Overseas Filipino Workers Advisories

8 Hot tips to snipe one illegal recruiter



Did you know that 75% of problems some Filipinos faced overseas were caused by illegal recruiters? It’s the bad news which Merliza M. Makinano, Director of the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) International Labour Service, affirmed during her visit in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and as per an online report posted by Gulf News General.

To eliminate illegal recruitment and/or prevent further damage, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration(POEA), as the Official Gazette of the Philippines writes online, warns Filipino workers against accepting offers of employment without proper work documents or using the “the easy way out” via the “no tourist visa” arrangement with ASEAN member states such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and Thailand.

It’s also my advocacy to fight illegal recruitment hence, I’ll be giving you here some hot tips how to identify and avoid badass illegal recruiters!

Here’s how.

1. He asks you to post an immediate placement fee. If paid, he doesn’t issue any official receipt.
2. He promises a swift departure.
3. He required you to undertake any medical examination and/or training even without properly disclosing an applicable employment contract and/or a trusted employer.
4. He invited you to deal with him inside a mall, restaurant and any other public place and not inside a licensed recruitment agency’s office.
5. You may see him doing house-to-house recruitment in the community and when asked about the job offer, he has likely little or no concrete idea about it.
6. He represents himself as one agent of a direct-hiring employer. For such reason, he tells you that the job offer doesn’t need to pass by POEA’s scrutiny.
7. He tells you that he came from a licensed recruitment agency but he has no Identification Card (ID) to show.
8. He encourages you to help him look for other work-abroad aspirants like you. If you happen to cooperate, he would expedite your flight abroad, even saying you can leave the country without a valid employment contract or a working visa.


Peepz, illegal recruiters are likely afraid of educated men!
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FREE to download PDF Guides for OFWs


If you are an OFW bound to work in one of these countries, learn the country’s custom, culture, law and religion.

The guide you can get here is handy since it’s PDF. Once downloaded, you may store it in your computer or smart phones and read anytime you want and anywhere safe you go!

Guides source: OWWA Management Information System Division

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How migrant workers can avoid the deadly Ebola Virus



What is Ebola virus disease (EVD)?

Ebola is a severe, infectious often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) caused by infection with Ebola virus. It is very infectious, kills in a short time but can be prevented.

How it spreads?

The natural reservoir of the virus is unknown and it is not always clear how the virus infects humans. Usually, the first person gets infected through contact with an infected animal.

People can be exposed to the Ebola virus from direct physical contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, stool, urine, sweat etc. of an infected person and soiled linen used by a patient.

It can be spread through contact with objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

Incubation period is 2-21 days.

What are the signs and symptoms of EVD?

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Measles like rash
  • A rash, red eyes, hiccups and bleeding from body openings may be seen in some patients

How can it be prevented?

  • Avoid direct contact with body fluids of a person suffering from Ebola or a deceased patient by wearing gloves, goggles, and masks.
  • Persons suspected to be suffering from Ebola should be taken to the nearest health unit immediately for medical attention. Tracing and follow up of people who may have been exposed to Ebola through close contact with patients are essential.
  • Persons who have died of Ebola must be handled using strong protective wear and buried immediately.
  • Report any suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest health unit immediately.
  • Suspected cases should be isolated from other patients and strict barrier nursing techniques implemented.
  • All hospital staff should be briefed on the nature of the disease and its transmission routes. Particular emphasis should be placed on ensuring that invasive procedures such as the placing of intravenous lines and the handling of blood, secretions, catheters and suction devices are carried out under strict barrier nursing conditions. Hospital staff should have individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles. Non-disposable protective equipment must not be reused unless they have been properly disinfected.
  • Infection may also spread through contact with the soiled clothing or bed linens from a patient with Ebola. Disinfection is therefore required before handling these items.
  • Communities affected by Ebola should make efforts to ensure that the population is well informed, both about the nature of the disease itself and about necessary outbreak containment measures, including burial of the deceased. People who have died from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried.


Text Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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PHL Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Lost, Retrieved, or Mutilated Passports



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PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers

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PHL PASSPORT: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers



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Top 5 well-grounded reasons why seafarers get HIV/AIDS



Among OFWs, seafarers are reported to be the most HIV/AIDS infected group.

Why? – is a particular ‘viral’ question which researcher Ernesto R. Gregorio Jr., MPH of University of the Philippines Manila has fathomed the answers. On his case study entitled ‘Seafarers’ Lived Experiences Aboard International Shipping Vessels: A Basis for Health Promotion Intervention’, seafarer informants told him these verbatim statements:

Whenever the ship docks, the women (female sex workers) run after us, the women in Brazil look like our local actresses here (in the Philippines).”

“Even in local ports like in the Philippines like in Pangasinan, Cebu, Batangas Cities, there were women who entered the ship and offered commercial sex. The same was true in Singapore and Thailand, in Thailand, women were already queued up as the ship arrives.”

Select International Teletransport Federation (ITF) published statements about HIV/AIDS can help us understand general reasons why seafarers easily acquire the viral disease.

Let me quote ITF’s remarks.

  1. Seafarers are away from home for long periods of time while at sea. Their human contact is limited to their workmates. Then, when they dock at port, many want to make up for the loss of contacts during the time on board.
  2. Seafarers are particularly hard to reach with HIV/AIDS Prevention activities, as they are away from their home countries for such a long time.
  3. Seafarers also suffer when shipping companies try to cut costs by flying ‘flags of convenience’ from countries which have lower standards for registering ships. This undermines safety standards, as well as efforts to provide good workplace HIV/AIDS policies.
  4. Women seafarers (on the other hand) are particularly vulnerable, and special care needs to be taken to consider their needs when developing interventions. Women seafarers regularly report sexual harassment and rape.
  5. On long journeys, relationships between male and female colleagues develop naturally. It is often in these situations that condom use declines even though the partners may not know their HIV status.

ITF strongly adverted that HIV/AIDs is now widely accepted as treat to social and economic development, to national security as well as to fabric of the societies.

In Philippines alone, a Department of Health (DOH) report shows that everyday, 25 Filipinos are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS!






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Top reminders seaman’s book holders should not ignore


If you want to work in ocean-going or coast wise vessels, you are entitled to apply for and possess a Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly referred by many sailors as ‘seaman’s book’.

On its first pages, you can find the seaman’s book unique alphanumeric number, and its date and place of issue written along with your basic personal information. Eventually, you may present your seaman’s book as a government-issued ID if circumstances require you so.

The succeeding pages are for seagoing service records. Once you start working on board for example, the Captain or any authorized representative will fill-up a designated section. On it, he writes the vessel’s name, IMO number, place of registry and gross tonnage on one column followed next by your rank, dates, and places when/where you join/disembark the ship.

To avoid future problems, make sure your sea service is correctly recorded, stamped or signed before you jump-off the ship to fly home.

Moreover, did you know that the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA has the right to suspend/cancel your seaman’s book?



On its memorandum circular No. 87, the issuing body wrote these grounds for suspension/revocation.

  • Incompetence, negligence of incapacity in the performance of duty.
  • Intemperate habits such as drunkenness tending to cause immediate loss or destruction or serious damage to the vessel or tending to endanger the life of any person organic to or passenger of such vessel.
  • Insubordination or direct assault
  • Violation of the terms and conditions of the contract without just cause
  • Final conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of a crime involving moral turpitude.

On the same memorandum, a mandatory cancellation of SIRB is applicable if the owner has committed:

  • Assault with dangerous weapon
  • Malicious destruction of ship’s property
  • Misconduct resulting in loss of life and/or serious injury
  • Molestation of passenger
  • Murder or attempted murder
  • Mutiny
  • Possession, use, sale or association with prohibited drugs, including marijuana
  • Sabotage
  • Court conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Smuggling of aliens or goods including firearms and ammunition
  • Theft of ship’s property or stores
  • Perversion
  • Jumping ship
  • Serious neglect of duty

Your seaman’s book serves as your ‘passport’ to work legally at sea. Take good care of it for a suspended/recalled seaman’s book costs an arm and a leg, worst a cancelled one puts your seafaring career to a grand end – a not so happy ending, I guess?


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Pinoy Cruisers ‘Grand Fusion’ to happen in Manila on April 22


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Proud members of the Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship (WPCS) Facebook group, cruise job applicants, and general seafarers, with or without experience sailing, are all invited to attend the WPCS Grand Meet and Greet 2017, a special event organized by no other than Pinoy Cruise Vblogger & WPCS Admin Rinell Banda on April 22, 2017 in Paranaque City, Manila.


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Related Reading: Ten life-changing experiences you can learn from the luckiest Pinoy cruiser alive.

On a Facebook post, Rinell stated in vernacular the purpose of the said event –

Para makilala ang mga miyembro [ng WPCS] in person at maging magkakaibigan.

Para magkaroon ng kaalaman tungkol sa pagbabarko lalo na sa mga first timers.

Para naman sa mga nagbabarko, makapagbigay po kayo ng impormasyon, agabay, payo,inspirasyon at motibasyon para sa mga baguhang aplikante at..

Para mamahagi ng blessings sa [pamamagitan ng] pagbigay o pagdonate ng konting tulong para sa mga street children, nasunugan, etc.)

Therefore, participants are encouraged to bring with them the following:

– Sets of Resumes or CVs. (Some major recruitment agency’s personnel will be present on the event and will eventually collect your CVs.)

– Donation in cash or kind (i.e., used clothing, books, groceries and the likes)

Moreover, the PATTS College of Aeronautics at Lombos St, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines was selected as the event’s venue.


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Please be reminded of the following schedules:

Registration: 1230H-1330H

Main event: 1300H-1600H

Gate closes at exactly 1330H

For more information, follow this event created on Facebook.

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The MV Stellar Tragedy: Survivors’ heart-breaking confessions



On board Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) ship Stellar Daisy 16 Filipinos toil to provide their loved ones a more comfortable life and a brighter future.1

On March 31, 2017 late Friday (South Korean time) however, the ill-fated ship broke in two and buried itself quickly in deep water. MV Stellar Daisy eventually became the potential graveyard of her some missing crew.

On the positive side, two Pinoy seafarers had been very lucky to be found adrift and rescued a day after the ship sunk. Jose Marie Cadrahan & Renato Daymiel were Able bodied Seaman (AB) and Oiler on board Stellar Daisy respectively. A merchant ship named ‘EL NIDA’ saw them fraught by danger aboard a liferaft. 2


“Thankfully these occurrences are rare; but when they do happen, they serve to remind everyone that the seafarers, on whom we all depend, do a difficult and sometimes dangerous job; and that those of us responsible for making the industry safer can never stop striving for improvements.” – IMO Secretary Kitack Lim, Maritime Executive report.

Seaman’s Loved Ones, a page dedicated to seafarers and their loved ones, first posted the survivors’ written testimonies on Facebook.

Here’s what Jose Marie Cadrahan and Renato Daymiel had revealed:




Based on above statements written in vernacular, here’s what we can infer from the recent ship disaster.

  1. Cadrahan & Daymiel survived the tragedy by a hair’s breadth.
  2. Before the last part of Stellar Daisy was lost in sight, survivors jump into the water and hang on for dear life.
  3. Lastly, the ‘explosions’ heard imply that Stellar Daisy has sailed close to the wind.

Highly hoping

We thank God Almighty for saving Jose Marie and Renato’s lives and we pray that these crewmembers who were reported missing up to date will be in safe hands, and that their loved ones will stay strong to surpass such life’s big storm.

  • John Rey Baring
  • Joselito Cesa
  • Marino Alcantara
  • Wendell Muzares
  • Jefferson Casais
  • Joker Ynno Cabarron
  • Joshua Estenzo
  • Wilfredo Tolentino
  • Rodel Oblipias
  • Ardiezer Torno
  • Gabriel Refugio Jr.
  • Billy Jason Abeledo
  • Edmundo Agregado Jr.
  • Neil Winston Espineli

Related Reading: Grieving girlfriend to missing seafarer beau: My heart will go on loving you

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  1. 16 Pinoys on missing Korean ship | Inquirer News , 2 April 2017
  2. Hope fades in search mission for missing Stellar Daisy crew │ SPLASH 24/7, 2 April 2017
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Seafarer’s Medical on Sale: A CONSPIRACY EXPOSED



Sir Mac tinawagan na ni Sir Ching ang medical clinic. Ipapadeposit nalang daw ng doctor and share niya. Clear narin daw ako sa medical, sir,” He reported with mixed-feelings.

To which statement, I replied, “Sa kanya lang pala ang birtud, kung diyan lang din naman pala sa opisina ninyo ang ‘fit to work’ status, kinawawa ka naman dahil almost two months kang pinending ng clinic at naubos ang pera mo sa kahahabol ng mga doctor na nirefer nila para mabigyang hustisya ang medical mo.”

“Oo nga sir eh ‘di ko inakala meron ganun na modus.” He said in a lowly voice.

“Posibleng may conspiracy.” I commented in disbelief.

Apparently, the medical clinic and shipping agency personnel may had conspired to have an extra source of income from the seafarer through referrals. He became their milking cow.

Organized mafia


The seafarer had started his medical examination in Jan. 28 and was eventually, ‘cleared’ by a referred doctor on the same date.

After which, he had instructed by the medical clinic to check regularly their website for updates of his medical. But it was only in March 23 when his medical result was altered. A day passed however, it went back to pending medical status again.

Following-up, he had referred anew by the medical clinic to two more doctors to ‘clear’ his medical result.

In March 30, he completed his PEME after an agency personnel called the head of the medical clinic. On their conversation, the seafarer heard the agency personnel telling the doctor, “Marami na akong ipinadala sayo. Ideposit mo na ang share ko.”

Action needed

“Sir birthday pala ng bunso ko. Nakalimutan ko na dahil sa nangyari sakin sa Maynila..” He told me on our Facebook chat when he reached home after a grueling 6 hours travel from Metro Manila.

‘Talaga? Kelan birthday ng baby mo?.” I replied.

“Bukas sir, wala nga akong pang regalo..napunta kasi lahat ng pera ko dun sa medical. Nabaon narin kami sa utang.” He said.

I was speechless. I suddenly felt a lump in my throat upon talking to a loving father, determined seafarer and a hard-working migrant worker that day.



The sham was unacceptable at all levels. Currently, I’m looking for more effective answers to help solve this particular problem lurking our seafarers. So far, here’s what I found.

Report Medical Abuse to DOH

Please be very vigilant of your agency and any medical clinic referrals during your PEME.


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