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POEA allows deployment of OFWs to Iraq, 2 other countries

News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
1 March 2013

POEA allows deployment of OFWs to Iraq, 2 other countries

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the 
Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which she chairs,
has lifted the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Iraq, Yemen, and 
Eretria and will now allow OFWs who would like to work in these countries to leave.

"The POEA Governing Board has issued three separate resolutions allowing the deployment 
of Filipino workers to Iraq, Yemen, and Eretria. The Department of Foreign Affairs has included
 Iraq in the list of compliant countries under Republic Act 10022, effectively lifting the five-year 
old ban to the said country," Baldoz said in a press statement.

Baldoz said that in its official communication dated 4 February 2013, the Philippine Embassy in 
Baghdad has certified Iraq as compliant with the guarantees of the law.

The DFA, in its letter dated 06 February 2013, haslowered the Crisis Alert Level in Iraq to
 Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase), withmandatory travel restriction to "no-go" zones 
to be determined by the host country.

Baldoz said the POEA Governing Board has agreed to lift the deployment ban on Iraq and
 resume the processing and deployment of returning workers or balik-manggagawa, or rehires,
 upon the submission of list of areas identified as“no-go" zones by the Iraqi government.

"However, the processing and deployment of new hires, except HSWs, shall resume upon
 the conclusion of a Bilateral Labor Agreement with Iraq and the identification of the restricted 
zones," she said.

She added: " I have instructed POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac to fast track the 
guidelines on the resumption of deployment of OFWs to Iraq."

Citing unstable peace and order situation, the same Board suspended the processing and 
deployment of all workers bound for Iraq on 17 December 2007.

In another resolution, the POEA Board has allowed the deployment of newly-hired and returning 
OFWs bound for Yemen with the lowering of the DFA issued Alert Level in Yemen from Alert 
Level 2 to Alert Level 1 on 29 January 2013.

In February 2011, the POEA has deferred the processing and deployment of all OFWs bound
 for Yemen in view of the unstable political and security conditions in that country.

On the basis of the certification by the DFA dated 21 December 2012, the POEA Board has 
also included Eritrea in the list of countries compliant with the requirements of RA 10020 where
the continued deployment of OFWs shall be allowed.

With the addition of Iraq and Eritrea, 189 countries and territories are now certified as compliant
with the guarantees on the protection of the rights of foreign workers provided under Section 3
of RA 10022.



QATAR EMBASSY MANILA visa application [working visa] * NEW

Starting July 2, 2012 all visa application (visa stamping and authentication of documents) will be directly be processed on QATAR EMBASSY MANILA Office.

Receiving of Applications : from 0900 (9 a.m.)  to 1000 (10 a.m.)
Releasing of Applications : from 1500(3 p.m.)  to 1600 (4 p.m.) releasing will be after 3 days of submission of the application.

Before going to embassy for visa application be sure to complete the following requirements:

  • Original valid passport (below 6 months validity is not accepted)
  • Original  Visa Notice (3 months validity)
  • Medical Certificate ( 2 months valid  from accredited clinics)
  • NBI Clearance - must be DFA Authenticated (1 year validity) with 2 pcs photocopy in legal size paper of NBI Certificate. 
  • 2 pcs. - 2x2 colored picture white background attached in visa notice

POEA revokes licenses of 33 recruitment firms

News Release
24 May 2012

POEA revokes licenses of 33 recruitment firms

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, from January to May 2012, has cancelled the licenses of 21 recruitment agencies and suspended 12 others, including five agencies charged motu propio by the office, for numerous recruitment violations.

In his report to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the POEA has initiated the filing of cases against Philglobal Manpower Development Corporation; CSM International Recruitment Services, Inc. Gyron Crew, Inc.; Crosswind International Manpower Services; and Acclaimed One Manpower and Recruitment Services.

“These agencies were found to have violated various provisions of the POEA rules and regulations and Republic Act No. 10022 and were meted with appropriate sanctions provided under the law,” Cacdac said.

According to the report, the agencies with cancelled licenses are: EMR Construction and Manpower Services Inc.; Tai-Fil Manpower Services Corporation; Lucky International Placement Services, Inc.; Jems International Placement Agency Corp.; Masaya International Placement Agency; Prime Stars International Promotion Corporation; Dreams Manpower and Recruitment Agency; G & D Manpower
International, Inc.; Green Manpower Management and Development Services; Asahi International Manpower Corporation; .; Multi-System Conexions International, Inc.; Petra Personnel Employment and Technical Recruitment Agency, Inc.; RV Tria International Recruitment Agency; Hope International Agency; Jerphi Overseas Placement and Trading Corporation; LPN Manpower Services Inc.; Ritz Manpower Services; Northwest Placement Inc.; Active Manpower and General Services; Gold & Green Manpower Services and Development Services ; and Acclaimed One Manpower and Recruitment Services.

“Overseas placement and manning agencies with standing cancellation or suspension orders are prohibited from engaging in recruitment activities until the said orders are lifted,” Cacdac said.

For the reporting period, Cacdac said the POEA has suspended the licenses of the following agencies: Al Ashiera International Manpower Services; Vogue Plus Promotion; Mi Amore International Services, Inc.; Awas Manpower Services; and Crosswind International Manpower.

POEA also issued orders of preventive suspension against Reajent Manpower Services, Inc.; Shfia International; Crosswind International Manpower; Gyron Crew Inc.; CSM International; Philglobal Manpower Development Corporation; and Riley International Employment Services and Training Center, Inc. ###


POEA warns OFWs against use of tourist or visit visa

Overseas Filipino Workers without the proper employment documents are more prone to abuses and exploitation by their employers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said as it warned OFWs anew against the use of tourist or visit visas to secure overseas jobs.

Cacdac said illegal recruiters are using a third or fourth country, usually Aseanmember countries where visa is not required of its citizens, and other countries in the Middle East as jump-off points to send Filipino workers to banned destinations.

The POEA has existing deployment bans on Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Nigeria.

Cacdac cited the case of undocumented household workers repatriated from Syria and Lebanon who complained of low or unpaid wages, long hours of work, and physical and verbal abuse suffered from their employers. The workers were found to have left the country using short-term visit visas.
The POEA administrator said Dubai is one of the favorite destinations of Filipino workers wanting to find work overseas. But Cacdac said a foreigner holding a visit visa is not allowed to work in Dubai and other countries. 

In addition, holding a visit visa which expires in 60 days has pressured many Filipinos to agree to a substandard employment contract or submit themselves to physical and emotional exploitation.
“The legal way is to obtain an employment contract and employment visa or work permit and submit them to the POEA for processing and issuance of exit clearance,” Cacdac added.

Cacdac also reminded job applicants of the new guidelines issued by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation establishing stricter procedure on screening Filipinos leaving as tourist. A traveller found to be misrepresenting the purpose of his or her foreign trip will not be allowed to board the plane.


Kuwait Embassy Manila Visa Filing [working visa]

We are also accredited in Kuwait Embassy with Job Order. For those who are going to acquire or those who have visa on hand  from Kuwait. Here are some helpful guidelines that can be helpful on filing the documents in Embassy.

Below are checklist of documents you need to prepare:
  • Original and photocopy of valid passport (6 months validity)
  • Original and photocopy NOC [No Objection Certificate / VISA / VISA Notice](3 months validity)
  • Original and photocopy of FIT TO WORK Medical Certificate (3 months validity with GAMCA Seal)
  • Original and photocopy NBI Clearance - must be DFA Authenticated ( issued in current year)
  • 1 pc.. - 2x2 colored picture (any background) attached in visa application form  NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT scanned pictures.
  • Kuwait Embassy Visa Application Form (type written for Agency Filing)[see sample document][visa form]
  • Completely filled up WAIVER FORM of WWW Express (Affiliated with DHL)[waiver form]


P 3,000 - Visa stamping Fee
P 1,000 - for NBI Authentication (Kuwait Embassy seal)
P    385 - WWWExpress Charge 
P 4,385.-

Qatar Embassy Manila Visa Filing (WORKING VISA))

Our accreditation for Qatar Embassy was approved early May of 2011. It is quite different processing of documents in the Embassy than from Saudi Arabia.  For those first timer to file working visa in Qatar, here are some helpful tips.

Before filing the documents be sure to complete the following requirements:
  • Original and photocopy of valid passport (6 months validity)
  • Original and photocopy of Visa (3 months validity)
  • Medical Certificate ( 2 months validity from accredited clinic)
  • NBI Clearance - must be DFA Authenticated ( 1 year validity)
  • 2 pcs. - 2x2 colored picture white background
  • Completely filled up WAIVER FORM of WWW Express (Affiliated with DHL) [waiver form]