OFW one-stop shops now in 11 regions

ELEVEN of the 18 regions of the Philippines now have their own One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (Ossco), according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

In a statement, the POEA said that aside from the one in its main office in Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, there are 10 other Osscos that have opened since.

“Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may now avail [themselves] of the services of the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs in 10 provinces outside Metro Manila,” said the POEA.

The 10 Osscos are at the Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City (Cordillera Administrative Region); Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga (Central Luzon); Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Regional Office 4A in Calamba City (Calabarzon); Robinson’s Place, Puerto Princesa City (Mimaropa); SM City, Cebu City (Central Visayas); Robinson’s Place, Iloilo City (Western Visayas); Dole Regional Office 8, Tacloban City (Eastern Visayas); Owwa Regional Office 9, Zamboanga City (Zamboanga Peninsula); Owwa Regional Office 10, Cagayan de Oro City (Northern Mindanao); and New City Hall, Koronadal City (Soccsksargen).(MORE)

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A quick tour inside the modern cave of Japan

HAVE you ever tried walking through the cave with steel stairs inside for convenience? How about going to the top of a hill via an escalator?



At Ryugado Cave of Kami, Kochi Prefecture in the Shikoku Island of Japan, you will experience all these things. Don’t get me wrong, though. Amid these modern facilities to reach different points of the cave, one can still enjoy the experience, especially with its natural beauty. (MORE)

No more tax on balikbayan boxes starting Dec. 25

THE Duterte administration has come up with the rules exempting balikbayan boxes from taxes to be effective on Christmas Day, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) concerning the consolidated balikbayan boxes will take effect on December 25 after the BOC and the Department of Finance (DOF) signed Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016.

CAO 05-2016 serves as the IRR on Section 800 (g) of the Customs and Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), and covers the sending of balikbayan boxes by Qualified Filipinos While Abroad (QFWA) to their families and relatives. (MORE)