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    • MoPH: Covid-19 travel and return policy with minor amendments to continue

      Doha: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on their website that as part of State of Qatar’s plans for the gradual lifting of restrictions imposed to respond to COVID-19 pandemic, the previously announced travel and return policy was reviewed and agreed that implementation shall continue with minor amendments effective on 22nd October. The policy includes the following: First: Traveling Abroad Policy Citizens and Residents can travel abroad at any time, provided they adhere to the travel and return policy. Those wishing to travel must be aware of the precautionary measures implemented in the country they plan to visit in terms of quarantine policy, its duration, and the requirement to provide a COVID19-free certificate. Employees must coordinate with their employers about the dates of their travel and return to Qatar. They should consider the quarantine period when planning their trip. Second: Return and Entry Policy 1. Testing and Quarantine Policies Travelers returning from low-risk countries must have COVID-19 test upon arrival at the Airport, and sign a Home Quarantine Undertaking to comply with the home quarantine procedure for a week, noting that their health status on Ehteraz’s application will be yellow, indicating that the individual is under quarantine. On the sixth day, the individual should visit one of the PHCC healthcare centers to re-test for COVID-19. If the test result is positive, the individual is isolated and their health status on Ehteraz will change to red. If it is negative, then the quarantine period is completed by the end of the seventh day and their health status on Ehteraz will change to green. It should be noted that the COVID-19 Green List will be published on the Ministry of Public Health’s website and announced by the Civil Aviation Authority. The COVID-19 Green List will be reviewed and updated regularly based on public health indicators in Qatar and around the world. Travelers from the other countries, where approved COVID-19 testing centers are not in place, should be hotel quarantined at their own expense for a week. They should book a hotel quarantine for a week from the listed hotels on the “Discover Qatar” website. These individuals will require a COVID-19 re-test on day 6. If the result is negative, and the individual is asymptomatic, they are released from the hotel on the 7th day to continue the quarantine period at home for another seven days. Their health status on Ehteraz will remain yellow and will change back to green at the end of the quarantine period, which is 14 days in total. If there are MOPH approved COVID-19 testing centers at the country of travel, a COVID-19-free certificate should be obtained from one of these centers to be exempted from testing at the Airport. The Certificate should not exceed 48 hours before travel, noting that the list of COVID-19 testing centers is updated regularly on the Ministry of Public Health’s website. In the case of home quarantine, the accommodation conditions should be suitable and have a separate room with its ensuite bathroom. If the accommodation is not appropriate, one of the hotel quarantine packages must be booked for the quarantine period through the “Discover Qatar” website. People must adhere to the home quarantine guidelines to protect themselves and their family. If the traveler was a minor, their official guardian should sign the Home Quarantine Undertaking. 2. Citizens, their Spouses and Children, Permanent Residency Holders, and GCC Citizens: Citizens, their spouses and children, permanent residency holders, and GCC citizens can return to the State of Qatar at any time, provided that they adhere to the travel and return policies according to the countries of travel. Citizens, their spouses and children, permanent residency holders, and GCC citizens shall bear the cost of the hotel quarantine for a week, provided that the booking is made through “Discover Qatar.” If the individual’s accommodation condition doesn’t meet the home quarantine criteria, the hotel booking should be for 2 weeks. Patients receiving treatment abroad at the expense of the State, along with their escorts, shall be exempted from the cost of the hotel quarantine. The same applies to the employees who are on official missions, provided that the hotel quarantine conditions applies. 3. Residents: Residents were allowed to return to the State of Qatar on 1st August by applying for an “Exceptional Entry Permit” through the “Qatar Portal” website. The employer should submit an “Exceptional Entry Permit” application for the company/ institute’s employees electronically via the “Qatar Portal” website. A similar process applies to domestic workers. The employer shall bear the costs of the quarantine in the dedicated facilities for two weeks, provided that the booking is made through the “Discover Qatar” website. 4. Vulnerable Groups Eligible for Home Quarantine: The following vulnerable group returning from travel (Qatari and Residents) and their immediate family members living in the same household, including their domestic helpers returning with them are eligible for home quarantine: Persons aged 55 years old and above. Recipients of an organ or bone marrow transplant. Patients with hypertension who are on treatment. Patients with conditions that require immune-suppressive treatment. Patients with heart failure or coronary artery disease. Patients with moderate to severe asthma. Cancer patients with metastasis and those on treatment (Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy). Pregnant females (any trimester). Nursing mothers with children aged 0-5 years. Patients with End-Stage Renal Failure (ESRD) or on dialysis. Patients with Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) and decompensation. Patients with lower-limb amputations. People with disabilities where they are dependent on others for their activities of daily living. Children with disabilities and their mothers. Patients with epilepsy and on treatment. Patients with diabetic foot infections. People with deceased first-degree relatives in the last ten days. People with mental health problems on antipsychotic medications and whose condition is aggravated by staying in closed spaces. Diabetic patients on treatment. Minor travelers (below 18 years old) traveling without an accompanied guardian. Third: Ehteraz App. Policy Travelers returning to the State of Qatar must download and activate the Ehteraz app on their mobiles upon arrival at Hamad International Airport. The following requirements must be met to achieve that: A Qatari SIM Card from a local telecom operator (Ooredoo and Vodafone). Internet access. A smartphone that supports either Android 6 and up or IOS 13.5 and up. Download the application on your mobile phone either via Google Play or Apple App Store or from any search engines on the internet. Diplomats, holders of MOFA issued administrative cards, and VVIP visitors are exempted. Health status on Ehteraz will remain yellow until the completion of the full quarantine course (7 or 14 days) and a negative COVID-19 result is obtained as per the quarantine policy for the travel and entry policy above. It should be noted that the process of issuing return permits for residents will continue through the “Qatar Portal” website until the need to organize the entry process ends, based on the status of the public health indicators in the State of Qatar and around the world. For more information, you can contact the relevant entities responsible for each process, and they are as follow: For the “Exceptional Entry Permit”, please visit the “Qatar Portal” website, or call on (109) inside Qatar or (+974 44069999) outside Qatar. For Hotel Quarantine Package Booking, please visit the “Discover Qatar” website or call on (+974 4423 7999). For Quarantine or Ehteraz application, call the hotline (16000) or the Governmental Health Communication Center through the Ministry of Public Health website.

    • Pagre-report ng ‘Absconding Case’ malapit ng tanggalin

      Para masigurong maprotekhan ang karapatan ng mga manggagawa sa Qatar, isang ministerial decision ang inaasahang ilalabas para tuluyan ng matanggal ang kasalukuyang batas sa “reporting of absconding workers” (Balag Al Horob) o iyong mga empleyadong tumakas sa kanilang mga pinagtatrabahuhang kompanya. “We are working with the Ministry of Interior to cancel the system for reporting runaway workers,” ito ang pahayag ni Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), H E Mohamed Hassan Al Obaidli sa kanyang webinar address na pinamagatang, ‘Labour Reforms in Qatar: A Virtual Panel Discussion of Effective Implementation’ na inorganisa ng Ministry at ng Embassy of Canada kahapon kung saan naging moderator si Houtan Homayounpour, Head of International Labour Organization (ILO) Office ng Qatar. Ayon kay Al Obaidli, hindi na maaaring magreport ng absconding workers ang mga employers. Ang maaari na lang nilang gawin ay sabihan ang kanilang mga empleyado na magbitiw sa trabaho para maiwasan ang mga pananagutang may kinalaman sa kanilang trabaho. Sa pahayag na binigay ng Ministry, sinabi nitong iimbestigahan nila ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon ng mga absconding workers at aayusin ang kanilang mga problema ng naaayon sa batas. Maaari silang maghain ng reklamo o magpalit ng trabaho, ang mahalaga ay matuunan ng pansin ang karapatan ng mga sinasabing ‘runaway workers’ na ito. “The report for absconding worker will not affect their status at all,” dagdag pa ni Obaidli. Ayon pa sa kanya, isa itong malaking hakbang na ginawa ng Qatar sa pagrepaso ng mga labor laws nito katulad na lamang ng kanselahin nito ang pagbibigay ng no objection certificate (NOC) para makapagpalit ng bagong trabaho. “The new reform allowed workers to change their work organisations freely which is first of its kind in the Middle Eastern countries. We have cancelled the sponsorship system completely,” payahayag ni Obaidli. Dagdag pa niya, kamakailan lang ay ipinatupad na ang non-discriminatory minimum wage sa buong Qatar sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga ahensiya sa kanilang local at international partners at organisation katulad ng International Labour Organization (ILO) na may adbokasiya pagdating sa fair recruitment, at managing human trafficking. “The reforms are being taken under Qatar National Vision (2030) which aims at converting Qatar into an advanced country enabling to achieve sustainable development goals and provide decent life to Qatari citizens and those expatriates living in the country,” sabi ni Obaidli. Para masigurong nasa tamang direksyon, tutok daw ang Ministry na ipatupad ang mga bagong reporma para protektahan ang karapatan ng mga manggagawa at maibigay ang pinakamaayos na working environment sa mga ito na aprobado sa international standards. “The reforms aim at making suitable work environment to attract expatriate workers in Qatar, foreign investments and companies,” sabi ni Obaidli. Ayon pa sa kanya, ang huling dalawang reporma sa pagtanggal ng NOC at sponsorship ay magbibigay-daan sa pagbabago sa job market ngayon. “Now the market has become more competitive. The companies operating in Qatar can also benefit from easy transfer of the workforce,” pahayag ni Obaidli. Dagdag pa ni Obaidli, ang pagpapalit ng trabaho ay sasailalim sa ilang pamantayan katulad ng notifying at serving notice period base sa kontrata- isang buwang notice period kapag ang manggagawa ay nakapagtrabaho ng hindi bababa sa dalawang taon, at dalawang buwan naman para sa higit dawalang taon. “To safeguard workers’ rights, we have started classifying companies according to their adherence to labor law. The companies which are complying to the laws, wage protection system, and cooperating with the Ministry are being provided faster services with easy procedures by the Ministry,” ayon kay Obaidli. Bukod pa sa mga nabanggit, ipinagmalaki rin ni Obaidli na lalong naghigpit ang Ministry sa pagpapatupad ng parusa sa mga kompanyang hindi nagbabayad sa kanilang mga empleyado at sinigurong ipapasara at ilalagay sa blacklist ang mga pasaway na kompanyang ito. “The Ministry in cooperation with international organisations started taking actions to curb human trafficking. First verdict will be issued soon to convict people in a case of human trafficking pertaining to immoral activities. In addition to other cases for trading visas and exploiting workers which are also under the procedure,” ayon pa kay Obaidli. Ayon kay Ambassador of Canada to Qatar, H E Stefanie McCollum, mahalaga ang kasalukuyang labor reforms sa Qatar dahil karamihan sa mga kompanyang galing sa kanilang bansa ay nagnenegosyo sa Qatar na nasa field ng education, healthcare, infrastructure, energy, legal services and communications. “Reforms are also important because Canadians are recruited in Qatar under labor law. About 9,000 Canadians work and live here with their families,” giit ni McCollum. Iba naman ang pahayag ni Chargé d’Affaires of US Embassy in Doha H E Ambassador Greta C. Holtz, “We intend to keep open the line of communications with embassies here in Doha, Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and National Human Rights Committee,” dagdag pa ni Holtz. Ilan pa sa nagbigay ng kanilang opinion ay si Legal Advisor at Qatar Chamber Abdul Rahman Solaiman, ayon sa kanya malaki ang gagampanang papel ng Qatar Chamber sa pagtatanggol sa karapatan ng mga pribadong kompanya at sektor para sa ikakaunlad ng kalakaran sa negosyo sa bansa. Para kay Associate Editor and Director of Projects Migrant-Rights Organization, Vani Saraswathi, isang magandang hakbang ang pagtanggal sa exit permit at NOC para mapabilis ang mobility ng mga empleyado sa merkado. “These two are really promising steps. One of the strong point about NOC abolishing is that all can be done online – notice period to employer and apply for a new job which means that face to face interaction is removed,” pahayag ni Saraswathi. Ayon kay Managing Director of Nelson Park and Board Member of the Canadian Business Council Qatar, Jeffrey Asselstine, ang mga labor reforms na ito ay may hatid na positive impact. “I think that online system for changing jobs will become more flexible and easier. That changes will bring great benefit for employees and employers as well as the system is being more flexible and transparent,” dagdag pa ni Asselstine.

    • Flu Vaccine para sa lahat libre na sa Qatar simula bukas

      Inilunsad ng Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) at ng Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) ang joint project na National Influenza Vaccination campaign ngayong araw sa Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City. Ang flu vaccine ay sinasabing ligtas sa lahat na may edad anim na buwan pataas. Ito ay makukuha simula bukas ng walang bayad sa PHCC health centers o kaya sa higit kumulang 40 na private at semi-government facilities. Inaasahang mahigit 500,000 ang mabibigyan ng bakuna ngayong papasok na ang winter season na tatagal hanggang Marso ng susunod na taon. Ipinaliwanag ni Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 at Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, ang kahalagahan ng flu vaccine, "Taking the flu vaccine is more important this year than amid coronavirus Pandemic. Both the Covid-19 and flu have the same symptoms and getting co-infected with flu and coronavirus can lead to severe complications." Dagdag pa niya, maraming mas epektibong bakuna sa flu kesa sa Covid-19 kaya naman dapat masiguro ng lahat na mabakunahan nito para maging ligtas at protektado.

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    • On Air | Qabayan Radio 94.3

      On Air Advertising There are evident facts that prove Qabayan Radio's high potential reach to intended Filipino community and other English-speaking nationals in the country. These include: Filipinos are the 5th highest population in the country. Filipinos are music lovers. Filipinos are sociables, hence they are among the most active social media users. English is the second dominantly spoken and understood language by Filipinos. As a matter of fact, English is the official language of the Philippine government in all its communications. Hence, Qabayan Radio's music playlists and programming are dominantly in English. Most importantly, Qabayan Radio is the first and only Filipino radio station in Qatar, hence it is the best medium to place on air advertising intended to Filipino community market. Radio Advertising Packages Standard Radio Commercial Live Mentions Recorded As Live Time Check Sponsorship (Live & Automated) Songs Sponsorship (Live & Automated) Radio Program Sponsorship Radio Segment Sponsorship Branded On Air Game Radio Guesting Block Timing Need more info? Contact our Team 1/18

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      Online Advertising Since internet nowadays is part of peoples' lives and daily routine, online or digital marketing is therefore one of the most effective tools through which brands are exposed to the target customers. ​ Here are Qabayan Radio's lead in online marketing: Filipinos are among the top users of the internet and social media platforms all over the world. In Qatar, Filipinos are the 5th highest population. Qabayan's website provides position for a web ads banner (980px x 224px) that displays in all pages. Qabayan's website has a radio and chat plugins that attract listeners to remain in the page, thus banners have maximum exposure potential. Qabayan's website is in both English and Tagalog, thus it caters to both Filipinos and English-speaking nationals. Qabayan has other active social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. Most importantly, Qabayan Radio is the first and only Filipino radio station in Qatar, hence it is the best place to place online advertising intended to Filipino community in the country. 1/18

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    • Proseso sa pagtapos o pagputol sa kontrata para mag 'exit for good'

      Sa unang post ko kaugnay sa paglipat ng isang manggagawa sa ibang kumpanya ng di na kakailanganin ang NOC alinsunod sa Qatar laws no. 18 and 19 of 2020, ay naipaliwanag ang mga prosesong dapat sundin ng mga manggagawa na nais lumipat sa ibang kumpanya. Tandaan po natin na ang paglipat sa ibang kumpanya ay nangangahulugan na meron kang natanggap ng Offer Letter, dahil kasama sa dapat mong ilagay sa Change Employer Form ay mga impormasyon tungkol sa iyong magiging bagong employer. Kung ikaw ay aalis sa kasalukuyan mong kumpanya na wala pa namang lilipatan o wala pa namang natatanggap na Offer Letter, ay tiyak na mare-reject lamang din ito ng kinauukulan. Ngayon, paano naman ang mga proseso na dapat sundin ng isang manggagawa na nais ng tapusin o putulin ang kanyang kontrata sa isang kumpanya para umuwi na, 'ika nga e mag exit na for good? Narito ang mga proseso: Mag download ng Leave Country Form sa website ng MADLSA (Click to Download). E fill-up at pirmahan ang nadownload na Leave Country Form. E submit ang form sa MADLSA online para sa kanilang pag-proseso. Hintayin ang confirmation ng MADLSA sa loob ng isang linggo matapos itong ma-submit, na nagtatakda ng notice period. Tandaan na lahat ng aplikasyon ay ayon sa mga terms and conditions na nilalabas ng MADLSA. Kung may mga isyu o problemang teknikal kaugnay sa nasabing mga proseso, maaaring tawagan ang MADLSA sa mga numerong 4028 8888, o kaya ay mag email sa support@ADLSA.gov.qa Meron ka pa bang karagdagang mga tanong? Maaari mong e comment dito.

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    • Mga Proseso sa Paglipat sa Ibang Kumpanya

      Nitong Agosto 31, 2020 ay naglabas ng bagong batas ang Amir ng Qatar, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani na kinabibilangan ng Law No. 18 of 2020) na nag-aamyenda sa kaukulang probisyon ng Law No. 14 of 2004 (Qatar Labor Law) at Law No. 19 of 2020 na nag-aamyenda sa mga kaukulang probisyon ng Law No. 21 of 2015 (Residency Law) - ang parehong batas ay nagbabalangkas ng mga probisyon at paraan para sa paglipat ng isang manggagawa sa ibang kumpanya na mas pinadali at tumatanggal sa tinatawag na No Objection Certificate (NOC). Nailathala ang mga nasabing batas sa Official Gazette noong Setyembre 9, 2020 at nagkabisa na isang araw matapos ang petsa ng pagkakalathala nito. Sa dating batas bago ang nasabing pag-amyenda, ang isang manggagawa ay makakalipat lamang sa ibang kumpanya ng di na kailangan ang NOC kung natapos na nito ang termino ng kanyang kontrata, o kaya ay ang paglipat nito ay desisyon mismo ng kinauukulan bilang resulta ng napatunayang pang-aabuso ng employer. Maraming mga OFWs sa Qatar ang maaaring may tanong o kaya ay hindi pa alam ang mga proseso na dapat gawin upang makalipat sa ibang kumpanya ng maayos at naaayon sa batas. Narito ang mga dapat gawin: Mag download ng Change Employer Form mula sa website ng Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA), fill-upan at pirmahan ito. Punan ang mga impormasyon tungkol sa sarili (Personal Info) na nasa bandang taas ng form, ang sa bandang baba naman ay mga impormasyon tungkol sa magiging bagong employer. Tiyakin na tama ang mga impormasyong iyong isusulat sa form. Papirmahan at palagyan ng stamp ang Form sa magiging bagong employer. Para naman sa mga kasambahay, hindi na kailangan ang computer card at stamp sa form. Mag login sa e-Services page ng MADLSA upang e submit itong Form (application). Tiyakin na tama ang impormasyong iyong isusulat sa online submission katulad ng iyong QID at mobile number na dapat nakapangalan ang simcard sa'yo. Hintayin ang confirmation ng MADLSA within one week, matapos nitong ma-proseso ang iyong application. Magsesend ito ng notification sa'yo at sa'yong current employer para sa notice period. Kung ang iyong application ay hindi kompleto, makakatanggap ka rin ng notification tungkol dito at kung ano pang mga impormasyon o dokyumento ang kailangan mong e submit. Sa puntong yan, ang mga susunod na proseso ay gagawin na ng iyong magiging bagong employer, tulad ng mga sumusunod: Kapag natapos na ang notice period, tutuloy na sa pagproseso ng employment contract ang iyong magiging bagong employer sa pamamagitan ng digital certification services ng MADLSA. Kapag tapos na ang certification ng employment contract, tutuloy na ang iyong magiging bagong employer sa MOI website o Metrash2 para sa pagproseso ng iyong tuluyang paglipat. Maaari nyo pong e comment ang inyong iba pang mga tanong at paglilinaw tungkol dito.

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