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Weekly Round-Up: PNoy Signs EO for Gov't Workers' Pay Hike

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1. PNoy signs executive order on gov't workers' pay hike

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President Benigno Aquino III has signed an executive order providing for increases in the salaries of government officials and employees including those in the uniformed services.

"The Executive Order provides the implementation of the first of the four tranches provided for in the proposed Salary Standardization Law of 2015 that has not been enacted by Congress," Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.

More of this here.

2. BPO firm to hire 6,000 more Pinoys

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California-based business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Alorica, Inc. is increasing its workforce in the Philippines after registering a robust growth of \$1.2 billion in revenues last year.

With its rapid expansion in the Philippines, Alorica is adding up to 450 seats in its facility in Makati and another 750 seats for its operations from Lipa, Batangas so they can accommodate as much as 3,500 new employees.

More of this here.

3. OFWs in Saudi Arabia face lay-off in Middle East oil crisis

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UAE Photo from Interaksyon[/caption]

At least 50,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the industrial section of Saudi Arabia will be affected by the current energy crisis in the Middle East by March, 2016, according to a migrant group protecting the rights of workers abroad.

Workers working under two of Saudi Arabia’s biggest contractors, Saudi Oger Ltd. and Bin Laden Co., will be primarily affected with the retrench.

More of thishere.

4. UAE can provide jobs for displaced OFWs

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WITH AFP STORY BY ASSAD ABOUD Foreign illegal laborers wait in a long
queue outside the Saudi immigration offices at the Al-Isha quarter of
the Al-Khazan district, west of Riyadh, on May 28, 2013. Saudi
authorities imposed new regulations on foreign workers to limit
irregularities and launched a deporting campaign of hundreds of
thousands illegal foreign workers, to try to reduce unemployment rates
among its own citizens, as more than 8 million foreigners have residency
in the booming kingdom's economy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ
NURELDINE Photo by Fayez Nureldine (via Rappler)[/caption]

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Director General Rosemarie G. Edillon said that Filipinos who will lose jobs in oil-dependent economies like Saudi Arabia can seek employment in United Arab Emirates as the country will host the Fifa Club World Cup in 2017 and 2018.

UAE’s preparations for its Fifa Club World Cup hosting, particularly construction activities, have caused a spike in demand for workers.

More of this here.

5. Successful Filipinos to give OFWs in Dubai tips on getting rich

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Dubai Photo by Jo Kearney (via Rappler)[/caption]

With many Filipino workers still broke despite working overseas for many years, a group of successful Filipinos and industry experts will offer free tips to OFWs wherever they may be, through the mobile app, The Wealthy Filipino Migrants.

More of thishere.

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