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June 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue

June 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue

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June 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue official newsletter of FEWA
June 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue official newsletter of FEWA

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필리핀
 
EPS
(
외국인
 
고용허가제
)
 
근로자
 
협회
 
공식
 
발행
 
 
한민국
 
 
The Voice of the Modern Living Heroes
The Official Publication of Filipino EPS Workers Association-South Korea (FEWA)
 Volume 2 Issue 1
6
2011 www.sulyapinoy.org NOT FOR SALE
필리핀
EPS
(
외국인
 
고용허가제
)
근로자
 
협회
 
공식
 
발행
 
 
한민국
 
OFW-KOREA-200
6
-001
People and God-centered Association
Filipino EPS Workers are warned about disinformation and rumors being spread regarding the 2year contract extension. The Philippine Embassy, POLO, HRD-Korea and MOEL have not made anyofficial pronouncements to confirm this. The current EPS-MOU is on a status-
q
uo. Beware of indi-viduals, syndicates and other unscrupulous agency promising you assistance in exchange of expen-sive fees to process for change of visa or extension of contract. Protect yourself from these illegalactivities and prevent them from victimizing other Filipino EPS workers. Please report them immedi-ately to FEWA or POLO. Only deal with the proper authorities and officials with regards to yourchange of contract status.
SULYAPINOY is accepting cash donations for its monthly printing expenses. You may deposit them
@
Account
#
: 1002
64
0 33
4
730 / Acnt Name: Marcelino M. / Bank: Woori Bank - Hyehwa-dong Branch
T
he Ministry of Employment and La-bor (Minister Lee Chae-pil) said on
J
une 21 that an amendment to the En-forcement Decree of the Act on ForeignWorkers' Employment etc., containingthis feature had been passed at a cabi-net meeting. Any employer who employs non-professional foreign workers (thoseholding E-9 or H-2 visas) under the Em-ployment Permit System should takeout departure guarantee insurance sothat he/she can make retirement pay-ments to the foreign workers when theydepart from Korea. This has so far ap-plied only to businesses or workplaceswith five workers or more.However, the retirement benefit systemwas extended from workplaces with fiveworkers or more to those with fourworkers or less on December 1, 2010.retirement payments to them on time.For these reasons, the scope of work-places re
q
uired to buy departureguarantee insurance is expanded toinclude workplaces with four workersor less.The revised decree will enter intoforce on August 1. According to it,workplaces with four workers or lessshould buy departure guarantee insur-ance only for foreign workers whoseemployment contracts will take effecton or after August 1.
*
Foreign workers employed before August 1 will receive retirement payaccording to the retirement benefitsystem.Besides, the amendment abolishes there
q
uirement for employers to return
*
Each employment permit containsthe name and passport number of therelevant foreign worker, so there islittle chance of misuse even if it is notreturned. However, up until now thelaw has re
q
uired a return of employ-ment permits if they are revoked,which has done nothing but causeunnecessary inconvenience to employ-ers.In order to enhance punishment forrepeat offenders, the amended lawimposes additional fines if it has beenrepeatedly violated over a two-yearperiod.
"
The amendment will help foreignworkers in small workplaces to receiveretirement pay promptly and reduceworkplaces' burden of making retire-ment payments all at once,
"
said Lee
J
ae-gap, Deputy Minister of the Em-ployment Policy Office.
"
The Ministrywill distribute detailed implementation
Source -
&
3
 ADVISORY on Contract Extension
 
 
J
UNE 2011
 
For Comments, Suggestions, Contributions &  Advertisements,
e-mail: editorialstaff 
@
sulyapinoy.orgor sulyap.editorialstaff 
@
gmail.com
SULYAPINOY observes the Philippine PressCode of Ethics .
*
We reserve the right to refuse any submissionwe deem does not meet our policies andguidelines.
D I S C L A I M E R 
Different opinions are encourage to stimulatemember input and involvement.
SULYAPI-
NOY’ 
s role is to provide information that per-mits
FEWA
members to develop informed opin-ions on sub
 j
ects 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.
Is Reintegration an Option
?
 
R
 
eintegration is a government pro-gram to encourage Overseas Fili-pino Workers (OFWs) to stay and work in the country instead of going abroadagain. In his pronouncements PresidentPnoy himself desires that Filipinos work-ing abroad should be a matter of choicerather than a necessity. Promising as itmay seem, reintegration for most OFWsmay not be a practical choice but a no-choice.The Ramdam Survey made by Sulyapi-noy on contract extension showed thatmany of these Employment Permit Sys-tem (EPS) Filipino workers are soon tobid goodbye to South Korea. When theywere asked about their readiness to goback home, only 10
%
of those who an-swered said they are ready, 2
4%
willapply for other countries, 59
%
wouldwant to come back to Korea, and therest answered they are undecided. Thisproves that many are not yet ready toreintegrate for various reasons. Thesurvey also shows that many of thosewhose contracts have ended or aboutto end and do not have guarantees of being able to come back because of their age have opted to become un-documented. Their number becomessubstantial when added to other nation-alities choosing to become undocu-mented to ensure continued work.In the Middle East, governments areaggressively pursuing nationalization of 
 j
obs so that their own citizens can work instead of hiring migrant workers
;
aclear indication of dwindling and morecompetitive international labor marketsfor OFWs. Philippine data shows that in
www.sulyapinoy.org
 
Contributor :
Gennie Kim,
J
ack Rusl, Ehd Villarta,Benjue del mundo and Marzy Serdena
 
Saudi Arabia more than
6
0
%
of OFWs are rehires compared to thosenewly hired pegged at less than
4
0
%
.Saudi Arabia, a country employingthe biggest number of OFWs in theMiddle East, is finally implementingits long protracted Saudization policy.The Philippine government is tryingto allay fear among OFWs with theirwait-and-see attitude, but for mostmigrant workers and their familiesSaudization is a serious issue. Al-though no clear estimate has beenmade so far as to its possible impacton the economy, it should be consid-ered as cause for concern for every-one.Calamities like the earth
q
uake thatturned into a nuclear disaster in
J
a-pan, the internal conflict in Libyaand other threats to peace and secu-rity in other countries are adverselyaffecting the livelihood of many of our OFWs. Some were forced toevacuate, leave their
 j
obs and goback to the Philippines without
 j
obs.Responding to these situations, last
J
une 7, 2011 the Philippine govern-ment launched a 2-Billion Pesos Re-integration Program in Manila in time
for the Migrant Workers’ Day and
First National Congress of OFWs andFamilies. The Reintegration Programis a
 j
oint pro
 j
ect of the Departmentof Labor and Employment (DOLE),Overseas Workers Welfare Admini-stration (OWWA), Land Bank of thePhilippines (LBP) and the Develop-ment Bank of the Philippines (DBP).The reintegration program will supportviable businesses of OFWs especiallyin agribusiness, tourism, education,and healthcare.
OFWs with existingbusinesses or those who want to startany business or livelihood pro
 j
ect mayapply for loan assistance of up to 2million pesos without collateral pay-able in 7 years with 7.5
%
annual in-terest.For many OFWs reintegration is thelast recourse especially when they areunable to find
 j
obs because of theirage. Some groups are criticizing theloan under the reintegration program.They believe that it is a potential pit-fall for OFWs to sink further in povertyonce they failed in their business en-terprises, since not all OFWs are capa-ble of putting up and sustaining a suc-cessful business. Other groups claimthat OFWs do not need loans, butshould be provided with a
 j
ob for theirsource of livelihood.Whether reintegration is an option orno-choice at all, OFWs will have todeal with it in the short or long run.But for many, they are not yet keen tobite the bait of the government, par-ticularly with the present economiccondition and the prevailing
 j
ob mar-ket situation. Instead many still prefermigration as their only solution totheir economic woes. And for someEPS workers they will ignore the dan-ger and insecurity of being an undocu-mented worker
 j
ust to have a contin-ued
 j
ob.
 
E
D
ITO
R’
SNOTE
J
UNE 2011
www.sulyapinoy.org
 
Guidelines for Happy Return for Foreign Workers in Korea
Solidarity
By Airlinehunk2
4
 
BENEFITS FROM RETURN

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