

On Sunday, 42 OFWs from Libya arrived in Manila. Five more OFWs arrived on Monday afternoon.
The OFWs will be briefed and assisted by DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) representatives at the airport.

Amid the continued violence in the country, the DFA has raised Alert Level 4 in Libya, which calls for mandatory repatriation.
The DFA urges all Filipino nationals to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and register for repatriation. Filipinos can contact the Embassy through the telephone numbers (00218) 918-244-208 / (00218) 911061166, and the e-mail; The Embassy's address is KM 7 Gargaresh Road, Abu Nawas, P.O. Box 12508, Tripoli.

The DFA’s 24-hour hotlines are also available for families of OFWs in Libya. Those who have questions and concerns about the conditions of their relatives in Libya can call the hotline numbers (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685. They may also send their queries by e-mail

Local job vacancies for OFWs repatriated from crisis-hit countries

Overseas Filipino workers repatriated recently from crisis-hit countries may avail of a host of job vacancies offered by various firms, the Department of Labor and Employment said Friday.

But while DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the jobs are part of "Assist WELL"—a package of services to ensure the reintegration of repatriated OFWs into society—she admitted they may not pay as well as the OFWs' jobs abroad.

She said that while local salaries may be lower than those abroad, OFWs who come home for good should consider that being in one's own country mitigates the social cost of migration.

"The local job vacancies are there and OFW-repatriates may consider these as an option," she said in a statement.

Baldoz said she had contacted a conglomerate that can offer jobs similar or related to those of repatriated OFWs from Libya.

These include management positions in power plant construction and operation such as design managers, engineering managers, site managers, construction managers, commissioning managers, and quality assurance/quality control managers.

The conglomerate also has civil works vacancies such as field engineers, office engineers, QA/QC staff, planning engineers, and schedulers. It also offers electrical works positions, such as turbine specialists, electrical generator engineers, electromechanical planners, and electromechanical schedulers.

For mechanical works, the vacancies are for welding inspectors, piping inspectors, coal handling specialists, boiler specialists, waste water treatment engineers and specialists, piping engineers and supervisors, and demi water engineers.

For instrumentation and control, the vacancies are for design engineers for I&C, QA/QC supervisors for I&C, QA/QC I&C engineers, and I&C supervisors, engineers, and technicians.

There are also various positions for civil works, strcutural/architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, surveying, and safety in high rise structures and buildings the company is constructing, as well as positions in underwater construction (rehabilitation/construction of waste water, sewage treatment plants, and pipeline), such as field engineers, office engineers, geodetic engineers, and surveyors.

Baldoz said the conglomerate is also into roads, bridges, elevated highways, and railway systems construction, and thus in need of skilled and professional workers for civil works and surveying, both in office and field operations.


Meanwhile, Baldoz said repatriates may try out Phil-JobNet, which has 50 vacant positions in construction and 313 vacant positions in engineering.

These are in the following companies:

Cagdianao Mining Corporation: Construction aide (1);

Taganito Mining Corporation: Construction helpers (6);

C.A. Betalac Construction and General Merchandise: Foreman (5) and laborers (18);

Equiparco Construction Company: Field engineers (4);

First Balfour, Inc.: Project manager (1);

Fiesta Communities, Inc.: field/project engineers (10);

DPY Mercantile, Inc.: Carpenters (5).

Phil-JobNet also contains job offers from various companies for engineering positions, such as:

Silangan Mindanao Mining Company: Decline development superintendent (1); geodetic engineer (1); surface planning engineer (1); rock mechanics aides (3); and ventilation engineer (1);

A.T. Dumlao Construction, Inc.: Civil engineers (2);

Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation: Maintenance cadet engineer (1), production cadet engineers (2), and instrument engineer (1);

Combined Electro-Mechanical Supply Inc.: Sales engineer (1);

CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation: Project Management Head (1);

Taganito Mining Corporation: civil engineer (1), electrical engineer (1); mechanical engineer (1); and safety engineer (1);

Power Master, Inc.: Marine engineer (1);

LGS Staff Management Services, Inc.: Technical sales engineer (1);

FVCS Construction and Supply: Civil engineers (2); CPR, electrical engineer (1), aircon technician (1), and mechanical engineer (1);

Strategic and Advanced Marketing Services Corporation: QA engineers (3);

Royale Fishing Corporation: Electrical engineer (1) and superintendent mechanical engineer (1);

Power Master, Inc.: Maintenance planning assistant (1) and electrical supervisor (1);

Strategic and Advanced Marketing Services Corporation: Product engineers (3);

Rhynns Internet CafĂ© & General Merchandise and Rafael Motor Parts: Automotive technician (1);

Container Corporation of the Philippines: GS foreman (1);

Universal Leaf Philippines, Inc.: Engineering officer (1);

Vicente Lao Construction: Civil engineer (1), electrical engineer (1) and mechanical engineer (1);

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company Philippines, Inc.: Site engineers (2);

Lighthouse Marina: Engineering supervisor (1);

Panglao Bluewater Beach Resort, Inc.: Engineering supervisor (1);

Kalayaan Engineering Company, Inc.: Health and safety engineer (1);

Mandue Integrated Manpower Services, Inc.: Civil engineers (5);

Service Resources, Inc.: Marine engineers (5);

Calasiao Ice Plant, Inc.: Mechanical or chemical engineer (1);

Nanox Philippines, Inc.: Facility maintenance engineer (1) and product engineers (5); 

Conquest Philippines, Inc.: I.E. manager (1), I.E. head (1), and I.E. supervisor (1);

ICE International Technologies: Process engineers (5), chemical engineers (4), and electrical engineer (1);

SM Lanang Primer-SM Supermall: Building administrator officer (1);

Pacific Carpet Manufacturing Corporation: Chemical engineer (1), electrical engineer (1), and cadet engineer (1);

Corporate Staffers Placement, Inc.: Sales engineer (1);

PTC Foodsphere: Engineering staff (1);

Maxim de Humana International, Inc.: Electrical engineer (1); 

Staffers Provider of Asia, Inc.: Electrical engineer (1);

Venvi Agro Industrial Ventures Corporation: Building engineer (1) and equipment engineer (1);

Equiparco Construction Company: Field engineer (1);

Yung Sung International Philippines, Inc.: Procurement management officer (1);

Procurement Service-DBM: Maintenance engineer (1) and procurement management officers (3);

Green Canyon Leisure Farms Corporation: Chemical engineer (1);

Kedica Philippines Corporation: Facilities and maintenance staff (2) and chemical engineer (1);

Peregrine Development International, Inc.: Mechanical engineer (1) and electrical engineer (1);

Liberty Commercial Center, Tabaco City: Complex engineers (2);

A.R.M. Resources, Inc.: Cadet engineers (50);

First Balfour, Inc.: Cost engineer (1), planning engineer (1), safety engineer (1), design coordinator (1), and field engineer;

Presam Construction & General Services, Inc.: Site engineers (5);

LBP Service Corporation: Civil engineers (5);

CLC Marketing Ventures Corporation: Project management head (1);

City of Batac: Production engineers (10);

LC Ting Construction: Civil engineers (50) and mechanical engineers (50);

Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.: Electrical engineer (1) and mechanical engineer (1);

Arkipel Software Development: Software engineers (10);

Fiesta Communities, Inc.: Field engineers (10);

Puyat Sports Baguio: Bowling mechanic (1);

I-Ecxel Consultancy and Employment  Services, Inc.: Sales engineers (2) and radio frequency engineers (6);

Mekeni Food Corporation: Preventive maintenance supervisor (1);

Benguet Corporation: Electrical supervisor (1) and industrial engineers (3).


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