The Importance of ASEAN integration in the Philippines

The Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Integration is one of the major pillar and ultimate goal of the ASEAN Community. It is the focal goal of the ‘’ASEAN Community in 2015’’ which the ASEAN Country Regions has convened to form last 2007.

The Philippines as one of the members of the ASEAN countries is an active contributor to the organization since its creation in August 1967 which is expected to expedite their social growth and other aspects of living through a support from the Association.

 According to an expert at the Punongbayan And Araullo CEO Business Forum in Makati City, Philippines is ‘’on track’’ with efforts to integrate its economy with those of its co-member in the Association of South East Asian Nations. Asean Integration as the major pillar of the ASEAN Community will really a big foundation that could help the Philippines to strive more when it comes to trade and finance. Although the Philippines compliance with integration targets through policies and tariff rules decreased to 74% in the 2010 to 2011 review period from 94.55% in 2008 to 2009, the country is still ‘’on track’’ and have chance to play a key role in seamless registration trade, travel and banking, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Lim Hong Hin said.

The ASEAN Integration in 2015 aims that the Region’s 10 member countries including the Philippines be transformed into a single market and production base that is highly competitive, and fully integrated into the global economy.

As Ayala Corporation Chair Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala stated in an interview, Philippines should play an active role in pursuing the integration of Southeast Asan economies. Contrary to fears that the Philippines could lose out in a regime of tighter market competition in the region, Zobel opined that the country actually had comparative advantages that should make integration beneficial to Filipino businesses.

ASEAN Integration would help to lower the cost of living. “Goods produced domestically may not be the cheapest option for the value you want,” Ronald Mendoza, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government, told Rappler on Tuesday, April 25. “If we open up our borders to trade, this is a possibility for us to lower some of the costs that we are faced with, and in a way, what we’re doing here is increasing the purchasing power of the population.” The ASEAN Economic Community aims to minimize or negate levies incurred between countries, which will let the prices of goods to go down. This will now end to a Filipino citizen into a salary which he will really feel its value because he can be able to afford the low cost of services and foods.

ASEAN Integration would also help to boost investment to develop industries in the country and to increase the foreign investment by removing restrictions and adopting international best practices. Another goal of ASEAN Integration is to facilitate the free flow of skilled labor. This would allow the national from ASEAN countries to seek and apply for work abroad. It’s aiming to facilitate the visas and employment passes for professional and skilled workers which will really compensate them and would increase their productivity in work.

The chance to go abroad to work is not only limited for workers but also for students who want to study. ASEAN universities are augmenting their cooperation which will allow increased movement for students in the region. Why is this important?

“Our young people are able to experience going to ancient sites in Myanmar and Cambodia, and going to school in places like Singapore and Indonesia, making friends not just with Filipinos but those of many other nationalities with many other religions, that will hopefully make the next generation a lot more open minded and stronger than this one,” said by Ronald Mendoza.

“They will be much more capable than ours will ever be because of the limitations of what we grew up with. So this I think is what we’re building here,” he said. “When you open up to something like this, and you have a vision of what that can do especially to your young people, it's going to make them a lot stronger. That’s really what we aspire for.”

One thing more, through the ASEAN Integration, member countries support each other in preventing the rampant piracy, terrorism, and drug trafficking which is actually happening at the moment.
 ASEAN integration makes it quicker to achieve these goals by working together, rather than individually. Finally, with their strong determination helping one another and full of cooperation, Philippines, and other South East Asian nation will soon turn to a more and better nation.

source: rappler
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New Zealand Announces 5,000 Job Openings For Filipino

Another great opportunity is waiting for our Filipino workers. According to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), New Zealand has announced that it needs 500 servicemen or skilled workers to work in their country. Due to the major earthquake that affects the whole nation in the year 2011, it creates big chaos to them. Now they are needing of manpower to rehabilitate their country, especially in the construction industry.

In a report on ABS-CBN News, the country of New Zealand is currently looking for 1928 Carpenter, 499 masons, 427 farm workers, 397 filter tyre/tech, 361 scaffolders, 329 drivers, 309 pipe fitters, 226 machine operators, 201 painters, 167 laborers and 100 auto technicians.

Once they hired, they could earn as much as 3520 New Zealand dollars and if we are going to convert it to Philippine Rate, it would be a rough equivalent to P131,000 (P37-1NZ Dollar) for laborers, machine operators, masons, and drivers. The carpenters could also earn slightly lower than 2,400 New Zealand dollars, or P89,000.

However, due to many nos. of applicants, New Zealand will be strict on their screening. Not everyone is qualified to apply because one of their qualification is to only accept applicants who have also work experience abroad. He/she should work for more than 3 years in other country and familiar with the modern equipment they are using.

According to the Philippine Association of Service Exporters Incorporated (PASEI), they surely verify the applicant’s background about his work experience. They call up their previous employees in order to know the reliability of the applicant.

The processing of New Zealand jobs could take around 3 months before the employer give his approval to the applicant so, despite the longer period of processing, there is no placement fee required for the application. One thing more, hire skilled workers could make a petition to bring their family and be a citizen of New Zealand after a year of working in the country.

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How To Check POEA Job Order by Country, Position and Agency

The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is an agency of the government of the Philippines which is mandated to open benefits of the overseas employment program of the Philippines. It is the main government agency assigned to check and monitor recruitment agencies for Filipino workers who will work in our country and in abroad where Filipinos rights are protected.
In order to know the available jobs in other countries and its legitimacy, you can open the POEA website to know furthermore.

The first thing to do is to go to POEA website link ( where you can check the jobs order. Once clicking the link, the page will now start to load and there will be 3 links to appear where you can search available job orders by country, position or by recruitment agencies. Select one which you know will give you what you are looking for.

If you decide to open the link ‘’search available job orders by position’’ you can enter your desired job position in the toolbar. After it, you can now sort the result by date, country or agency.

For the next option, you can check POEA Job orders by country. Of course, here you can search your job position through countries which will appear in the drop down selection. By clicking the submit button, all the available job positions will appear in the specific country you selected.

The last choice you can be able to check the POEA job orders is by agency. If you wanted to open the link on ‘’search available job orders by agency’’ it will take you to the page where you can also choose the job position available under POEA licensed recruitment agency from all the choices.

If you plan to look for a job, you can always use the website of POEA to save you from illegal recruiters in the future and where you can be also able to save more money and efforts.
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Benefits of an "Online English Teacher" for Filipinos

Online English Teaching is one of the trending and popular job today not only in the Philippines but in the whole world. This kind of work doesn’t need an institution or school where you will conduct teaching, your home can now be your workplace.

For just like professional teachers who are teaching in an institution and accept a high range of salary, you can also be more like them. You can be more like them in the sense that you have many privileges and benefits to gain.

If you have to work at home as online English Teacher, you have all the freedom. All that you need is a stable connection of internet and ideas about your lesson for you to have a good communication with your student abroad.

Even if you are hired by an agency, you can be still the boss of yourself. You can decide whatever plans regarding your teaching works. You manage your own time, decides how many hours you will a lot of your work and can change your schedule whenever you want. That is a very cozy feeling.

For those people who love to sleep long length of hours in the evening till morning, you don’t need to be worry and wake up early every day to work on time. Since you’re the manager of your time, you can wake up in your desired hour before your schedule. No dress code needed, just face in front of your computer, wearing a formal attire with a slipper and no heels needed. It’s a very comfortable way of working.

If you ever taught in a school, there are many issues about discipline to face on. Maximum tolerance is really important for hard headed students and abundant lessons to prepare. But in online teaching, you don’t need to be exhausted and be bothered about those issues anymore because you have the complete concentration you wanted and the good aura or your workplace. One thing more, your benefits of being an online teacher is to have lesser work. It’s no longer necessary to make any lesson plan, check test exams and give grades. What just you need is the lesson you will teach in your every schedule of work.

As a passionate teacher who really dedicates his life in teaching, you’ll be happy seeing the fruit of your efforts. Your student’s interest and willingness to learn in every part of your lesson has a big impact on you as their motivator. Of course, it will help you to lower your tension and in the end of your discussion, you will realize that you are a productive worker.

source: ABS-CBN news
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Pinoy Work From Home, Earns P20,000 to P40,000 a month.

One of the trending work today is the home-based job.  Nowadays, it is where a lot of Pinoys spend their time and efforts in this modern and productive way of living.

Now, you can work at home and earn money from the different social networks and websites on the internet as long as you have a stable connection.

Working at home is really very convenient. This helps home based employees to become more flexible on their time and reduce tension or stress thinking to pass their reports on the scheduled time. Working at home is also very useful because it helps you to save your money.  There are no longer hassle transportation, no allowances to budget, and no decent clothing and foods to prepare.  If you have small children to take care, you can still do it while working. There are really numerous advantages when you choose to stay and work at home.

According  To Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), they estimate that there will be 2.5M telecommunicating jobs to be made available in the next 6 years for Filipinos. Because of the tremendous demand for such jobs, a bill was passed, waiting for the approval in Congress where it aims to protect the rights and provide benefits for workers in the home.

From a report, ABS-CBN news revealed that remote workers in the Philippines can earn around P20,000 to P40,000 a month.

A virtual assistant worker for an Australian company, Bheng Celon said that she earns around $3 to $10 per hour. As a working mom, Amber Lupena, 22-year old, can also earns P20,000 to P22,000 monthly as a social media manager and marketer for 2 clients based in the U.S. She prefers to stay and work at home to have more time for her family.

If working at home, keep in mind that you also have to invest money on stable Internet connection, electricity, community devices and other equipment.
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OFW MUST READ: Things That Should Prepare Before Going Home

The life of being an OFW is not that so easy. The scenario that you are far from your family is like the feeling that you are in the outside world. As a parent, you need to sacrifice more for your family. You need to look for a job where it can sustain their needs and save big earnings for your children’s future but from your first day abroad, you need to already strictly set your plan if when will you turn back in the Philippines and how long will you stay in your workplace?

As stated by a successful businessman who is a 0FW before, ‘’It is a long range plan so OFWs must have their own plan too. And the plan must start with increase capacity to reduce expenses by himself at the job site and his family, they augment with increased effort to save monthly’’. This is the one reason why most OFW fail. They thought that working in abroad is everlasting so they really enjoy the benefits of earning. Later when they realize this fact, they are out of time to catch up. They ended up going home without savings, money or any. Before thinking of going home in your country, you must consider a lot of things.

When you realize that it is now your perfect time to leave your work abroad, make sure that you already have enough money for your daily life in your country with your family. You must be practical in all aspects thinking that you would not want to go home with a budget that will last for only a month. Make sure that you can continue to support and provide the needs of those people who depend on you. Try to consider for any alternative business or job in your country. You need to take a rest after years of tiring work abroad buy o need to have a continuous source of income for your family.

As your time goes by working in another country, you also need to apply for any medical or health insurance where you can cover your family as your beneficiaries. Even though you can’t use it abroad but time will come, you and your family will be benefited to them in the future. It will help you to lessen your expenses, also try to apply to other insurance that will really help you a lot in time of emergency.

Think wise and more than twice. The hard life of being an Overseas Filipino Worker is really aching. They left their family in the Philippines, let their children grew up without their proper guidance and protection. They choose to embrace to work alone and depart from their love ones so as an OFW, you should be vigilant in planning and saving your earnings. Soon, you will come back to your original life you left in the Philippines without anything that will bother you. There are no regretful things to ponder of because you believe that you had made the best and right decisions.

source: jbsolis
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