Advice for OFWs set to leave for abroad

Posted at 12/05/2012 12:21 PM | Updated as of 12/06/2012 11:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Are you set to leave the country to work abroad?

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) offers some tips for OFWs who are set to work overseas.

The "Sampung Bilin ng PDOS" (10 reminders of PDOS) are as follows:

1. Isa-isip ang gusto mong makamit sa iyong pagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa. Ito ang susi ng inyong tagumpay. (Remember your reasons for working abroad. This is the key to success.)

2. Ihanda ang sarili sa trabahong haharapin sa labas ng bansa. (Prepare yourself for your new job).

3. Tandaan ang iyong responsibilidad at karapatan. Ito ay gabay mo sa pagganap sa iyong tungkulin. (Keep in mind your responsibilities and rights).

4. Umangkop sa batas at kultura ng bansang pupuntahan. Ito ay iyong magiging pansamantalang tirahan. (Follow the rules and culture of your host country.)

5. Pangalagaan ang kalusugan. Kailangan ang malusog na pangangatawan sa trabahong gagampanan. (Take care of your health. You need to be healthy to accomplish your job.)

6. Buksan ang isipan sa bagong kaalaman at kasanayan. Ito ay hagdan ng tagumpay. (Open yourself to new ideas and skills.)

7. Makipag-ugnayan sa pamilyang naiwan. Panatilihing buo ang pamilya kahit malayo ka. (Always keep in touch with your family.)

8. Mag-ipon dahil ang katuparan ng iyong mga pangarap ay nakasalalay dito. (Save your money.)

9. Maghanda at magplano para sa iyong pagbabalik. (Prepare and plan for your return to the Philippines.)

10. May mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na makakatulong sa oras ng pangangailangan. Huwag mag-atubiling sila ay lapitan. (There are government agencies in your country of destination ready and willing to help you in times of dire needs. When that situation comes, do not hesitate to approach them.)

The one-day PDOS is a requisite for any OFW before leaving the country.

"We, at the Labor Department, want to make sure that our OFWs receive all kinds of support that we can give by ensuring that they know their rights, that they are protected, and that they are holistically prepared once they set foot in another country," Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.