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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

POEA lifts blacklist status of Hanjin workers

Finally, freedom to work abroad.

After languishing in unemployment limbo despite work waiting for them abroad, at least 700 former workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries, Inc. (Hanjin) in Subic, Zambales are set to fly to their new jobs in foreign lands.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has announced it has suspended a memorandum of understanding that virtually blacklisted the workers.

But Ramon Lacbain, chairman of the People’s Task Force on Hanjin and Subic Bay, Inc. (Task Force Hanjin), told The Star he was not satisfied with a mere suspension of the blacklisting policy, as he called for the total scrapping of the MOU between Hanjin and POEA.

“POEA must not be used by Hanjin to harrass the latter’s former workers who had either resigned or were terminated from their shipyard job,” he said.

Lacbain also said that “POEA’s job is to facilitate employment of Filipinos abroad, not to prevent employment.”

He noted that in February, the POEA and Hanjin subsidiary KC Tech, Inc. forged the MOU that barred the ex-Hanjin workers from obtaining the required POEA clearance for their new foreign employment, unless they first paid Hanjin the cost of training they intially underwent for their initial employment at Hanjin’s shipyard facility in Subic.

Lacbain said that those trained in Korea were asked to pay back P200,000, while those trained locally were told to pay P100,000.

In a letter addressed to Lacbain, POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili admitted there was indeed an MOU between her agency and KC Tech, Inc. – Ding Cervantes - PhilStar

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Blogger's Comment

KC TECH having ceased operation months ago, the MOA . . . entered into by and between POEA and KC TECH obviously lost ground since one of the signatory to the agreement does not anymore exist. Since then... all workers with legal working contract with overseas employers should have been cleared by POEA to leave the country.

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  • I think that there's something fishy going on around here.Magkano kaya binayad ng hanjin sa poea?? of course wala namang aamin kung may lagayan na nagaganap diba? more than 700 na ang umaalis and still counting so i think there's something wrong about the company.Para kaming turing preso nung nagtrain kami sa korea tapos 250000 ang sinisingil eh ang kinakain lang namin sa breakfast sa korea eh nilambong na patatas,toge,at kanin.wala naman kaming natutunan sa training puro pahirap ang hanjin san kapa makakaita ng engineer na ang sahod is 7800 pesos? tapos wala ka pang makukuhang benepisyo pag namatay ka?wala ka na ngang work papahold ka pa para di makapagwork.greenbeach(formerly known as kctech)is a worst company here in the philippines

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/21/2008 10:00 AM  

  • Banning workers to work abroad is the worst thing to do. Inalisan na nga nila ng trabaho yung mga tao, pipigilan pa nilang makapagtrabaho abroad para kahit paano e umunlad ng kahit konri ang buhay.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/10/2008 10:10 AM  

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