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Labor chief to OFWs: Fulfill work contracts

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz: No one in the DOLE would be spared. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Friday reminded Filipinos who want to work abroad to be faithful to their employment contracts after a group of recruiters complained that many were reneging on their commitments.

Baldoz said applicants, especially those who want to work as household service workers (HSWs), should honor their commitments so that the government could continue to lobby to improve their lot abroad.

“OFWs must honor their commitments, too, even while they are still applying for an overseas job to bolster the preference for them by employers in countries of destination,” Baldoz said in a statement.

The labor chief issued the statement after Victor E.R. Fernandez, Jr., president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc., complained of overseas Filipino workers who “abruptly and irresponsibly deserting their applications.”

“We have recorded that more OFWs are abruptly and irresponsibly deserting their applications and commitments for employment overseas without informing and communicating their true intentions to withdraw from or to no longer pursue their applications with their recruitment agencies,” Fernandez said in a letter to Baldoz.

“In several instances, documentation process had been completed and the HSW advised of her travel itinerary, on the day of scheduled departure, the HSW is a ‘no show,’” he added.

Fernandez said they noticed “this negative practice” after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration strictly implemented the “no-placement-fee” policy in the recruitment of HSWs.

“Currently, most recruitment agencies recruiting and deploying HSWs to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are announcing that HSW applicants are exempt from the payment of pre-application medical examinations and personal documents,” Fernandez said.

“In most cases, everything is provided free of cost to the HSWs, including the cost of transportation from the province to Manila, food and accommodation while in Manila, skills training, securing personal documents, such as passport and clearances, pre-employment and complete medical examination, and skills assessment,” he said.

However, Fernandez said this development had “spawned a negative practice and attitude” among HSW applicants.

He said the POEA should sanction erring applicants like temporarily disqualifying them from “participation in the overseas employment program.”

“Disciplining erring OFWs is certainly within the bounds of fairness and justice in the overseas employment industry,” he said.


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  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    look at this two persons, I consider them criminals in philippine society !!!
    Instead of enhancing the protection of OFW, they are now castigating, reprimanding this poor people. Why not look into why they run from their employers? instead of telling them this kind of action.
    The reason I think of this, is that they are in connivance with the unscrupulous agency in the middle east just to get big money from their business.
    This kind of action is intended to put more danger in OFW by setting aside the main reason why they run!

  • albert

    Labor chief to OFWs: Fulfill work contracts <<< even though you are being exploited by your employers..

    baldoz = spokeperson ng foreign employers..
    the welfare of the OFWs is not your primary concern..
    para sa iyo.. pera pera lang..

    baldoz resign..

  • JosengSisiw1

    in most of the arab households, maid means slave. the labor department should look into adding a “survival ability test” to these applicants. it should include the following main items:
    1. how to survive in 24 hours without food,
    2. how to survive some kicks and punches,
    3. how to survive a rape,
    4. how to survive from sleep deprivation,
    5. how to survive in a prison camp,
    6. how to survive without a family.
    i’m sure if the applicants passed this tests, we will have few ofw’s absconding from their jobs.

  • kilabot

    if only this noynoying govt
    fulfills its obligations
    to provide gainful employment
    locally…
    one is allowed to dream, isn’t it?

  • nakabahag

    masakit..pero totoo nga the truth hurts..
    many kabayans in charity shelters and most execially in jeddah tent city qualify for those whom some embassy officials tag as “sakit ng ulo”. While the reality of being exploited, contracts’ violated and other legally unfair employment relations’ conflicts happen, many kabayans do not realize that this is middle east..!!! We are even so blunt to label their locals as “baligtad ang utak”…”utak kamelyo”…and really, anybody will be tempted to join the bandwagon of having that mindset towards our employers.
    Eh, this is what we will be getting into beforehand…!!! You can not tell them to have a culture change…or modify their rules and laws so we can easily fit in..!!!

    I am not saying that abuses and violations should be ignored..!! But our impression of our embassy officials and staff is that they are like most of us…!! corrupt..!!! and most are insensitive and callous. OF course, there are those we look up to as heroes..!!!

    The likes of Binay and those Cong Bello accuses will never contribute to the betterment of OFWS. (We are not asking to be assured of a heavenly place to work in…We just want to feel our governemtn being on our side when foreigners want to devour us…!!!

    DITO SA SAUDI ANG AMING PANUNTUNAN..: ” PAG MAY PROBLEMA KA SA LABOR AT PANIWALA MO IKAW ANG NASA TAMA, ANG PAYO NAMIN :

    :: DUMIRETSO KA NA SA LABOR DEPT. HUMANAP NG KABAYAN NA MEDYO MAY KARANASAN NA, NA PEDE KANG AYUDAHAN. (kahit payo lang..)
    :: MAGHANDA NG KONTENG PERA PARA SA tRANSLATION FEE AT IBANG
    PERSONAL NA LAKAD…(di naman kalakihan iyun..)

    : : AT…WAG NA HUWAG NG PUPUNTA SA EMBASSY O POLO..!!! MALAMANG
    SIGURADO KANG MATATALO O KAYA NAMAN MAGHIHINTAY NG TAON PRA
    MARESOLUSYUNANA ANG KASO MO..!!! SISTE PA
    MAPAPAGSAMANTALHAN KA…!!
    MALIMIT DI ITO UMUUBRA SA MGA hsw…KASE LAGING MASALIMUOT ANG KASO NILA..!!!

    ISA SA AMING PINAGDIDIINANG SOLUSYUN..???
    Pls do not allow deployment of HSWs in the mideast anymore..!!! It is only those host governemtn in cahoots with recruitment agencies who are insisting that we send them DHs. Where in the world can you have nannies and helpers who are college graduates..? who can speak english well and can be their children’s best tutors..? something they themselves can not provide..??? And then at what expense for us..???
    ITIGAL NA ANG PAGPAPADALA NG HSWs SA MIDEAST..!!!

  • disqusted0fu

    First of all, the Labor Secretary must ensure the safety and protection of our OFWs. She shouldn’t allow them to be exploited by our very own embassy officials. And then the Aquino administration must work on generating jobs in the PH, not just some credit upgrades only for their bragging rights.

  • batangpaslit

    work relationship ought to be mutually agreed:
    the employee must comply their obligation as stipulated in the contract.
    the employer, must likewise comply their commitment what had been agreed.
    if all else fails, contract must be terminated and the worker must be allowed to return to their country of origin.



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