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Paano ang tamang computation sa End of Service Benefits (ESB) ng isang manggagawa sa Saudi Arabia?

Paano ang tamang computation sa End of Service Benefits (ESB) ng isang manggagawa sa Saudi Arabia?

Kung tutuusin, napakadaling unawain ang provision ng Saudi Labor law tungkol sa (ESB). Napakasimple lamang ang computation kaya hindi na tayo sumulat pa ng paliwanag tungkol dito noon. Pero nitong mga nakaraang araw ay may kumakalat na maling interpretasyon sa pag-calculate ng ESB na nailathala sa isang OFW website.

Kaya tayo ay naalarma dahil imbes na makatulong sa mga OFW, mas kalituhan ang itinuro ng computation ng ESB, dahil mali. Posible pang magkaroon ng basehan ang mga abusadong employer na bigyan ng maliit na halaga ng ESB ang worker kung sakaling mabasa nila (ng mga employer) ang maling computation na nalathala.

OFW Speak “No To 550 Pesos Airport Terminal Fee, No To Corruption”

OFW Speak “No To 550 Pesos Airport Terminal Fee, No To Corruption”
First posted in Facebook.com/PatnubayOnline

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Nagpadala na ng memo ang MIAA na may pirma ni Honrado, na nag-uutos sa mga airline companies at airport stakeholders na itutuloy na nila ang pagsingil ng 550 Pesos terminal fee sa NAIA ngayong darating na February 1, 2015.

Lahat na lamang na gusto ng gobyerno pababayaran sa ating mga OFW ay sapilitang ipinatupad na walang konsultasyon mula sa ating hanay. Kahit napakavalid pa ng ating mga rason ay hindi tayo pakikinggan. Ito na ang gobyerno na sobrang nagbalewala sa ating mga

Why Asia’s human rights defenders remain defenseless

Why Asia’s human rights defenders remain defenseless
Asian activists are the world’s most persecuted, UN rapporteur says

Cambodian security guards arrest a land rights activist from the Boeung Kak lakeside community during a protest in front of Phnom Penh municipal court in November (AFP Photo/Tang Chhin Sothy)

By: Renato Mabunga, PhD, Manila
December 10, 2014
First posted in ucanews.com

Human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Manila last week to consolidate “protection platforms” for human rights workers. The meeting highlighted various protection initiatives on the ground and the challenges for their implementation.

The event tracked various organizational protection systems and mechanisms as stopgap measures against violations of the rights of activists. It also mapped out effective engagement and cooperation with the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

In his speech, Michel Forst, the UN rapporteur, noted that Asian human rights defenders are the most threatened, intimidated or investigated.

They are also the most harassed or criminalized, and the most likely to be prevented from travelling.

Such violations and denials of fundamental freedoms have been aimed to discredit, silence and eliminate human rights defenders in the region, he said.

Kuwait: Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues

Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in www.arabtimesonline.com

KUWAIT CITY, April 26: The Representative of the Home Mutual Development Fund (PAG-IBIG Fund) Mahmoud Khalil urged all Filipino workers in Kuwait to avail the benefits of being a PAG-IBIG member after the Philippine government has imposed the mandatory contribution to all OFWs across the globe. Khalil made this call on Friday during the “Kapihan sa Kuwait” talk show at the Carlton Tower Hotel in Kuwait City.

USA: Filipino Community Events

2nd FilAm BookFest in San Francisco
October 19-20, 2013

At the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Author Book Signing throughout the day
Venue: San Francisco Main Library
Civic Civic Center, San Francisco, CA
Please support our authors with your presence. Many of them have written
award-winning books. Come, meet and greet them and have a book autographed for your private library or for donation to your local library or school. If you will be unable to attend, we accept orders by phone for autographed copies..

Mga politiko, mag-share naman kayo ng inyong PDAF at DAP para sa mga kaso ng OFWs na may private rights

Mga politiko, mag-share naman kayo ng inyong PDAF at DAP para sa mga kaso ng OFWs na may private rights or bloodmoney na kailangang bayaran. Yan na lang ang kulang at makakalaya na sila.

Ang problema sa inyo wala kayong pakialam sa aming mga OFWs. Kung meron man, hanggang magpamedia interview lang.. pang-FAMAS pa ang dating ng pagsolicit ng awa pero hanggang doon lang.

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.

Ople Center’s press release on Saudi King’s intervention re crackdown

NGO welcomes Saudi King’s intervention to suspend crackdown; calls on PH gov’t to augment embassy personnel and resources for Saudi Arabia

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers, lauded the decision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to order the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor to stop the crackdown on foreign workers without proper work documents for three months, to enable these workers to correct their status.

The announcement was made through the Saudi Press Agency, and was quickly shared by grateful Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia through their respective Facebook accounts.

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

Event: Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) screening at the UP Diliman Film Center

LAWAS KAN PINABLI

Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) screening at the UP Film Center Cine Adarna, UP Diliman,QC on May 11, 2013 Saturday 1PM. Filmmaker will be present during the screening. Admission is free.

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New Hajj & Umrah Packages – 2013

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Ito ay bilang pagsuporta sa isang magandang proyekto ni Dr. Alexander Lucman, isa sa mga hinahangaan nating servant leaders.  Si Kaka Alex ay isang OFW advocate noon sa Saudi Arabia at saksi po  tayo sa maraming mga OFWs ang kanyang natulongan. Sa katunayan, isa po tayo sa mga natulongan nya.

Noong 2007, ay umuwi na ng Pilipinas si Kaka Alex pagkatapos ng 25 na taon na nagtrabaho sa Saudi Arabia. “Once a servant leader always a servant leader” ika nga, kaya patuloy pa ring nakatutok si Kaka Alex sa mga kaganapan at mga issues tungkol sa karapatan at kagalingan ng mga OFWs.

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.

EMBASSY ON WHEELS sa 2nd Industrial City, Riyadh

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in cooperation with The Cooperative Office for Call and Guidance at the Second Industrial City

What: EMBASSY ON WHEELS in 2nd Industrial City Consular Services (Passport Renewal)
Where: 2nd Industrial City Islamic Center Grand Hall
 
 
When: 28th of February, 2013 (Thursday) @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Good for up to 250 Male Applicants Only !!!  FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE

Featured Book: “SINDI NG LAMPARA” (OFW Stories)

Ang ating buhay ay puno ng surpresa. May mga talento tayong natutuklasan sa ating sarili at may mga tao tayong nakikilalang magiging daan upang mapaunlad natin ang regalong ibinigay sa atin.

Dalawang OFW ang pinagtagpo dahil sa kanilang angking talino sa pagsusulat. Nagkakakilala lamang sa facebook sa pamamagitan ng blogs at sabay na nagkaroon kanilang libro na nai-publish ng isang Filipino-American sa US na si Tatay Jobo Elizes.

Event: DANCERS-ADVOCATES CALL ON CANDIDATES TO MAKE THEIR STAND KNOWN ON WOMEN’S ISSUES!

DANCERS-ADVOCATES CALL ON CANDIDATES TO MAKE THEIR STAND KNOWN ON WOMEN’S ISSUES!

Manila: CFO and Globe/Touch Mobile Launch Text-Based 1343 Action Line Against Human Trafficking

Manila: CFO and Globe/Touch Mobile Launch Text-Based 1343 Action Line Against Human Trafficking
Source: http://cfo.gov.ph

Starting January 15, 2013, text messages can be utilized to combat human trafficking. This is what the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and Globe/Touch Mobile intend to accomplish with the launching of the SMS (short message service)-based Action Line 1343 Against Human Trafficking.