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Sulyap April 2011 Issue

Sulyap April 2011 Issue

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The Voice of the Modern Living Heroes
The Official Publication of Filipino EPS Workers Association-South Korea (FEWA)
 Volume 2 Issue 14 2011 www.sulyapinoy.org NOT FOR SALE
By Bae Hyun-jung of The Korea Herald
People and God-centered Association
The Justice Ministry will ease visa regula-tions for South Asian visitors, who have be-come a major group for the Korean touristindustry, according to officials Tuesday.Under regulations to come into effect nextweek, nationals from 11 major South Asiancountries will be issued a double-entry visa,which allows them to freely revisit Koreawithin six months, in between or after tran-sits to other countries.This measure came in response to the grow-ing reputation of Incheon International Air-port as a flight transit spot, according to theministry.Tourists will also be required to submitfewer documents to prove their financialcredit and employment status, officials said.Group tourists, especially, may have theirvisa issued based on guarantees from theirlocal tour agencies alone. Also, a multiple-entry visa, which enablesthe holder to freely reenter the country forthree consecutive years, will be issued tothose who have a Korean university gradu-ate degree and families of immigrants mar-ried to a Korean spouse.Family members of multiple-entry visa hold-ers are to automatically enjoy the samebenefits.Up until now, the special visa had beenavailable only to those who earn over
10,000 per year, pension recipients, andprofessional workers such as doctors andmedia-related employees.The beneficiary states include India, Bangla-desh, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal,Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia andMyanmar, according to the ministry.So far, visa regulation benefits have beenlimited for these countries in fear of an in-flux of illegal immigrants.
 “We expect the
new visa regulations to attract a greaternumber of South Asian tourists, whose num-ber has been growing at a fast speed over
the past few years,” said a ministry official.
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 “Also, South Asia, holding over one fifthof the world’s population, is a tourist
marketing source with even further po-
tential in the future.” 
 The ministry will also enact measures toprevent illegal immigrants from abusingthe new system, he added. The numberof visitors from the eleven beneficiarystates reached 357,932 last year, up21.2 percent from the previous year,according to the ministry.
Seoul will once again set the stage for genuine and meaningful multicultural fanfare as the Philippine
Embassy organizes the “Philippine Festival in Yeouido,” a daylong celebration of Filipino culture
through songs, dances and traditional games scheduled to be held at the Yeouido Hanggang Park on29 May 2011.The annual Festival, which attracts hundreds of Filipinos, Koreans and enthusiasts of Filipino culturefrom all over South Korea, will include a housing fair and other onsite services such as labor counsel-ing and medical services. Cultural performances and traditional Filipino games for multicultural chil-dren will follow a brief ceremony in the morning, when the Philippine Embassy will hand out awards toindividuals and groups who provided invaluable assistance to Filipino migrants in 2010.Organized in commemoration of the 113
anniversary of Philippine Independence and the 16
grant Workers’ Day of the Philippines, the Festival is being arranged in partnership with the Ministry of 
Employment and Labor, the Human Resource Development of Korea, the Seoul Metropolitan Govern-ment, Seoul Global Center , and the Philippine
Home Development and Mutual Fund.
The ministry enacted a similar set of easedregulations for Chinese tourists last year,which resulted in a visible increase in vis-its.The number of Chinese nationals enteringKorea last year rose by 42 percent fromthe previous year and the number of visaissuances by 47.5 percent, according tothe ministry.
Philippine Festival in Seoul
 APRIL 2011
Emergency/Disaster Preparednessand the OFW
he handling of the recent crisis that affectedthousands of Overseas Filipino Workers(OFW) in different parts of the world showed howill-equipped and unprepared the Philippine gov-ernment is, particularly in its diplomatic missionsin handling those emergency situations and dis-asters. Whether in Egypt, Libya or Japan, theOFW complaints are as catastrophic as thesituations themselves. Often, Filipinos fend for themselves in order to be saved and survive.Coordination was calamitous; the PhilippineEmbassies could not account for its citizens. It isthe families of OFWs who would inform the gov-ernment where to reach them. Thanks to theimmediate help and intercession of humanitariangroups and NGOs that helped link families as
well as inform government of OFWs’ where-abouts. But the government’s lack of quick mo-
bile transportation was tragic and deplorable.While other nations have already evacuated their citizens from the conflict-ridden countries likeEgypt and Libya, the Philippines are still awaitingorders to provide the necessary transport facili-ties for the majority of OFWs. When even com-mercial airlines have offered their services toabate the emergency, actions and reactions fromthe necessary institutions trudged and dredged.In a critical condition like Libya, sending highdiplomatic missions does not help in addressingan already stressful situation. Instead of attend-ing to its citizens, embassy officials are further stressed out in dealing with protocol treatment of officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs(DFA). It only shows the lack of trust of its staff on the ground that they are incapable of perform-ing their duties. If it is for media mileage, suchstunt does not reflect a good leadership andadministration of the department. The samething happened in Japan; suspicion is high for embassy officials doing the rescue when mediacoverage is around to do a report of their actions.The government is criticized because OFWsexpect more from them. Disaster and Emer-gency Preparedness is one thing that should behigh on their diplomatic agenda. At this tumultu-ous juncture of our history it is not only the envi-ronment or climate change that it should be pre-pared for, but also on the social, economic andpolitical eventualities and volatility of countrieswhere OFWs are deployed.Who takes precedence in dealing with the plightof OFWs? What significant role does POLO/DOLE play vis-à-vis diplomacy? Instead
of downplaying the leadership role of POLO onthese given situations they should be tasked toplay active participation since they are on thefront line of servicing and assisting OFWs. Buthow equipped and capable they are to respondto emergency and critical situations are other issues.The Philippine diplomatic corps aversion for the official use of social media (like Facebook,Plurk or Twitter) to provide timely informationand updates to its citizens is appalling. Most of the Philippine embassy websites lack interac-tivity and it just serves as a bulletin of one-waycommunication. For all we know the embassystaff are always connected online in their of-fices or even outside with those wireless inter-net capable mobile phones. At least for some
embassy’s poor telephone/ communication
responses they could at least augment it withthe use of the internet.We definitely recognize the good deed of our embassy officials for doing their best, and weexpect them to a high standard as such since itis their task to protect the interest and securityof its citizens. But their effort on the recentcrisis is far from commendable. Their perform-ance lacks the sense of urgency for its delayedresponses in evacuating Filipinos in Libya.They do not have thesensitivity in dealing with the earthquake andtsunami stricken Filipinos in Japan by chargingthem a processing fee for their travel docu-ments, but waiving it only upon receivingstrong complaints from the people.Now, after the uncompleted repatriation alooming issue in the horizon is reintegration.What assistance can the government provideto those OFWs who came back from thosecrisis-torn countries? They will add up anew tothe number of unemployed and the half milliongraduates seeking jobs in the country andoverseas. A big challenge for the governmentis to provide them a source of livelihood for their sudden displacement.It is uncertain when an earthquake, tsunami,war, revolution, and other environmental, eco-nomic, political, social and cultural turmoilwould strike places where OFWs work. Theonly preventive certainty is the assurance thatthere is a coherent policy and a critically work-ing quick-reaction system that is responsive tothe needs of OFWs in any crisis situation. Adisaster and emergency plan and guidelinesthat was crafted and formulated in consultationwith OFWs and the rest of the Filipino commu-nities, guided and strengthened by experts ondisaster management and mitigation instills asense of safety, however temporary, in theforeground of all plausible insecurities.
Image from: http://mackyramirez.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ofw-1.jpg
 APRIL 2011
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Different opinions are encourage to stimulatemember input and involvement.
s role is to provide information that per-mits
members to develop informed opin-ions on subjects that will affect their statusas migrant workers and, in some instances,their personal lives. FEWA does not hold itself responsible for statements made by any con-tributor. Statements or opinions expressed inSULYAPINOY reflect the views of the author(s)and not the official policy of FEWA unless sostated.
Submitted by Gennie Kim
 A FOREIGNER WHO DEPARTS FOR HIS/HEROWN COUNTRY CAN RECEIVE LUMP-SUMREFUND AT INCHEON AIRPORT OFFICE**WHO CAN APPLY*** A foreigner who is scheduled to depart for hisown country through Incheon International Airportwithin a month* Airport Payment is possible only in case ex-employer makes a disqualification report to Na-tional Pension Service at least one day before thedeparture date.****if you are to depart from Korea on Saturday,Sunday of Korean legal (official) holiday, you cannot apply for Airport Payment. Therefore, youshould choose alternative options such as receiv-ing through domestic account or overseas remit-tance.****Airport Payment is applicable only in caseflight's departure time is from 11:00 throguh 22:00**HOW TO APPLY*** Select Airport Payment when you apply for Lump-Sum Refund* Applicants should hand in another form of bankaccount for additional payment in case non-payable reasons happen on the departure date.
 Airport Payment Service of Lump-sumRefund for Foreigner
**WHEN TO APPLY* Within a month before the departure date for your own country**WHERE TO APPLY* Regional offices and Incheon Airport Office of National Pension Service***REQUIRED DOCUMENTS****ID card (Alien Registration Card, passport),an airline ticket and a copy of bankbook (for additional payment)***HOW TO RECEIVE***1. Hand in forms of "Application for Lump-sumRefund and "Application for Lump-sum Refundat the Airport and then receive a filled receipt:all regional and Incheon Airport Office of theNational Pension Service (Office hours09:00~18:00)2. Receive" Statement of Lump-sum Refund"and "Direction of Payment of Lump-sum Re-fund "from Incheon Airport Office after handingin the filling receipt, passport and flight ticketon the date of departure(Office hours 09:00~17:00)3. Receive the Receipt of Currency Exchange"from Shinhan Bank Incheon Internationalbranch after handing in "Direction Payment of Lump-sum Refund" and a passport (Officehours 09:00~17:00)4. Withdraw the exchanged money from cur-rency exchange booth of Shinhan Bank (infront0f 29th boarding gate) after handing in"Direction for Payment of Lump-sum Refund "'Receipt of Currency Exchange"and a passport(office hours 09:00~21:00)
1~Application for Lump-sum refund (Regionaloffices and Incheon Airport Office of NPS) >Select Airport Payment when you apply for Lump-sum refund2 ~ Decision for payment of Lump-sum Refund(Airport Office of NPS) > Decision for paymentof Lump-sum Refund on the date of departureafter checking details of application3~ Shinhan Bank Incheon International Branch(currency exchange booth) >Process for cur-rency exchange of Lump-sum Refund Declara-tion at the customs of the amount of cash isover $10,0004 ~ Going through the departure procedure(Ministry of Justice)>The examination of per-sonal's belongings and customs declaration5~ Withdrawal of the exchanged money of Lump-sum refund (Currency exchange boothof Shinhan bank in front of 29th boarding gate)6~ Departure >Boarding and Departure
Contributor :
Gennie Kim

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