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Patnubay Leaks: OFWs detained because of no active Iqama

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From: rafael seguis
Date: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM
Subject: Fw: Fw: For Amba Tago – Request for Urgent ATN Assistance for the OFWs detained in Jawasat – Old Airport Road because of no active Iqama
To: Joseph Henry Espiritu

FYI and reference.

From: Red Genotiva ;
To: rafael seguis ;
Cc: Ezzedin Tago ;
Subject: Re: Fw: For Amba Tago – Request for Urgent ATN Assistance for the OFWs detained in Jawasat – Old Airport Road because of no active Iqama
Sent: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 12:16:24 PM

URES,
AEHT,

Messrs. Demetrio XXXXX and Richard XXXXXX have been released from Deportation to the custody of their employer.

Thank you.

rdg

RD Genotiva
Assistance to Nationals Section
Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

2014-03-03 13:16 GMT+03:00 Red Genotiva :

URES,
AEHT,

Messrs. Duqueza and HadjiNoor went to Deportation (across Yamama Hotel) earlier today to verify the status of Demetrio XXXXXX and Richard XXXXXX.
Per report of Mr. Duqueza 10mins ago, documentation are being finalized for the release later today of the two workers.

I asked Mr. Duqueza to invite the two to the Embassy and execute an affidavit regarding their case which will form basis of any punitive action we may recommend to the Department or POLO regarding the XXXXX company’s failure to ensure the welfare of deployed Filworkers to their company.

Updates to follow.

RDG

RD Genotiva
Assistance to Nationals Section
Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

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From: Joseph Henry Espiritu
Date: 2014-03-02 21:24 GMT+03:00

Dear Amba Tago,

Salam sir, maybe it was another demetrio yong nakausap sir.. dahil ito silang mga workers ay hindi naman takas kundi wala lamang active na iqama. hindi rin sila sa wafideen nakadetain kundi sa jawasat sa may airport road sa tapat ng al yamama hotel. hindi sila for repatriation kundi makakalabas din kung ang comany nila ay magdala na ng card ng iqama na bagong renew.

Thank you so much po sir, thank you so much nanakarating ito sa HRC..

God bless you always,
joseph

2014-03-02 19:06 GMT+03:00 Ezzedin Tago :

Joseph,

I recall the name of Demetrio. ATN staff Mr. Hussein Hadjinoor responded to his text about a week ago and the official there promised to have the case resolved and him repatriated.

I have instructed ATN Section to go there asap. HRC representatives visited there recently, and talked to Demetrio about other concerns.

Ezzedin Tago

2014-02-26 12:04 GMT+03:00 Patnubay Online :

Dear Amba Tago,

Salam sir, we would like to request for very urgent ATN Assistance for the OFWs detained in Jawasat – Old Airport Road because of no active Iqama.

They are not huroob, hindi sila takas.. sila ay mga filipino na on-process ang iqama pero nakadetain pa rin sa jawasat. walang magagawa ang company.

Since they were arrested 25 days ago, di pa sila nagpalit ng t-shirt di pa sila nakapag-toothbrush.

Nasa baba po yong details ng kaso.

God bless and more power
joseph.

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Company: XXXX XXXXX

Detained in Jawasat (Wazarat – in front of al Yamama Hotel) since February 1, 2014
Demetrio XXXXX – kararating lang one month.. passport pa lang ang hawak at wala pang iqama.
Richard XXXXX – Under renewal ng iqama (05xxxxxxxx – mobile now sequestered.)
one (1) Sri Lankan

Agency ng mga workers ay East West

Actions taken by Patnubay -

Yesterday, we were able to speak with the HR Manager of their company and spoke with him about the situation

direct phone number – 050xxxxx – Raed, HR Manager XXXXX

ito ang aming napag-usapan.

1. Ano ang reason bakit matagal silang nakaprovide ng Iqama? – Dahil ang jawasat ay daming mga documents na hiningi. Ang liaison officer ng company ilang beses ng pabalik-balik sa jawasat at bawat punta ay may panibagong documents na hiningi.
2. I asked if may waraga ba ang mga workers? yes may waraga.
4. I asked kung bakit di inohonor ng jawasat ang waraga – ang gusto ng jawasat ay iqama card mismo.
5. I asked kung bakit hindi pwedeng makafala ng company ang mga workers? ang sagot, they tried by ang jawasat ay gusto ay iqama card mismo.
6. Ano ang reason kung bakit hindi pa nakunan ng Iqama itong bagong dating – as per law, the worker has 90 days since arrival and within that 90 days ay maari syang wala pang iqama.
7. Ano ang reason kung bakit hindi narenew kaagad ang iqama ng isa pang worker – same as topic 1. maraming hinihingi ang jawasat
8. Asked about food para sa mga workers – sabi ay may pagkain naman doon (as confirmed by the workers na rin sa loob)
9. Asked about shirts, toiletries – di daw pwede makapasok ang damit or toiletries sa loob (as confirmed ng mga workers na rin)
10. I asked about the salaries kung tuloy-tuloy ba kahit di sila nakapagwork, since hindi naman ginusto ng workers na makulong sila. ang sagot naman sa akin ay ibrought-up nya daw sa higher management ang issue.
11. Lastly I reminded, them that this is unfair, un-Islamic na ang worker ang magsuffer dahil may pagkukulang ang company or ang jawasat.

Notes:

May tatlong Pinoy na naman doon na dumating kahapon.

Released Earlier

Al Sharq..

Arnold and Greg Filipino workers – Alsharq (detained February 3 – February 8)

Actions Taken by Patnubay – talk with the HR Manager of the company..

From other companies

Manny XXXX – released (earlier than al sharq but released last February 18, 2014)
Norberto XXXXXX – release (earlier than al sharq but released last February 18, 2014)

- 0503xxxxxx
– 054xxxxx

Conversation started February 3
Bernard Ciocson
2/3, 9:09am
Bernard Ciocson
Ka Dale, wala bang bagong mechanism na introduce ang MOI to penalize a company negligence instead its employee. naiisip ko lang, kasi may kabayan kami dito sa STC, for renewal ang iqama, last thursday ang hawak nya is temporary lang syempre.ngunit nahuli sa Batha ng mag grocery. sabi green naman ang company, pero ilang kabayan na din ang nalalagay sa kompromiso dahil ang bagal ng HR nila mag renew ng iqama.

Bernard Ciocson
2/3, 9:10am
Bernard Ciocson
ang kuro kuro lang namin, ng e check siguro ng pulis kung totoong renewal na, walang nakitang transaction sa MOL and MOI na may fund na ang iqama #, kaya dampot si kabayan.

Tasio Espiritu
2/3, 9:10am
Tasio Espiritu
salam bai. si arnold ba? nakita ko pa sila kahapon.

Bernard Ciocson
2/3, 9:11am
Bernard Ciocson
naiisip ko lang na sana, hindi pag negligence ng company sila dapat ang may penalty.

Salam bai, yap, si arnold nga…doon daw dinala sa harap ng al yamama hotel

Tasio Espiritu
2/3, 9:15am
Tasio Espiritu
wa alaikumu salam bay.. kahapon, nagkita kami sa tea room kinumusta ko yong kasama nila na nagpatulong sa atin 3 years na walang iqama kundi waraga lang. sabi ni arnold okay na at may iqama na daw.. sila na naman daw dalawa ni bisaya ang wala pero for renewal lang daw. so kampante akong umalis.. yon pala sila pala hinuli kinagabihan.

Bernard Ciocson
2/3, 9:16am
Bernard Ciocson
Oo nga, mukhang tamad ang nasa HR nila bai

hindi rin sila maka pag reklamo, syempre takot din maka bangga ang mga ibang lahi naka upo sa HR nila, yon nga lang muni muni sa kulongan muna, yon ang masaklap…

Tasio Espiritu
2/3, 9:32am
Tasio Espiritu
andito naman yong number ng hr nila bay. tatawagan ko mamaya after duhr prayer. ang sabi ay 9 am daw puntahan

Bernard Ciocson
2/3, 9:33am
Bernard Ciocson
thanx bai,

Bernard Ciocson
2/10, 11:13am
Bernard Ciocson
uu nga

naka labas na si Arnold after 4night lodging sa jawasat

pero terible daw sa loob, parang opisina ang laki, like 10meter x 10meter size, capacity 500 detainees

rumbulan daw sa pag kain

hindi naman kumpiskado ang mga gamit like celpon, pera kaso nga lang na low batt na sila after 2days kasi di ka din ma recharge

tapos bintana daw si naka bakal at tatlong malalaking kandado sa pinto, pag masunog daw ubos sila sa celda.

ngayon lang na confirm pag temporary iqama, kulong ka. hindi na binabasa ng lispu,

isang kabayan kasama nila, march pa expired pero on process na ang renewal, syempre temporary iqama hawak, kulong din.

isa pang kaso din, bago iqama, mali ang arabic name versus english hindi maka remit sa bank, pinapayos sa company, temporary ulit, ayun kulong din.

ang masaklap, kabayan bagong dating, on process ang working visa, etc, syempre photo copy lang ng passport dala saka company letter, walang effect, kulong din.

so parang hindi honor ang mga temporary paper kahit valid pa iqama mo or ang visa upon entry expired in 3months sa passport mo.

2/10, 11:22am
DG
heard this also from another source na nakulong. wala daw tanong-tanong. dapat isiwalat ito sa patnubay ni ka Tasio .