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Jollibee store
Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) is to open 500 stores worldwide, and one to enter in Sabah, closest to its home country the Philippines, and home to a massive Filipino Community in Malaysia.  “For Malaysia, we are doing it first in the eastern part, Kota Kinabalu. There are a lot of Filipinos (there), so we first focus on the Filipinos and then start spreading”, Jollibee founder and chairman Tony Tan Caktiong said. As the Philippines’ No. 1 fast food chain, it plans to conquer new markets around the globe. A budget of $131 million has been set aside for its expansion...
Fake Online Jobs
Fake Overseas Job Openings Advertised Online The POEA reported that many job applicants recently inquired about a public Facebook group “Now Hiring Work Abroad 2018” that advertised job offers for various positions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries. Readers of the Facebook ads were asked to email their resume to an online job site. The job offer included attractive benefits such as high salary, high overtime pay rate, paid vacation leave, free transportation, free food and accommodation, and more. But then applicants were also required to pay for processing fees for their...
OFW Family Singing Idol Season 2
DZME AM, Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration launched the Season 2 of OFW Family Singing Idol this month. This initiative is to recognize the talents of Overseas Filipino Workers and their families. The Philippine-wide family singing competition is open for amateur singers, 16 years old and above. The group contestant must have a family member working/worked as an OFW and must not have won any major prize from any of the current national singing competition. All interested contestants must go to their respective OWWA’s regional office and pass the audition to...
To prepare for the future is any working Filipino’s goal in life. This means a lot of things: education for the kids, health insurance for medical emergencies, or a secured retirement or a convenient house. Such aspirations have prompted many Filipinos to seek employment abroad since better-paying work opportunities are still scarce in the country. To date, there are over 2 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been working around the world. This does not include the undocumented Filipinos who have acquired employment in many countries after gaining entry through tourist visas. Nevertheless, the remittances they are sending back...
BANGKOK, THAILAND – In 2015, the Philippine Embassy reported that there were 15,662 Filipinos in Thailand. This was accounted as follows: 1,025 are permanent migrants (they are married to Thais); temporary migrants, 13,266 are temporary migrants or those issued with work permits by the Thai Ministry of Labor, and the irregular or undocumented accounted to 1,371. However, the numbers could be higher because most Filipinos coming here to work entered as tourists. They have either friends or family members who encouraged them to work in the Kingdom. As an ASEAN member, Filipinos can stay up to 28 days in Thailand...
SINGAPORE – Despite experiencing a steady economic growth and increase on its domestic spend, the Filipinos still struggle to save for their future. According to a recent study by Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 86% of Filipinos do not have bank accounts. Based on the survey, the majority said that the main reason for not getting a bank account is lack of money. Other reasons cited: no belief on savings in the bank, proximity of bank branches to their home, high service charges, and unreasonable maintaining minimum balance. However, it does not fully reflect the financial behavior of Filipinos. How about...
SINGAPORE – Long Distance Relationship or LDR is a challenge to all OFWs. Before smart phones, Skype, and other advanced communication tools, for many young OFWs, it is unimaginable how the older generation of OFWs keep in touch with their families and loved ones back home. Call cards and letters In the 80s and 90s call cards were used to call overseas. Starting from 30 minutes to one hour, an OFW could hear his/her loved ones voice from the other side of the world. Call cards were not reliable because of intermittent signals, although it’s a brief conversation but meaningful....
Having a child not only brings happiness, but it also strengthens the couple’s relationship as they enter another transition as a family. There is no turning back when it comes to having kids. Parenting is a complicated process by itself, looking after mini-humans and grooming them to become the best person that they can be. But what could be a more challenging arrangement between a parent-child relationships? Painful decision The “Expanded Maternity Leave Law” in the Philippines grants pregnant mothers a 120- day maternity leave and 30 days from previously 7 days paid leave for fathers. This gives parents enough...
Have you ever been duped or lured into investing your hard-earned money as an OFW by the promise of high returns in an unscrupulous financial investment scheme? If yes, sad to say, you are not alone as more and more OFWs have fallen prey to numerous fraudulent transactions. Needless to say, these scams eventually lead to loss of trust and confidence among friends whose only wish was for their earnings to generate the promised high yield returns. Are there practical tips on how to protect yourself from fraudulent investment schemes? The answer is yes. However, you have to bear in...
This week, we celebrated National Heroes’ Day and remembered men and women who gave their lives for our country’s independence. Today, we have another kind of hero fighting around the world to secure a brighter future for Filipinos – the overseas Filipino workers or OFWs. It’s time we also paid tribute to these unsung heroes who toil and work thousands of miles away from home, for a better life for their loved ones. All OFWs leave the Philippines with one goal – to earn money that they can send back home to help their families. Almost all OFWs look forward...