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Ramadan Mubarak!

As the crescent moon is sighted…  And the holy month of Ramadan begins… May Allah bless you with happiness  and  grace your home with warmth & peace! May This Ramadan be as bright as ever. May this Ramadan bring joy, health and wealth to you.May the festival of lights brighten up you  and your near […]

New OFW regional group sworn into office by Street Sweepers

Tacloban City – Taking oath before a “Street Sweepers” may not be a good idea under Section 41 of the Philippine Administrative Code but that doesn’t stop for a newly constituted organization to take their oath of office administered by street sweepers in the city. PAGKAKAISA OFW and Family in Region 8, Eastern Visayas were sworn in before […]

Report ‘premature’ termination cases to embassy, Saudi OFWs advised

Amid persistent reports on the termination of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia, Filipino workers who receive termination notices from their employers or who have been terminated without valid cause are advised to get in touch with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their place of work (Riyadh, Jeddah and al-Khobar). POLO officers will provide […]

STC Info Hotlines for Expats in KSA

Philippine Embassy Clarification on Rumors of Final Exit Stamps for Those Leaving on Exit and Reentry

Press Release 53/2011 11 July 2011 Philippine Embassy Clarification on Rumors of Final Exit Stamps for Those Leaving on Exit and Reentry The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reiterates that the recent announcement of the Saudi Ministry of Labor spokesperson Mr. Hattab al –Hanzi about the ban on the issuance of work visas for domestic workers […]

On rumors of changes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exit visa system

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte:  On rumors of changes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exit visa system ( Released on July 11, 2011] There are chain e-mails going around that give some people the impression that the authorities of Saudi Arabia, in pursuit of Nitaqat or nationalization, have taken to marking the visas of […]

Ma’a salama “Till we meet again”

Saudi Arabia is our second home. Many Overseas Filipino Workers stayed in the Kingdom for 10 to 20 years and believe it or not, some of them spent half of their life in this country. But one thing for sure each and every one of us will troop down someday to go home and be with […]

Saudization: A two-way process

By: MUHAMMAD ARSHAD, ALKHOBAR  (ARAB News)    For the past 20 years I have been in the Kingdom, we have seen a number of plans, programs and projects aimed at Saudization of the work force. In fact, the Saudi government has always aimed for a realistic average figure of about 25 to 30 percent Saudization […]

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Nitaqat: Firms face Sept. 10 deadline

The new emblem of the Ministry of Labor that was officially released on Monday. The ministry is currently spearheading a program to bolster the Saudization process. (SPA) By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS Published: Jun 20, 2011 01:15 Updated: Jun 20, 2011 01:57 JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor has given private companies and establishments three […]

Tidbits: the Nitaqat and POEA FDP

Many expatriates are afraid of what would be the outcome of this new Saudi policy, and some says it can create chaos among OFWs that will be affected on it. For me, there’s nothing to worry, I don’t even agree that our low skilled and semi skilled OFWs will be displaced. You know why?  Under the […]

Philippine Embassy Statement on Visas for Filipino Household Service Workers

Philippine Embassy Statement on Visas for HSWs Press Release 49/2011 2 July 2011 The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has learned through print media about the Saudi ban on stoppage of work visas for domestic workers from the Philippines which will be implemented effective 2 July 2011 as announced by the Saudi Ministry of Labor. As […]