Telstra To Move 326 Call Center Jobs To The Philippines

Good news for Filipino job seekers looking for work opportunities in the call center industry.
Telstra Corporation, a major telecommunications company in Australia, has recently confirmed that they will be moving more the three hundred call center jobs to the Philippines. Read more

Here’s How You Can Reduce Your High Blood Pressure In Just 5 Minutes

Depending on the nature of their work, it is not uncommon for some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to encounter stress and lack of sleep on a daily basis. This, however, could lead to serious health problems in the future. Read more

Pag-IBIG Foreclosed Properties for Sale This July 2016

Tired of renting and want to buy a house you can finally call your own? Or maybe invest your money in a property? Well, you might want to pay attention to what Pag-IBIG has in store. Read more

Department of Health To Launch Depression and Suicide Prevention Hotline

Realizing the importance of dealing with mental health issues, the Department of Health (DOH) has recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF) and the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) for the Hopeline Project. Read more

How To Apply For The SSS Educational Assistance Loan Program

Want to study but don’t have enough money for it? Aside from checking out available grants and scholarships, you can also approach the Social Security System (SSS) to ask for help.
SSS offers the Educational Assistance Loan Program (EALP) for members and their beneficiaries wherein they are allowed to borrow money for educational purposes.
In a Rappler interview, Emilio de Quiros Jr, SSS president and chief executive officer (CEO) said that the program was even improved to allow borrowers to loan bigger amount. He said:
“Members can now borrow up to P20,000 per semester or trimester, up from the previous limit of P15,000 for college degrees. For vocational-tech course, we likewise increased the maximum loanable amount to P10,000 from P7,500 per semester or trimester.”
Who Are Eligible For The EALP? Read more

SSS Launches Loan Restructuring Program

The Social Security System (SSS) has officially announced a new program called the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP).
This program is intended for SSS members who still have past due calamity loans and other individuals with short-term member loans who work or live in disaster-prone areas as declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) or the national government.
Boobie Angela A. Ocay, SSS Assistant Vice President for Member Loans, said:
“The LRP is in response to the widespread clamor from individuals and organizations to alleviate the burden of calamity-stricken workers, who face difficulties in paying their SSS loans after suffering from natural and man-made disasters that have devastated our country in recent years.” Read more

New KSA Regulations Impose Penalties For Abusive Employers

To protect workers throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Labor has implemented new regulations implementing penalties for employers who are abusive to their workers in any way.
For example, it is prohibited in KSA for an employer to retain the passport of their employees and a violator who does that will be fined SAR2,000. On the other hand, employers who do not provide employment contract copies to their employees will be fined SAR5,000. Read more

Importance Of Filipinos In Saudi Arabia

“In a relatively short span,” according to Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, “Filipinos have become an important part of the Saudi society.”
In a blog article he wrote for Arab News, Al-Mulhim pointed out how Pinoy workers have truly become viral for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economy. He pointed out that Filipinos started coming to the Kingdom “during the economic boom of the early 1970s.” In just several years, the flexible, hardworking Pinoys have “captured the Saudi labor market with much ease and adapted to the Saudi lifestyle very quickly.” Since then, the Filipinos can now be readily found in almost all sectors without the country.
Al-Mulhim further went on saying:
“Filipinos are hardworking people who have earned respect for their highly professional approach and skills. It is a community known for its unity and for the respect they show toward their host country and its laws and social norms.”
Actually, what prompted this Saudi native to praise Filipinos is a recent experience that he had. Al-Mulhim recalled:
“Just a few days ago, the Filipino community decided to volunteer to clean an area by the seafront in the Eastern Province. The area, known as Al-Murajan Island, is located in Dammam and is a favorite haunt of Saudis and expatriates. It was not the first time that the Filipinos voluntarily did such a noble thing in the Kingdom. The bottom line is that the Filipino community does care about the environment and like to be part of the society and help keep it clean.”
He noted that, of course, it is not uncommon to hear about locals and foreigners do such volunteer work but the Pinoys did the job in such an exceptional way.
“It is true that we have seen many Saudis and volunteers of other nationalities clean places around the Kingdom,” said Al-Mulhim, “but the professionalism of the Filipinos caught everybody’s attention and won the respect of all.”
Al-Mulhim enthusiastically shared:
“I am happy to see that the expatriates do care about the environment and care about their host country. We all need to emulate this example. It is the responsibility of Saudis and non-Saudis to help keep this country clean. Keeping public places clean and tidy is not only healthy, it also helps save a lot of money later on and increase the beauty of our cities and neighborhoods.” Read more

President Duterte Permanently Puts An End To Tanim-Bala Scam

After all the nightmare that happened to both Filipino and foreign travelers in Philippine airports, the feared tanim-bala (or literally “bullet-planting”) scheme may now officially be a thing of the past – thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte who recently took office as the country’s top official.
According to a news report posted by ABS-CBN, President Duterte ordered authorities not to arrest passengers if bullets are found in their luggage. Read more

Germany, Japan Needs More Nurses And Caregivers

In a recent announcement from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), we’ve learned that Germany and Japan are currently in need for more nurses and caregivers. Read more

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