Foreigners living in Davao Area told to claim I-Card!

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded foreigners staying in Davao Region to claim their alien certificate card (ACR I-Card) at the BI regional office in Davao City.

In the official website of BI, Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. appealed to the foreigners concerned to get their ACR I-Card so they will not encounter problems on their immigration status.

David said the I-Card is an “important and indispensable” document that every foreigner, who holds a non-immigrant or immigrant visa in the Philippines, must obtain.

He said a foreigner, who holds a non-immigrant or immigrant visa, should present the I-Card to immigration officers at a Philippine port of entry every time he or she enters or exits the country.

David warned that the visa of a foreigner will be downgraded to tourist, if one arrives or departs the country without the I-Card.

“This card is proof of a foreigner’s legal residence status. Without it, a foreigner is deemed improperly documented and may be sanctioned for violating our immigration and alien registration laws,” he added.

BI Executive Director Eric Dimaculangan said many of the unclaimed I-Cards have been in his office for several months now.

“I cannot understand why the owners of these I-Cards do not bother to claim them. Perhaps, they do not know how very important these cards are,” Dimaculangan said.

He also advised foreigners who applied for I-Card issuance to check with the BI website at www.immigration.gov.ph if their cards are ready for release.

Under the rules, foreigners, whose petition for an immigrant or non-immigrant visa was approved by the BI, must apply for their I-Card to perfect their residence status in the country.

The I-Card also serves as the foreigners’ reentry and exit permit, thus they must bring it whenever they travel in and out of the country.

New minimum wage in COLA effective on Labor Day in Davao Region!

By May 1, minimum wage earners in Davao Region will get a P10 increase in their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The additional P10 in the worker’s COLA will increase the minimum wage of the region from the P260- P291 to P270-P301.
This is the second tranche of the P15 COLA increase set under Wage Order No. RB XI-17 issued last December 2011. The first tranche of P5 was implemented in January 1 of this year.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-XI) issued the Wage Order No. RB XI-17, which sets the pay of non-agricultural workers and those employed in the retail and service establishment with more than 10 workers to P301 per day.
This consists of a basic minimum wage pay of P286 and aggregate COLA of P15.00. Meanwhile, those in the agricultural sector will get P276 and those working in retail and service establishments with less than ten workers will receive P275.
According to Department of Labor and Employment – XI regional director Joffrey Suyao, the RTWPB initiated a hearing to determine the necessity of a wage increase in the region last September 2011.
The findings prompted the board to issue such COLA adjustment.
Suyao said numerous hearings and deliberations were conducted and tripartite board members were armed with current data of regional economic indicators to ascertain the levels of adjustment.
He said the wage order will help minimum wage earners get reprieve from dealing with increasing prices of basic commodities.
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