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Monday, January 01, 2007

Notes: One Family, One OFW

This is an ongoing notes supporting "One Family,One OFW" plan. You could help us by posting comments. I wish we had a wikipage :-) so you could make correction yourselves.

Mission:
One Family, One OFW

Keys to Success:
Certification and Licenses
Scholarship and Study Now Pay Later Grant
Training Equipment and Hands-On Experience
Job Network to foreign countries


Objectives:

1. To Train, Certify and or License 16,500 Island resident graduates from Existing professional, skilled and household workers at the end of the target date.
(Figures based on POEA percent rate deployed workers and number of families in the Province)
professional 3,700
skilled 7,800
Household 5,000

2. To setup or outsource a TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), Trade School (vocational school) and Certification Facility for Computer Technology to facilitate training, licensing and certification.
3. To generate ($peso amount$) of One per Family Government Scholarship Fund and or Bank Grants for Study Now Pay Later.
4. To generate 16,500 jobs abroad through network and government connection at a given target date.

Data Gathering:

Random Notes
1. Concerns on Palakasan on training and job placement.
2. Concerns on Illegal Recruiters.
3. Tesda is possible thru Provincial Board Resolution.

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Dinagat Island Population Year 2000
Basilisa (Rizal) 26,489
Cagdianao 12,886
Dinagat 9,883
Libjo (Albor) 16,610
Loreto 8,751
San Jose 25,532
Tubajon 6,800
Total of 132,483
Say 8 members/family 16,560 jobs to generate overseas
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Deployed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
by Occupational Group POEA (2005), (2004), (percent change)
A. Professional and Technical Related Workers 63,941 94,147 -32.1%
Teachers 789 542 45.6%
Nursing Personnel (NEC) 674 323 108.7%
Engineers Civil 625 492 27.0%
Technicians Medical X-Ray 524 408 28.4%
Engineers Mechanical 452 384 17.7%
Draughtsman 442 327 35.2%
Dental Assistants 344 255 34.9%
Aviation Related Workers 211 146 44.5%
Other Professional Workers 59,880 91,270 -34.4%


B. Skilled Workers 133,420 123,525 8.0%
Construction Workers 30,078 22,039 36.5%
Factory Workers 39,477 25,481 54.9%
Building Caretakers and Related Workers 12,607 10,137 24.4%
Sewers and Embroiderers 4,452 3,985 11.7%
Wiremen Electrical 2,991 2,620 14.2%
Tailors and Dressmakers 2,906 2,870 1.3%
Other Skilled Workers 40,909 56,393 -27.5%

C. Household and Related Workers 85,088 62,890 35.3%

D. Other Skills 1,836 1,250 46.9%

TOTAL - New hires 284,285 2/ 281,812 0.9%
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Top 10 Destination
1. Saudi Arabia
2. Hongkong
3. United Arab Emirates
4. Taiwan
5. Japan
6. Kuwait
7. Qatar
8. Singapore
9. Italy
10. United Kingdom
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Rimittances by OFWs 2005
1. USA US$6.424 B
2. Saudi Arabia 949 M
3. Italy 430 M
4. Japan 356 M
5. Hong Kong 338 M
6. United Kingdom 300 M
7. United Arab Emirates 257 M
8. Singapore 240 M
9. Federal Rep Germany 134 M
10.Canada 117 M
others 1.138 B
total 10.689 B
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Skilled workers in need:
welding
automotive technolgy
machining
electronics technology
drafting/CAD technology
computer repair
civil technology
electrical

more than 200,000 Filipino seafarers on board international ships, which is around 20 percent of the world total Philippine maritime schools and training centres produce around 20,000 new graduates; of which only 2 to 3 thousand will find a job at sea.

In-House Certification Facility for Computer Technologies:
1. Online courses
2. Certified courses
3. Certification Testing Centers (Prometric / VUE)
4. Facility- Computers and Internet Connection
5. Course Facilitator


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40 comments :

Nico said...

The number depends on the number of highschool graduates from the 7 municipalities. Anybody who has the stat? Please post. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

DI should have a trade school (Dinagat Island School of Arts and Trades - wow!) and TESDA for those cannot afford college.
DI also should tap services from an NGO that will help for hiring people to avoid the usual PALAKASAN.
Courses like welding, automotive technolgy, machining, electronics technology, drafting/CAD technology, computer repair, civil technology and electrical I think are some of the short courses a TESDA-like training center should offer in DI. Middle East needs this skills.

Anonymous said...

there must be groups that will handle employement cases for One Family, One OFW.
the first will handle for those college graduates like engineers, teachers, nurses, IT professionals, maritime graduates.
another group for the skilled workers. welders, electricians, mechanics, carpenters, masonry workers, electronic techns, pc techns, machinists etc.
and of course for the non-skilled high school grads who want to work as DH, production workers etc.

Nico said...

Looking at deployment OFW chart which part should we concentrate?
1. Household and related workers is 85,088 which is the highest
2. Other Professional Worker which is 59,880
3. Other Skilled Workers with 40,909
4. Factory Workers with 39,477
5. Construction Workers with 30,078

We are not sure what is these #2 other prof worker and #3 other skilled worker.

Nico said...

Some changes made...
Inclusion Objectives with TESDA and Trade School
Number specifics for Professional, Skilled and Household workers. Based on the deployed OFW numbers from POEA.
Thanks for the comments

Anonymous said...

since we don't have training centers yet, we will start deploying unskilled workers who can work in factories, DH, or construction laborers. and let's be practical in prioritizing on what trainings will be implemented first. like a training in electric arc welding can be done at least 3 months compared to certified courses in computer. 3 months you can learn practical electricty and work as an electrician compared to x-ray techn courses where in you must be trained in a hospital setting with expensive lab and of course you have to pay instructors who are licensed.
we will concentrate first (after deploying the non-skilled)on technical skills training that will last 6 months the most. this is because the majority of our high school grads can not afford in going to college. and we tap tesda to help us.
another group should also concentrate for our professionals who are ready to work meaning the province will no longer spend money for their trainings. these are our seafarers, engineers, nurses, teachers, etc.
and because i'm very concerned with the PALAKASAN, it's good if quota will be given for every municipality. say if there are 70 openings then 10 people from every municipality will be hired. or maybe proportionate to the population.

Anonymous said...

Is sending OFW a last resort in solving the country's problem? Is there any other solution?

Anonymous said...

Of course there are other solutions. But OFW is a proven solution.

Anonymous said...

OFW IS PROVEN SOLUTION???? c'mon fellows think again.....

Anonymous said...

Some eight million Filipinos, out of a population of 80 million, have left the country to seek work abroad, attracted by jobs with salaries that far exceed those of jobs available in the Philippines. These jobs often include nursing, technology, fishing and teaching. Money sent by OFWs back to the Philippines is a major factor in the country's economy, amounting to more than US$10 billion in 2005. [2] This makes the country the fourth largest recipient behind India, China and Mexico. The amount represents 13.5% of the country's GDP, the largest in proportion to the domestic economy among the four countries.

Nico said...

TESDA is possible with Provincial Board Resolution. See sample. http://news.balita.ph/html/article.php/20070104111352912

Anonymous said...

The truth is the remittances by the OFW''s makes the country OR PHILIPPINE ECONOMY afloat without them Philippines is GONE!!!! thats a "temporary" solution of the problem and not a proven solution. You compare Philippines against India, China and Mexico.... tsk tsk tsk... If I am a Filipino of sound mind and understanding I should not be proud of it. We should be proud if this country will come out from depression WITHOUT sending our countrymen overseas and suffer like slaves!!! DH in Singapore has only one day off in a month!!! how about in the middle east? are they better off than that in Singapore?
Engineers except for a few that really practised as engineers and the rest works like foremen!!! Most of the nurses works as health care givers.... Dentists as dental assistant...and more....are we proud of it? THINK AGAIN FELLOWS of shall I say FILIPINOS....sending people overseas is ONLY a temporary solution.

Anonymous said...

It's time to accept the reality. What do you think is the solution? Stay in the Philippines and get no work? Send junk mails like Nigeria? What is your solution? Dentist assistant pays 5 times abroad than a Dentist in the Philippines. Labor abroad is more than twice the pay of a teacher in the Philippines. Good for you, you have work! Is it government? Your one day pay is just one visit in Jolibee.

Anonymous said...

yes proponents said that once DI will become a province it will generate jobs. yes but in other countries. is it early to call them liars?

Anonymous said...

Folks before we go further... here are some questions.

#### Stay in the Philippines and get no work?

Question: Why there are less jobs generated in the Philippines?

#### Your one day pay is just one visit in Jolibee.

Question: Is there really a need to visit Jolibee when you know that your income is not enough to feed the family?

####It's time to accept the reality.

Question: Is that phrase a more civil way of giving up of what the "elected" leaders of the country has done for the Philippines?

####Is it government?

Question: CAN YOU TELL ME hehehehehe

####Good for you, you have work!

I do have a very good job and I pay my tax willingly and promptly.. Are the others doing it? or they just don't bother....

Anonymous said...

Question: Why there are less jobs generated in the Philippines?
Good question!

Question: Is there really a need to visit Jolibee when you know that your income is not enough to feed the family?
Because if i'm abroad, I can visit McDonald as much as i can even with my family.

Question: Is that phrase a more civil way of giving up of what the "elected" leaders of the country has done for the Philippines?
I'm not connected with the government. I just want to help. And help starts from myself. I don't blame the government cause you choose them.

I do have a very good job and I pay my tax willingly and promptly.. Are the others doing it? or they just don't bother....
Good for you! How about for the others? Do you think your taxes contribute much with the country's GDP as much as the OFW?

Anonymous said...

Good question needs a good answer.

#####Because if i'm abroad, I can visit McDonald as much as i can even with my family

I don't understand what you mean.... does it mean if you're working abroad? There are McDonalds too in the Phils.and you can go and eat there if you want to...

#####I'm not connected with the government. I just want to help. And help starts from myself.

The only help you can give is not to throw the responsibility to those connected with the government. YOU TOO if you're a Filipino can help the country.

####And help starts from myself.

Helping yourself is good. But be careful it might end up in greed.

####I don't blame the government cause you choose them.

Did I blame the government? Can we make it clear who is the government??? Is it the officials or the people????

####Good for you! How about for the others? Do you think your taxes contribute much with the country's GDP as much as the OFW?

Tsk tsk tsk.... if the Filipino people will do the basics such as paying taxes and not evading taxes (not to mention those "elected" government official pocketing the dollars remitted by the OFWs)... will the country suffer? My tax is very much less compared to OFWs contribution but as a good citizen I paid my due.... how about you?

Anonymous said...

Proud Pinoy! http://www.jobsdb.com/PH/EN/V6HTML/Home/inside-pages/Pinoy/ProudPinoy.htm

Anonymous said...

yes proponents said that once DI will become a province it will generate jobs. yes, but in other countries. is it early to call them liars?

#####Bro, the day when they said they can generate more jobs in the DI they already tell a lie....
They lied since there are no other way to open up another field. Mining, farming and fishing already exist in Dinagat Island. Tell me... is there any other industry that DI can offer (except burning the forest and produce charcoal and illegal logging). What worries me is when Ruben Jr. will open up a Marijuana plantation or cocaine plantation.

Anonymous said...

okey they are liars.

Anonymous said...

a new province of course will have it's own provincial offices for the different departments in the government like the DOH, DepEd, DA, PNP, DPWH, DSWD, etc. and naturally it will create jobs. but my concern is most of the jobs in the government is all about PALAKASAN. so those who don't have padrinos have slim chances of getting a job from the government.
i honestly cannot think of new industries that will enter in the province aside from fishing, mining and farming. fishing and farming is not even big in DI. it's just seasonal. and companies also limit the number of employees based on what they need.
i don't know.

Anonymous said...

if i'm an investor, these are the things i'm going to consider:
24/7 electricity, reliable transportation system, tax incentives from the government, skilled manpower from the area, and of course a feasibility study should be made first before coming up a decision. a question like "is the area susceptible to calamities like typhoons?" can also be brought up.
in the case of DI (except mining), i would rather choose the mainland surigao or anywhere in the south or north of cebu. i can deliver the goods easily because of good transpo system and many more.
put a jollibee in any of the towns in DI. do you think it will survive? will jollibee can accomodate all the jobless people? i'm not saying that DI is totally not good for business. but there's no difference now and before the provincehood. if you have "Lantsa" you can have it regardless of either DI a province or not. there's no connection. since it's already a province will libjo have two trips to and from surigao city everyday? will the fishermen catch more "nokos" now?
before the plebiscite, a lot of people were dreaming. now WAKE UP!

Anonymous said...

if the DI provincehood will generate jobs as promised, WHY ARE WE SENDING OUR PEOPLE ABROAD? is it because, the new province has nothing to offer?
our OFW's are considered HEROES in our generation. they contributed a lot to the economy including the pockets of our government offials.
THAT'S THE TRUTH! now, i dare you to ask this question to every OFW you know: IF YOU HAVE A STABLE JOB THAT CAN SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY AND SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO COLLEGE, WILL YOU WORK ABROAD?
being away from your family for a year or more is not easy. even marriages have been broken, children not properly guided but because life in our land is hard it pushes people to work abroad for the good of the family. in the part of the OFW it's a great sacrifice families should be proud of. in the part of the government, i would say SHAME ON YOU!
because you can't find ways to have DI prosper you're using our people to do it for you. when new houses will be built it looks that there is good economy.
you are like the mexican government that even entering america illegally is not good and dangerous, they are encouraging their people to do so because the mexican government is only after of the dollars these illegal immigrants are sending to their country.

Anonymous said...

Watch out for those OFW recruiters. Many these agencies are fake and are only after what you can pay in advance. Before you sangla your house to give an advance to the recruit make sure that the recruiter to has proven tract record.

Anonymous said...

I don't limit myself to this idea. Let me tell you. My family is with me outside the Philippines. I am an OFW. it depends on what you call me. I it wasn't the chance and experience in Singapore and Saudi Aribia I won't be here. OFW is not limited in Middle East or Asia. If you landed in places like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some places in EU (ex Italy) it is not what you're thinking will happen. BTW, my life in Singapore is better than i'm in Manila and i'm with my family.

Anonymous said...

being an OFW is not bad. i want to make it clear. IS NOT BAD AND FAMILY MEMBERS SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE SACRIFICIES THEY EXPERIENCE FOR THE GOOD OF THE FAMILY. ALSO WE FILIPINOS SHOULD BE THANKFUL TO THEM BECAUSE OFW SUSTAIN OUR ECONOMY.
the thing that i don't like really is it seems that the progress of the country or province depends on how many people will work abroad. they government officials continue to be BUAYA because they know that as soon as there are OFWs the economy will survive.
WALA NA MAGTARONG PAGPADAGAN SA GOBYERNO KAY NAGSALIG NGA NAAY OFW MAGPADALA UG DOLLARS. MAO NGA INAY MANGITAG PAAGI NGA MAKATRABAHO ANG MGA TAWO SULOD SA NASUD ILANG GIDASIG NGA MANARBAHO SA LAYO.
LUOY KAY TAWGON NGA BAYANI UNYA UG MAGPADALA GANI UG MGA SULAT OR PACKAGES ANG MGA OFW KAWATON SA POST OFFICE. BAYANI PERO BIKTIMA SA KAPWA FILIPINO.

Anonymous said...

to the one who posted and said that his/her life in singapore is better than in manila, will you agree with me that the reason you work abroad is because our country has nothing to offer for you?

zenith said...

#######to the one who posted and said that his/her life in singapore is better than in manila, will you agree with me that the reason you work abroad is because our country has nothing to offer for you?

Filipinos working in Singapore mostly are those specializing IT, Engineers, nurses, few doctors, there are some in shipping, airlines and mostly are domestic helpers.

Maybe life is better compared to the Philippines but you have to work 28 days a month and a minimum of 12 hours per day for the construction industry where engineers works like foremen, some are draftsmen and only a handful works as real engineers.

Most of the nurses are considered enrolled nurses, only few are staff nurses, doctors were hired during SARS outbreak and nothing were added after that. Some of our countrymen live in a condominium and others are on HDB but don't tell me the money is good. Singapore is expensive and if you can save money that much CAN THEY AFFORD TO GO BACK TO THE PHILIPPINES AND STAY WITHOUT THINKING OF GOING ABROAD AGAIN?

WHAT IF THE HOST COUNTRIES DON'T NEED THE FILIPINOS ANYMORE? DOES THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT CAN OFFER THEM JOBS WHEN THEY COME BACK?

That is the reason why I said on the previous posts, OFW although they are considered heroes to our time SENDING THEM IS JUST A TEMPORARY SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM.

#####WALA NA MAGTARONG PAGPADAGAN SA GOBYERNO KAY NAGSALIG NGA NAAY OFW MAGPADALA UG DOLLARS. MAO NGA INAY MANGITAG PAAGI NGA MAKATRABAHO ANG MGA TAWO SULOD SA NASUD ILANG GIDASIG NGA MANARBAHO SA LAYO.
LUOY KAY TAWGON NGA BAYANI UNYA UG MAGPADALA GANI UG MGA SULAT OR PACKAGES ANG MGA OFW KAWATON SA POST OFFICE. BAYANI PERO BIKTIMA SA KAPWA FILIPINO.

I do agree with you 110%

Anonymous said...

Way back in Singapore... I'm granted as resident. I can stay and work in Singapore as much as I can. I live with my family life is very good. Now i'm here in USA and life is much much better. I have this chance because I worked in Singapore and have that experience. A lot of my friends does thesame, some comes from Saudi and came here in the US. My classmates are from Saudi and now residing in Sydney Australia. Life is better if you do this way than wait in the Philippine to improve. Besides we are the number one in remittance to our country.
I'm Filipino and I'm OFW and I approve this message.

Anonymous said...

Way back in Singapore... I'm granted as resident. I can stay and work in Singapore as much as I can. I live with my family life is very good. Now i'm here in USA and life is much much better. I have this chance because I worked in Singapore and have that experience. A lot of my friends does thesame, some comes from Saudi and came here in the US. My classmates are from Saudi and now residing in Sydney Australia. Life is better if you do this way than wait in the Philippine to improve. Besides we are the number one in remittance to our country.
I'm Filipino and I'm OFW and I approve this message.

Zenith said...

#####Way back in Singapore... I'm granted as resident. I can stay and work in Singapore as much as I can. I live with my family life is very good. Now i'm here in USA and life is much much better. I have this chance because I worked in Singapore and have that experience. A lot of my friends does thesame, some comes from Saudi and came here in the US. My classmates are from Saudi and now residing in Sydney Australia. Life is better if you do this way than wait in the Philippine to improve. Besides we are the number one in remittance to our country.
I'm Filipino and I'm OFW and I approve this message.

KABAYAN you're not considered OFW since you got that residency!!! thats why you have to pay a travel tax when you decide to leave the Philippines!!!

Anonymous said...

You mean to say everybody that leaves for USA, Canada, Australia and NewZealand or even Singapore because they gets residency are not OFW? Are you making your own definition? Did you say OFW is just domestic helpers, nursing assistant, dental assistant, labor foremen.. and those that could not get residency? Before, we all need to go through POEA and thats the one that regulates OFW. Check wikipedia.org for OFW. But If that is what you think of OFW... I don't what to be OFW. And don't consider my remittances as OFW. Did you know all nurses RN's that went to the US were issued resident cards even before coming to the US. You mean to say Immigrant workers are not OFW only those temporary workers? If that's the case we should change it to Oveseas Filipino Temporay Workers "OFTW".

zenith said...

In Australia if you're given a work visa it belongs to sub class 457 (temporary resident) if you're a resident you're given a subclass 856 visa ( permanent resident).

In Singapore you're given EP or employment pass and if you're a permanent resident you have you're IC.

Can you tell me what is the difference between temporary and permanent resident?

Anonymous said...

Sometimes terms/words/titles were change just to make it sound good. Example, janitors now are called utility workers, gen. managers as chief operating officers and disabled people as differently abled people.
Before it was really Overseas Filipino Contract Workers. During the Arroyo time they change it to OFW which comprises all the filipinos abroad, working with contract or living in other countries as permanent residents.
For me there is a difference between those with working visas to people who were given immigrant visas or permanent resident visas in the case of nurses and other professionals in the u.s., australia, canada or new zealand.
When you go out from the country to work (with working visa) you cannot withdraw your PAG-IBIG contribution. But if you obtained a permanent or immigrant visa, you can withdraw your money from PAG-IBIG.
If you will work with contract, you don't have to pay travel tax but immigrants are required to do so.
They are bound by job contracts, immigrants are not.
Let's be clear that not all filipinos in the u.s., canada, australia, new zealand are immigrants. And yes those people are temporary workers. Like in the middle east, after the contract you need to go home. in the states you should apply for permanent visa before your working visa expires or you will belong to the famous group of TNT's. Not Talk 'N Text but Tago Ng Tago.

Anonymous said...

Even OFW is not a general term that applies to all filipinos abroad. The letter W stands for Workers and not all of them are employed. Most are just plain housewives. (in the u.s. believe me there are also house husbands). To sound it better, they call them HOMEMAKERS. Some retired from work in the philippines and joined their children abroad. They are not in the work force anymore!
OFW is not a word found in the dictionary so there is no exact definition.
Wikipedia and others are just defining it as it is mostly accepted or used in countries or group of people. It doesn't mean that everybody will agree.
In the dictionary, SALVAGE means SAVING but in the PHILIPPINES it means KILLING. Mr. Webster is correct in defining it but WIKIPEDIA may consider defining it differently if it refers the situition in the philippines.

Anonymous said...

I am a resident in Singapore but I dont need POEA nor pay OWWA when Im going back to Singapore.

OFW will pay OWWA and other fees from POEA.

If you're really a resident from another country then you don't need to pay. Just pop up in airport, show your ticket and visa and pay travel tax. Thats it. BUT IF YOU'RE STILL PAYING OWWA AND POEA FEES THEN THOSE CROCS SCORED ANOTHER BLOW TO ANOTHER JUAN DELA CRUZ

Anonymous said...

#####You mean to say Immigrant workers are not OFW only those temporary workers?

Are you planning to settle in the host country where you're in? Are you planning to be back in the Philippines and retire?

Can you see the difference?

Anonymous said...

hello, kabayan!

i am not from DI (i thought it stood for dance instructor!) sorry, kasi andito ako sa manila kaya ganun ang naisip ko.

i stumbled on your website, libjo LIVE! i was searching on something else and was surprised that this site appeared on the screen. i am glad though to get a glimpse of your island!

i have been an OFW when we were still called OCWs. as time goes on and with more awareness, OFW to a growing number already means overseas Filipinos worldwide. hopefully, this will leave no space for discrimination.

as a former OFW, i began and still am a migration advocate with the bias on the social costs of migration. as a human right, migration is everyone's right. nobody should be stopped from seeking for a greener pasture but one should be aware of the responsibilities and consequences that comes with being a migrant. a growing number of migrant workers are women. for every dollar earning worker there is at least 3 or 4 family members that are dependent including children who might still need to be nurtured by a mother.
migration work should be seen as an option for development and not as the "only option".
government officials should exert effort in tapping the resources from its community and the people. i am concerned with the "one family, one ofw" campaign that DI has. does the campaign includes a support system for the families that are left behind? are those left with the children capable of looking after infants, toddlers and teenagers? are the couples ready for the physical absence of the other? have they set a goal for migration work - what are they? for how long? for how much?
reintegration should be seriously discussed as we see a lot of OFWs coming home without savings at their old age.
i would love to see your community develop because of migration. it can be possible with cooperation of the residents and the support of the government.
me ann


me ann

rex malbacias said...

Its almost a year now since the creation of DI as a province, can anyone update of how many Dinagatnons gone overseas since then?

Anonymous said...

We have no data to backup if this is really happening. what we have was.. Gov to Finance Dinagatnons in Working Abroad.