Filipino questions legality of fee for training course...

DUBAI — While the digital photography training course evoked an enthusiastic response among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on Friday, an e-mail was sent by a concerned Filipino the following day to Filipino embassy and consulate officials questioning the legality of the registration fee.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Wed 20 Apr 2005, 11:08 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

The sender only identified himself as Joshua Santos but did not provide any contact information. Filipino community sources, however, strongly believe that the e-mail address was anonymous, and that the sender had an axe to grind against the Overseas Pinoy Professional Photographers Society (OPPPS) which conducts the course.

Not only was the e-mail sent to the officials concerned for clarification, but was also circulated among Filipino community leaders and even members of the media, including Khaleej Times.

The e-mail, written in Tagalog, questioned the payment of Dh100 registration fee of the digital photography training course.

It was later learnt that the OPPPS charges Dh90 — and not Dh100 as Santos indicated in his e-mail.

When contacted, Labour Attache Vicente Cabe told Khaleej Times yesterday: “The e-mail was not sent directly to us so we don’t know if we have to reply to the e-mail. We cannot also establish his identity. He only has an e-mail address and that’s the only way where we can contact him.”

In his e-mail, Santos encouraged recipients of his e-mail to air their concerns over the fee to the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Cabe stated that the POLO/OWWA engages the services of Filipino clubs to conduct training courses on a voluntary basis. “Although we provide free water and electricity in our premises, there are costs involved such as instruction materials and other miscellaneous expenses of the trainors. We’ve discussed among groups that the maximum registration fee that could be charged to students is Dh90,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Milo Torres, OPPPS spokesperson, told Khaleej Times that the e-mail was also sent as a bcc (blind carbon copy) to him.

“I hope that the sender will identify himself so we can explain everything to him about our registration fee of Dh90, and not Dh100 as he had stated,” he said.

Torres said that the Dh90 registration fee covered the training manuals, the CDs, other instruction materials and expenses incurred by the OPPPS for the three-month training digital photography training.

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