ABOUT THE BLOGGER

ABOUT ME

“AKO Pilipino Taas Noo Saan man Dako sa Mundo”

In ancient Babylon, the term “Amora” is derived from the Hebrew and Aramaic verb amar “to speak”, and therefore please allow me to speak and be heard. I am not a leftist, centrist nor a rightist, but I support moved that concerns to the general welfare of Filipinos Overseas. I am just an ordinary Overseas Filipino Worker who believes what Pirke Avot says – “It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes a difference in the world.”

A Boholano by blood and born in Butuan City. Grown up and graduated intermediate (Nasipit, Central Elementary School) and secondary course (Saint Michael’s Institute now, Saint Michael College of CARAGA-SMCC)  in Nasipit, Agusan Del Norte.

Graduated Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course at Philippine State College of Aeronautics-PSCA formerly Phil. Air Force College of Aeronautics-PAFCA, Mactan Air Base, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu.

Worked as a Para Legal Officer in a Law Firm in Makati from 1986 to 1993 prior employment abroad. I am a community leader and actively involved in (Overseas Filipino Workers) OFW Advocacy.  Former President of KAKAMPI-KSA (Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Mangagawang Pilipino sa Ibayong Dagat) and chaired the Political and Legal Affairs Committee. Former Secretary General of the Overseas Filipino Workers Congress-Riyadh (OFW Congress-Ruh).  Member of International Coalition for Overseas Voting  Rights (IcoFVR), Founder and former President of Nasipitnon-KSA, Int’l. ( Hometown Organization in KSA).  Member and Honorary Adviser of  All Filipino Table Tennis Association in Riyadh (AFTTA).

I am also a proud member of Overseas Filipino Council, International (OFCI) and United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development (UFWCD).

I am an Overseas Filipino Worker for 21 Years. I worked in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1993 to 1997 and in Riyadh from 1998 up to present.

I was a nominee for Bagong Bayani Award 2011 organized by  the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the private sector.

I was one of the OBRA awardee  as  “Outstanding Filipino Blogger Advocate” for the Year 2013.  OBRA (OFW and Balikbayan Reputation Awards) is an annual advocacy event for OFWs and “balikbayans”  organized and produced by Exlinkevents.

Employment History:

* A.M. Bahlas Co. Ltd. (Tahlia Road, near Bugshan Hospital, Jeddah, K.S.A. – 1993 to 1997)

* Al Ajial Co. Ltd. ( 3rd. Industrial Area, Al Kharj Road, Riyadh, K.S.A. – 1998 to October 2007)

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, KACST ( King Abdullah Road, Riyadh, K.S.A. – 2008 up to present)

Past OFW Community Affiliation in Jeddah, KSA:

* Founding Member, Overseas Filipino Cooperative Council (OFWCC)

* Board of Director/Bohol Leyte OFW Cooperative (BLOC)

Chairman Committee on Education/Boholano Community in Jeddah (BC-J).

Present Employment:

I am at present working inKing Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), a Saudi Government organization responsible for Science and Technology development in the Kingdom of  Saudi Arabia. I am  assigned as Administrative Officer in the office of  the Directorate for International Cooperation.

Want to know more about me?

I am Straight, Frank and Idealistic but deep within me I am Emotional and Sensitive.  Also, I am curious, open-minded, independent, observant and comfortable with people or friends with prolific ideas. I am deeply involved in social organizing or activism and presently exploring the comparative world of politics. I believed that the world would be a better place to live when there is “social equality” among races.

Parents:

Father: Daniel Gultiano Amora Sr. (Deceased) – From Bohol, WWII USAFFE (Cpl.), FilAm

Mother: Margarita Amad (Deceased) – From Moalbual, Cebu (Housewife)

Sister: Mila Amora Bacho, RN – FilAm, California, United States

Brothers:

Juanito “Ado” (EcE ) (Deceased) – at hometown, Visayan short story writer & poet

Dominico “Doods” (PEE) – Businessman, Consultancy Firm in Cebu

Daniel Jr. “Bebot” (IME) – Businessman, Construction-General Contractor in Manila

Manuel “Bobong/Mawe” (AAME) – OFW Riyadh

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58 comments on “ABOUT THE BLOGGER

  1. good day sir im ofw from hongkong i just renew my oec last may included po ba dun ang philhelth sa binayadan ng amo q na 196?need ko po kasi ang philhealth ko dahil naoperahan ang husband q pls help po thank you so much.

  2. helo ser maron sana ako tanong tongkol sa aking kalagayan dito sa aming companya.tapos napo ang aking contrata at ngayong junary 2013 mag 4 yers napo ako dito.ang eqama ko 2yers na hindi narenew kasi nasa raed category ang statos nang companya namin] ser] pano ba ako maka owi na hindi ma proces ang visa kasi walang eqama? tapos ngayon tomigil na ako sa trabaho kasi pag pomonta ako sa aming opisina poro pramese lang ang sasabihin 4 na bisis na akong nag file nang bakasyon leter piro walang nang yari ano ho bang dapat gawin?

    • Sorry for late reply. Ano na ang statyus ninyo ngayon?

      Ven, ang mga nasa red category na mga worker ay hindi na dapat e-renew ang iqama, dahil automatic na po ng ang mga worker ng kompanyang ito ay exit na sa kadahilanang na sa red category na nga ang employer ninyo. Kaya kung tutuusin, madaling ayosin ng employer ang inyong exit.

      Dahil huminto ka na ng trabaho, dapat lamang na isangguni mo na ang iyong problema sa ating POLO. Kung nasa Riyadh ka, tawagan mo ang CP no. ni Welfare Officer Romeo Pablo 0538481356 at humingi ng payo kung ano ang nararapat mong gawin.

      Bong

    • Nic,

      unang gawin mo ang kausapin nyo po ang inyong asawa ng mahinahon at pag usapan ang tungkol sa inyong problema with open heart lalong lalo na ang tungkol sa sustento para sa inyong mga anak. Maaari rin po kayong pumunta sa OWWA at humingi ng payo kung ano ang nararapat na gawin.

      Ngunit ang pinaka-importnate sa lahat ay ang makausap mo siya once and for all at ayosin ang lahat kung ito ay puwede pang ayosin.

      Relax and pray always. Siya lang ang kakampi mong tunay.

      Bong

  3. sir, may gusto lang po ako malaman, kasi approved na po ang family status ko, okay na rin po ang iqama ko, bali computer prog. po ang iqama ko, tapos SR 3400 po nag salary ko, ng tanong ko po is yun pong anak ko ay naka register sa epelyido ng asawa ko, kasi di pa po kami kasal nung pinanganak cya.. so ang NSO nya po ang na release ay sa epelyido ng asawa ko, pano po ang gagawin ko, kukuha po kasi sila ng passport, possible po ba maayos sa pinas yun since na nandito ako sa SA? kung hindi po pwede yun? pede ko po ba ayusin dito sa Saudi yun? ano po ang mga kailangan dokumento para maayos yun? at saan po ako dapat lumapit na ahensya..

    • istrikto po ang Saudi tungkol sa pangalan ng expats. Pag walng middle name ang worker hindi nga nila ito i-deploy lalo na po siguro kung magkaiba ang apelyido ang member ng isang pamilya. Ayosin po ninyo ito sa Pinas at hindi po sa Saudi. Let you wife consult a lawyer in this regards.

  4. Hello.. i really need your help, my brother is in riyadh right now. he signed a contract for two years and it ended last march, he really wants to go home but his employer didnt want him to leave..

    • Grace, dito sa KSA may karapatan po ang employer na ma hold ang pag-uwi ng worker, mapabkaasyon man or finish contract kung ito ay kinakailangan, katulad halimbawa na hinihintay ang kanyang kapalit or kailangan muna ang kanyang puwesto na hindi mabakante. Ano ba ang status ng kapatid mo?

  5. magandang araw po sir bong ask ko lng po about sa case ko di po ako nabigyan ng amo ko ng iqama hanggang 6 months po nagresign po ako sa kanya sabi nya sa akin hanap daw ako trabaho tapos sya ang kakausapin pagnakahanap ako kaso po wala nga po natangap sa akin dahil wala ako iqama tapos may mga employer nagkaintereado po sa akin ang problema pagtintawagan nmn po sya nagaglit di na raw ako transfer ayaw na nya hanggang umabot na po ako ng 3 yrs na wala ako iqama po ngyn may taong gus2 magayos ng papers ko nagusap sila maayos binyaran nung ao kalahati na hinihingi nya na kabayaran sa para matransfer ako sa bagong kafeel ang problema pagkabayad po namin di na nagparamdam po.sana mahelp nyo po ako sa sitawasyon kung ito email nyo po ako sa smasongsong@yahoo.com salamat po.sherwin

    • Mahirap na problema ito Win, makapagtrabaho ka nga at kumikita, kabado ka naman dahil hindi ka legal na worker dahil wala kang work permit. Nasaan ka ngayon nag work? Sa mga ganitong problema, ang sponsor mo lang ang tanging makakatulong sa iyo. Lapitan mo uli at hingin na makipag-coordinate siya sa bago mong sponsor, tutal binayaran na siya nito.

  6. Good morning po sa lahat,
    I would like to ask help po sa ating mga kababayan about my concern. I am dependent currently living in Riyadh with my husband. Bored mother po ako kc wala po akong work at naiisip ko na Baka merong school na accurate para sakin na pwede ako mag aril kabob man Lang short courses na available for women. Sana po meron po sa mga kababayan natin na may alam at meron po na ma share sakin. Maraming salamat po at god bless you all! Mrs. Cecilia

  7. Hi Mr. Bong,

    Sorry kung na post ko ulit yung article, hindi ko agad nakita yung post kaya akala ko hindi pa naka post.

    Thank you for taking time to announce the summit, if you’re interested to attend the sumit, you are very much welcome.

  8. Good day sa ‘yo Mr. Bong,

    Thank you sa immediate reply, although you are busy. By the way, I am from San Carlos Negros, dool lang sa Cebu og Bohol.

    My contract’s duration is 2 years. My arrival in Saudi was on 29 August 2009.

    Furthermore, stated in my duly signed contract is 15 days vacation leave and 15 days sick leave.

    I know this 15 days calculation was superseded by the new saudi law enforced in 2006. But this is the one followed by my employer (not the 21 days).

    Thanks and regards.

    Jeffrey

    • Jeffrey,

      Tama ka, mali po ang inyong employer at dapat ito ay ma rectify para sa mga susunod na mga worker.

      Article (109): (1) A worker shall be entitled to a prepaid annual leave of not less than twenty one days, to be increased to a period of not less than thirty days if the worker spends five consecutive years in the service of the employer.

      Malinaw po na 21 days ang nakassad sa batas at maari pa itong madagdagan ng hindi lalagpas ng 30 days pag ang worker ay naka 5 taon na sa kanyang employer.

      Regards.

      Bong

    • 21 aug 2011

      greetings again sir,

      my other concern is that my 2-yr contract will end 29 aug. 2011.

      i informed my employer that I will go on exit after 29 aug 2011 last june 21, 2011. should my ESB fall on Art. 84 or 85?

      thanks.

      jeffrey

  9. magandang araw po, ofw po ako sa taiwan for 6yrs. umuwi po ako dito sa pinas noong 2005 pa. hindi po ako sure kung naging member ba ako ng owwa kasi wala po kaming id. pero ang alam ko po may binabayaran kami sa owwa. paano po bang malalaman na member ako at kung may benepisyo pa ba ako kahit matagal na ako dito sa pinas?

    • Weng,

      Matagal ng panahon na ang ating hinihintay na dapat may pagbabago na ang sistema ng membership sa OWWA. Pero andami ng dumaan na mga OWWA admin hindi pa rin nagkaroon ng tamang sistema upang mapangalagaan nito ang kanilang mga miyembro – ang mga OFW.

      Una, dapat lamang na hindi na po nakapangalan ng sponsor or employer ang resibo ng ating binbayaran tuwing uuwi tayo sa Pinas at kumuha ng OEC. Malinaw po ang kasalukuyang OWWA regulasyon na ang employer ang magbabayad nito ngunit hindi po nila maipagkaila or ma deny na bulsa ng OFW ang ibinayad tuwing mag renew tayo ng OWWA membership.

      Isa pang problema, ang OWWA membership ay katumbas ng bilang sa taong kontrata ng isang OFW saan man lupalop ito ng mundo. Ibig sabihin, pag hindi ka na OFW hindi ka na rin member ng OWWA. Ang masama pa nito, pag hindi ka na makapag-renew ng membership, kahit isang araw na palya lamang sa pabayad or pag renew wala ka na ring makukuhang benepisyo.

      Dapat ang OWWA membership ay gagawin na lang nilang insurance or retirement scheme para sa ating mga kapwa OFW na hindi na mangibang bansa upang meron tayong maaasahan kung sakaling katulad mo mag for good na rin kami. Ang problema, pag hindi ka na OFW wala ka ring silbi sa OWWA. Kahil ilang beses ka pang pa-bali balik sa ibang bansa bilang OFw, walang kwenta na rin iyon sa OWWA.

      Kaya sa tanong mo, I am sorry to inform you na wala ka ng makukuha sa OWWA kahit isang singko dahil matagal ka ng isang OFW returnees at hindi na member ng OWWa. Masakit isipin pero iyan po ang totoo.

      Regards.

      Bong

    • Dear Mr. Amora,

      Greetings!

      My contract will expire 29 Aug. 2011.

      Last June 29, 2011, I already informed my employer that I will go on EXIT after 29th August.

      Questions:

      1). Should my ESB calculation fall on Article 84 or Article 85?

      2). A bank-remittance company in dammam would like to hire but they are asking for a “transfer”
      but I feel my present employer would not grant me “transfer”. Any advice for alternative
      actions?

      I understand you have a paralegal background, hence I ask your thoughts.

      KODUS TO YOU AND GODBLESS!

      JEFFREY

      • Jeff,

        Please provide the duration of your contract, 1 year ba two years ba? Naka ilan taon ka na?

        Ang Transfer of employment ay dapat may blessing ang employer or nasa diskresyon po ng employer kung bigyan ka o hindi. Wala po ito sa batas na bawal sa employer ang magbigay ng approval sa change fo sponsorship.

        Bong

        • hello po sir pauwi na po ako maibabalik po ba ung binayaran kong insurance o medicard na dapat ang kompanya namin ang magbabayad… sbi po kc ng agency ko sa pinas wala raw po silang pananagutan sa akin kung ano man ang mangyari saakin d2 sa jeddah k.s.a…. balak ko sa pag uwi ko pupunta ako ng agency para marefund ko ung sa insurance o medicard ko ,, na kinaltas saakin . na dapat sagot ng employer ko,,,, salamat po inaasahan ko ang inyong pagtugon saaking suliranin

  10. sir bong,

    May contarct akong pinirmahan sa agency bago umalis pero nong araw na paalis na kami at nasa airport na ung agent from agency ay may binigay na mga documents kasi ung visa namin ay hindi tugma don sa position namin. Para daw in case na magcheck immigration ay may mga supporting docs kaming ipapakita. At pagdating ko d2 sa KSA sabi ng site na kung saan ako nakaassign dapat na ung position ko ay di na available kasi may nakapwesto na iba at inoofferan nila ako ng ibang work but i declined but they let me to signed the contact same as what the company and I agreed sa pinas. Almost 3 months akong nakastay lng sa haws waiting for notice until last march bago matapos ang probitionary period ko at tenirmate ng site ung contract ko kasi daw right nila un. I sent emails to the agency at sa main office ng company. Ung agency walang reply but ung main office sinabi na wag iterminate ang contract ko at ipadala ako sa main office sa riiyadh. Dito sa riyadh still walang bakante sa position and they offer me for another work.I am working here sa ngaun parang dummy staff. At sa iqama ko ay iba din ung work na declare kaya d2 po halos apat na position ang nag eexist para sa akin. Lahat naman ng previledge at nakalagay sa contact namin ay binigay ng company maliban lang talaga sa position at nature ng work kasi daw di available. lahat po ng mga docs na maari kung gamitin in case na magsampa ako ng kaso ay inipon ko po pati mga emails.

    Maraming salamat and god bless!

    Hexz

  11. Magandang araw po. pwede ko bang icomplain ang agency at ung company pag uwi after may contract kasi ung position ko sa contract at ung actual ay magkaiba pero ung pinirmahan ko na contract d2 ay same pa din nong contract ko sa pinas. kasi sabi ng company di daw available ung position na binigay sa akin nong nasa pinas pa ako.

    thanks,
    hexz

    • Hex,

      Sa pag apply mo ba sa agency, wala ka bang pinirmahan na dokumento tungkol sa iyong tunay na trabaho dito sa KSA?

      Ano ba ang nakalagay na trabaho sa iyong work permit or iqama?

      Puwede kang mag sampa ng kaso sa korte sa atin kung gusto mo, ihanda mo lang ang lahat ng dokumento na maaring basihan sa iyong complain.

      Bong

  12. malaki po ang naitutulong nyo sa katulad ko na OFW na nagkaroon ng ganitong experience at para magbigay kayo ng napakahalagang inpormasyon, ngunit may ilan pa po sana akong katanungan para mas-higit ko na maintindihan ang aking katayuan sa ngayon.

    1). sa kaso ko hanggang kailan po ako maghihintay para mawalang bisa ang banned sa akin sa saudi?

    2). kung maki-usap po ba ako sa employer ko at i-request na kanselahin ang visa ko imbes na expired at magrequest ng NOC may pag-asa po ba ako makabalik sa saudi?

    3). kung mag-apply po ako sa agency at e-hired po nila ako papunta halimbawa ng qatar o dubai nangangahulugan po ba na pwede ako pumasok sa bansang tinukoy ko na hindi magkakaproblema?

    • Nald,

      Di ko alam kung may hangganan ang ban na ito. Pero sa ngayon ang alam ko, istrikto nila itong ipinapatupad bilang strategy ng kanilang Saudization program.

      Wala naman sigurong mawawala sa iyo kung makipag-usap ka. Ang NOC ay nasa diskresyon ng employer kung ibigay or hindi.

      Ayon sa latest announcement nila na naka posting na rin sa ating blog (kung may time ka, please surf our blog for very important postings) na ang GCC countries ay sakop ng ban sa isang worker na may re-entry at hindi na bumalik sa KSA.

      Salamat.

      Bong

  13. Magandang araw po. Sir itatanong ko lang sana kung posible pa ako makabalik sa saudi, may Exit Re-entry po kasi ako sa Employer ko pero dina ako bumalik sa kanya, ngayon po balak ko sana mag-apply sa Saudi as a Pre-lancer. Nag-inquire po ako sa manpower agency at nagsearch sila sa website (www.evisa.com.sa) regarding sa Exit Re-entry visa ko gamit ang passport number at visa number at ang result po ay Expired na at this coming october po ay mae-expire narin po ang iqama ko. Posible na po ba ako makabalik kung dumaan ako sa finger print process at ano po ang chances o step na dapat ko gawin para makabalik ng saudi?

    • Donald,

      Am sorry to inform you that KSA is very strict when it comes to immigration rules nowadays because of their new Saudization policy. Those expats having exit re-entry visa who failed to return in KSA are not allowed or banned from coming back to KSA. If you decide to come back at nakompleto mo ang iyong travel documents sa Pinas, just don’t be surprised kung ma hold ka sa airport for questioning.

      Regards.

      Bong

  14. Good afternoon Sir! I’m Earvin Charles Cabalquinto. I am currently based in Brunei and I’m doing my Master Thesis at UP Open University. My thesis is about OFW Empowerment through blogging. I would like to ask if I can get your email. I would like you to be one of my respondents in the study, and a resource persons as well. I hope for your favourable response. Please email me at ecabalquinto@gmail.com.

  15. hi, i would like to know if the regulations for Iqama are the same in Jordan since they look quite similar. if not where can i find out more about Iqama regulations and violations in Jordan? thank you!

  16. That was very quick, sir! Thank you very much. I forwarded your emailed response to my brother. If he has further questions, then he will just ask you directly by posting here. Yes, we will let you know about our progress.

    By the way, I tried using your email address (bongamora14@yahoo.com) early on and my message bounced back. Is your yahoo account still active?

    Again, thank you. Mabuhay po kayo!

  17. Dear Sir Bong,

    We need help please. My brother is on family status and he wishes to have his family with him in KSA. My sister-in-law and their 2 kids are already preparing for the trip: (1) passports are ready, (2) their birth and marriage certificates are now with the DFA for authentication, (3) the visa advice for dependents (yellow form) is ready, (4) the plane tickets are ready. As far as we know, they only have to: (1) undergo medical examination, (2) claim the authenticated documents from the DFA, and (3) bring the documents to the Saudi Embassy for stamping of visa.

    My sister-in-law has approached several travel agencies for assistance but the fees quoted are very prohibitive — from P6,500 to P12,000 per person excluding the fee for medical exam. This amount is just too much because there are three of them traveling to KSA, and to think that most of the paper work is about to be completed already.

    Please help us with the following questions:

    (1) Are there other documents/requirements/processes that need to be obtained/produced/done aside from those I have cited above?

    (2) Does the medical examination have to be done by a GAMCA-accredited clinic? If yes, can my sister-in-law and kids just go to a GAMCA-accredited clinic without being endorsed by a travel agent or by the recruitment agency that handled my brother’s papers when he left for KSA?

    (3) How many working days does it normally take for the visa stamping to be completed at the Saudi Embassy? We heard from a travel agent that it’s quick and easy for them because they have a contact person (insider) in the Saudi embassy and that we shall find it long and difficult because we know no one there. Is this true? Is there no standard procedure for everyone?

    Thank you very much. We appreciate your help for OFWs who are often victimized due to lack of information and support. May God continue to bless you for your efforts.

    • Bee,

      My family (wife and two kids)are also coming by June and I might have the same problem to encounter, huh!

      Well, if you will based the Saudi Embassy requirements for residence visa which I and your brother have to complete; they are the following:

      PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF RESIDENCE VISA:

      1- Residence visa slip or its copy with number and date of issuance of the visa.
      2- Proof of the kinship or marital relationship (marriage contract with regards to wife, birth certificates of children) duly authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
      3- Residence visa application should be submitted through an accredited recruitment agency by the Embassy.

      About your question #1, I think you have all the requirements. On #2, if Saudi Royal Embassy requires that visa application must be submitted through an accredited recruitment agency by the Embassy; it means medical examinations should be done by a GAMCA accredited clinic. Question #3, YES, it’s quick and easy but as what I’ve said the Saudi Embassy is very clear on their instruction visa application should be submitted by an agency. Therefore, individual application for residence visa is not allowed.

      But for me 6,500.00 to 12,000 per person is just too much. Buwaya na nga sila, gusto pa maging piranha. Try to approach other agencies na medyo naman hindi tayo pipigain.

      Keep me posted.

      Bong

  18. mag tatanong lang po ako kung anong dapat na gawin ko..kase po halos isang buwan na akong hinto sa trabaho ko di pa din po ako pinapauwi ng amo ko. tapos na po ang contrata ko dito sa saudi….ano po bang dapat na gawin ko

  19. i have read your copyright notice just after i have posted one of your blog to my blogsite. i am sorry for not asking first but i hope you won’t get angry, i have included the link in your site and your own blogsite for the source of information.

  20. sir,ask ko lng po kung makakabalik pa ako sa saudi?kc runaway po ako sa dati kung amo,tatlong buwan plang ako sa kanya,hindi pa ako na issue ng iqama,na deport po ako sa jeddah with fingerprint and eye scan.

    • Joel,

      Takas ka at dumaan ka sa deportation para makauwi sa Pilipinas, ibig sabihin na deport ka, kaya may fingerprint at eye scan ka. Ang dumaan po sa deportation ay matagal pong makabalik sa KSA, hindi ko lang po alam kung ilang buwan or taon. Pero subukan mo paring mag apply, kung hindi matatakan ang visa mo sa Saudi Royal Embassy sa atin, ibig sabihin naka ban ka sa KSA.

      Bong

  21. Brod,
    Just happened to check-out on how to enroll in PAFCA, and I click your site. First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS for an overwhelming job you had exerted to our fellow OFW. I know it’s just your way of HELPING-OUT your fellowmen. Again JOB WELL DONE.

    Anyway, I am also a Boholano from Jagna, and now presently working in Abu Dhabi. And my son who is presently in the seminary wants to shift to another course. What came on his mind was to take Aircraft Maintenance. So upon consultation from friends they recommended PAFCA. In this regard, just want to take this oppurtunity to seek your well deserve idea on this matter. And on how I can have an access to this school.

    I am aware your so tied-up with your work, but still I am hoping for your reply.

    DAGHANG SALAMAT KAAJO !!!

    • Brod Justin,

      My sincere apology for late approval and reply of your letter inquiry here in our blog. Like you, I am also an ordinary OFW here in KSA and have some personal matters to attend to.

      Salamat naman Sano at napadaan ka sa gamay nato na payag!

      For me, PAFCA is the best school for those who want to take up AME or BSAME. Nasabi ko yan dahil ang mga mentors sa school na ito ay mismong mga Aircraft Maintenance ng ating Philippine Air Force na mahaba na ang experienced in their field. Marami na ring product ang PAFCA na nag work in various airlines around the world.

      Kung naa naka sa Manila nagpuyo, I would suggest na sa PAFCA now Philippine State College of Aeronautics na lang mag enroll ang imong anak. Pero kung nasa Bohol ang iyong residence, PAFCA or PSCA Mactan Cebu na lang.

      Pag galing ka ng Cebu, sabihin mo lang sa TAXI, sa Tamiya ka lang at doon marami ng mga tricycle na masak-yan papuntang PAFCA or PSCA, Mactan Air Base at sa campus mismo ang hinto nito.

      Good luck Sano! Ajo ajo!

      Bong

  22. magandang araw po. sir maitanong kulang po tungkol sa konting problema sa kompanya nami dito sa jubail. tungkol po sa salary dedction namin,may pinermahan kaming weber doon sa agency bago kami pumunta dito. ang nakasaad doon 2 hundred dollar lang ang kaltasin. pero pagtadating namin dito 770 dollar ang kinaltas samin,kc samin padaw yong gastos sa ticket papunta namin dito. sana mabigyan mo kami ng magandang oayo kung anong dapat namang gawin. tnx and more power

    • Jun at sa mga parating pa na OFW,

      Dapat sa Pilipinas pa lang inalam na ninyo ang mga terms and conditions ng inyong kontrata. Dapat it oay basahin word by word at kung hindi ninyo maintindihan, may karapatan kayong magtanong kung ano ang ibig sa bihin sa probisyon na hindi ninyo naintindihan.

      Meron pong POEA policy na kung saan makikita ninyo ang full disclosure ng inyong kontrata, nakapaloob dito ang mga sumosunod:

      1) Salary
      2) Allowances ( If there is) such as Food allowance
      3) Designation or Position
      4) Contract Duration ( 1 year ba or 2 Years ba)
      5) Probation period (may probationary period ba)
      6) Transportation (kung malayo ang site sa villa or accomodation)
      7) Tickets (cost of ticket)

      The agency shall also have full disclosure about your designation and visa category. Kung ang visa mo ba ay tugma sa iyong kontrata. Ibig sabihin kung ang Visa Category ay Labor at ang trabaho mo ay Engineer pagdating mo sa site ay dapat sang-ayonan mo ito or may consent ka or alam mo na ito sa Pilipinas ka pa lang.

      Lastly, dapat lamang na magbigay ang agency ng kopya sa dapat ninyong bayaran, tulad ng salary deduction re: placement fee and terms of payment or monthly installment.

      Ang lahat na nabanggit ay pirmado ng manager ng agency at sinang-ayonan ng OFW.

      Tungkol sa tiket, basahin ninyo ang inyong kontrata kung nakapaloob ba doon ang pag shoulder ng tiket from country of origin to site (country of work) and vice versa. Kung wala ito, hindi malayo na ang SLL aRt. 40.1 ay binasihan ng inyong employer sa pagsingil ng cost of ticket from country of origin to site.

      Art. 40.1 An employer shall incur the fees pertaining to recruitment of non-Saudi workers, the fees of the residence permit (Iqama) and work permit together with their renewal and the fines resulting from their delay, as well as the fees pertaining to change of profession, exit and re-entry visas and return tickets to the worker’s home country at the end of the relation between the two parties.

      Kaya napa importante na basahin ang kontrata at hindi ito baliwalain ng OFW especially when it comes to the provision where the cost of ticket is mentioned. Dapat maging smart tayo from the start or nasa Pilipinas pa lang para hindi tayo mangangapa sa dilim pagdating sa country of destination kung saan kayo mag work.

      Kung talagang pagbabayarin kayo ng tiket sa pagpunta ninyo dito, ang masasabi ko – first time of my 16yrs. sa KSA nalaman na may kompanya pala dito na sinisingil ang cost of tiket from Pinas to KSA.

      Basahin ang kontrata.

      Bong

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