Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Direct hiring Policy to aid the OFWs

The New Direct Hiring Policy issued by the Philippine government is going to bring a cheer for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) holding top positions by exempting them from paying the bond under it. After a meeting by the governing board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the decision to extend the exemptions to OFWs with executive posts was discussed at length. It was then discussed if it was possible to include the professionals not to be covered by the payment of the bond. Those professionals hired directly by the reputable corporations are considered having the best protection and so questions have been raised on whether they should be included in the new policy.

The various aspects of exempting the professionals from paying the US$ 5,000 repatriation bond and US$ 3,000 performance bond stated in the POEA memorandum Circular 04 are being reviewed and the POEA expects to reach a quick decision soon. Reports of the POEA show that majority of the deployed OFWs comprise of the skilled professionals like doctors, engineers, teachers and nurses.

The direct hiring policy has encountered some strong criticism from various migrant workers’ organisations which call it anti OFWs.

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