Announcement
DIRECT HIRE PACKAGE FEE ADJUSTED
 
EFFECTIVE FROM : MAR 1, 2015
 
Package Fee adjusted to HK$6,680.00 
Employment-related
News Release
1. Compulsory Insurance-Coverage for Agency-Hired Domestic Helpers.
As mandated by Republic Act 10022,  foreign employers shall pay for the insurance coverage of workers and/or seafarers they hire and should be at no cost to the worker and/or seafarer according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said the agencies should not pass on to their recruits, directly or indirectly, the cost of the insurance premium of the worker or face penalties in accordance with existing POEA rules and regulations.

According to Manalili, a certificate of cover (COC) provided by an insurance company licensed and certified by the Insurance Commission (IC) is required before the issuance of overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance of agency-hired OFWs.

For seafarers, a certificate of entry or other proofs of insurance coverage from the manning agency shall be accepted if the vessel is covered by protection and indemnity, provided that the minimum coverage under sub-paragraphs (a) to (i) 0f Section 37-A of Republic Act 8042, as amended, are included. The coverage must also conform with pertinent POEA rules and regulations and the POEA Standard Terms and Conditions Governing the Overseas Employment of Filipino Seafarers on Board Ocean-Going Ships.

Manalili said the insurance coverage is optional for name hires, rehires (balik- manggagawa or vacationing workers) and workers hired through government-to- government arrangement. They may request their foreign employers to pay the cost of insurance or they may pay the premium themselves.

The insurance coverage shall be effective for the duration of the worker’s employment contract and shall cover, at the minimum, the benefits provided for by the Omnibus Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act 8042 as amended by RA 10022.

The insurance coverage shall include accidental death, natural death, permanent total disablement, repatriation cost, subsistence allowance, settlement claims, compassionate visit, medical evacuation, and medical repatriation.
2. Foreign Domestic Helper's Minimum salary and Food Allowance increased.
The Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong increased from HK $4,110 to HK$4,210.00 per month, and food allowance from HK$964 to HK$995.00 per month.
The MAW are applicable to all contracts signed on or after 1 October 2015.
 
Additional notes from Emry's:
 
(i) Employers absolutely have free option to offer either  equal to OR more than the Minimum Allowable Wage and Food Allowance to their domestic helpers.

(ii) All foreign domestic helpers must have PAG IBIG membership, Philhealth premiums for 2 years paid by themselves, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership fee of HK$196.00 to be paid by the Employer. This OWWA membership is applicable to those who are  allowed to process their visa in Hong Kong without going back to the Philippines.

Please call us or you may visit The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) during your day off or during Sundays to inquire more on this matter. The regular working days of the PCG are from Sunday to Thursday.
  3. DFA Warns the Public Against Passport Fixers
The Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) warns the public of unscrupulous and enterprising individuals who charge exorbitant fees in exchange for a passport appointment.
 
DFA-OCA wishes to clarify that getting an appointment for passport processing is FREE & can be done in 2 ways

1. By calling telephone number 737-1000, or
2. By logging on to www.epassport.com.ph

DFA-OCA does not authorize any of its personnel to offer passport-related services (particularly appointments) to the public inside or outside of its premises.

The public is further advised not to deal or transact any business with any of these people or even offices near the DFA offering passport-related services to avoid being victimized.

Any inquiries or urgent concerns or requests may be directed to any of the DFA-OCA Public Assistance Personnel.

DFA-OCA can provide assistance to applicants with urgent passport requirements provided that sufficient proof of urgency is submitted.

Finally, the cooperation of the public is requested by reporting any suspicious and anomalous offers regarding passports to the Office of the Passport Director.