MANILA – Filipinos now have more access to resources that would help them make an informed decision before applying for a job overseas.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in partnership with JobStreet.com, launched the online Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) on Tuesday.
"PEOS is supposed to help the OFW prepare in terms of the right information that he needs so he can be assured of his success in his working abroad," Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.
Baldoz added that the family should also take part in the decision-making. "All of them understanding the good and the bad, how to maximize the good and how to minimize the bad effects ng decision na yun. Any decision made with the family is a stronger decision than personal na decision," said Baldoz.
PEOS, which serves as the initial step when pursuing a job overseas, is currently given by the POEA on the ground through its 16 training venues across the country.
"We go around the country in order to educate people, applicants and would-be applicants for overseas employment," explained OIC Deputy Administrator Atty. Jesus Gabriel Domingo of the POEA's Licensing and Adjudication office.
Domingo said the PEOS online will help reach out to more people and spread its anti-illegal recruitment campaign to jobseekers through online and offline channels.
On-ground vs online seminar
POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said there is an advantage of having an online module. "Given this government and private sector endorsed facility, this is precisely a venue where our people could appreciate, believe and understand the information given to them."
For her part, JobStreet.com country manager Mary Grace Colet said those using the online PEOS can easily review the materials anytime, anywhere.
"Kapag on ground, pag tapos na yung seminar baka malayo pa byahe mo, mag-iipon ka na naman para makabalik. Matipid siya at pwede mo siyang balik-balikan. Marami tayong videos, maraming senses na magagamit na makakatulong sa pagaaral," Colet said adding that on guard seminar also has its advantage. "Sa on ground makakapagtanong kayo live, maka-klaro nyo ibang tanong".
Yolanda Buyco, marketing director of JobStreet.com, said the interactive website makes three promises to its users.
"It's very fast. It only takes seven minutes to finish one module, more or less. Very convenient, you can take it anywhere, using your laptop, desktop, mobile phones anytime, anywhere. Very comprehensive, it has all the information you need to be able to decide whether you want to go abroad and to prepare you for the work overseas," she said.
Packed with 8 modules
PEOS online has eight modules. Users need to understand and answer each module before he can open the next module.
The first module is about P.R.I.C.E.S.T. which stands for Physical mobility, relationship, income, career movement and direction, expenses, skills, and time.
Module 2 is about job search or where one can find employment the legal way. Module 3 tackles the POEA's campaign against illegal recruitment and teaches users about the schemes employed by recruiters.
Module 4 is about the prices and fees that an OFW needs to consider and pay should he decides to give the overseas job a go. Module 5 provides users details or provisions that they need to look into when signing contracts.
Module 6 provides information about a particular country, its culture and customs. Module 7 is about staying healthy and keeping safe in their host country, and Module 8 provides the users with a directory of POEA officials should they need assistance.
"We hope that those modules really educate jobseekers," Domingo said.
Users will receive certifications, which can be printed, upon completion of the PEOS online modules.
JobStreet.com said the PEOS online hopes to certify 200,000 users by end of 2014.
Meanwhile, the POEA is looking at making the PEOS online mandatory in the future.
"We will observe how this goes and if the response is positive and the modules are effective we will submit a proposal to the [POEA] governing body to make it mandatory," said Cacdac.
How to take PEOS online?
Users can sing up and log on to www.peos.poea.gov.ph with their details to access the learning modules on the website. Existing members of JobStreet.com may also use their account to access the PEOS online.
Once logged in, users can navigate through and complete all eight modules. Users can also review what they have learned by taking the Modular Assessment Test before proceeding to the next module.
After completing the modules including the tests, users will receive an email notification of their test results, plus a certificate of completion.