Monday, December 21, 2009

Complain Against SAN MARCELINO MEDICAL CLINIC



 



18 December 2009


Dr. FRANCISCO T. DUQUE III
Secretary
Department of Health (DOH)
Philippines
Tel. No. loc. 1125/1126; 743-6393;
743-1829 TF


Dear Dr. Duque;


I am an OFW who had been undergone through a medical examination for Employment abroad at SAN MARCELINO MEDICAL CLINIC, with address at No. 2118 Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila last July 03, 2009 as a preliminary VISA requirement for Qatar.

I want to bring out this issue to your good office and hoping it would be given necessary action since the above mentioned clinic has its accreditation from your office.

During the Medical Examination process, The Dentist named “Dr. Vangie” checked my teeth and recommend for OP (Oral Prophylaxis) and “Teeth-Pasta” for my 4 upper teeth around 11:50 AM and advice me to have my lunch first then I need to go back at 1:00PM for the OP and “Teeth-pasta” . When I came back it is not Dr. Vangie who works for the Oral Prophylaxis but Dr. Mae / Dr. Mae Orbegoso. She cleaned my teeth and I was surprise when she starts boring my upper teeth. I ask her why, as what I knew, I have no cavity, I never suffered tooth ache since birth, but she said, I could not see it but I do really need it so I just obey to her advice because I trust her and to her profession because she know better than me when it comes to dental matters.

While she is boring my right upper teeth, it seems that the tool she used to bore accidentally pushed deeper which I shouted for so much pain, I could feel it bleeding. It happened again in the right upper teeth but not much as painful as what had happened on the left. I suffered for 3 days which I could not really eat my regular meal. I could only drink milk and soft cooked rice “lugaw” because I could not chew any food. Every time when I start to chew, I could fell like my whole bones is moving, a strange feeling which I could not understand “NGEELOO” and it bothered me much so I came back to the clinic after 3 days and Dr. Mae make some adjustment for my teeth. I still suffer the same for another 5 days so I came back again and she replaced the “Teeth-Pasta” with another one and I fell lesser pain in the upper right portion, that point I could start chewing soft cooked meat and soft rice with less suffering of “Ngeelooo” and she said it’s alright I will just have to wait for 3 months and the teeth will turn back to normal. The left portion still so “ngeeloo” when I chew so I just let it that way for my expectation that after 3 months it will turn back to normal but until now there is no development for better. My teeth didn’t turn back to normal, I could not chew well, and I could not eat hard food.

Its more than 5 months now (December 18, 2009) but I could not still eat well. It affects me much. I could not eat the food I used to eat before; the “Ngeelooo” is still there. I am getting thin and it lost my appetite because if I will eat I would feel tired chewing using my right portion teeth only and it feels a bit painful if I will keep using it. I am aware that if I won’t chew the food very well, it could cause future problems for my digestions. The effect of their Oral Prophylaxis and Teeth-pasta done by Dr. Mae is really bad to my health. I could not be as healthy as I am before.

I don’t want to conclude but I care for all OFW who undergone their medical examination in such clinic because they did the same procedure to other OFWs; my sister who is in Taiwan now encountered the same. They advice my sister for oral prophylaxis and teeth-pasta with them but I stop my sister from having their Oral prophylaxis and Teeth-pasta services and advice her to visit and consult other dental clinic and the comment of the other dentist is; they could not make any teeth-Pasta because my sister’s teeth doesn’t have any cavity and they need to bore the teeth just to do it. I don’t want to make a negative conclusion for the aforementioned medical clinic but it seems that they do it just for money and money purposes only and I could not let this to keep happening to all OFW of what I have suffered now.

I have an attached document containing the San Marcelino Medical Clinic information.

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FIRST MAGELLAN OVERSEAS CORPORATION Information Center staff Fails

An EX-OFW Accountant who were making a walked in submission of application for FIRST MAGELLAN Accountant Job opportunities for Papua New Guinea was really disgusted after travelling in a heavy traffic highway of Manila then were just advised to go home by an information center staff by saying “Sorry , that job has been filled out recently”.

The applicant could not believe that that job would be filled out after a matter of hours when it was posted at an online job site. It was posted April 14, 2009 and he visited the office of First Magellan on the following day and got that sad reply. The vacancy is looking for 50 Accountants for Papua New Guinea. An Australian owned Construction Company who wants to hire Filipino Accountants.

Because of his doubt of the information staff, He go home and call the FIRST MAGELLAN and got a nice reply saying, oh, We madly need Accountant Applicants because the Australian Employer is coming very soon to conduct an interview. With that positive reply, he feels very happy for his long time desire to work in Papua New Guinea or Australia.

My comment to the Management of First Magellan, is Please check you Information staff whether she is doing her job or tired and want to rest.
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JENERICK International Manpower Caters Employers practicing Slavery to Filipinos in Bahrain

How are you going to define Slavery?

Check the exact definition of Slavery from Microsoft Encarta 2007.

slav•er•y [sláyvəree]
noun
1. system based on enslaved labor: the practice of, or a system based on, using the enforced labor of other people

2. condition of being enslaved laborer: the state or condition of being held in involuntary servitude as the property of somebody else

3. hard work: very hard work, especially for low pay and under bad conditions

4. state of being dominated: a state of being completely dominated by another
Microsoft® Encarta® 2007. © 1993-2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

It was April 18, 2009, Saturday were 1 on an aspiring OFW applied for a certain position at the Jenerick International Manpower, Inc located at Dian corner Casino St., Palanan Makati . An aspiring OFW reported us with a lot of incredulity after being faced in a panel interview with a Bahrain National as a representative of a certain recruitment agency in Bahrain.

Since the said aspiring OFW is new in the overseas career, it is still the time of observing about overseas job interview for the second time which not even given a chance to explain their part, their experience and their wants but right-away given the following information:

• The salary is Fixed (The salary is very low)
• 6 days a week (work)
• No overtime pay at any work or any load given to an OFW how long he/she would stay at night just to finished the job (This is a simple, basic form of slavery)
• If the 2 year job contract would not be completed, the OFW would be charged for all expenses from VISA Processing to plane tickets spent for them
• No food allowance

First and foremost is from being far from your family. Do you think that it is okay for you to have a very low salary, uncompensated at your most effort, and work in a very hot weather country, high risk from abused (sexually or job related), discrimination, with very hard work, overload, at no pay?

Based in our survey, Filipino working overseas are fast learner, very dependable, hard-working, good multi-tasker, and naturally born skillful and smart. Because of this, it would be supposed to be a big thing to be considerer by an employer to give value this kind of employees but instead were being abused in a form of slavery.

It such termed as slavery for qualifying the following issues:

1. Low salary

2. Very Heavy work opposite from what had been stated in the contract, overworked, underpaid.

3. Contracted to a certain job position with a certain salary amount but will work overload without overtime pay to more than one (1) job functions. This is a form of abusing the skills and capability of an OFW without giving any incriminations and incentives.

4. As a good worker with a high rate of Efficiency and Effectiveness, he/she must be compensated for being far from the family considering the emotions, longingness of the family, stress and family stability risks issues

5. The Bahrain is part of the Middle-East where the climate is not a healthful climate to a human being for being having so hot temperature mostly resulting to heat stroke.
6. The risk of the OFW must be considered also especially many issues that Filipino men and women are raped in many parts of the Middle-East. ( so the risk here is very high)

The aspiring OFW reported to us for his/her worry that some of the women were accepted the offer just to have work without thinking the high risk place where they would heading through.

Now if this Jenerick Agency is thinking for the well of their fellow Filipino, then why did they cater this kind of employer? Are they just thinking of Money, Money and Money to have commission after selling other Filipinos abroad at low price?

I hope the Jenerick will think of this many times before doing this again.. If you cater employer practicing slavery then, you must be liable to the victims and you must faced the violations from the Law of the PHILIPPINES you made for allowing those events to happen.
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KOUGEN International Promotion require and immediate GAMCA medical exam even without employer yet?

An applicant of the KOUGEN International Promotion, a Philippine Base Recruitment Agency located in Jeorge Bacobo St., Malate, Manila is complaining about the system of the KOUGEN.

A new OFW aspirant emails us and talks to us personally for his complain. He is a first timer to work abroad and without any employer yet, the KOUGEN required the applicant’s GAMCA medical examination and its about 2 months were in the KOUGEN is still marketing his profile to any Saudi base recruitment agencies and companies to find him an employer.

This system of KOUGEN is really a big foul! They make the applicant spend money for unsure employment opportunities. If the medical validity will expired, the applicant will spend again for another Phase 1 and 2 amounting to Php 3,000.00 (Three Thousand Philippine Peso) or more

This is so terrible. Applicant, you must have to know more about this. Be careful.
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LWV Construction Corporation sue to most of their hired employee for KSA with a baseless case

LWV Construction Corporation is a recruitment agency based in the Philippines who were hiring Filipinos to work under MMG Mohammad Al Mojil Group of Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They are one of the biggest recruitment agency sending almost 20 thousand Filipinos with a very low salary to MMG, in Saudi Arabia.

There are a lot of theories, why MMG is kept on changing employees. In the modern management system it is an indicator that the Management is isn’t good. Simply to say, the MMG Mohammad Al Mojil Group of Dammam, Saudi Arabia has a poor management system, low benefits and most of the events are unfavorable to the employees.

There were issues arises that the LWV Construction is keep on suing thousands of employees who refuses to return back to their client in Saudi Arabia. Those cases are given effort by our researcher and we have some copies of the demand of the LWV construction.

We have interviewed several OFW from MMG Mohammad Al Mojil Group of Saudi Arabia and they are exposing their sacrifices under the company;

1. Their Salary is very low compared to the other companies in Saudi Arabia who were hiring Filipinos.

2. Their salary bracket is at usually Php 10,000.00 to 13,000.00 (Ten Thousand to Thirteen Thousand Philippine Peso) - for Ordinary OFW (a salary rate which is usually given to most Filipinos working within the Philippines. – I want to make comment that this rate is a form of Slavery for OFW. A very low salary level.)

3. They were always received criticism from other Filipinos who work in a smaller company but receiving a higher pay than them. ( Pare Tanga ka ba? Ang baba nyan, tinanggap mo?)

4. They have so many works than other nationals but their salary is bigger even though they just have the same level job position. (well, where is the Philippine Negotiator or the Authorities concerned to give value to Filipino laborers and be treated as Expatriates)

5. They were discriminated and treated as TCN or Third Countries Nationals in the same level with Sri Lanka, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Indonesian and Vietnamese. (How are they going to be compared the Literacy of Filipinos with American Standard Education to those other countries mentioned?)

6. Their food is included in the package but the served food is unhealthy, dirty, and not delicious.

a. They called it as “UNHEALTHY FOOD” because 3 times a day, the food being served is chicken, beef, and chicken. No vegetables, very oily, and they always suffered indigestions.

b. The food is “DIRTY” because many times were they found a “band aid” included in the served food. (wow! Band aid? Included in the serving? So terrible)

c. Not delicious because the taste is not suit for the taste of Filipinos. ( they even called it as food for the pig)

7. The comfort room in their accommodation is very dirty. The stools would be floating at the back of their respective CR and just adjacent to their kitchen.

LWV Construction demands in their cases versus their employees

1. A demand for direct payment to them for the VISA amounting to Php 20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Philippine Peso)

To make it fare, we conducted a research of the right amount of the VISA but it is only SAR 200.00 (Two Hundred Saudi Riyal) for Exit and Exit-re entry VISA. Or a Php 2,000.00 (Two Thousand Pesos more or less)
- This is very clear that the LWV Construction is making money out of this
- Is this a second illegal business of the LWV Construction?
- Our proof for this amount was even emailed to us by a certain named “Gilbert ******” in the passporting department of MMG Mohammad Al Mojil group in Saudi Arabia stating that the Exit re-entry VISA is only SAR 200.00 (Two Hundred Saudi Riyal)

2. LWV Construction accuses their non-returning employees for “Breach of Contract”

We conducted surveys about this issue and we found out that the LWV Construction is telling a lie. Simply to say LWV Construction is a LIAR. We have compiled several copies of the non returning employees with their job contract and it is only 1 year renewable job contract.

- Why does the LWV Construction sue their non-returning employee for “Breach of Contract”? It is very clear according the Law and Obligation of Contract in the Philippines that any contract which not yet renewed, no proof of renewal, and unsigned will not constitute a breach of contract to the other party. And the non-returning employees didn’t sign any contract yet. Yet they finished the 1 year contract and they don’t want to renew it anymore because of the reasons they stated above.

3. Ticket booking amounting to $ 600.00 (Six Hundred US Dollar) which they demanded to their non-returning OFW.

Common logic! If you were the employer and your employee has finished their 1 year contract, are you going to buy ticket for them to returned to Saudi Arabia even if he/she did not renew his contract yet?
- In this Case the LWV Construction is demanding for payment to them for such amount. Do you think it is valid or a reliable demand? This is very impossible. Maybe this is another illegal business of LWV Construction
- If this is true also in the other hand, then we could say that indeed MMG Mohammad Al Mojil Group, of Saudi Arabia has a poor Management System for buying tickets to their employees which don’t have any assurance yet for returning back. A bit Crazy system would be.

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PRINCIPALIA Management & Personnel Consultants, Inc - Reklamo email not effective? or hinahack para ma delete ang complains

An EX-OFW emailed us for his anger after preparing a very perfect look for the interview at Pricipalia for their VOLVO Company – Qatar but arrived at PRINCIPALIA with nothing.

According to him, he was invited by a named “DALIAH” of PRINCIPALIA for an interview with an Employer from VOLVO CO. – QATAR for a certain date but when He visited the PRINCIPALIA office, the information just informed him that the Interview was postponed.

He felt to be exploding after waiting for 1 hour to be accommodated in PRINCIPALIA then just got the bad news!

My Comment to Ms DALIAH, please next time don’t let your applicants steps at your lobby and wait for so long then you will informed that the interview is postponed. You must have to call or text them. With a complete information, including your name and your Company.
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SUNWAY International Manpower Services is posting a Job vacancy online even though there is no real JOB

One of the OFW applicants emailed us (our email address would be found below) for his shit experience with SUNWAY International Manpower Services. He came from Pampanga a remote province from metro Manila. He inquires about the job posting of SUNWAY international in an online overseas jobsite, were he was advices to visit to SUNWAY office for a particular date for his interview.

He traveled from the province to Manila just for the said job opportunity but when he arrived at SUNWAY office, he was really disgusted to know after a very short interview of almost 1 minute by a staff of SUNWAY saying “ah okay, thank you for coming, we will just email or call you if there would be a job vacancy related to your field”.

He really forced to stop his anger while inside and open it to us.

Well, if you think to travel from the province for the invitation for interview and just heard 1 sentence information from the staff, you would explode! Thinking of the money you spent for transportation and documents they required. It’s really terrible. SUNWAY! You are foul!

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The Bargain of OFW applicants to the foreign workers in MABINI, Manila

I'm so happy one day after being contacted by the SAVE WAY INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER for an interview for Accountant Position – Qatar.

Actually I did not send any application to work abroad through that Agency because I didn’t know about them but because they email me, then I was curious to visit for the interview. I just wondered why they stated that they got my attachment which I remember I have an online resume at Workabroad.ph which they possibly get my information there online.

Their email is so inviting…

And here it goes…….

From: Save Way International Manpower [mailto: saveway.recruit@gmail.com ]
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:00 PM
To: ********@aol.com
Subject: Job Interview for *****************


Dear (undisclosed),

Good Day! We got your attached documents, and we are in need of people for the said position that we posted thru workabroad.

We are now inviting you to visit us for interview on March 23-24, 2009 at 10 am, here is our address Rm. 424 Saveway Intl Manpower Services Room 424 A. Mabini St. Ermita Manila. We are very near in Robinson Mall Pedro Gil. Pls look for Ms. April Quiap.

Pls let us know ASAP if you are coming. Here is our contact number 302-1161 and 302-3498 and mobile number 09297421946 and look for Ms. April..

Kindly bring required documents, passport, NBI, transcript of record if u have, diploma and certificate of employment.

Thank you very much
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April Quiap
Secretary
Saveway Intl Manpower Services
Ermita Manila, Philippines
Tel#: (+63) 2-3023498; 3021161
Fax#: (+63) 2-3382043
If you could see that kind of email, then you may think ohhh!! I will go there. It’s a big surprised when I arrived at their build which their elevator is about to retired. It don’t even close and the operator will need to pull it up to close manually, then when I goes up or down, your fear is “ Oh I hope this will not break on the way and fall us all down”.

I reached the SAVE WAY but unsave. Why? Because they are bargaining people to their employer. Beware. Do not go there or give your original documents because they are greed to own you. They will never return it back to you. Think of it is your own confidential personal document but after you withdraw from applying the position they offer with a very low salary, they will keep your document under their table and never return it back to you as what I experienced.

So be careful, SAVE WAY INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES is not recommended! They are a messed!

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The Philippine Government Authorities must imposed the Policy to the Recruitment Agencies

When posting a job vacancy in any job sites online, tele-marketing the job, or sending it via email to the applicants; recruitment agencies must have to show the following to be fair to the OFW applicants in spending their money for a certain job interview;


Name of the Employer: _______________________________

Address or Country of the employer: ___________________

Job Position available: _______________________________

The Salary rate: ____________________________________

Other Benefits: ____________________________________


Others: ___________________________________________


Most Recruitment Agencies are doing these unreasonable practices to their OFW Applicants;
1. They will hide the real salary rate offered by the employer to be sure that the applicant will come for the interview.

This is unfair because of the following;
A. The applicant would force to spend their hard-earned and saved money to Print a resume/CV and other documents as a preliminary requirement of the interview
a. Printing of Resume will cost P 5.00 to P10.00 per ( for 3 to 5 pages depending on its content/ a job detailed resume)
b. Photo copying of employment certificates, transcript of records, Passport, NBI, and other documents
c. Transportation expense from their province to Manila for Interview
d. Every interview even will cost much to the applicants and when the interview ends, his/her desired salary is not much to the job he is applying and spending for.
B. Many applicants are none Manila based. Some of them are from Mindanao and Visayas areas.
C. Most applicants will act only if they agreed with the posted salary offer

2. Most recruitment agencies especially in the OFW bargain place in Mabini, Ermita Manila are so greed for commissions and they will get all applicants original important documents like passport and NBI and refused to return it back to them after the applicant decided to back-out after knowing the bargain salaries.
A. Recruitment agencies did it to take control to the applicants possession and to make sure that the applicant could not make any application to other good agencies
B. This might be unlawful for the agencies to take control to somebody’s confidential information and personal identification like passport

3. Some Agencies will require an immediate GAMCA medical requirement to the applicants even though there is no employer yet.

A. This system will make the applicant spend money for unsure employment opportunities. If the medical validity will expired, the applicant will spend again for another Phase 1 and 2 amounting to Php 3,000.00 (Three Thousand Philippine Peso) or more

Those above issue must be given review and action by the Government Authorities Concerned this matter.

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Recruitment Agency must show these to be fair

Before making interview or job posting to any online website about the Job opportunities; the recruitment agency must have to show the following;

Name of the Employer: _______________________________

Address or Country of the employer: ___________________

Job Position available: _______________________________

The Salary rate: ____________________________________

Other Benefits: ____________________________________


It is a non valid reason to say that, the recruitment agency has no knowledge of how much is the salary rate because they make it as bases of their placement fee in cash or salary deduction methods. If the employer wont unleashed the salary rate then most probable this employer is “Barat” and practicing some form of slavery to OFW. This must be clear.

I some cases, they employer would be possible to say an amount or a bracket depending to the applicant’s job experiences but it would be open to the public so that the applicant might have time to decide if he/she will come to the interview or not. Because as what had happen to most recruitment agency is to make hidden about the salary rate, just to make the applicants come for the interview which is unfair. With today’s crisis, the Valued OFW must be given impartiality because they help Philippines to keep standing in the midst of crisis with their dollar remittances. And during the interview process, it is unfair to all PFW to spend money and documents as requirement for the interview then end to nothing because the offer is below what they are expected. The rate is for the “Slaves”.

The DFA, POEA and other government authorities must have to act on this issue. Because this is very unfair to OFW applicants. And the Philippine Government must protect his people against this simple form of Slavery to the OFWs abroad.

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ILO warns of rise in human trafficking due to financial crisis

MANILA, Philippines – Many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) opt to sneak out of the country to work abroad but sadly end up as sex slaves, the International Labor Organization (ILO) warned yesterday.
ILO executive director Linda Wirth said many people worldwide, including Filipinos, may likely accept risky and questionable offers of employment as a result of the prevailing global financial crisis.

Although the ILO has no data to prove the surge in the number of human trafficking victims, Wirth said economic pressure is a major factor that increased illegal activities.
She said illegally deployed workers and human trafficking victims are more prone to exploitation and more likely to suffer sexual abuse than documented workers.

“When they go to their destinations, they find themselves locked up with passport taken away, given no salary, made to work long hours seven days a week. They are in the situation of labor exploitation,” Wirth said.
She said there is nothing more difficult than working in a sex den, forced into prostitution or suffering sexual abuse in the confines of private homes.
“Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to untangle the labor and the sexual exploitation,” she said.
She voiced concern that as the global financial crisis hits more communities “there will be more temptation to take risky offers.”
“We are worried that there could be an increase in human trafficking,” she explained.
The Philippines is not as badly hit by the economic crisis as other countries, but the number of people affected by the financial slump may increase with the crisis expected to continue until 2010.

“Fifty thousand more reportedly lost their jobs in the Philippines, but we have to think of the subsidiary workers, the informal economy, the tricycle drivers, women who make the food for the workers. They are also falling out and yet not counted in the official statistics,” Wirth pointed out.
Many Filipino migrant workers may be forced to stay in other countries to work rather than come home.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral said there is no solid evidence to prove the increase in illegal recruitment and human trafficking because of the economic crisis.
However, she admitted that the DSWD receives reports of human trafficking through the airports, particularly at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga.
She also reported that in Zamboanga, 500 people come by boat from Malaysia every week and many of them enter the country illegally and are victims of trafficking. A majority of the victims are women below 18 years old.

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