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Category Archives: OFW News

Susan Ople: 1536

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.

1536
by Susan Ople
First posted in susanople.com

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2014, the monthly PhilHealth contributions of members with the lowest salaries was doubled to P200, with the additional Php100 contribution to be shouldered equally by the worker and his or her employer. In the case of overseas Filipino workers, this adjustment translates into a P2,400 annual contribution compared to last year’s P1,200 annual rate.

PhilHealth Circular No. 0025 s. 2013 issued in October 2013 provides for two payment options for OFWs set to leave this year:

Pay the P2,400 annual contributions in one sweep at all PhilHealth accredited collection agencies including the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and accredited recruitment agencies; or,
Pay P1,600 valid for six months premium with an understanding that the contributions for the succeeding six months will be settled within six months after the expiration of the initial coverage in order for the OFW to enjoy full benefits of the program.

Kuwait: 57 Undocumented Pinoys Fly Home, ‘No Detention’

57 Undocumented Pinoys Fly Home, ‘No Detention’
Consul General Dado Thanks HH The Amir
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in arabtimesonline

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: A total of 57 undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) or whose residence visas (iqama) have expired were repatriated to the Philippines on Saturday evening as part of the series of mass repatriation of stranded OFWs in Kuwait. Philippine Embassy officials led by Consul General Atty Raul H Dado together with attaches Musa

HAGIT: Greedy Filipino businessmen, gov’t regulators trifle with the lives of passengers

By: Dionesio Grava
First posted in  ireport.cnn.com
July 30, 2013

Who hasn’t heard of the Titanic? The largest ship afloat at the time, RMS Titanic was a British ocean liner considered to be the epitome in comfort and luxury. And safety — but not where it counts most. She had watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors but there were only enough lifeboats for barely half of the 3,327 passengers and crew.

Kuwait: Embassy Details Repatriation Procedures For ‘Illegal’ OFWs

Image courtesy of Mike Non - PEBA/GOV Admin Group

Rumours Of Jail For Undocumented Filipinos in Kuwait Denied
By Michelle Fe Santiago
Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, July 2: The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait issued on Tuesday an advisory on the normal procedure of returning to the Philippines via the Kuwait Immigration for undocumented or overstaying Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The advisory outlining 10 steps came out after some OFWs complained why they have to be endorsed to the Kuwait Immigration authorities despite having a duly processed travel document.

Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Raul Dado brushed off talks circulating on the social networking site Facebook that the Embassy is sending undocumented OFWs to jail. He outlined that they have to understand the procedure and the important thing is to follow the law of the host country. “If we break it, we need to follow the normal procedure of going back to the Philippines. The embassy does not cause deportation. It is the normal procedure in any country like the US or Canada. The embassy helps and gives travel documents for this.

Pasasalamat at Papuri

Pasasalamat at Papuri

Unang-una ang Papuri at Pasasalamat sa Nag-iisang Tagapaglikha!

Papuri at Pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga OFWs na nandito, lalo na sa mga kababayan natin na nagsipag-ayos ng kanilang mga papel para sa pagexit o pagtransfer ng employer .

Ngayon lang po kami nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na sabay-sabay namin kayong nakausap. Sa mahigit dalawang buwan, araw at gabi, maging sa madaling araw ay nakakusap namin kayo. Sa kaunting payo ay napakadali ninyong makaintindi at sumunod sa mga proseso na

Kuwait: Undocumented OFWs Told To Get Travel Documents

Philippine Embassy Charge D’Affairs Raul Dado Addressing The OFWs In Kuwait.

Philippine Embassy ‘Issues’ 16-Pt Advisory For Filipinos
Undocumented OFWs Told To Get Travel Documents
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in Arab Times 

KUWAIT CITY, June 15: The Philippine Em-bassy led by Charge d’ Affaires Atty Raul H Dado urged the Filipino community to remain calm and sought everyone’s cooperation in disseminating the correct information amid the ongoing massive crackdown on illegal residents in Kuwait. He also reminded all Fili-pinos to follow the laws of the host country.

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah Intensify Assistance to Filipinos During Corrective Period

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah Intensify Assistance to Filipinos During Corrective Period

Passport encoding at the International Philippine School in Riyadh

(Riyadh, 29 May 2013) The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah have intensified efforts to process documentary requirements to help Filipinos to take advantage of the facilities and waivers announced on 10 May as implementing guidelines of the Royal Decree on 6 April by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz giving a 90 day grace period for expatriates to correct their status. The grace period ends 3 July 2013.

Based on the guidelines issued on 10 May, expatriates may correct their status in the Kingdom by returning to their countries on final exit, or returning to their original employer, or by transferring to a new employer. 

Wala Iyan sa Super Nanay Ko!

Wala Iyan sa Super Nanay Ko!

My mother is the world’s best Mom! Iyan ang madalas kong marinig mula sa mga kakilala ko. Pero kung iisa-isahin ko marahil ang mga nagawa ng nanay ko, sasabihin ko sa kanilang “wala iyan sa nanay ko!”

Tarcela Delfin ang pangalan ng aking inay. Bunso siya sa limang magkakapatid. Grade 6 lamang ang natapos niya dahil hindi siya pinag-aral ng mga lolo at lola ko. Naniniwala silang ang babae ay dapat na nasa tahanan lamang kapag ito’y nag-asawa na.

KSA ADVISORY – Check if your Passport has been Surrendered by Your Employer

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Press Release
No. PR-084- 2013

12 May 2013


ADVISORY – Check if your Passport has been Surrendered by Your Employer to Saudi Authorities and Turned-Over

to the Embassy or the Consulate


 

(RIYADH, 12 May 2013) – Filipino workers who absconded from their employer and whose employer had surrendered their passport to the Jawazat office may check with the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah if their passport has already been turned-over to these two offices.

HAGIT: Ito ang mga ibinoto ko

Personal Senatorial and Partylist Choice ni Tasio Espiritu

Ito ang sinigurado kong ibinoto ang  273032 dahil saksi ang patnubay sa mga naitulong nila para sa mga OFWs.

At ito naman ang aking mga fillers 14102029 - ibinoto ko sila dahil hindi sila trapo, hindi sila dynasty at walang relihiyong hinawakan.

Si 14 dahil sya ay taga amin at palaging talo, si 7 dahil gusto nyang mainvolved sa mga OFWs,

Magunaw na ang mundo hindi ko maaring kaligtaan si 18 dahil crush ko sya, noon pa.

Ibinoto ko ang 13 dahil sya si Chiz

PhilEmbRy:Correct Residency and Labor Status; NOC not required

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Press Release

No. PR-083- 2013
12 May 2013


CORRECT RESIDENCY AND LABOR STATUS, OR LEAVE THE COUNTRY;

“NO-OBJECTION CERTIFICATES” NOT REQUIRED

 

(RIYADH, 12 May 2013) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges all Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to correct their status in view of the generous exemptions and facilitation granted and announced by the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor wherein workers can easily correct their residency and labor status, or otherwise leave the country, even without first obtaining No Objection Certificates from their current employers.

Patnubay Speaks: Para sa aming mga Nanay

Rhenz Girl- Sa pag gugunita sa araw ng ating mga ina, lubos ang pag papasalamat ko sa buong maykapal na ako ay binigyan nya ng isang napaka buting ilaw ng tahanan, isa sa taong lubos ang pag mamahal sa kanyang pamilya,at kaibigan, ang aking ina na walang sawang tumutulong sa mga nangangailangan, lumaki kame na busog ng pangaral at pangarap ngunit ang buhay na ipinahiram sknya ay maikli sa panahon na sana ay kasama namin sya, sa pag kakasakit at pag kamatay niya sa sakit na cancer ay pinilit nyang lumban hanggang sa huling hininga, sa bawat panahon na hinahanap ko sya ang syang bawat daloy ng luha sa aking mga mata, umaasa , nangangarap sa sandaling makasama ko pa sya ngunit ang Diyos na lumikha ang tanging may alam ng lahat at sa araw ng pag kawala nya hanggang sa panahon na akoy gumugunita, Pag mamahal at pag susumamo sa aking ina ang naging taglay kong lakas, Muli Mahal n Mahal kita nanay, miz na miz na kita.

KSA: Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor announce exceptions and facilitations for grace period

Unofficial English Translation

Original in Arabic on Saudi Press Agency – www.spa.gov.sa

Riyadh, 30 Jumadi Al-Thani 1434 corresponding to 10 May 2013.SPA

The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labor called on all establishments, individual, and expatriates to immediately rectify their violations of the rules and regulation of residency and labor laws and to take advantage of the exemptions and facilitations approved by the Royal Decree before the expiration of the grace period up to 24-08-1434 corresponding to 3-July -2013. Meanwhile, the concerned authorities confirmed that they would begin the inspection campaigns and will immediately implement the rules and regulations to the violator employers and expatriate workers after the deadline.

Exemptions and Facilitations cover the following:

KSA: Philippine Ambassador Thanks The Custodian for the Exemptions and Facilities for Expatriates to Rectify Status

Saudi Press Agency

Philippine Ambassador Thanks The Custodian for the Exemptions and Facilities for Expatriates to Rectify Status
Source: philembassy-riyadh.org

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago welcomed the guidelines, exemptions and facilities announced jointly by the Ministries of Interior and Labor on 10 May and posted on the Saudi Press Agency www.spa.gov.sa in Arabic, which were approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, that provide for exemptions for expatriates to rectify their labor and residency status.

“On behalf of the Filipinos in the Kingdom, we thank the King and the Saudi authorities for the guidelines, and we vow to work closely with the community and the Saudi authorities to help our nationals rectify their labor and residency status within the grace period granted by the King,” said Ambassador Ezzedin Tago.

Kuwait: Philippine Embassy & POLO create composite legal team

Philippine Embassy & POLO create composite legal team
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
As posted in Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 7: The Philippine Embassy together with the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Kuwait have formed a Composite Legal Team composed of embassy and POLO officials and case officers that will tackle OFW cases in a comprehensive and unified approach to ensure that all avenues are explored to attain the just resolution of cases of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), disclosed Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Atty Raul H. Dado to the Arab Times on Tuesday.

Kuwait: Court Acquits Filipina Of ‘Attempted Murder’

Court Acquits Filipina Of ‘Attempted Murder’
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
Arabtimesonline.com

KUWAIT CITY, May 6: The Kuwait Court of First Instance acquitted a Filipina Household Service Worker (HSW) who was charged with attempted murder by her Kuwaiti lady employer and has been released from the Kuwait Central Jail, disclosed Mar Hassan, the Assistance to Nationals Unit Officer at the Philippine Embassy on Monday to the Arab Times.

Maria Amor Corbilla, 34, married, a native of Pulangi, Albay in the Bicol region in the Philippines was turned over to the Philippine Embassy last weekend and is now staying temporarily at the Filipino Workers Resource Centre in Faiha while waiting for her repatriation to the Philippines.