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FROM THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ASSOCIATION:
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORKING IN ITALY
www.poea.gov.ph

COUNTRY PROFILE

Geographic Profile

MAP REFERENCE:

Europe

LOCATION: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central
Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia
AREA: 116,340 sq miles (slightly larger than the Philippines)
CAPITAL: ROME
CLIMATE: In general, Italy has a temperate Mediterranean climate, with and mild winters in the south.
The ITALIAN People
Population 57.5 Million
Language ITALIAN
Mode of Dressing Western. (Very image conscious. What you wear is important. Style is often more important than formality, although a tie is expected for men working in financial services and banking. Women have a lot more freedom, especially in the hot, muggy summers.)
Religion Christianity
Government Constitutional Republic
The Economy
Highly Industrialized/Major manufacturing of cars and other type of vehicles, machinery, office and household equipment, clothing and shoes, chemicals and electronic
National currency: EURO
Transportation System
Subway/Underground Rail System, Trains, Buses, and Taxi Cabs are widely accessible
Vaporetti (water buses) and Motoscafi (water taxi) are popular transport in Venice
Telecommunication System
Public Phones, cellular phones, Internet are very accessible
IDD Country Access Codes:
Via TELECOM ITALIA 105-37

Filipinos in Italy work as:

Household workers Minimum Salary Rate is UERO$ 400.00   
Farm workers
Information and computer technologies
Building/construction (professionals and engineers)

MODES OF RECRUITMENT

 Hiring through Philippine Licensed Recruitment Agency
(The only licensed recruitment agency that hires and deploys OFWs to Italy:  SUPPLY OILFIELD SERVICES INC.  Per EDP as of March 11, 2004)

 NAME HIRING (Worker who sought employment on his/her own.)

Processing Cost For Agency Hire

Placement Fee

One Month Salary

Processing Fees

POEA

USD

   200

OWWA Membership Contribution                         USD25/ 

PHP

  1,275

OWWA Medicare Premium

PHP

    900

Documentation Cost

Visa/Work Permit

PHP

  3,497

Medical Examination PHP   2,730

Miscellaneous (Passport, NBI clearance, PDOS, notaries, pictures, authentication, etc.)

PHP

   1,000

Airfare (USD 250)

PHP

  33,600

TOTAL

PHP

 43,202

XR: 1USD=56.00 PHP

   

Processing Cost For Name Hire

Processing Fees

POEA

USD

    100

OWWA Membership Contribution                         USD25/ 

PHP

   1,275

OWWA Medicare Premium

PHP

    900

Documentation Cost

Visa

PHP

  3,497

Medical Examination PHP   2,730

Miscellaneous (Passport, NBI clearance, PDOS, notaries, pictures, authentication, etc.)

PHP

  1,000

Airfare (USD 250)

PHP

  33,600

TOTAL

PHP

48,602

XR: 1USD=56.00 PHP

   

Top Italian Employers hiring Filipinos IN 2003

ATWOOD OCEANICS PACIFIC LIMITED
AZAGR DI EMME DI DAVICO E MONTICONE
DANIEL GALLINA
ENRIQUEZ AURORA

DOCUMENTS TO PREPARE:

  • Resume/Biodata 
  • School Credentials (Transcript of Records High School and/or College Diploma authenticated by DECS or CHED)
  • Trade Test/ Care Giving Training Certificate
  • Employment Certificate/s
  •  Birth Certificate  (authenticated by the National Statistics Office) 
  • Passport
  • NBI Clearance 
  • 2 passport size pictures

Procedure for Agency Hire

  1. Verify with POEA the agency license and job order (Hotline 722-1144 / 55)
  2. Apply & submit credentials to the agency
  3. (If selected) Undergo Medical Examination with DOH accredited clinics (3days)
  4. (While waiting for visa) Attend the PDOS at an accredited PDOS provider(1 day)
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

Where to obtain visa

Italian Embassy in Philippines
Zeta Condominium, 191 Salcedo Street
Legaspi Village, Makati, Manila Tel: +632 892 4531 Fax: +632 817 1436 Email ...
http://www.italian-in-italy.info/ingles/italian_embassy_p.htm

Procedure for Name Hire

  1. Submit documents to the Name-Hire Processing Center for Evaluation (2 hours)
    • Evaluation Requirements
    • Verified Employment Contract
    • Work Permit / Visa
    • Passport
    • 2 Passport size picture
    • Payment for Fees
  2. Undergo Medical Examination with a DOH accredited clinic (3 days)
  3. Attend POEA-PDOS (1 day)
  4. Pay Necessary Fees at the POEA/OWWA Cashier
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

LIVING & WORKING IN ITALY

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Employer obtains the necessary work permit
  • Offer of employment serves as a contract of agreement
  • Valid visa and work permit are required to obtain Permesso de Soggiorno
  • The regular working hours for live-in workers must not exceed 10 consecutive working hours daily
  • Weekly schedule must not exceed a maximum of 55 working hours.
  • For live-out workers, maximum of 8 hrs/day and shall not exceed 48 hrs/week
  • Working at night as assistants to elderly, children, the ill, and invalids is allowed
  • Guaranteed wages (depends on the negotiation between the employer and employee but should not be lower than the minimum standard)
  • 6 working days per week (The worker has the right to 25 working days off per year)
  • Worker has the right to receive the equivalent of 1- month’s de facto pay (monthly wages + conventional sum for room and board) during the Christmas holidays.
  • Employers provide medical benefits
  • In the event that the worker marries, he/she has the right to 15 days paid leave.

COMMON PROBLEMS

  • Illegal entrants
  • Overstaying
  • High cost of living

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Bring the original copy of your marriage contract and birth certificate of children for tax exemption purpose.
  • Respect Italian tradition, customs, and practices and strictly observe all their laws and regulations .
  • Prior to leaving the Philippines, open a bank account for remittance purpose.

SOURCE: www.poea.gov.ph