POEA-9 bares increase in processed OFWs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:50

The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) regional office 9 has bared an increase on processed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from January to June 2016.

From January to June 2015, POEA-9 processed a total of 8,091 “Balik Manggagawa” or vacationing OFWs, while 273 for name hires. From January to June 2016, there were 9,569 processed for “Balik Manggagawa”, while 254 for name hires.

All of the workers came from Zamboanga Peninsula which is composed of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Isabela City, Zamboanga City, and Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi.

Name hires are those hired thru referrals from friends or relative working in acertain country in need of workers.

“Yearly, we have an increase of OFWs processing within this region. The people are aware that Zamboanga City has the POEA which process their documents,” Marietta Bellotindos, POEA 9 regional director, said in an interview.

Aside from these, there are many job seekers who want better salary which can only be attained by working abroad.

Most of these workers are working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Bahrain, and others.

Workers in the said countries include professionals such as nurses and engineers. Others are  household service workers, operators, laborers, managerial work, administrative work, agricultural, and others.

The office is also implementing the Balik Manggagawa online so when these workers come to POEA they already have an appointment. These workers will have to log-in to bmonline.ph

Bellotindos also reminded those intending to work in other countries to be physically and mentally fit. They must have the necessary documents such as passport, birth certificate, experience in the work that they are applying for, and they must  know whom they are talking to.

Meanwhile, the office also collected a revenue of P809,100 from January to June 2015 for Balik Manggagawa while P1,215,963,78 for name hires. These were paid by workers for processing fee P100 for Balik Manggagawa and for name hires $100. From January to June 2016 the office collected P956,900 for Balik Manggagawa while P1,193,682,36 for name hires. (R.G. A A. Go)