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Baldoz warns public of scam masquerading as job fair-related recruitment

Beware of unscrupulous individuals who have found a scheming way of riding on in DOLE job fairs to victimize unsuspecting job seekers.

 

“I am sad to say there are unscrupulous individuals who use our own job fairs as a venue to peddle illegal recruitment scams and lure unsuspecting jobseekers to fall in their dubious machinations. I warn jobseekers to report them at once to us so that we can take appropriate action,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

 

Baldoz issued the statement and the warning yesterday after she received a reliable report from an employer representative in Davao City the other day that there are individuals apparently riding on in DOLE job fairs by distributing pieces of paper to applicants allegedly coming from a hiring company or job fair organizers, and asking for personal details of victims, such as phone number and email addresses.

 

The scammers later contact job applicants, and tell them that they have been selected. After which, they will be required to deposit P1,000 – 1,500 to a money remittance company, allegedly for pre-employment and physical examination. This comes with an instruction that after the deposit, the applicant must contact the scammer’s number for further instructions.

 

Scammers use a fictitious name of an alleged company HR staff as contact person.

 

The Secretary enjoined all DOLE regional offices to be on guard of this modus operandi and report them immediately to police authorities.

 

“I also urge our partners from Public Employment Service Offices in local government units to be on alert of this new scam and help us disseminate this warning to people in their localities,” Baldoz said.

 

Last week, Secretary Baldoz advised jobseekers wanting to work overseas, especially in the United Kingdom, to be wary of fake job vacancies posted in the internet.

 

This after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warned of bogus job vacancies postings in the internet and enticing Filipino workers to apply for non-existent jobs in the United Kingdom.

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Baldoz urges public to support POEA's online anti-illegal recruitment campaign

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged the public to support the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s social media-based anti-illegal recruitment (AIR) campaign.

 

“Since illegal recruiters are using the internet, especially through the social media, in victimizing jobseekers, the POEA has stepped up its AIR drive by harnessing the power of information and communications technology to inform and educate the public,” Baldoz said.

 

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the POEA has recently partnered with the SVEN Group, a digital agency that is committed to spearhead a vibrant and dynamic digital campaign to protect Filipino workers from illegal recruiters and scammers who also use the internet prowling for possible targets.

 

“Illegal recruiters are now actively using the social media to attract more victims. They are using Facebook, emails and even Twitter, to promote their illegal schemes,” Cacdac said.

 

Cacdac said the SVEN Group, in collaboration with the POEA, has started implementing the “ediWoW” AIR campaign on digital media. Among the projects are:

 

a) Joint Facebook account of MANILYN LANG and MANOLO LOKO (https//www.facebook.com/manilynandmanolo//fref=ts), the two (2) characters representing illegal recruitment.

 

b) Separate twitter accounts of MANILYN LANG and MANOLO LOKO (@_manilynlang and @manololoko).

 

c) Enhanced POEA AIR Facebook campaign page which includes the creation of caricature character named JUAN PANALO. Juan Panalo represents the ideal Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and is the figure that will be used when promoting all the legal ways of overseas employment (https://www.facebook.com/POEA-Anti-Illegal-Recruitment-206658936026081/).

 

“I enjoin our DOLE regional offices, the public employment service offices, and our legitimate employer partners, to help in protecting the public from these illegal recruiters. Let us pin down these illegal recruitment activities with our concerted effort,” said Baldoz.

 

SVEN Group has also produced digital videos to promote the said social media accounts.

 

Still in the pipeline is the development of a POEA AIR campaign website and a promotional infographic video.

 

SVEN Group is also currently sourcing social media influencers as digital partners for press release content and advertorial placements.

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DFA and COMELEC recognize TFC for its continued support for overseas voting

Overseas voting turnout breaks past election records; TFC makes final call for overseas Filipinos to #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH before closing of overseas voting on May 9 worldwide

 

(Quezon City May 6, 2016) - As the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA OVS) and the Commission on Elections Office for the Overseas Voting (COMELEC OFOV) announce that overseas voting turnout has broken past election records this week with 303,103 total voters to date, the two agencies acknowledged The Filipino Channel (TFC) and the network’s continued support for overseas voting in the recently concluded “Media Recognition Night” held at Macapagal Avenue in Manila, Philippines.
 

A few days before the closing of the overseas voting on May 9, Manila time, COMELEC OFOV Chairman and Commissioner Arthur Lim awarded the plaque of recognition to TFC, represented by Ailene Averion, ABS-CBN managing director for Asia Pacific, for helping the agencies surpass the 1 million mark (1,376,067) of registered voters for purposes of the national and local elections, through concerted efforts.

 

Commissioner Lim said: “We give credit where credit is due.  Without media, all these strides that have been taken, among them, breaching the 1 million registered voter mark, would not have been fruitful.  It was through media, that voter information; voter education; and interest in overseas voting were really developed and encouraged.”
 

As part of its thrust to be that veritable companion in overseas Filipinos’ journey overseas as they build a future for themselves and their families, TFC first entered into a partnership with DFA OVS and COMELEC OFOV in 2012 for the propagation of OFs’ right to suffrage, key to enabling them to choose the next leaders.  For the 2012 registration and 2013 elections, the three organizations jointly developed the campaign “Boto Mo, Kinabuakasan ng Bawat Filipino” which tells of how the future of every Filipino lies in their hands.
 

Through its reach across North America, Europe, Oceania, Middle East, and the rest of Asia; and its multi-platform coverage from internet protocol television (IPTV), satellite, cable and online (TFC.tv); including its community engagements via theatrical and special events, TFC has brought the campaign multi-fold.
 

In 2015, the prestigious PR Society of the Philippines (PRSP) recognized the campaign for effectively reaching the most number of Filipinos, convincing these registered OFs to register and helping the agencies to convert them into voters. 
 

On the same year, DFA OVS and COMELEC renewed ties to support the 2016 elections, yet again.  Starting with the registration campaign, TFC shared with OFs all over the world about how they have the right to choose the country’s next government official; that their vote matters despite their distance; and the two agencies have made it easier for them to register via the irehistro campaign led by broadcast journalist Atom Araullo.

This year the campaign takes on a new phase by leveraging on the power of social media, specifically the selfie, to engage the OFs to paint a better picture of the Philippines through their own posts.  With two public service announcements dubbed “Selfie” and “Groufie,” TFC encouraged OFs to take selfies of themselves or their families and loved ones, with a background of what they want changed in the Philippines and post it on their social media networks using the hash tag #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH
 

Celebrities have heeded the call and have shared their own thoughts on the coming elections: 

 

1.) “It’s Showtime,” "Sakto,"  and “Umagang Kay Ganda” host Amy Perez; comedienne – actress Marietta “Pokwang” Subong,” actress and “TFC Connect” host Dimples Romana; PBB Teen Housemates Joj and Jai; and comedienne Kitkat

2.) Icons and emerging artists from the music industry such as Inspirational Diva Jamie Rivera, and “The Next Big Diva" Morissette

3.) News personalities such as of overseas voting campaign ambassador "Red Alert" host, and highly popular broadcast journalist Atom Araullo; TV Patrol anchor and Sagip Kapamilya advocate Bernadette Sembrano; and respected broadcast journalist, and overseas Filipino advocate Jing Castañeda, award-winning broadcast journalist and "Bandila" host Julius Babao, “Mismo” host Awhel Paz; ANC’s Mornings@ANC host and widely followed reporter Ginger Conejero, TV Patrol’s Tara Grets host Gretchen Fulido; "Magandang Gabi Dok" host Niña Corpuz; and highly respected ANC anchor Cathy Yang

4.) Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS-CBN Sports + Action, and DZMM Teleradyo’s Tina Marasigan; abs-cbn.com, ANC & DZMM’s Barbie Salvador; as well as My Only Radio For Life’s (MOR 101.9), DJ Chacha, and comedian-host and “Pangako Sa `Yo’s” DJ Jai Ho

5.) Music Myx VJ Ai dela Cruz and Boto Mo, Patrol Mo (BMPM) brand ambassador Gretchen Ho

 

Through the help of these selfies, TFC hopes to help the two agencies gain momentum in the last seven days.  As of today, there are 303,103 registrants who have cast their votes versus last election’s 118,823 voters end of period in 2015 or 16% turnout, and which has already beaten the turnout in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
 

Voting is open for Overseas Filipinos until May 9 Manila time.  OFs can go to their nearest Philippine Embassy, MISSION or Manila Economic and Cultural Office and bring their valid passport and ID.  For dual citizens, they can bring the original or certified true copy of the order of approval of their application to retain or require allegiance issued by the post or the Bureau of Migration. For seafarers, they can bring a copy of their seaman’s book and valid ID.
 

OFs can also continue to participate in TFC’s overseas voting campaign and post a scene or scenario they want improved in the homeland, use the #Vote4ASelfieWorthyPH and post on their social networking sites.  For more information, visit, news.abs-cbn.com/Halalan2016/OV

Commissioner Arthur Lim, Marianne de Vera, Ambassador Princess, MD Ailene Averion, Atty. Jane Valeza, Lawrence Reyes, & Ed Castro
 

COMELEC OFOV Chairman Commissioner Arthur Lim

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OWWA CELEBRATES 34TH ANNIVERSARY

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) celebrated its 34th Foundation Day yesterday, with the theme: “OWWA@34:... Kabalikat ng OFW at Pamilya”. The theme captures the long, solid years of dedicated service to OFWs and their families, via programs and services attuned to the needs of its clients.

 

The simple celebration of the agency’s anniversary began with the regular Monday morning flag-raising ceremony, and Holy Mass officiated by Father Resty Ogsimer, Executive Secretary, CBCP-ECMI. Leading the event was Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado, together with the OWWA Family. Highlight of the celebration was the conferment of Loyalty awards to deserving employees.

 

“As we celebrate OWWA’s 34th anniversary, we also recognize the loyalty and dedication of our employees to serve their clients the best they can. Everybody in OWWA is motivated to walk the `extra mile’ in attending to the needs of our members and their families. This has established a sense of rapport between OWWA and its clientele, and between clients and the government, in general, ”OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said.

 

The 34 years of OWWA’s existence, the OWWA Administrator added, bears witness to the agency’s brand of OFW-friendly agency that has touched the lives of hundreds of OFWs.

 

As the premier agency that takes care of the welfare and well-being of the OFWs and their families, OWWA does not only takes good care of its OFW clientele, but also makes sure that the employees are given due recognition as the backbone of the agency.

 

The 24/7 kind of service ingrained through the years, becomes the ‘brand of OWWA’s service’ as the men and women deployed abroad, as well as personnel at the central office and in 17 regional offices nationwide, are motivated to do their tasks, not just in a mechanical manner, but a kind of service with a ‘heart’.

 

As part of the Assist WELL Program of the Department of Labor and Employment, OWWA continues to contribute to the well-being of returning OFWs thru OWWA’s provision of welfare assistance, resolution of cases under the single-entry-approach (SENA) and training for entrepreneurship development thru the agency’s livelihood programs.

 

Given the opportunity to venture into business and become their own bosses, future OFW entrepreneurs will undergo rigid training in skills, knowledge and techniques, the technical-know-how in a life-changing world of entrepreneurship via the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training sessions. The rationale of the improved business training is to make sure that OFWs are well prepared to enter the world, which once was alien to them. This way, the entire gamut of the phases of entrepreneurship will be thoroughly discussed for the appreciation of the OFWs once they decide to continue and pass all phases of the livelihood training.

 

OWWA’s livelihood projects are in the form of the “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay” livelihood program and the 2B OFW Reintegration Program, a loan facility in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines. Hopefully, with these livelihood projects, OWWA remains positive that it will generate interest among returning OFWs to avail of the program offered to them by OWWA.

 

OWWA is looking forward to another meaningful year of service. It will continue to review existing programs and introduce new ones to improve the lives of OWWA members and their families.

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OWWA Expands Coverage of its Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP)

As part of its commitment to regularly update and improve its programs and services for Filipino seafarers to meet International Maritime Organizations’ (IMO) competency standards, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has added more courses to the list of trainings offered under the Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP).

 

In its series of consultation-meetings with representatives from the labor and manning groups of the sea-based sector, the following courses were included in the SUP in compliance with the prescribed maritime training courses of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention 2010 Manila Amendments:

 

1.   Advanced Training for Liquefied Gas tanker Cargo Operations (ATLGT)

2.   Ship’s Catering Services NC 1

3.   General Operator’s Certificate for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

 

The courses were added to the existing list of Deck Courses, Engine Courses, Specialized and Safety Courses, and Culinary, Galley and Steward Department offered under the program.

 

However, the following courses shall no longer be offered under SUP as they have been replaced by updated and advanced versions in compliance with the STCW requirements/competencies:

 

1.   Specialized Training in Chemical Tanker

2.   Specialized Training in Liquefied Gas Tanker

3.   Specialized Training in Oil Tanker

4.   Messman Course

 

SUP is a training assistance for member-seafarers for short-term maritime courses, approved by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), to upgrade their knowledge and skills and to ensure their competitive advantage in the global maritime industry.

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NAIA now open to GrabCar

Passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will soon be able to book rides with Grab following its official accreditation with the airport management.

 

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Grab, a Transportation Network Company (TNC), signed an agreement today which allows GrabCar drivers to pick up passengers from the four terminals of the NAIA.

 

Both parties agree to have the start of operations on March 14.

 

Grab is the first TNC to be officially accredited by MIAA, allowing NAIA travellers to book GrabCars to and from the airport.

 

Grab booths will be placed at designated areas at the terminals where booking agents will assist passengers.

 

Anyone will be able to book a ride even without a smartphone or mobile data connectivity. Multiple bookings can be made at the Grab booths at any one time to cater to more travellers. Those who wish to book a ride with Grab may also do so using their smartphones.

 

To better facilitate traffic, passengers and Grab drivers will be prompted to proceed to the Grab booths, which also serve as the pick-up points at the arrival curbside areas.

 

The pick-up locations are as follows:

Terminal 1

Main Arrival Curbside

Terminal 2

Inner Arrival Curbside between Bays 7 and 8

Terminal 3

Secondary Arrival Curbside between bays 5 and 6

Terminal 4

Curbside

 

GrabCar operators will be allowed to enter the arrival areas once it receives a confirmed booking.

 

MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado thanked Grab for sharing in its goal of enhancing passenger experience at the NAIA.

 

“MIAA and Grab’s vision are aligned with each other. We fully support the innovation that it brings to our goal of further developing our airports,” Honrado says.

 

“Since we launched GrabCar in the Philippines in 2014, we have focused on transforming the way Filipinos travel. Our partnership with MIAA takes us one step closer to that goal and will make heading to the next destination more convenient for the 50,000 people that arrive at NAIA daily, especially after a long flight,” says Wee Tang Yee, Country Head of Grab Philippines.

 

This partnership ensures that NAIA travellers enjoy the highest quality transport service, with the agreement encompassing monitoring and accountability services. Grab will provide MIAA an online platform or a “dashboard” which will allow MIAA to monitor, in real-time, GrabCar vehicles that have been booked from NAIA.

 

Grab will be covered by the same airport policies on traffic management like other transport providers.

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Assist WELL Reaches out to OFWs

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis- Baldoz and OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado personally attend to the needs of OFWs during the DOLE Assist WELL job fair activity held on 10 March 2016 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City. The acronym WELL corresponds to W-elfare, E-mployment, L-ivelihood, and L-egal services offered by the Labor Department to OFWs, with the participation of its attached agencies. The government’s Assist WELL Program caters to returning Filipino migrant workers displaced from their jobs due to war, epidemic, calamities, and other critical situations at their worksites. Assist WELL Centers are also located in POEA, OWWA, NRCO, and other DOLE Offices nationwide.

 

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Assist WELL Reaches out to OFWs

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac make the rounds to observe the going-on during the DOLE-led activity dubbed as Assist WELL job fair for OFWs held on 10 March 2016 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City. Aside from welfare and livelihood programs extended to returning OFWs by OWWA, POEA offers assistance to OFWs who are interested to find work in alternative jobsites in case of political conflict or other distressful condition in countries where they previously worked.

 

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Assist WELL Reaches out to OFWs

OWWA Deputy Administrator Josefino I. Torres and NCR Director Emma Sinclair guide OWWA personnel as they assist OFWs during the DOLE-led Assist WELL job fair activity which takes place on 10 March 2016 at OSHC in Quezon City. The Assist WELL Center maintains a centralized data base to monitor and coordinate with participating DOLE-attached agencies and other offices on the applications filed by the OFWs concerning assistance they need.

 

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