Filipinos are now required to contribute to the Pag-ibig fund if they intend to work abroad. Based on a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) directive, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be charged P600 to be able to get their Overseas Employment Certificate.
The amount will cover 6 months. Thereafter, the workers will pay a monthly due of P100. Those already working abroad will automatically be covered by the directive.
A rights group fo Filipino migrants however hit the mandatory membership, saying OFWs are already saddled by several charges.
"Before it is only optional, not mandatory, thus giving OFWs and their dependents leeway to choose which is better, appropriate, and practical considering the family's priority, to get a housing loan from Pag-ibig of just gradually built their own house from their earnings," said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator. [more]
"Ang hirap ng buhay ngayon"