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PRE-EMPLOYMENT ORIENTATION SEMINAR (PEOS ONLINE)
MODULE 6: GET COUNTRY COZY
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to...
Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
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Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
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Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
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Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
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Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
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Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com
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Continue to keep your options open; get to know more about the country you are interested in - know the climate, food, dress code, general lifestyle, flying time from the Philippines, major religion, currency and currency exchange, presence of Philippine embassy or Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). Know also some reminders on social media etiquette, to avoid getting into trouble with employers and host country with restrictive policies on internet usage.

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  1. 1. PRE-EMPLOYMENT ORIENTATION SEMINAR (PEOS ONLINE) MODULE 6: GET COUNTRY COZY
  2. 2. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Get Country Cozy! Continue to keep your options open; get to know more about the country you are interested in. Know the following: Climate Food Dress code General lifestyle Flying time from the Philippines Major religion Currency Immigration and labor laws Presence of Philippine Embassy or Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)
  3. 3. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam have a climate similar to the Philippines. There are places of worship for Christians and Catholics in Hong Kong and Singapore; the major religion of Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam is Islam. The Philippines has embassies, consulates, and Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in these countries. English is widely spoken and understood. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  4. 4. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries HONG KONG Living and working in Hong Kong can be costly, considered to be one of the places with high cost of living, although tax rate is one of the lowest in the world. Cost of rent is high. Electricity and water rates are relatively expensive, as well as grocery shopping, as almost everything is imported. To give you an idea – a liter of milk costs HK$20 = PHP120.00! *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  5. 5. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries MACAU-SAR, CHINA Macau has a high standard of living. Accommodation cost is high and comparable to Hong Kong and Singapore. This is the reason why OFWs in Macau spend a considerable amount of their wages on housing rental. All Macau residents including foreign workers enjoy utility subsides such as electricity and water. Although Macau has no existing minimum wage law, its Human Resource Office provides the acceptable salary for the specific profession, skill category or position that is being applied by the sponsoring employer. The approved salary will be based on the current standard of living applicable for that particular worker. (As of March 2014)
  6. 6. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries MACAU-SAR, CHINA COMPENSATION / EXPENSES SEMI-SKILLED (CLEANERS/SECURITY GUARD) (MOP/USD) SERVICE/TECHNICAL WORKERS (MOP/USD) PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISOR (MOP/USD) Basic Monthly Salary 4,500-6,500/566-818 7,000-12,000/880-1,509 13,667-45,500/1,719-5,660 Housing Allowances 500/63 - - Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay (salary no. of days/mo.) 800-1,300/101-164 Annual Leave 300-450/38-57 450-800/57-101 900-3,000/113-377 Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 6,100-8,750/768-1,100 7,450-12,800/937-1,610 14,567-48,000/1,832-6,038 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP - - 957-5,760/120-725 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 750-900/94-113 1,000-1,800/128-226 2,500-6,000/314-755 Personal Necessities 1,000-1,500/126-189 1,500-2,500/189-314 2,000-3,000/252-377 Total Expenses 1,750-2,400/220-302 2,550-4,300/321-541 5,457-14,760/686-1,857 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings 4,350-6,350/547-799 4,900-7,700/616-969 9,110-33,240/1,146-4,181 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in USD 547-799 616-969 1,146-4,181 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 23,882-34,884 26,894-42,306 50,034-182,542 1MOP=US$ 0.125270 1MOP=PHP 5.47002 1USD= PHP 43.66 (as of July 2014)
  7. 7. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries TAIWAN COMPENSATION / EXPENSES FISHERY SECTOR (NT) MANUFACTURING, CONSTRUCTION, INSTITUTIONAL NURSING AID SECTORS (NT) Basic Pay/Mo. 19,047.00 19,047.00 Total Salary for 36 months 685,692.00 685,692.00 Less: Pre-Employment Cost 15,625.00 25,057.00 Post-Employment Cost 183,293.00 184,517.00 Total Cost 198,918.00 209,574.00 Net Take Home Pay for 36 Month 486,774.00 476,118.00 Average Net Take Home Pay/Mos. 13,521.50 13,225.50 Total Net Take Home Pay for 36 mos. in PHP@ 1.47 conversion rate 715,557.78 699,893.46 Average Net Take Home Pay/mo. in PHP @ 1.47 conversion rate 19,876.61 19,441.49 Total Net Take Home Pay for 36 mos. in USD @ 0.03 conversion rate 405.64 396.76 1 NT= PHP 1.46 1 US$=PHP 43.66 (as of July 2014)
  8. 8. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries TAIWAN Taiwan is located north of the Philippines. Flying time from Manila to Taipei, the capital city is approximately 1 hr. and 45 minutes only. Taiwan has four seasons - summer, winter, fall and spring, although there is no snow in winter, only chilly wind. Three to four typhoons visit the country every year but they would bring floods and could uproot trees. Taiwan is also prone to having strong earthquakes. The culture in Taiwan is mixed. Mandarin Chinese is taught in schools but spoken language is split between Mandarin and Taiwanese. English is the most popular foreign language, In terms of religious belief, Taiwan is highly diversified with the practices of Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Mormonism, the Unification Church, Islam, and Hinduism, as well as native sects such as Yiguandao and others. The country not only respect traditional faiths but is also open to other types of religious thoughts and practices.
  9. 9. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries TAIWAN Transportation is very efficient and affordable. Broadband internet connection is very accessible. Pork, seafood, chicken, rice, and soy are very common ingredients in Taiwan cuisine. Beef is less common, particularly among the elderly generation. There are stores selling Filipino food, phone cards and other stuffs normally needed by Filipino workers. Workers in factories often get free accommodation (dormitory type) or if they have to pay for their living quarters, they also choose to stay within the premises of the factory, thus saving on transportation cost. There are also canteens or cafeterias in the factories offering cheaper foods than in fastfood outlets found outside the workplace.
  10. 10. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries SINGAPORE This country has numerous rules that you have to follow otherwise you will be reprimanded or fined - Do not smoke in public places such as taxis, movie houses, government offices and in air-conditioned establishments. Do not throw of cigarette butts on the streets. Do not spit in public. All kinds of littering is reprimanded. Do not sell and posses chewing gum. Flush the toilet, especially in public restrooms, after using it. Do not bring fresh meat into the country unless you have obtained an official permit to do so. Do not bring any animals, birds, reptiles and insects into or out of the country. Do not be late. Singaporeans are very particular with keeping time. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  11. 11. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries MALAYSIA The cost of living in Malaysia is exceptionally low. Beef, poultry, pork and mutton are the most common meat products in Malaysia. Like fruits and vegetables, they are present all-year round and are sold widely, fresh, and at very low rates. Malaysian housing costs are low even in big cities like Kuala Lumpur. Clothes, footwear, electronic devices, household appliances are also very affordable. In general, it is one of the most inexpensive countries in the world to live in. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  12. 12. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries BRUNEI His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mui’izzaddin Waddaulah has announced that the Shari’ah Penal Code Order 2013 will be implemented in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. The Sharia law is the law of Islam, which is cast from the Quran, the actions and words of Muhammad, and the collective reasoning and deductions of Muslim imams. With the implementation of this new law, Filipino workers in Brunei and those seeking overseas employment in Brunei should know the important facts of this law. To know more about the code, visit (insert URL) *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  13. 13. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries Taiwan, Korea, and Japan have four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Different sets of clothing are required. There are Philippine embassies and consulates in these countries. Although English is spoken and understood, familiarity with the local language is recommended particularly in South Korea and Japan. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  14. 14. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries JAPAN Japan has a very high standard of living. It is considered as one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in. Everything from transportation to food to apartment rentals may be way over the budget of a regular worker. Accommodation is the largest expense one will have in Japan where housing or rental cost is very costly especially, inside Tokyo. Even single-room apartments are expensive costing around JP¥ 90,000. Utilities such as gas, water and electricity are expensive, and phone rates are also high. Food is likewise expensive including raw materials like fruits, meat and vegetables. One (1) kilo of white rice cost JP¥ 560.00 or US$6.00. A meal at a more average restaurant costs roughly between JP¥1,000 and JP¥3,000. You might have to spend PHP24,000.00 a month on food and drinks. (as of May 2014) *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  15. 15. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries JAPAN Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. COMPENSATION / EXPENSES SEMI-SKILLED (Technical Interns- Welding/Carpenters etc.) (YEN ¥) SERVICE / TECHNICAL (YEN ¥) PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS and SUPERVISORS (YEN ¥) Basic Monthly Salary 140,696.00 222,000.00 706,493.00 Housing Allowances Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay 26,000.00 3,206.00/hour Annual Leave Sunday as Regular Day- off and Japan Holidays Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 140,696.00 248,000.00 709,699.00 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP 1,671.00 + 19,277.00 38,756.00 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 35,000.00 70,000.00 + 15,000.00 Personal Necessities Total Expenses 56,652.00 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings ¥84,044.00 621,234 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in US$ 828.564 2,063.18 6,125.39 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 36,169.58 90,105.25 267,495.81 1¥= US$0.00987 1 US$= PHP43.66 (as of July 2014)
  16. 16. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries SOUTH KOREA The Koreans value their families more than anything else. Family welfare is much more important than the needs of the individual. The cost of living in South Korea is relatively low. Eating Korean food is a cheaper than buying western food. The cost of a Starbucks coffee in Seoul is about USD 5, equivalent to PHP 200.00. Since they manufacture electrical goods such as televisions, DVD players, digital cameras, cellular telephones, computers and high tech gadgets, naturally you will find them incredibly cheap. Koreans adhere to certain meeting etiquette. Greetings follow strict rules of protocol. For example: The person of lower status bows to the person of higher status, yet it is the most senior person who initiates the handshake. The person who initiates the bow says, "man-na-suh pan-gop-sumnida", which means "pleased to meet you." *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  17. 17. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea have very different climates altogether. As a continent, Australia has 4 seasons plus very wet and intense dry spells. New Zealand has 4 seasons, while Papua New Guinea has very dry and wet seasons. English is widely spoken and understood *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  18. 18. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries AUSTRALIA *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph OFW’s in Australia enjoy relatively competitive salaries and healthy and safe workplaces. This is owing to the non-discrimination policy of the host government whereby temporary migrant workers are similarly covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 which affords all workers fair pay, basic rights and protection in the workplace. Complaints over pay and conditions are handled by the Fair Work Ombudsman, unfair dismissal by the Fair Work Ombudsman and Industrial Relations Commissions of various states, while issues relative to bullying, harassment and discrimination are handled by the Australian Human Rights Commission. (as of May 2014)
  19. 19. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Asia-Pacific Rim Countries AUSTRALIA Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. COMPENSATION / EXPENSES SEMI-SKILLED (CLEANERS / SECURITY GUARD) (US $) SERVICE / TECHNICAL WORKERS (US $) PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS and SUPERVISOR (US $) Basic Monthly Salary 3,240.00 (3,000 AUD) 2,700.00 (3,000 AUD) 5,220.00 (5,800 AUD) Housing Allowances Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay Annual Leave 661.50 551.00 1,065.75 Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 3,901.50 3,906.00 6,285.75 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP 400.00 650.00 1,134.00 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 780.00 450.00 1,523.00 Personal Necessities 500.00 270.00 700.00 Total Expenses 1,680 1,325.00 3,357 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in US$ 2,221.50 2,851.00 2,928.75 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 91,184.55 117,094.24 120,246.12 1 AUD = 0.90 USD 1 USD = PHP 43.66 (as of July 2014)
  20. 20. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA Flying time from the Philippines is about 11 to 12 hours. The temperature ranges from extreme heat during the day to very cold at night. There are occasional heavy rains that sometimes cause flooding. Khboz an unleavened bread is eaten almost during all meals. Other staples include lamb, grilled chicken, shawarma, and hummus (a paste of chickpea, garlic and lemon). Drinking Arabic tea is also a famous custom. During the month of Ramadan, all Muslims abstain from food during the daylight hours. Non-Muslims are also prohibited from eating, drinking, and smoking in public during Ramadan. Saudi Arabia’s capital city is Riyadh. The currency is Riyal. The official religion is Islam. Work automatically stops during prayer hours done 5 times a day. Work week is Sunday to Thursday. Friday is rest day. Qur’an, the holy book of Islam is the constitution governed on the basis of Shari-ah – the Islamic law.
  21. 21. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East . . . more on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Women are required to wear abaya when going out in public places. They are not allowed in “entertainment” stores like music, DVD/video and computer shops, recreational areas, and game arcades. They are also generally not allowed in restaurants, cafes, fastfood outlets, etc. unless with family or accompanied by husband. Men and women are not allowed to interact with one another if they are not married to each other. Practicing religion publicly other than Islam is prohibited, as well as possessing religious articles such as bible, crucifix, religious statues/images and other symbols. Possession, manufacturing and drinking of alcoholic drinks or liquor, and bringing in and eating pork products are prohibited.
  22. 22. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East . . . more on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pornography and gambling are forbidden. Taking pictures of mosques, airports and military installations without permission is not also allowed. Using prohibited drugs is punishable by imprisonment, while smuggling or trafficking of illegal drugs and substances is punishable by death. It is not recommended to join in any political or religious demonstrations. The labor law of Saudi strictly prohibits a worker from transferring another employer while he is still under an existing employment contract, known as Kafala (sponsorship) system. This means that every foreign employee brought into the country is linked to a single employer. In practice, this means that they decide when you are allowed to leave the country, even for emergency visits to your home country. Inasmuch as you need an entry visa to get into Saudi, you will also need an exit visa to be able to leave the country. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  23. 23. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Seven states comprise the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujeirah, Ajman and Ras AL Khaimah, with Abu Dhabi as the Federal Capital. Flying time from the Philippines is about 8 to 9 hours. The UAE has a tropical and arid climate. Summer is April to September, and Winter is October to March. Rainfall is infrequent and happens mainly in the winter. Friday and Saturday are the weekend. The official currency is Dirham. Staple food includes hummus, meat, rice and fish, and can be very spicy. You can find Filipino food products in specialist food sections of most supermarkets. Food cost is high, as most items are imported. UAE supports a moderate interpretation of Islam, its official religion. Although it is the religion of the majority of the population, Christianity, Hinduism, etc. are also found.
  24. 24. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East . . . more of United Arab Emirates UAE is less stricter than Saudi and Qatar when it comes to manner of dressing. However, women should still avoid wearing revealing clothes such as skimpy dresses, short skirts, swimsuits and sleeveless blouses. Public display of affection is not tolerated, even for married couples. Sexual relationships outside of marriage are illegal, irrespective of any relationship you may have outside of the country. Cohabiting, including in hotels, is also illegal. Similar to KSA, Kafala system is practiced. Once you’ve entered in any of the UAE states, an exit permit is necessary to be able to leave. Working without proper visa is illegal. For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  25. 25. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East QATAR The flying time from the Philippines is about 9 to 10 hours. The capital city is Doha. The currency is Qatari Riyal. Qatar has an arid climate with mild and pleasant winters and hot and humid summers. Sandstorms and dust storms occur regularly. Although Islam is the official religion, there are no strict prohibitions against the practice of Christianity or other religions in the country. Staple foods include hummus, rice, and salad of parsley and tomatoes. Gasoline is incredibly cheap, but many basic foodstuff can be pricey. The cost of entertainment is quite high, too.
  26. 26. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East . . . more on Qatar Public display of affection such as kissing, hugging, and in some places even holding hands is a no-no, except when greeting: men and women greet friends of the same sex with three kisses on the cheek. Qatar also uses the Kafala (sponsorship) system. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  27. 27. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East BAHRAIN Bahrain is an archipelago composed of a group of islands in the Persian Gulf. As part of the Gulf region that is known for being hot, Bahrain has desert climate. There is summer (April to October), with June and July having the hottest temperature. The rest of the year considered winter. The capital is Manama. The flying time from the Philippines is about 10 hours to 11 hours. Islam is the official religion but other religions may be practiced. The country’s currency is Bahraini Dinar. Friday and Saturday are considered weekends. Bahrain is one of the most tolerant countries in the Middle East when it comes culture, including dress code. However, when out in public it is best to cover everything from shoulders to knees as a sign of courtesy.
  28. 28. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East KUWAIT Kuwait is about 12 to 13 hours flying time from the Philippines. Climate is intensely hot and dry in summers (April to October), with short, cool winters with limited rain. The capital is Kuwait City. The currency is Kuwaiti Dinar. Islam is the official religion but other religions are freely practiced. The country's customs, laws and regulations adhere closely to Islamic practices and beliefs. Behave discreetly, and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities. Alcoholic drinks or liquor are strictly illegal in Kuwait. Importing, manufacturing, and serving them is strictly prohibited.
  29. 29. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East KUWAIT Standard of living in Kuwait is high compared with other countries in the Middle East. Majority of OFWs in Kuwait opt to avail of free accommodation provided by their employer because house rental ranges from KD200-400/month plus a minimal amount for electricity and water. Expenses for food and utilities are considerably low. Fish is abundant. Fruit, vegetables, seafood and rice are the staple food. Temptation to acquire car, electronic gadgets and machines is rampant, considering that everything in Kuwait is tax free and term-payment/installment arrangement is available in the market.
  30. 30. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East KUWAIT COMPENSATION / EXPENSES SEMI-SKILLED (CLEANERS/SECURITY GUARD) (KD/USD) SERVICE/TECHNICAL WORKERS (KD/USD) PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISOR (KD/USD) Basic Monthly Salary 120-150/400-500 120-200/400-700 250-1,000/1,000-5,000 Housing Allowances 40/150 40/150 120-250/400-1,000 Minimum Food Allowance 20/75 20/75 20/75 Minimum Transportation Allowance 20/75 20/75 20/75 Overtime Pay Annual Leave Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 210-241.50/740-850 210-300/750-1,100 435-1,370/1,650-6,450 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 40-150 40-150 120-250/400-1,000 Personal Necessities 50-200 50-200 50-200 Total Expenses Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings 120-152.50/400-525 120-210/400-750 260-1,070/1,050-5,250 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 17,461.78-22,919.77 17,472.84-32,763.66 45,853.63-229,267.63 Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. 1 USD=PHP43.66 1 KD= PHP152.27 (as of July 2014)
  31. 31. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East OMAN The Sultanate of Oman has a standard of Living comparable to our National Capital Region except for the cost of accommodation which is very high especially in the capital region of Muscat. There is a minimum wage being implemented in the country but applied only to Omanis at OMR 350 but for expatriates wage rate is dependent directly on the supply and demand of the labor market in which employers are in a dilemma of hiring expatriates with asking salary can go as low at OMR 50.00 and automatic hiring of Omanis at OMR 350.00. (As of May 2014)
  32. 32. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East OMAN COMPENSATION / EXPENSES SEMI-SKILLED (CLEANERS/SECURITY GUARD) (OMR/USD) SERVICE/TECHNICAL WORKERS (OMR/USD) PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISOR (OMR/USD) Basic Monthly Salary 120-180/312-468 160-220/312-468 270-1,000/700- 2,500 Housing Allowances Free Free Free Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay 10/26 20/52 40/104 Annual Leave 2 day rest (Friday & Saturday) 2 day rest (Friday & Saturday) 2 day rest (Friday & Saturday)Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 130-190/338-494 180-240/338-494 290-1,040/754- 2,704 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP tax free tax free tax free Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 2/5.20 (utilities only) 2/5.20 (utilities only) 1,523.00 (utilities only) Personal Necessities 40/104 40/104 40/104 Total Expenses 42/109.20 42/109.20 42/109.20 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings (exclusive in OT Pay) 88-148/228.80-384.80 88-148/228.80-384.80 248-998/644.80- 2,594.80 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in USD 228.80-384.80 228.80-384.80 644.80-2,594.80 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 9,991.09-16,805.55 9,991.09-16,805.55 28,151-113,288.96 1 US$=PHP 43.66 1 OMR=PHP 113.11 (as of July 2014) Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day.
  33. 33. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Middle East . . . more on Kuwait Although foreign female workers are not required to wear abaya, they should not also wear tight, see-through or revealing clothing or short skirts. Generally, covering the knees and shoulders when out in public is a must. Both men and women should refrain from wearing shorts. There are plenty of family entertainment options, restaurants, cinemas, cafes and private parties. There is a wide range of shopping opportunities. Kuwaitis are fond of eating out. Verbal insults and obscene gestures may be considered a criminal act and, if found guilty, you could face deportation, fines and/or a prison sentence. Avoid physical contact, such as holding hands, in public. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  34. 34. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Europe The most common destinations for temporary and seasonal workers are the United Kingdom and Ireland where you can find jobs in bars and restaurants. But for Filipinos, the top destination in Europe is Italy. 28 European countries are uniquely united together, economically and politically, forming the European Union. Euro is the single currency used among the member-states. UK however uses its own currency, the Pound. The cost of living in Switzerland and UK is among the highest in the world. Non-residents / foreign workers are required to have a work permit for long-term jobs. If caught working illegally, you can be fined or even deported and barred from the country.
  35. 35. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Europe ITALY Among the European countries, Italy is the top destination for Overseas Filipino Workers. The approximate flying time from the Philippines is about 21 hours. The capital city is Rome. The currency is Euro. Italy has 4 seasons. It is varied warm and humid towards the coast, and wet, cold and snowy in the higher ground and valleys. Roman Catholicism is the largest religion in the country. Staple food are meats, fish, pasta, and breads. Finding jobs in Italy is difficult because unemployment is very high. Being able to speak good, if not fluent, Italian combined with speaking English fluently is an advantage in getting a job. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  36. 36. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Europe UNITED KINGDOM COMPENSATION / EXPENSES SEMI-SKILLED (CLEANERS/SECURITY GUARD) (UK £) SERVICE/TECHNIC AL WORKERS (UK £) PROFESSIONAL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISOR (UK £) Basic Monthly Salary £1,000-£1,400 £1,800-£2,000 £1,000-£1,200 Housing Allowances £40-£50 Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay Hourly rate Hourly rate Annual Leave 1-month salary 1-month salary 1-month salary Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP £320-£448 £656-£720 £336-£400 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities £300 £300 £300 Personal Necessities £80-£100 £200-£320 £200-£320 Total Expenses £400-£548 £1,156-£1,340 £836-£1,020 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings (exclusive in OT Pay) £600-£852 £644-£660 £204-£230 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in USD 1,026-1,456.92 1,101.24- 1,128.6 348.84-393.3 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 44,795.16- 63,609.13 48,080.14- 49,274.68 15,230.35-17,171.48 1£=US$1.71 1US$=PHP43.66 (as of July 2014) Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day.
  37. 37. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? North America The United States of America and Canada are in the continent of North America. The flying time from the Philippines to Los Angeles and Vancouver in Canada is about 12 hours while flying time directly from the Philippines to Vancouver is almost 15 hours and another 4 hours from Vancouver to Toronto. The time difference between Manila and Los Angeles as well as Vancouver is -15 hours, while Toronto and New York are 12 hours behind Manila. Both countries have 4 seasons, but Canadian winters can be very harsh. Religious freedom is guaranteed and a very liberal lifestyle is tolerated. Though English is the official language of Canada, there are some provinces especially Quebec, where French is the mother tongue.
  38. 38. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? North America The currency in USA is the US dollar, and in Canada the Canadian dollar. Meats and fish are the staple food in these countries. Canada has two Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO): POLO-Vancouver which covers the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territory and Yukon POLO-Toronto covering the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Nunavut. *For more details, visit www.owwa.gov.ph
  39. 39. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? North America Newfoundland & Labrador, CANADA 1 CAD = US$ 0.921605 1 CAD = PHP 40.1809 (as of July 2014) Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. COMPENSATION / EXPENSES FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT (CAD) Basic Monthly Salary $1,760.00 Housing Allowances Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay Annual Leave 161.33 Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 1,921.33 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP 265.17 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 300.00 Personal Necessities 420.00 Total Expenses 985.17 Average Salary Per Hour $11.00 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings $936.17 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in USD 862.77 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 37,616.15
  40. 40. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? North America Ontario, CANADA 1 CAD = US$ 0.921605 1 CAD = PHP 40.1809 (as of July 2014) Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. COMPENSATION/EXPENSES CHEF ASSISTANT (CAD) LIVE-IN-CAREGIVER (CAD) Basic Monthly Salary $2,400.00 $1,737.00 Housing Allowances Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay Annual Leave 250.00 181.00 Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 2,650.00 1,918.60 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP 546.98 387.82 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 300.00 337.37 Personal Necessities 420.00 320.00 Total Expenses 1,266.98 1,045.19 Average Salary Per Hour $15.00 $10.86 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings $1,383.02 $873.41 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in USD 1,274.59 804.93 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 55,570.98 35,094.39
  41. 41. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? North America Saskatchewan, CANADA 1 CAD = US$ 0.921605 1 CAD = PHP 40.1809 (as of July 2014) Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. COMPENSATION / EXPENSES PORK PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN- FARM SUPERVISOR (CAD) SWINE TECHNICIAN (CAD) SHIFT MANAGER (BURGER KING RESTAURANT) (CAD) HOSPITALITY WORKER- FRONT DESK AGENT-HOTEL (CAD) ENTRY LEVEL SUPERVISOR- MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT (CAD) FOOD COUNTER ATTENDANT (CAD) Basic Monthly Salary $2,480.00 $2,400.00 $2,080.00 $1,880.00 $1,760.00 $1,720.00 Housing Allowances Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay Annual Leave 155.00 150.00 260.00 235.00 220.00 215.00 Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 2,635.00 2,550.00 2,340 2,115 1,980 1,935 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP 550.20 531.98 513.78 431.22 402.77 421.25 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 300.00 300.00 300.00 300.00 300.00 300.00 Personal Necessities 420.00 420.00 420.00 420.00 420.00 420.00 Total Expenses 1,270.20 1,251.98 1,233.78 1,151.22 1,122.77 1,141.25 Average Salary Per Hour $15.50 $15.00 $13.00 $11.75 $11.00 $10.75 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings $1,364.80 $1,298.02 $1,106.22 $963.78 $857.23 $793.75 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in US$ 1,257.80 1,196.26 1,019.49 888.22 790.02 731.52 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 54,838.89 52,155.61 44,448.91 38,725.54 34,444.27 31,893.58
  42. 42. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? North America Toronto, CANADA 1 CAD = US$ 0.921605 1 CAD = PHP 40.1809 (as of July 2014) Let us see how much your take home pay will be at the end of the day. COMPENSATION / EXPENSES CHEF ASSISTANT (CAD) LIVE-IN-CAREGIVER (CAD) Basic Monthly Salary $2,400.00 $1,737.00 Housing Allowances Minimum Food Allowance Minimum Transportation Allowance Overtime Pay Annual Leave 250.00 181.00 Sick Leave/ Mandatory Holiday Pay Total Monthly Earnings 2,650.00 1,918.60 Less Total Expenses: Taxes/ Social Security/EI/CPP 546.98 387.82 Accommodation/House Rental & Utilities 300.00 337.37 Personal Necessities 420.00 320.00 Total Expenses 1,266.98 1,045.19 Average Salary Per Hour $15.00 $10.86 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings (exclusive in OT Pay) $1,383.02 $873.41 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in US$ 1,274.59 804.93 Average Net Basic Monthly Earnings in Philippine Peso (₱) 55,570.98 35,094.39
  43. 43. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Nowadays, communicating with family members, relatives and friends is easier with the advancements in communications technology. Text messaging, email and video and video calling through Skype and Viber are within reach and are relatively cheaper than the traditional telephone calls. Social networking sites and facilities such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram likewise allow individuals to connect and share photos and documents online with other people in an instant. PAUSE BEFORE YOU POST: SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE These technologies, specially social networking sites could nonetheless pose a threat to one’s privacy and security. Some countries may have restrictive policies on internet usage, or punish certain acts that are committed over the cyberspace, such as accessing pornographic sites, damaging one’s reputation through social media, and visiting sites that may compromise national security, which are not necessarily criminal offenses in the Philippines.
  44. 44. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? PAUSE BEFORE YOU POST: SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE Some people over-share personal information or are too open with certain personal information and feelings, as well as pictures, without regard to negative consequences. This may lead to a potentially damaged online reputation, identity theft, and loss of employment. A migrant worker was reportedly dismissed from work due to messages against race and religion that were posted on social media, which were considered by the employer as offensive to the host country and violative of established company values and regulations. Remember, when you work overseas, you are expected to act according to the norms and give your utmost respect to your host country’s laws and regulations, and cultural and religious beliefs.
  45. 45. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? Take a look at the following pointers that you can keep in mind before sharing your thoughts or mementos online: 1) Consider setting your privacy control to a limit, for instance, ‘to your friends only’. Add only your trusted and closest friends as “friends”. 2) Avoid accepting your boss as friend in social networking sites or follow his social account. As much as possible, keep your personal matters and work completely separate. 3) Do not use social media as venue to express complaints about work. Anything you may post online maybe taken against you. Use available company grievance machinery and other government mechanisms to report violation of rights and contractual breaches. PAUSE BEFORE YOU POST: SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE 4) Never criticize or ridicule the culture, traditions, and religious beliefs of your host country and of other countries, including characteristics or traits of its peoples that you may find different from your own. 5) Do not upload obscene, illicit or otherwise incriminating photos of you or of other people. 6) Do not engage in online debates and discussions on the political situation and religious issues.
  46. 46. Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) Online - powered by JobStreet.com Module 6: GET COUNTRY COZY-- What do I need to know about my overseas employer’s country? - END OF MODULE 6 -

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