Archive | March 2012

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Taxing expats under spotlight

FEATURED NEWS ARTICLE: The long pending issue of imposing income tax on foreigners would come up again for discussion at the Shoura Council on Sunday. The finance committee of the Shoura has recommended carrying out fresh studies on imposing tax on all foreigners working in both public and private sectors in the Kingdom, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported […]

Expats Top Ten Attributes at Work in Saudi Arabia

The business set up in Saudi Arabia is exceptionally conservative and to make sure successful cross cultural working environment you will need to uphold a proper degree of formality.   1)  Superiors and those in senior positions are always deferred to and be treated with utmost respect. Treat your co-workers with respect as well. 2)  Do not question […]

Sponsorship system open to widespread abuse

FEATURED ARTICLE  taken from ARABNEWS   The Saudi system of sponsorship, or kafala, is still a topic of heated debate as the unjustified extortion of expatriate employees by their sponsors continues. The sponsorship system supposedly organizes work contracts, salary, visas, vacation and repatriation. However, there have been many instances of sponsors exploiting and mistreating workers under […]

Astillero nomination to POEA Board blocked by Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

(Updated  6:10 PM) 15.03.2012, RIYADH— The fight over the nomination of a new Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Board of Trustee, an agency that oversees the government employment program and protects the rights of Filipino migrant workers recently backfires with Philippine Embassy in Riyadh allegedly blocking the confirmation of  Dr. Carlito Astillero in the POEA […]

Filipino groups mourn community leaders’ death

By: RUDY ESTIMO JR., ARAB NEWS STAFF Published: Mar 13, 2012 00:06 Updated: Mar 13, 2012 00:06 Various Filipino groups in the Saudi capital expressed sadness yesterday over the death of two former community leaders who had rendered various services to compatriots while working in the Kingdom. “The passing of Florencio Coronado and Tony Apolto, former […]

PhilEmb Advisory: Passport unclaimed for 6 months to be cancelled

 Press Release 041-2012 (12 March 2012)  PASSPORTS UNCLAIMED FOR SIX MONTHS TO BE CANCELLED The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reminds all Filipinos who applied for passports over six months ago and not claimed it yet to do so as soon as possible.  The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and all Philippine Foreign Service missions have been […]

Beware of fake recruitment e-mails

Beware of fake recruitment e-mails You are selected! The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration advises jobseekers to think twice before replying to e-mails with the said subject especially those coming from “international companies” they have never heard of before. Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said an e-mail congratulating an applicant for being selected for a specific job he […]

New recruitment firms set to start operations

TODAY’S FEATURED ARTICLE: The 13 recruitment companies that were given preliminary licenses will commence operations soon and will rent foreign workers and maids to interested Saudi and foreign clients at monthly payments ranging between SR1,000 and SR1,200, local daily Al-Madinah reported yesterday. It was quoting an official source at the Labor Ministry. The source, however, […]

Ma’asalama Joe!

A week ago I posted here in our blog a news item published in Saudi Gazette titled “Filipino Community Leader  in EP Honored” written by seasoned Filipino news correspondent Mr. Joe Avancena.  Today, in return, the whole Filipino community in Saudi Arabia honored him for making us proud as Filipinos in this country.   Joe Avancena in […]

Labor disputes and unreasonable delay

FEATURED ARTICLE: By QAISAR HAMED METAWEA ( Opinion on ARAB NEWS ) One of the aims of enacting labor laws is to protect the rights of employees from any abuse of their employers. Additionally, forming a robust system to resolve disputes is a cornerstone to protecting the rights of employees. However, having a fragile system […]

Filipino community leader in EP honored

AL-KHOBAR — Engineer Ernesto N. Mapanao, a longtime Filipino worker in the Eastern Province (EP), was honored here last Friday for supporting distressed compatriots and working with various Filipino community organizations throughout the years. Mapanao received a plaque of recognition from the Overseas Filipino Workers Congress in EP (OFWC-EP), a pioneering Filipino association established 12 […]