The law and reality of your contract


The Contract

The Contract

Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia are in an unenviable situation. All of us have fixed term contracts which we sign before taking up an assignment in the kingdom. We just assume that once the contract is extended, we have another term of stay in the kingdom.

I have mentioned in the past the importance of going through your contract terms and conditions very carefully before signing it. What protects you once you land here is only the contract and nothing else. Note that all the important things which matter to the expatriate, your job title, family visa, end of service benefits, virtually all of your benefits and obligations of your sponsor, are all based on your contract.

My attention was drawn to an interesting article in today’s Arab News. This is a question by one of the readers to a lawyer about the status of his contract. The question relates to a “time bomb clause” in the contract by which the employer can terminate the contract at any point of time by giving a month’s notice despite a contract to the contrary. The reply given by the lawyer is 100% correct and I have no reason to dispute it, given that the learned lawyer is a well-respected one in his profession. What I would like to focus in today’s post is what is NOT mentioned in the reply.

For those of us expatriates who have continued to stay beyond the “initial” contract which was signed after entering the kingdom for the first time, you must be careful on what you sign while extending your contract. Clever employers use the word “extension of contract” rather than just “contract”. Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia must be aware of their rights and obligations while extending their contract with the above words. What this means in simple language is explained below.
 
Excerpt of the above entry  was taken from : ExpatGuru the author of the blog “Working in Saudi Arabia“.

188 thoughts on “The law and reality of your contract

  1. sir tanong ko lang po,makakabalik rin po ba agad ako dito sa riyadh kapag nag-exit ako by february next year?balak ko po kasi lumipat ng company dito kasi di ganun kaganda ung company ko ngayon!.kaya lang nung nag-exit ung dati kong katrabaho dito sa company,sabi nya may pinirmahan daw syang waiver na sinsasabi dun na hindi raw makababalik dito sa saudi after 2yrs kapag same category ng work ung papasukan!totoo po ba yon?may ganun na po bang batas yong saudi?sana po masagot nyo eto!maraming salamat po & more power to you sir!

    • Bernie,

      Hindi po batas ng KSA ang pag papirma ng waiver na hindi na babalik sa KSA in a certain period of time ang worker kung ito ay mag exit. Ito po ay company policy, sa kadahilanan na baka babalik ang worker sa KSA at sa ka kompetinsya na company ito mag work. Or di kaya ito ay napag initan dahil sa hindi magandang relasyon ng kanyang amo.

      Sa aking experience, isunumite ng employer ko dati sa immigration ang mga promissory note or waiver na napirmahan ng ating mga kasamang pinoy na nag exit. Ibig sabihin naka timbre sa immigration ang mga ito. Ngunit karamihan sa kanila, nakabalik naman na walang problema, kaya lang medyo pinatagal muna nila ang pagbalik dito sa KSA. Para sa akin pag na stampahan ang passport ninyo ng Saudi Royal Embassy sa Pilipinas, itoy walang problema. Ito ang dahilan Kaya humingi ng NOC ang Saudi Royal Embassy sa Pilipinas sa mga balak bumalik na OFWs dahil na rin sa mga reklamo ng mga employer.

      Regards.

      Bong

      • sir maraming salamat po s mbilis na reply nyo!…pero kasi po hindi rin nagbibigay ng NOC ung company namin eh!mga gano po kaya katagal dapat bago ako bumalik dito s saudi after me mgexit!.balak ko po kasi after 4 months lang balik na ulit ako dito!sayang din po kasi ung job offer sa 1 magandang company dito!.muli po maraming salamat po talaga sa inyo!Godblaess!…

  2. Sir,

    Isa po akong data encoder dito sa dammam saudi arabia, tanong ko lang po if ano po gagawin namin sa mga nakasulat sa baba:

    1. iqama- ang iqama ko po at ng mga kasama ko ay four months ng expired at di pa nirerenew ng kumpanya.

    2.salary- ang sahod po namin ay sobrang delay. 4 months na po kami walang sahod ngayon at kami pa pinagagalitan ng amo pag nahingi kami ng sahod.

    3.Driver – ang mga driver po namin d2 ay pinapabyahe nila kahit walang iqama, stimara ng truck ay expired at walang insurance ang mga truck.

    4. benefits – hindi po nakukuha ng buo ang benipisyo na dapat ay para sa mga taong uuwi na at tapos na ang kontrata.

    5.Vacation – pag pauwi na po ang mga tao dito sa aming kompanya ay napepending po sila ng humigit kumulang isa hanggang dalawang buwan bago pauwiin.

    sana po ay matulungan nyo po kami at mabigyan ng magandang advise para po alam namin ang dapat na aksyon na aming gawin

    maraming salamat po.

    • Boy,

      Malinaw na napunta kayo sa isang employer na mababa ang kalidad. Malinaw rin na lumabag sila sa batas paggawa ng kaharian.

      – Dapat lamang na ma renew ang inyong iqama dahil pag masita kayo ng Saudi authorities ay sigurado po na makukulong kayo bilang isang illegal alien.

      -Masyadong delay ang inyong sweldo dahil sa batas paggawa ng kaharian ay 2 months lamang maaring ma-delay ang pagbigay ng sahod sa worker with justifiable reason.

      -Sus maryosep, kung maaksidente or maka aksidente ang inyong driver, wala po itong lusot kundi at sa kulungan ang bagsak. Dapat na lahat ng sasakyan ay may kaukulang insurance at istimara.

      – Dapat lamang na buo ang ibigay na benefits sa mga manggagawang natapos ang kontrata ayon sa Saudi Labor law.

      -Puwedeng ma delay lamang ang bakasyon ng isang worker kung kinakailangan sa kanyang trabaho. Mahaba na po ang dalawang buwan na extension mula sa nakatalagang araw pag-uwi ng worker.

      Boy, I will forward your letter sa ating Labor Attache Des Dicang at padalhan nyo rin siya ng formal na sulat at idetalye ang inyong mga problema gaya ng nasa itaas. Kalakip sa sulat ang employer contact numbers, email address, name ng may ari at manager, mas maganda kung meron kayong mobile number sa may-ari ng kompanya para ito makausap agad ng ating POLO OWWA Al-khobar. Pirmahan po ninyong lahat ang sulat at tawagan ang POLO sa mga numerong nasa ibaba at hingin ang Fax number nila at e-fax ang sulat. Kung magkaroon kayo ng oras, mas maganda kung perosnal ninyong dalhin ito sa ating mabait na Labor Attache Des Dicang. Pakilagay narin ang aking pangalan (Referred By: Manuel “Bong” Amora / OFWEmpowerment BLog).

      DAVID DES T. DICANG, Labor Attache I (055-860-5765)
      Address: POLO Communication Center, Al Khobar
      Email: polo_alkhobar@dole.gov.ph, polo_ero@yahoo.com
      Tel. No.: 897-9515, 894-1846, (9663) 899-5714, 894-1846, 897-6105

      Huwag muna kayong gumala na walang iqama at mag-ingat po kayo lahat diyan. Pakibigay narin sa akin ang iyong Mobile Number para makausap ka at mapuntahan kayo ng mga kaibigan kong mga FilCom leaders sa Al-Khobar/Dammam.

      Salamat sa pagbisita sa ating munting tahanan.

      God Bless!

      Bong

  3. Sir,

    I just want to ask your assistance or any help by your own opinion regarding the following questions;

    1. Breach of Contract agreement
    – The contract agreement coming from the agency
    Philippines there is no written of Basic Salary Rate
    but they write only the 200.00 SR Allowance

    – There are some contract agreement having a
    written basic salary on the contract from the
    Philippines but when they come to saudi,
    they received different RATE – down rate

    – When the workers arrived in KSA, the employer/
    management ask them to sign again a new contract

    – Down rate / change of the BASIC SALARY received
    of the workers

    – The agency in the Philippines did not allow the
    workers to open the envelope which is all
    documents of the workers is inside and it for the
    company

    2. VISA PROFESSION – most of the workers are handling heavy equipment
    such as Dump truck driver but the visa is not a
    driver visa ( laborer / painter / etc. )

    3. PAYMENT OF VISA – charge to the workers and cut to their salary

    4. NO PAY SLIP issued – IS THERE ANY labor law that the company will
    not provide the pay slip to the workers?

    5. TERMINAL FEE – Collected by the agency in the Philippines upon
    departure schedules of the workers

    6. VISA CHECK – collected by the agency in the Philippines upon
    departure schedules of the workers

    7. PROCESSING FEE – the agency collected the processing fee amounting
    of 20,000.00 Pesos and the AGENCY is charging
    to the workers of 400 US dollars then when the
    workers arrived in his work site / company the
    company management cut to their salary 500 SR
    every month untill the workers completed the
    400 US dollars credit from the agency Philippines

    For now, there are more than 450 Filipinos estimated working in the same one company and there are more Filipinos are coming

    I am looking forward for your unconditional support and assistance regarding on this matter

    waiting your reply

    Thank you very much

    BONGBONG
    Western region

    • Bongbong,

      Sorry for late reply.

      1) BC
      – Dapat lamang na nkasaad sa pinirmahan ninyong kontrata ang basic salary na inyong matatanggap pagdating ninyo dito sa KSA. Huwag pumirma ng contract agreement or anomang papel kung hindi nakalagay doon ang inyong basic salary.

      – Dapat lamang na kung anong halaga ng sahod ang nakalagay sa contract agreement na pinirmahan sa Pilipinas ay pareho sa pipirmahang kontrata dito sa KSA.

      – Yes, there should be a contract to be signed when you arrive in KSA. It is an English and Arabic, usually it is written in a company letterhead, half of it is in English and the other half is the Arabic translation (written in an A4 paper). If it is in Arabic language only, just make sure that the Arabic translation is the same in English. Do not sign a contract written in Arabic without English translation. It should be signed by both parties with company stamp on it. The contract is in duplicate copies or 2 copies, one for the employer and one for the worker. If you dont have copies of it, please request for a copy. It is in the Saudi Labor Law that the worker should be given a copy of the contract.

      Note: In case of Labor dispute, the contract with an ARabic translation is a legal document to be presented in court. In case your contract is in English language only, it can not be submitted in court as evidence.

      – Downgrading of salary is against SLL, if there should be a downgrading of salary, the workers consent is necessary.

      – Yes, the agency give instruction not to open the envelope addressed to the employer in KSA but you should know beforehand what is the contents of the envelope before it is going to be sealed.

      2) VP – Usually Visa category does not coincide wit hthe exact work when the worker arrive at site. The reason is Saudi Government is now very strict in issuance of Visa. So the employer will use their unused visa avaialble. But the worker should know or have the consent to work as Driver with a different visa category upon arrival at site. Sa Pilipinas pa lang na explain na sa inyo ng agency kung bakit iba ang visa ninyo at hindi angkop sa inyong tunay na trabaho pagdating sa kaharian.

      3) Payment of Visa – Saudi Labor Law states that the employer should pay the workers visa and iqama or reseidence permit.

      4) No Pay Slip – The SLL is silent with regards to this issue but you shaould have a copy of the salary slip in which deductions or overtime pay are written in the slip for the workers record.

      5) Terminal Fee – OFWs are exempted in paying Terminal Fees. ( Sobra pa sa BUWAYA ang agency ninyo, please give me name of the agency)

      6) Visa Check? ( What is this Visa check?) Pera ba ang kinolekta nila dito. There is no such thing as Visa Check Fees?

      7) Processing Fee: Workers only obligation is the Placement Fee equivalent to 1 month salary of the worker as per POEA order other than that no more fees should be collected. However, passport issuance fee, medical exam, philhealth and POEA misc fees if ever, are to be shouldered by the worker.

      Note: USD 25.00 OWWA membership should be paid by the employer but until now OFWs are paying on the mentioned fees. However, some agency will not ask for the USD 25.00, sa ating unang pag-alis, pero pag tayo ay magbabakasyon ito ay sinisingil sa atin.

      The USD 400 you mentioned is the processing fees/service fee to be collected from the employer and not from the worker.

      Please visit Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, go directly to the office of the Consul General Ezzedine Tago, tell the good ConGen that I instructed you to visit him for you to report your problem. He will then refer you to POLO. The important thing is that he knows first about it. Tell the other workers who are still in the Philippines, not to come to KSA or don’t sign any contract for deployment. Kindly, mentioned to ConGen Tago my name and our blog.

      Good Luck and God Bless!

      Bong

      • Sir, Maraming salamat sa inyong tulong ito ang mga AGENCY na pinangalingan ng mga kababayan natin:

        MHHR MANPOWER RECRUITMENT & PLACEMENT AGENCY CORPORATION
        tel. No. 521 – 9584 / 523 – 9372 / 521 – 9584 loc 2
        Representative Name: VIRGINIA A. WAGAN
        Rms: 202 – 203 Jepco Bldg. 2118 MH Del Pilar Malate

        MAYON INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORPORATION
        Tel. no. 536 – 7971 / 536 – 4580 / 536 – 4609
        Representative Name : Ma. Conception Victorio
        2F & 3F Bldg. 1 # 2075 MH Del Pilar Malate Manila

        HORUS MANPOWER & RECRUITMWNT RESOURCES INC (FORMERLY HORUS International )
        Tel. no. 526 – 4286
        Representative name: WINILITA L. WAGAN
        R 201 & 205 jepco Bldg. # 2118 MH Del Pilar Malate Manila

        MARAMING SALAMAT SA INYONG TULONG…. KAMI AY UMAASA NA MATAPOS NA ITONG MGA GINAGAWA NG ATING IBANG MGA KABABAYAN ….

        UMAASA KAMI DITO SA RABIGH, K.S.A.

        LUBOS NA GUMAGALANG

        BONGBONG
        RABIGH, K.S.A.

        • Sir,

          For now, we had visited the POLO office and we look forward for the positive result, we follow all the advices from our POLO jeddah of what to do and what we had to provide….

          We keep on watching about this issue, and also your great assistance… we KEEP ON HOPING … na hindi nyo kami pababayaan

          SALAMAT PO NG LUBOS

          BONGBONG
          RABIGH, K.S.A.

          • Bong,

            Just don’t forget to give me an update. Susulatan ko rin ang mga nabanggit na mga ahensya kalakip ang inyong sulat at kopyahan ko na rin ang POEA.

            Malayo man ako sa inyo pero sa paraan ng gamit ang keyboard at sa mga kaibigan natin sa Konsulada at POLO-Jeddah, sana naman matugunan kaagad ang inyong mga hinaing.

            Payo ko lang na huwag kayong gumawa ng mga hakbang na maaring magpalala ng situwasyon. Pagisipang mabuti at humingi ng gabay sa itaas bago mag desisyon.

            Ingat kayo diyan at salamat sa tiwala.

            Bong

          • Sir,

            Good morning,… sa ngayon may natangap na kaming kopya galing sa POLO Jeddah sa kanilang conclusion tungkol sa ginawang affidavit ng mga nag representatives sa mahigit kumulang 251 workers may iba pang hindi na-isali dahil natatakot baka ilipat sa ibang site tangalin dito sa RABIGH

            Yong MEMO na ginawa ng POLO Jeddah ayon sa secretary ay ipinadala na daw sa PILIPINAS – POEA naka attention kay galang-galang na Director

            At habang ako ang nag bibigay ng up-date sa lahat ng mga workers na nag complaint.. kung ano yong sinabi sa akin ayon din ang mga sinasabi ko sa mga kababayan natin… I knew it’s hard to take the “RISK” responsibilities dahil may mga nag aadvice na rin sa akin na mag iingat daw ako dahil malaki raw ang mga naka-harap namin….

            But still, do I believed and TRUST in GOD NO MATTER what happened I let my security to GOD ALONE and of course SA IYO…even though through KEY PAD lang you knew happened some of our KABABAYAN HERE IN Rabigh

            Kahit hindi tayo nagkikita sa personal but DAMA namin ang inyong taos pusong pagtutulong na walang kapalit yon ay sulit na para maging matatag ang bawat PILIPINO na umaasa na ma solve na nila ang problema kahit gaano man sila kalayo sa syudad ( city proper ) nasa bundok kasi sila na assign

            Dahil sino ang tutulong sa kanila? at ang karamihan sa kanila ay mga DUMP TRUCK DRIVER, BULDOZZER, ROLLER OPERATOR, HELPER , MECHANIC, at iba pa…sabi ko naman na I do my best na maipa-abot ko ito sa mga kina-uukulan

            Sa ngayon ang lagi ko lang na sinasabi sa kanila na MAG TRABAHO ng maayos para wala silang makikitang problema sa nga PINOY kahit na may ginagawang tayong solution sa mga problema nila

            Once again.. we would like to give thanks to you because you are there for us para sa ating mga KABABAYAN… lahat na kopya na ito ay binabasa ko sa harapan nila para mag karoon naman sila ng inspiration at update sa mga ipinapaabot na mga problema nila

            Ulitin ko po… MARAMING SALAMAT SA IYO sana we had to kept in touch about this matter… soon if we will succeed.. we try our best to see you in person just to give you THANKS

            Lubos na gumagalang

            BONGBONG
            RABIGH

          • Bong,

            Mahirap nga ang ginagawa mo ngunit dapat lamang na ako at lahat ng mga tinotulongan mo ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa iyong mga ginagawa para sa kapakanan ng ating hanay. Dapat lamang na mag-ingat ka at idaan sa discreet na pamamaraan ang iyong mga hakbang. Rest assured kami ay nagdarasal sa inyong lahat diyan na nawa maayos ang lahat sa pakikipag-usap at hindi mapunta sa alanganing situwasyon at maituwid ang lahat na kabaluktotan na ginagawa ng inyong employer.

            Mamaya taposin ko ang sulat para sa ating kaibigang Minister ConGen Ezzedine Tago at kay Vice President and OFW Presidential Adviser Jejomar Binay tungkol sa inyong hinaing. Pag napadala ko na, bibigyan ko po kayo ng kopya.

            Sa ngayon, konting hinahon at huwag idaan sa init ng ulo ang pakikipaglaban para sa ating karapatan at kagalingan ng ating hanay.

            Salamat rin sa inyong tiwala.

            Bong Amora

          • Sir,

            if you want our contact number we will provide or any copy of their complaint we will furnish with you if it is needed for your references

            Thanks

            BongBong
            Rabigh

  4. Mr. Bong,

    thanks po..

    Sir, I never signed any contract upon my arrival here, pero ung mga nakasabay ko po dito na mga nurses ay last week pa lng pumirma ng contract.. ako po ay hindi pa, I mean, bibigyan nila ako ng exit visa without signing any contract.. Meron akong pinirmahan pero sa pinas pa un..

    godspeed po and more power!!!

    • Baka naman ikaw na ang kasunod na papirmahin. Kung wala parin, itago ang kontratang pinirmahan mo sa Pilipinas. Hindi naman requirement sa jawasat ang kontrata para mabigyan ka ng exit visa.

      Bong

  5. Mr. Bong,

    Thanks for the immediate response.. I already to talked to my employer and he admitted that its really hard and takes time for now to change my visa. So, he told me that he will give me an exit visa for now so i can have my vacation and get me back maybe with the right visa…

    Is it possible, the fact that I have no iqama? You know before he told me that I have to pay only half of the ticket, but now he said i should shoulder the whole ticket fare because according to him that’s the saudi law.. He will not also give my salary for not staying here.. Its school vacation now, that’s why i wanted to go home coz i have nothing to do here.. The school will open on the second week of September.

    What’s the benefit if i am going to use the exit visa.. (if there is..)

    thank you so much and godspeed!!!

    • hi darlene,

      tama siya dahil na experience ko rin ang tugkol sa change of employment category visa. hanggang ngayon hinihintay ko pa rin. and the company also advice me the same what they told you. i need to exit and wait for the new visa. but i decline because maybe it will take long to wait in philippines na wala akong income. so nag re-entry lang muna ako sa ngayon. if he can apply exit visa without your iqama, maybe he can do it, alam naman siguro nila kung ano ang gagawin.

      about, ticket, tama sila kung hindi mo natapos ang iyong kontrata, ikaw ang mag shoulder nito. tingnan mo ang iyong kontrata tungkol sa ticket, nakalagay diyan from country of origin vice versa upon completion of contract. siyempre naman, wala ka dito so walang salary not unless nakalagay sa kontrata mo na may salary ka kahit walang work. how about if dika uuwi, may salary ba? kung wala, right mo na mayroon dahil walang pasok o meron may sahod ka.

      bong

  6. Mr. Bong,

    May the Lord bless you.

    Gusto ko lang po na itanong kung gaano katagal mag change ng visa.. Isa po akong teacher ngunit ang visa ko po ay nurse. 6 months na po ako d2 ngunit wala pa ako iqama.. Bakasyon na rin po ng school d2 kaya i plan to have my vacation this July, sabi po ng employer ko makakapagbakasyon po ako sa Pilipinas pagdating ng iqama ko kaya lng binabago pa daw po.. Hindi po ba pede magbakasyon ng walang iqama?

    Pwede din po ba ‘yung twice sa isang buwan lng kmi lumalabas tapos 3 oras lng?

    Thank you and more power!

    • Darlene,

      Hindi ko alam kung gaano katagal ang proseso sa pag change ng employment catagory sa iyong visa. Pero para sa akin matagal na ang 6 mos. mo sa paghihintay ng iyong iqama. Yes, kailangan ang iqama sa iyong pag bakasyon dahil dito sa KSA ang work permit/IQAMA ang siyang nag papatunay na lehitimo kang OFW. Kung ang iqama mo ay expire dapat itong ma re-renew para ka makapagbakasyon. Ganon ka kahalaga ang IQama. Kung meron kang dating iqama, gaya ng sabi mo, na nurse ang catageory ng working permit, puwede mo itong gamitin muna para ka makapagbakasyon.

      May mga kompanya na may internal policy tungkol sa pag labas lalo na sa mga kababaehan. Dapat lamang na sundin ito, ngunit wala naman sigurong masama kung kausapin ninyo ang inyong employer tungkol dito.

      Regards.

      Bong

  7. Mr. Bong,

    Taos puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa inyong pagsagot. correction lang po ako po’y babae.. eto na po yung mga informations..

    Name of Agency: Princess Joy Placement and General Services Inc.
    Address: G/F vermont Tower J. Nakpil Corner Dr. A. Vasquez St. Malate, Manila
    Contact No.: 5266756
    Fax No.: 5233160

    God Speed.

    • Hi! I stand corrected.

      Gaya ng payo ko sumulat sa POLO/OWWA at kokontakin ko rin ang inyong recruitment agency.

      Salamat.

      Bong

  8. sir/madam,

    tanung lang po namin tungkol sa sitwasyon po namin dito 2yrs contract po ang pinirmahan namin sa Pilipinas. At wala po nakalagay dun na kailangan po namin magbayad ng kung anuman. Dumating po kami dito last dec’09 sa inaakala na may trabaho po kami na maabutan. sinabi po nila samin bago kami umalis na opening daw po ng bagong hospital dito sa riyadh. Ngunit kami’y nabigla nang wala kaming pinasukan na hospital. kagagawa pa lang at wala pang kalaman-laman. Its almost 6 months na po kami andito and up to now wala pa din po kaming hawak na iqama. Gusto na po sana namin magresign at umuwe na sa pinas. Ano po ba ang kailangan namin gawin at meron po ba kaming dapat bayaran? Sa pagkakaalam po namin tanging ticket lang ang aming babayaran, ngunit kami’y hinihingian ng pera ng aming employer sa kadahilanan na alam po nila na hindi namin kaya maglabas ng ganun kalaking halaga. Lubos po kaming humihingi ng tulong sa inyo. Gusto na po talaga namin makauwe ng pinas. maraming salamat po.

    • Mr. Biz,

      Puwede po bang ibigay sa akin ang pangalan ng inyong recuitment agency sa Pilipinas at lahat ng contact details. In the meantime, please contact the following POLO/OWWA officials and give them the details of your problem:

      Welfare Officer/ Asst. Labor Attache Atty. Cesar L. Chavez Jr. = 0509963502
      Welfare Officer/ Asst. Labor Attache Odin T. Abdula = 0552453308

      gumawa ng sulat, ilahad ang lahat ng inyong problema pati mga contact numbers ng inyong employer, pangalan ng employer, pangalan ng recuitment agency sa Pilipinas, name ng manager at I-FAX sa POLO/OWWA address to Welfare Officer/ Asst. Labor Attache Atty. Cesar L. Chavez Jr., sa numerong ito: 00911-1 ( 4832204). Paki cc. ako sa sulat at email sa akin ang kopya.

      Salamat.

      Bong

    • Hi Dan! Kung may balak kang bumalik na may Re-entry Visa ng kasalukuyan mong employer, ang sagot ko wag nalang, magka problema ka pa.

      May tatak na ba ang passport na re-entry? kung wala pa, kausapin mo sila na ayaw mo ng mag work at magpahinga ka muna with your family at home. Mabuti na yong legal at maayos ang pag-alis mo sa iyong pinagtrabahoan.

      Kubng andito ka sa Riyadh, please read below:

      WHO : KALIPUNANG KAAKABAY NG MANGAGAWANG PILIPINO SA IBAYONG DAGAT (KAKAMPI-KSA) in coordination with the New Islamic Center-Industrial Area – Riyadh and GUARDIANS NewHope Brotherhood Int’l., Inc. (GNBII)

      WHAT : OFW Forum “Know your Rights and Obligations as an OFW in the Kingdom”

      WHERE: New Islamic Center Auditorium, 2nd Industrial Area, Riyadh (near Saudi Ceramic Employees Compound)

      WHEN: 22 JANUARY 2010 / FRIDAY (8:00 AM to 5:OO PM), Lunch and Snacks will be served (Whole Day Event).

      Note: “OFW Forum” is under the auspices of Philippine Embassy, Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and (OWWA) Overseas Workers Welfare ADministration

  9. i was finish my contract last june 2009 i told my company that i want to go home but they still renew for my iqama and untill now they still now processing for my exit visa..i have flight booking and i told them to buy the ticket so i have assured that i can go back to philippines at january 10,2010 but tha manager refused to buy it…please i need your help..i really need to go to philippines.

    • Hi Mig!

      They renew your iqama dahil hindi ka puwede lumabas kung wala yon baka mamaya mahuli ka na walang work permit, but they process your exit visa. Good if they really process it. You have the right to go home, your contract expires already and you inform them that you don’t wish to renew your contract before the expiration date. Talk again to your manager, explain your side and your right, just do it accordingly. If no action, call our POLO OWWA for them to talk to your employer. Good Luck!

      • Sir Bong

        Good Day !

        Ask ko lang po may pinaka malapit na POLO/OWWA d2 sa areas ng Jubail City K.S.A at hihingi po ako ng contact name and number kung meron para maka pag inquire . . .

        Salamat po Godbless .

        • Chard,

          Wala po.

          POLO Eastern Region 050 126 9742 For labor-related complaints and welfare issues in the Eastern Region:Dammam, Jubail, Al-Khobar, Hofuf, Ras Tanura, Hafr Al-Batin.

          Bong

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