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Filipino authorities cap Dubai travel clearances
Labour office will only accommodate 500 applications a day during peak months
If appointments to get OECs can be booked online in Manila, why can't it be done in Dubai as well? Decreasing the number of OECs to be processsed in a day is not the solution, but increasing the number of staff. The Consulate should adjust and increase the number of their staff to serve the OFWs. Imagine many employees have to take a day off to go to the Consulate not knowing whether they can be accommodated or not, it's very inconvenient and a waste of time. Even if we wake up early, there is a tendency for many people to be there early as well to get in, and still we'll never know if there is a long queue or not. The Consulate should be more considerate and systematic.
Manny, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I remember 13 years ago when I started as an OFW that they had the card system and we can pay by Visa and it was going to be online. I usually take my OEC in the Philippines when I go on vacation to save time since I know that taking it in Dubai takes a whole day. With this solution of capping the number of applicants is really not the way forward. In this digital age and I do not know the budget or the amount of money POEA and OWA receives from the government funds from our contribution to the nation's GDP, the solution they presented is not really positive. They should just make it ONLINE and make everyone happy! As an OFW, we contribue so much to the GDP of our nation, use our money wisely please!
Ian, Cebu, Philippines
If your staff are overworked then add more staff, don't tell me you don't have the funds to hire more people. Plus if you really want to serve OFWs then open the embassy and consulate on saturdays. Imagine, we need to sacrifice one day salary just to go to your office and pay for OEC or whatever documents we require which for sure will be charge with good amount of Dirhams. Its a double whammy for us OFW's, its like being hit two times at the same time.
Pedro Aquino, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Labour office can even set up a booth anywhere, why don't they set up also in Bur Dubai, Karama (St. Mary's Church) and Satwa to help other kababayan?.
Neneng Juanit Nao, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Why can't they provide an E-service to apply for an OEC.. come on we are in a new generation now?! Philippine consulate is still stacked with the old procedure for going to consulate and waiting in a long queue for hours. E-service would save a lot of our time and save OFW's money too. Long queue in consulate means we need to take either a whole day/half day off in order to obtain an OEC. That's totally crazy.
gie, dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 off day to get appointment, 1 off day for queing and processing. I forgot to wear shoes, pants, need to go back again - 1 off day lost. (I live far from consulate if you must know). Pinoy car lift - more expensive than taxi! Me - no off day! some, Fridays off. Oops consulate is closed. Hhmm, what about Phils. and UAE public holidays - oh noh they're closed too!
Concern Pinoy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Did you know that if you get your OEC in Phils. you have to do it from the start because they're not linked-up to each other? You also have to produce your contract and bunch of other stuff. If you happen to get it in Ortigas, you have to spend 1 whole agonizing day! How convenient is that?
Ivan King, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Philippines consulate should advertise all other services on TV like TFC or ORBIT to inform all filipino OFW.
Ronald, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Please add manpower, have online application submission and night schedule (5-9pm), so we OFW's don't need to be absent or go for half day work. This is Philippine government responsibilities to give services at their best.
May, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
a brilliant way to make money out of our hardworking Filipino overseas foreign workers. It is disappointing that the government is not giving us and providing the needs we didnt see any improvement. concerned officials are well paid off and the govt made it so hard on the OFWs. in fact payment are increasing.
sheila, dubai, United Arab Emirates
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