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Fees charged OFWs too high–Cayetano

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano: POEA fees too hight. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Reelectionist Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano cited the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) for the quick processing of documents of migrant workers but noted that the fees should be reduced or done away with altogether.

Cayetano saw how one migrant worker, identified only as Rex, a welder bound for Angola, completed his paper work in less than an hour because he had all the documents required by the POEA to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC).

On the other hand, Cayetano noted that two domestic workers returning to Saudi Arabia were turned back in the bureaucratic process because they didn’t have their working visas with them.

“As we could see in the case of Aling Eleanor and Aling Myla they had to be asked to come back to the POEA simply because they were not properly briefed by their employment agencies to bring all the necessary documents to get an OEC,” Cayetano said in a statement.

“We call our OFWs modern-day heroes but it’s unfortunate we can’t guide them in the simplest of ways, like giving them a basic checklist of requirements so they do not have to waste time and money going back and forth to the POEA just to secure an OEC,” he added.

Cayetano visited the POEA on Friday as part of the listening tour in his reelection campaign. He touched base with Filipino migrants as he accompanied them through the processes at the POEA.

Cayetano is scheduled to campaign among Filipino workers in Hong Kong this week.

Cayetano met with POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, who briefed the senator on the improvements in the processing of OFW documents.

“To be fair to the POEA, there really have been major improvements in their systems and processes to make life more convenient for our OFWs,” Cayetano said.

But Cayetano said the POEA’s fees appeared to be too high, noting that a first-time OFW would have to pay around P6,120, while a returning OFW, only P2,417.

In his statement, Cayetano said that OEC fees should be reduced “or totally scrapped to further lessen the burden on our OFWs.”—Norman Bordadora

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  • Anqui

    Recruiting offices should gather necessary documents from OFW applicant, and be responsible to submit to POEA for processing.

  • $5699914

    P6,120? Saan nakuha ni Cayetano yun? Ganoon ba talaga? Bakit sa akin, between P1,200 to P2,500 lang?

    • John_Galt_II

      Engot ka kasi!

      • $5699914

        Sige, engot na ako kung engot….mas mababa ang binabayaran ko, walang problema ang papeles ko….hmmm…sige na nga para hindi ka na magmukmok, payag na akong engot! LOL!

      • ARIKUTIK

        Hindi ka engot kundi isang bulag na hindi marunong magbilang ng pera. Parang si engot kulangot ….. nya……hahaha……

      • $5699914

        Isa pa itong papansin! LOL!
        Sige bulag na kung bulag, sumaya ka lang.
        Wawa naman…tahan na beybi! LOL!

      • askal2u

        engot ka nagbayad ka pa rin

      • $5699914

        Nasaan ang utak mo, totoy? Nasa dulo lang ng etits mo?
        Ilagay sa ulo sa itaas ng balikat ang utak at matutuong sumunod sa mga itinatakda ng batas. Kapag sumusunod ka, ibig sabihin, napalaki ka ng mahusay ng magulang mo.
        Sa kaso mo, hindi ako magtataka na pinabayaan ka ng magulang mong lumaki na mal-edukado.

      • askal2u

        wow sumusunod na pala sa batas mga tao sa airport eh sila mismo lumalabag don sa dami ng mga lagay, bat san ka pala naggraduate ng college kung may pinagaralan ka man

      • $5699914

        Wala sa hulog takbo ng utak mo, totoy.
        Ang mga katulad mo ang balakid sa pagsulong ng bansa dahil pilit mong tinatapatan ng mali ang isang mali.

      • $5699914

        Alam ko na kung bakit gigil na gigil ka sa akin….madalas kasi supalpal ka! Hahahahahaha!

  • Komen To

    How long has Cayetano been in the senate? How many investigations has he made on POEA fees? How many laws has he submitted to lower the OFW fees? WALA, sa tagal nyang senador. Ngayon lang maingay kasi election! Bwisit

  • http://www.facebook.com/lloyd.pee Lloyd Bee Pee

    CAN YOU CHECK ON THE PLACEMENT FEES FOR TAIWAN? P115,000.00 – P140,000.00. THIS IS ROBBERY… Sabi pa ng Agency, pag may nagtanong sa inyo sa airport kung magkano placement n’yo, sabihin n’yo, P45,000.00… WTF!!!!

    • askal2u

      pangalanan mo agency sa social network para mabulgar

  • askal2u

    buwagin na POEA at OWWA puro lang pahirap ginagawa sa mga OFW, useless naman sila pag may nangailangan ng tulong

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