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OFWs May Soon Get Bigger SSS Sick Benefits and Retirement Savings

The SSS is currently working with other government agencies to push for the increases

If you're working abroad, or know someone who does, better take note of this: the Social Security System (SSS) is working to push and finalize higher social security retirement benefits for OFWs."It was clear in the public forum that all stakeholders are united in providing ...

by Charlene J. Owen of  | May 14, 2019 08:00:00
Business Ideas

This Startup Helps Pinoy Women Find Online Jobs

Connected Women wants to empower women by providing them jobs they can do at home

The officers of Connected Women: CTO Bobby Jimenez, CEO Gina Romero, Business Development Head Ria San Gabriel and Senior Developer JC SorianoGina Romero remembers growing up with an OFW mom. From a young age, her mother had to seek work abroad as ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | September 13, 2018 09:00:00
News and Events

OFW Ban to Kuwait: Are Remittances Behind Why Gov’t Moved Only Now?

Deployments surged 50% in two years despite absence of labor protection deal

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ordered a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait on February 12.Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the total deployment ban came after reports of abuse and death of OFWs ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | February 26, 2018 10:00:00
News and Events

Want a Salary of Up to Php99K a Month? Here’s a List of the Highest-Paying Jobs for Pinoys Abroad

Asia and the US need engineers and technicians but Middle East wants healthcare professionals

It looks like Filipino engineers have the best options when looking for the best-paying jobs in other countries.In the latest overseas jobs and salary report by the online job marketplace, engineering-related jobs were found to be the highest-paid specialization in 2017, ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 17, 2018 07:00:00
News and Events

China Plans To Offer Up To $1,000 Salary For 100,000 OFWs

You might need to teach some English while you're at it

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is studying a proposal from the Chinese government that seeks to hire thousands of overseas Filipino workers in mainland China.DOLE Undersecretary Dominador Say said China wants to recruit around 100,000 house helpers who will all ...

by Andrei Medina and Andrei Medina for  | August 03, 2017 12:00:00

Franchise Talk: 5 Secrets to OFW Franchise Success

What do you do if you want to open a franchise but you're not here to manage it yourself?

After I delivered a lecture about franchising a few years ago, I was subsequently approached by an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who was very interested in the topic. As with most OFWs, he planned to return to Saudi Arabia after the grand ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | May 28, 2017 10:00:00

FranchiseTalk: What Duterte’s recent state visits mean for franchising

Local businesses stand to benefit from stronger economic ties with China, Japan

 President Rodrigo Duterte recently had state visits to China and Japan, with the intent of strengthening our economic ties with these two nations. In the case of Japan, in particular, it remains the largest source of foreign direct investments and the largest ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | November 05, 2016 12:00:00
Business Ideas

A freelancer’s shot in the dark: Looking into a Pinoy lensman’s career-risking move to Japan

A local food photographer proves that it is possible to build his dream career abroad

While his career continued to show promise in the Philippines, food and lifestyle photographer Justin de Jesus did what he considered to be the most sensible thing to do: he left to work in another country.It was a decision naturally criticized by ...

by Angelo Cantera  | November 05, 2016 12:00:00
News and Events

OFWs in Singapore urged to start businesses

Booming food sector recommended as fertile franchising ground

Did you know that only two out of five overseas Filipino workers manage to save money for themselves after sending cash to their families back home?This is according to the data gathered by Philippine Statistics Authority in 2014, which showed that at ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 18, 2016 03:00:00
Run & Grow

OFW Advice (Part 6): Stay the course

Know what you’re doing this for, and never forget it

I worked in Riyadh for six years in the 1980s. I had finished a technical course and worked in the telecom industry before deciding to leave the Philippines for employment in Saudi Arabia. My main reason was the opportunity to build a ...

by Loreto Soriano  | July 24, 2016 03:00:00
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OFW Advice (Part 3): Invest wisely, and as early as possible

Don’t wait: It’s always a good time to get started when it comes to investments.

For starters, my first teachers were an academic and an entrepreneur. My father was a tenured professor in the Asian Institute of Management; and my mother, the manager of our home and our own brokerage firm, Regina Capital Development Corporation (RCDC).Early on, ...

by Luis Gerard Limlingan  | July 17, 2016 05:00:00
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OFW Advice (Part 2): Get out of debt

Debt happens. What’s important is what you do to get out of it.

 Throughout the years, I have gone back and forth to speak to our overseas Filipinos in the Middle East and Asia. I have heard many stories of their hardships and challenges. Unfortunately, Filipinos are very trusting and are in dire need of ...

by Randell Tiongson as told to Mari-An C. Santos  | July 15, 2016 05:00:00
Run & Grow

OFW Advice (Part 1): Track the money

Take control of your finances, so that it’ll always be there when you need it.

 Having been invited to different European cities and Middle Eastern cities, I would say that I have spoken to a total of 10,000 Filipinos working overseas. Filipinos are extremely hardworking and family-oriented, so much so that they are willing to sacrifice in ...

by Francis Kong as told to Mari-An C. Santos  | July 13, 2016 07:00:00