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Category Archives: OFW News

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.

USA: International Women’s Day: A loud protest against violence

Marching on, their voices heard

International Women’s Day: A loud protest against violence
Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First published in The Filipino Advocate

They were conspicuous in their absence, they who were a hit during last September’s Women’s Equality Day rally in the heart of entertainment city, Hollywood. Filipina speakers like Jollene Levid, chair of the Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization and Marginalization (AF3IRM); Cheryl Zarate of Kabataang Makabayan and Angela Bartolome, Stand with Grace Campaign.

POEA cancels license of overcharging recruitment agency

POEA cancels license of overcharging recruitment agency
News Release from poea.gov.ph
2 May 2013

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration recently cancelled the license of Lifeline International Philippines, Inc. for collecting excessive placement fee from an applicant for a job in Taiwan.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the applicant complained that Lifeline International asked him to pay PhP120,000 as placement fee. He was able to pay PhP50,000 but was not issued a receipt.

Cacdac said the amount required by the agency or the money actually paid by the applicant was way bigger than the prevailing wage of PhP27,000.00 in Taiwan. POEA rules limit the payment of placement fee to an amount equivalent to one month salary of the worker.

AMNESTY FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS in KSA: “The project is under study.”

Inquiry of the Philippine Embassy and The Ministry of Labor’s response on AMNESTY FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS
Source (Arabic): alwatan.com.sa
Abha, Riyadh: Muhab Al-Auwar, Faris Al Nawaf

Philippine Embassy: We do not recommend our nationals who have no Iqama to surrender themselves. Embassy is waiting for an official confirmation to Labor Minister Adel al Fakieh’s statement about the amnesty.

The Ministry of Labor’s response: The project is under study.

The statements made by the Minister of Labor Adel Al -Fakieh about the amnesty for illegal and overstaying foreigners, without being penalized in exchanged for surrendering themselves then repatriation has prompted the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia to advise its nationals to not to surrender themselves until it receives an official confirmation, on the status of illegal and overstaying Filipino workers and granting final exit visas.

Riyadh: Philippine Food Trade Mission reaches out to Saudi Market

The Philippine food business mission at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce (2 March 2013)

Source: www.philembassy-riyadh.org

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led a trade mission for Philippine food products in Saudi Arabia on 01-07 March 2013. The business mission, which visited the cities of Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah, promoted Philippine grocery food stuff such as canned goods, snacks, noodles, and ice cream, as well as fresh fruits like banana, pineapple and papaya.