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Filipino golfer captured Golf Championship Tournament in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh Filipino golfer Resty Sibug scored a victory last Friday when he won the inaugural BMW InterContinental Golf Championship 2012. Sibug secured the overall lead in a 2 under net score of 54 participated by over 100 players of 15 different nationalities. He took home a Callaway RazrX Black golf set and BMW crystal trophy of […]

Remittance Is Not the Enemy, Economic Reintegration of Returning OFWs Is

FEATURED ARTICLE I’ve been advocating OFW issues and concerns in our blog but one issue that I am very keen of, is the creation of an OFW Bank. There are many organizations that I am affiliated with, like in the past  the Bohol-Leyte OFW Cooperative, OFW Cooperative Council, OFWNet, United OFW, and at present Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Manggagawang Pilipino,  OFW Congress, […]

Nitaqat is the name of the game

 (ARAB News/OPINION) By: ABDULLAH AL ALAMI The guidelines are clear; in order for foreign workers to transfer their iqamas from “red” or “yellow” companies to “green” companies”, they have to meet the four conditions set by the Ministry of Labor. First, you must have been in the Kingdom for over six years. Second, you must have […]

Pinoy on Death Row “Blood Money not yet settled” – PhilEmb

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Clarifies Status of Filipino Reportedly Spared From Death in Saudi Starting on 12 April, there have been articles quoting a thank you letter by Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza, a Filipino detained in Dammam, alleging that he has been spared from death in Saudi, ending with “at last, my ordeal comes to an end”. […]

Sponsorship system on its way out

14 May, 2012 /RIYADH : Deputy Labor Minister for workers affairs Ahmad Al-Humaidan said that the ministry had started taking practical steps aimed at scrapping the individual sponsorship (kafala) system. “We have already begun changing some technical terms related with the sponsorship system, like changing the term ‘transfer of sponsorship’(naql kafala) to ‘transfer of services.’ Other steps included preventing sponsors […]

Money transfer to Philippines made easy with ANB-BDO tie-up

A Philippine Embassy official said in Riyadh in 2011 there were more or less 9 million OFWs around the world who had sent remittances worth $20.1 billion last year, representing a 7.2 percent rise over the figure of $18.3 billion registered the previous year. Welfare Officer Romeo C. Pablo added the number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) […]

Increase legal channels of remittance

Remittances to Philippines reached an all-time high of over $20 billion last year as demand for Filipino workers remained strong even amid economic and political challenges confronting labor markets in the West and the Middle East. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that remittances of $20.1 billion for 2011 marked a 7.2-percent rise over the $18.3 billion […]

Launching ANB Telemoney – BDO Remittance Services

  The  Arab National Bank  (ANB), the Kingdom’s leading banking institution and Banco De Oro (BDO) will formally launch  their ANB TeleMoney – BDO Remittance Services in the Kingdom. It will be held in our Philippine Embassy in Riyadh  (Bonifacio Multi Purpose Court, Diplomatic Quarter) on April 12, 2012 (Thursday) from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Arab National Bank was established  in […]

Ministry completes study on replacing sponsorship system

FEATURED NEWS ARTICLE : Arab News  By : GALAL FAKKAR The Labor Ministry has completed a study on prospects of canceling the individual kafala (sponsorship) system replacing it with recruitment companies. The move may lead to the nullification of sponsorship system all together at a later stage. The study, which took five years to complete, included the rules […]