Friday, April 26, 2019
Deal directly with us, Embassy tells bosses
This will prevent the employers and workers from falling victims to irresponsible licensed recruitment and employment agencies in the country taking advantage of the exercise by charging exorbitant service fees.
So far, the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) has never authorised any agency in Sabah to legally facilitate recruianent and employment documentation for Filipino workers except those applying for emplojnnent of domestic helpers.
To safeguard the interest and welfare of employers and Filipino workers, the Embassy announced in its official facebook account the Iaunching of its special consular mission for plantation and agricultural workers in Sabah.
The announcement said the special consular mission will issue Philippine passports and register births of undocumented Filipino workers (including dependents) seeking employment in the two sectors.
The two special groups of workers mentioned under the five-month amnesw programme sponsored by the host country are advised to strictly adhere to the specific guidelines of the Embassy.
The Embassy said the guidelines would help prevent applicants from falling victims to unauthorised agents and, at the same time, speed up consular application procedures.
The guidelines are:
1. Employers should send a request letter to the Embassy together with the registration form for passport applications.
2. For workers and dependents who will also apply for Report of Birth (ROB), employers are advised to send a separate list of ROB applicants.
3. No need to engage and pay the services of any individual(s) or agency(s). Employers may directly send their request to the Embassy through its official email address: email@example.com on or before April 30, 2019.
4 0nce the request has been approved, the Embassy's consular section will contact the employers for the administrative arrangements.
5. Plantation owners and agricultural employers are advised to prepare the requirements for the Philippine passport and ROB applications.
To avail free official applications and other information, the public are advised to visit the Embassy's website at http://www.philembassykl.org.my/main/images/ppt-req.pdf
Applicants are also at liberty to contact the Embassy consular section at (603) 21484233 local 119 during office hours.
The Embassy also wishes to remind both local employers and Filipino workers to submit their respective applications on or before April 30.
The submission of all'the application forms will help the Embassy, determine exact number of staff for the Sabah special consular mission team, duration and specific date of arrival.
The Malaysian Government officially laul\ched its regularisation prograinme for plantation and agricultural sectors in Sabah on April 1. It will condnue until Sept 30.
Sabah Immigration Department Director Datuk Musa Sulaiman said the five-month long programme allows local employers to legalise their Filipino and. Indonesian workers working iuegally within the plantation and agriculture sectors.
However, he said the department would only accept applications fiom employers until June 30.
He said foreign workers without any valid, passes or permits, as well as those whose permits expired beforejan 1, 2019, would be allowed to participate in the programme.
However, Musa stressed that the illegal workers would have to pay compound fines of RM3oo each, but their children would not be Gned forillegauystayingin the State.
Musa added that the worker, Ms wife and their child would be required to pay RM100
each for the special pass under the programme.
For illegal workers in the plantation sector, the cumulative cost for each Indonesian
worker will be RM1,705 for the wife and RM770 for each child.
For Filipinos, it will cost RM1,747 for the worker, wife (RM1,112) and child (RM812).
For those in the agriculture sector, the total cost for each Indonesia worker would be RM1,525, wife (RM1,070) and child (RM770), while for Fiiipino workers it would cost RM1,567, Wife (RM1,112) and child (RM812).
By Nikko Fabian
Posted by wikisabah at 2:18:00 PM