Monthly Archives: September 2013

Easy Day at the Beach

Some countries are freezing up until now due to the unusual extension of their winter season while in most tropical countries, sunburn and prickly heat are common sight now in these areas. In Tropical countries, the usual relief is a refreshing dip in a cool pool, lakes and the beach.

Beaches in Asian countries are considered to be one of the best. Sugary fine white sand that are mysteriously cool to the feet even at high noon, virgin coral beds teeming with different sea creatures and foliage which makes it a great snorkeling site. One may also enjoy the cool sea breeze while swaying the day away on a hammock handcrafted by the natives using indigenous materials which make it all the more cool because it is not synthetic. A glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice sweetened with natural honey may elevate the feeling of fresh and easy day at the beach.

There are a million and one ways to keep cool and fresh. One basic thing is proper hydration. Water is the perfect tool and readily available whenever heat tries to take its toll on you. Other options are fresh fruit juices like coconut water, watermelon, honeydew and other tropical fruits. It gives you lots of liquids plus the nutrients it carries with it.

It’s Time to Abolish the OEC for Good

This post is simultaneously posted in my other blogs.

A few days ago while browsing the net, I stumble upon an article about the top reasons why OEC must be scrapped. And for those who don’t know, OEC or Overseas Employment Certificate is a piece of document that OFW’s should procure and present to the Immigration Department upon living the Philippines to go back to your work abroad. One must have an OEC with them if you are a returning worker and you don’t need to have one if it is your first time to work abroad but you instead must secure a Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS). But that’s a different story.

It is elaborated in the article that the sole purpose of OEC is to provide proof that the person is a returning OFW and that every OFWs are exempted from paying travel tax and terminal fee in all international airports across the Philippines. And you can obtain OEC from any consulate and embassies of the Philippines abroad and in any POEA offices in the Philippines.

Upon reading the whole article, what catches my attention about the OEC is its impracticality in one sense. So hear me out on this one, “It is so true that you are paying a fee for this certain document in order for you to be exempted from paying other fees at the airport of departure”. That seems to be redundant to me and if you are going to think about it you are still paying roughly half of the amount of the travel tax and terminal fee. It really doesn’t make any sense that you have to pay a certain amount to be exempted from paying other fees. Much to it that there are alternative ways to prove that you are an OFW if the main concern is only to find proof that you certainly works abroad.

This just reminded me, at one time, when I was about to get an OEC at the Philippine Overseas Labor and Office wherein they ran out of forms and I was advised to get one in POEA in the Philippines before I return abroad. I guess it’s now time to abolish the OEC for good.