Working abroad is never easy, but, working somewhere beautiful can lessen the difficulty. Imagine working in a country so laid back that serenity is within reach. Add to that a handsome compensation and a chance to travel the magnificent place. Who wouldn’t take it? New Zealand is one of those countries, Filipinos dream of working. I myself always wanted to work and visit the country.Continue Reading
The previous administration of the Philippines has made acquiring Overseas Employment Certificate easy by introducing OEC Online Application. This has provided OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), like me, easy accessed to OEC requirements that exempt us from paying terminal fee and travel tax. The current administration has taken it to a new level by making it free. Yes, OEC has, since September, been free.
With the exception of Japan, Singapore has the most competitive salary and most attractive compensations for its workers, whether locals or expatriates, that is why many people from different nationalities are lured to go and find their luck in the island city-state. Filipinos are no exceptions, like Hong Kong, Singapore has employed quite a number of Filipino domestic helpers and today, it has opened a lot of opportunities not only household jobs but also some professional jobs on other job industries.
Hong Kong has been one of the most popular overseas countries of employment for Filipinos as over 100, 000 Filipinos are currently working there and mostly are working as domestic helpers. Hong Kong has been continuously hiring OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) to work for their companies or houses for Filipinos are known for being dependable, hard working, reliable, and caring people. Thus, recruitment agencies for Hong Kong are everywhere.
I’ve mentioned not only once on my previous posts that, Overseas Filipino Workers who are coming back home for a short vacation and who wanted to be exempted to terminal fee and taxes need to have an Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC that is quite frankly not easy to get especially if the nearest Philippine Consulate is an hour or two-hour ride away. But, thanks to the government’s initiative in implementing the online application, it has made OFWs’ life, a lot easier.Continue Reading
Balikbayan is a Filipino term for “returning Filipino” to the Philippines. If a Filipino is lucky to be working in Asia or some close countries, he/she can come home once a year or even twice. But, for some who are working in the Middle East, Europe or in America, it’ll take years before they can go home and be with their families. All OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) work hard to give their families back home a better future, even if that means suffering from homesickness and exhaustion. There is no better feeling for an OFW than knowing that after these long excruciating years, he/she will finally be back in the arms of his/her family even for a short period of time.Continue Reading
So, I am having my much awaited vacation in the Philippines in a day to attend my brother’s “big day” and I’m pretty excited. Aside from the usual routine of packing your luggage, buying things to be brought back home for the family, making sure you got everything you need for the next 5 days or so, we OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) have another thing on our plate to do before going back home and that is getting an OEC or the Overseas Employment Certificate. Okay, getting an OEC is necessary not because not having this means we cannot return back to our jobs abroad but because having an OEC makes you exempted from paying terminal fee and travel tax which are not really cheap.Continue Reading
Being away from your family is probably one of the hardest parts of living and the most heart breaking. As much as you want to stay with them all the time, some circumstances make parting inevitable. You allow parting to happen because sometimes, you know that in life, you have to make sacrifices no matter how hard it is, thinking that it is for the betterment of their future. All those sleepless nights, homesickness, and the agony of waiting will only be gone when you are finally with them. You long for that moment to happen real soon…Continue Reading
On the first part of this article, I’ve given you some narratives of OFWs and their stories. Like what I’ve previously stated, not all stories have happy endings and I chose to tell those stories which didn’t have, because those were the hard truths of being an OFW. But then again, presenting to you the unhappy stories did not mean that the life of an OFW was all full of bitterness and misfortunes, because there were also stories of success and happy endings. So, here’s the second part of the article featuring stories of OFWs you personally do not know but stories you are well familiar of.Continue Reading
We’ve heard a lot of OFW stories from our relatives who work abroad, from our friends, from periodicals, from the movies, from any form of social media, from the news and basically from anywhere, too many stories that we thought we’ve had enough and that we no longer need to hear another one. But we are mistaken to think that we’ve heard all of their stories, every person has a story to tell and every individual has his own past, trials and tribulations, failures, success and unique experiences just waiting to be told. Let me share to you, on a two-part article, some short stories of some OFWs and like many other stories, it is not always perfect and happy, only the truth.Continue Reading