About this Blog

13 December 2005, I made my first blog post “Tax Exemption a Token Gift“.

It all started when I read “Nasipit to Anywhere” a blog authored by my townmate who is a lawyer, writing current events direct from our beloved hometown Nasipit (Agusan, Del Norte). Actually at that time I’ve been reading blogs already, particularly from famous blogger politician Peter Lavina.

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Blogging under blog name “OFW Empowerment”, with the abovementioned first entry using widely known template blogger.com followed by “OFW Representation“. Despite busy hours of my job, I have done my homework at home and it became a hobby. And as an active member of the Filipino community in Riyadh, I was determined to write about OFWs issues and concerns mixed up a little bit with politics.

In late April of 2006 it occurred to me that I was doing it anyway, why not continue doing it. Then I shifted to Funchain an easy to use blogger guide created by fellow Filipino an IT expert from Davao Mr. Jason Banico.

OFWs the Best Political Electorate” that was published online at Inquirer 7 supplement under Network Highlights INQ7 @ 5 was one of my first entries using Funchain. The said entry was based and inspired from my previous posting “OFW Representation”.

I immediately was on the receiving end of encouragement from colleauges in the Industrial Areas in Riyadh, and so with my readers like Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina, Atty. Loloy Compendio and Atty. Fred Pamaos- all fellow bloggers. Then the traffic started climbing and the rest is history.

Exactly two (2) years, December 13, 2007 (OFWEmpowerment blog 2nd Anniversary),  A Closer Look at  the  Filipino Diaspora  was published at Global Nation, Inquirer.net.   It was  posted in this blog  December 12, 2007.

Last year (2008)  I shifted to WORDPRESS,  upon advice of my blogger mentor Mr. Jason Banico.

Please allow me to thank  all of the readers and commenters in here.

And of course, to the member organizations of OFW Congress-Riyadh. To former Ambassador and now DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Labor Attache Jainal Rasul, Jr.,  and lastly to Tita Fairy Godmother Anita Sese Schon of Overseas Filipino Council International.

Also, to my brod Doods  (Engr. Dominico A. Amora) and dear friend Ms. Ellene Sana of  Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA).

And before I forget to my  IT  friend Bobby Ocafor the OFWempowerment logo.

Thank you so much to ALL of you! 

I know I’m not everybody’s cup of tea for the fact that I am neither a journalist nor a writer, but for one thing, it’s self-deserving and this blog is dedicated to all Overseas Filipinos.

MABUHAY ANG OVERSEAS FILIPINOS!!!

Inyong lingkod para sa mga Mangagawang Pilipino sa Buong Mundo,

 

Manuel “Bong” “Mawe” Amora

 

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202 comments on “About this Blog

  1. Gandang araw po. Just a query lang po about blacklisting issue. Paano po malalaman na blacklisted ka sa Saudi Arabia? Knowing nmn wala kang criminal records don tapos maayos naman ang pag-alis mo sa company at nabigyan ka ng final exit. In case plan magbalik sa Saudi assurance na po ba yong final exit visa na wala ng habol ang company as stated sa visa?

    • Kung maayos naman po ang inyong pag exit sa dati mong employer wala po kayong dapat ikatakot na bumalik sa KSA.

      Ngunit, sigarodohin mo lang na ang kompanya na iyong lilipatan ay hindi magkaribal na kompanya in terms of business dealings. Dahil kung sakaling magkaribal ito, may karapatan ang dati mong employer na pauwiin ka sa kadahilanang maaaring may mga sekreto kang nalalaman na siyang pakikinabangan ng bago mong employer.

  2. Magandang araw po, may gusto po sana ko linawin tungkol sa exit visa ko’ nagexit po ako last march 23 2014, pero wala po akong pinbanghahawakang mga papers para sa exit visa ko, pero may stamp naman ng exit sa passport ko, hindi po kinuha ng employer ko un iqama ko, nasa akin po ito hangan d2 sa pinas, at d rin po hinanap sa imigration / airport nun pauwi ako, gusto ko po sana balik saudi, wala po kaya ako magiging poroblema pag balik ko jan, next month

    • Dapat po itong isurender kasama sa exit application. Pero sa iyong kuwento na hindi ito kinuha, ibig pong sabihin hindi po ito napansin ng iyong employer at ng immigration. Dalhin mo lang ang iyong passport na may tatak na exit or photo copy nito para maipakita sa immigration kung sakaling ma-hold ka sa airport.

  3. gudmorning po isa po akong ofw dito sa kota kinabalu malaysia ngayon po ang problema ko po ay ang gamit ko po kasing apelyido sapassport ko ay yung dalaga pa po ako.pero married na po ako at hindi po ako nag change status sa passport ko.pero ang philhealth,sss,pag-ibig,ko ay sa asawa kuna ang gamit ku g apelyido.ngayon ang balak ko po pag nakabalik ako ng manila ay kukuha ako ng balikmanggagagawa or mag aavail po ako ng balikmanggagawa panu po yun kc hinihingi po nila ang sss pag ibig philhealth nummber ko.pwede po ba yun eh ang apelyido ko po sa passport ko ay nung single pku.tpos yung 2 kung anak sa asawa ko din naka apelyido pwede kopa din po ba cla maging beneficiary.matagal napo kmi hiwalay ng asawa ko.for the record po.sana po masagot niyo ang madami kung tanung maraming maraming salamat po…godbless po

    • Hi Kate, sabi ni Atty. Acosta ng PAO, in one of her daily online column at Manila Times “there is no law in the Philippines which obligates a married woman to use the surname of her husband. Upon a valid marriage, a married woman is only given an option to use the surname of her husband in any of the ways enumerated in Article 370 of the Civil Code of the Philippines to wit:

      “Article 370. A married woman may use:

      1. Her maiden first name and surname and add her husband’s surname, or
      2. Her maiden first name and her husband’s surname, or
      3. Her husband’s full name, but prefixing a word indicating that she is his wife, such as “Mrs.”

      Pero sa iyong inquiry baligtad, hindi mo gamit ang surname ng iyong asawa which is puwedeng puwede pala ayon sa batas. Ang problema gamit ng iyong mga anak ang apelyedo ng iyong asawa, which is dapat lamang po na ayosin ito. Well, dahil wala nga tayong “divorce” sa Pinas wala kang katibayan na hiwalay na kayo. Kung meron kayong “legal separation” issued by our court baka puwedeng gamitin. Hindi kita masagot ng eksakto. All you have to do is to visit a lawyer the first day you arrive sa Pinas upang maayos mo ang lahat na ito, okey! Cheers!

      • sir ask ko lang po sana hinde po kaya magkaproblema pag balik ko d2 sa jeddah kase ma eexpired n po iqama ko ng sep 20. 2013 ang bakasyon ko po ay july 29 balik po ako ng sep 8.2013 ok lang po kaya yon kase nakabili n me ng teckit ko

        • May mga employer po na hindi papayag na magbakasyon ang worker na hindi pa ma-renew muna ang iqama nito kung malapit na po ang expiry date nito. Pero kung papayagan ka ng iyong employer, wala pong problema, siguradohin mo lang na makarating ka sa KSA bago ma-expire ang iyong iqama.

    • mherski69,
      Good pm sir tanong ko lang po kong pwede na ba ako makabalik ulit ng Saudi kasi one year na po ako dito sa pinas,hindi kasi ako nag file ng exit sa companya ko dati dyan.basta hindi na lang ako bumalik.Tnong ko lang po kong pwede na ba ako ulit makabalik dyan sa saudi pero ibang companya na po.ilang taon po ba para pwede ng bumalik dyan?salamat po.

      • Procedures when expatriates with exit/re-entry leaves the Kingdom and does not return

        1) When the sponsored expatriate traveled outside the Kingdom carrying exit and re-entry visa, the sponsor must revoke the Residence Permit of his sponsored and (secure) a page copy of his passport on which the exit and re-entry visa stamped on.

        2) When the foreign worker failed to return back to KSA after two months; the sponsor must follow-up the Office of Jawazat on which the visa was issued to receive the Iqamah and to get a receipt from there containing retrieval of Iqamah to deposit it on the Iqamah file of the worker.

        3) The office of the Jawasat or Saudi Passport Office will update the file status of the foreign worker, such as fingerprints and other personal information and forward the detailed information to the Saudi Immigration data base. Once status of the foreign worker is updated, it can prevent the worker from coming back to KSA with new employer.

        4) However, if the foreign worker eventually able to return back in KSA and the previous sponsor got any information that their foreigner sponsored who had been given an Exit and Re-Entry Visa returned to the Kingdom with a new employer, then the previous employer must report it to the Office of Investigation and Tracking Foreigners for necessary legal action. Upon apprehension and proven that a foreign worker violates certain directive from the office of the Jawasat or Saudi Passport Office, then the worker will be subject for deportation to the worker’s home country.

  4. Riel, humingi ka ng clearance sa presinto na kung saan ka nakulong at isumite mo sa inyong HR for your 201 files. Minsan kasi pag exit ka na tsaka ito hahanapin, purhisyo pa tuloy ang mangyayari.

  5. Hi sir! My father hails from Anda and I am from Tagbilaran City. Do you happen to know my father Adriano Amora, a.k.a. Didi? Anyway, I stumbled upon your site while I was looking for information about my soon-to-be employer, Nesma & Partners. I am impressed by your website. It is an indispensable source of helpful information for OFWs.

    Hopefully, I will become an OFW very soon, if ever I push through with Nesma which is based in Al Khobar. Right now I am just waiting for my papers which is already processed by POEA. The only thing is that I am having second thoughts just recently because I have read some negative feedback about the company, although those were not so clear. Also, my salary is a bit low but I was thinking that this will be just a stepping stone for me. Do you know about Nesma & Partners? May I ask your opinion about them? They say we will be assigned in an ARAMCO project.

    Daghan kaajung salamat sir! Your opinion will be highly appreciated!

    Regards,

    Kristoffer

    • Hi Kris, I’m from Anda too particularly in Badiang. My sis and elder brod was born in Anda, while the 3 that includes me sa Agusan Del Norte na ipinanganak. Pirmi mi uli during Fiestas and Christmas sa Badiang pero adto pang bata pako or elementary days. I don’t really familiar sa atong mga ka ig-agawan sa ato, but I remember a few of them, like Gina Gultia married to Manong FElix, the son of late Teodulfo Amora who was once a MAyor of Anda. Naa pa daghan pero kalimot nako sa pangalan. When Anhing Tatay Daniel son of Late Anacleto Amora passed away then my Nanay Titang, wala na mi ka bisita sa Anda. Ako pag-umangkon, son of my brother Doods Amora is also Kristoffer pero naa lay Donimique nga dugang sa iyang name.

      Well, Gaw Sano, thanks for dropping by.

      With regards to your inquiry, NESMA is a known subcontractor of Government and Private projects in KSA. In fact medyo garbo ilang website. As a subcon, dili nimo malikayan nga nag-agad ra pod sila sa collection sa ilang mga projects. Pero as far as i knew, medyo stable na nga kompanya Gaw. As what you’ve said puwedeng stepping stone for work experience and later on find a good one.

      Please extend my regards to all our cousins and paryentes out there.

      Bobong Amora

      • Hi sir Bong! Akong lolo si Teodoro Amora, igso-on ni Teodulfo. Wa pud ko kaila sa tanang mga kaig-agawan nato sa Anda. Bisita na balik sa Anda sir. Daghan na kaayo improvements. Daghan na beach resort nga gwapo.

        Unsa trabaho nimo KSA sir? Magtrabaho ko as Safety Officer inig madeploy na ko. Hopefully, maayo ag management sa Nesma. Gikulba-an ra pud ko gamay kay first time nako mag abroad then strikto daw KSA. Lahi daw pud batasan mga taw didto. Na re-assure ko gamay kay stable man kaha ilang company. Modayon na ko larga. Pang experience lang ning akoa para sunod makatrabaho na ko ug mas maayong company.

        Anyway, it’s good nga nakakita ko sa imong website. Naa na ko guide as an OFW. Salamat sir! I’ll keep in touch.

        Regards,

        Kristoffer

        • Gaw Kris,

          Same blood ang galatay sa atong mga kaugatan and remnants of Dagohoy shall we say.

          Nice to hear that your work is a Safety Engineer, daghan ka ug mahimo para sa safety precautions sa atong mga fellow OFWs and other nationalities especially kung sa construction ka ma assign.

          I have just one advise, the safety engineer sometimes could be treated as nose, eyes and ears of the management. You should be careful the way you implement your job or pakikitungo sa mga kapwa workers especially our fellow filipinos. Gawin mo ang iyong trabaho na walang masaktan or masagasaan na mga kasamahan. PLEASED them kumbaga if you can, para hindi mabigyan ng masamang kahulugan like SIPSIP ang pag implement mo sa iyong task bilang Safety Engineer. Be reminded that you ae not anymore in our country at ang makasalimuha mo sa araw araw ay hindi lamang Pinoy kundi ibat ibang lahi. At first, medyo adjustment period, ang pag-pakumbaba ay makakatulong sa iyo in your 4 to 8 months sa trabaho. Pag makuha muna ang ugali ng lahat mas madali ang susunod na mga buwan at taon. Again, remember this, sa abroad mas mahirap ang pag adjust sa ugali ng kapwa mo Pinoy kaysa ibang lahi.

          Please give my regars to NOng Felix and Gina pag magkita mo. Ingna nagumusta si Bobong, anak ni late Ingko Daniel Amora.

          Ingat Gaw and Good luck!

          Bong

          • Salamat kaayo sa imong advise Gaw! I will do my best to maintain the balance between the administration and the workers. Mao gyud ni hinumduman sa mga Safety Officers. Ga-expect na pud ko nga mag adjust pa ko sa unang mga buwan nako. Hopefully maka adjust ra ko dayon ug dili ko mahomesick kaayo.

            Sige Gaw iregards ra teka sa mga paryente nato. I will add your email address to my contacts. Keep up the excellent work with your website! More power Gaw Bobong!

            Regards,

            Kristoffer

  6. DearSir Bong:
    Magandang gabi po sainyo, sana po ako din ay inyong matulungan,ang Tatay ko po ay matagal na nagtrabaho sa saudi arabia tumagal po siya ng 25 years doon pero wala po siyang nakuha na benefits kahit na magkano,naawa naman po ako sa Tatay ko napakatagal nya po na nagtrabho pagkatapos po ay wala naman siya nakuha kahit magkano puro pangako lamang po ang kaniyang amo,kakauwi nya lang po last year november,hindi nya na po nagawang ireklamo sa embassy sa saudi dahil binilan na po sila ng ticket pauwi dito sa pinas,
    Sa ngayon po,nasa saudi po uli siya ,umalis noong May nitong taon na toh,dahil na din po sa kakapusan kaya sumubok po uli ,ang Tatay ko po ay 62 years old.
    Sana po Sir Bong Matulungan ninyo ang tatay ko..Hindi po namin hangad ang malaking halaga..
    Marami pong salamat umaasa po ako sa inyong reply.
    God bless po and more power..

    Grace

    • Grace,

      Marami na pong ganitong problema dito sa KSA. Ang ibang employer ay hindi sumosunod sa batas paggawa ng kaharian. Ang iba naman po ay gumawa ng taktika na hindi maibigay ang benepisyo katulad ng papirmahin ng blankong papel, ang iba naman pinapapirma ng waiver na natanggap na nila ang kanilang mga benepisyo. Other tactics ay binibigay ang benepisyo tuwing uuwi or magbakasyon ang worker. Ibig pong sabihin binigay na nila ang benepisyo para hindi ito maipon sa tuwing aalis na ang worker for good. Yong iba naman po, wala talagang maibigay dahil walang laman ang kaban ng kompanya.

      Hindi po natin alam kung saan sa nababangit sa itaas ang naging parran upang hindi matanggap ng iyong ama ang kanyang benepisyo. Isa pa pong problema natin ay nandito na siya sa KSA uli, kaya mahirap maghain ng reklamo laban sa employer dahil baka mabaliktad pa siya at maging sanhi ng problema sa kanyang kasalukuyang trabaho.

      Kung may mga ebedensya siya na makapagpatunay na hindi niya natanggap ang kanyang mga benepisyo, puwede po kayong magsampa ng kaso against the RECRUITMENT AGENCY AND FOREIGN EMPLOYER sa
      NLRC diyan sa atin, puntahan po ninyo ang NLRC at humingi ng advise kung puwede ba ninyong sampahan ng kaso ang agency at employer.

      Migrant Worker’s Desk
      National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)
      NLRC Regional Office where the complainant resides

      Regards.

      • Sir Bong:

        Salamat po sa reply.hindi ko pala po nabanggit sa unag sulat ko sa inyo ,sa ibang amo na po ang Tatay ko nagtatrabho ngayon hindi na po sa dati,. Ang Tatay ko po ay mekaniko doon sa saudi.
        Susubukan po namin na pumunta sa sinabi ninyong lugar..
        Maraming Salamat po..
        God Bless..

        Grace,

  7. may balita na po ba kung kelan po pupunta ang embahada para sa pag rerenew ng passport dito po sa qassim? kasi may balita po na pupunta sila dito. gusto ko po sana dito na lang sa qassim mag pa renew para makamenos po ng gastusin. malapit na kasi ma expired ang passport ko nitong december. balak ko pong magbakasyon ng pinas sa july 2013. may penalty po ba pag di ko napa renew agad ang aking passport? maraming salamat po sa oras…

  8. kamusta po? i was just wondering whether you can help my nephew in riyadh. he got there a year ago and found out on arrival that he will be working for a company which he didnt apply for and who are in fact in the black list of companies. now due to their own neglect, a situation has arisen and they want him to go home without completing the full contract length and without pay. he is currently not being fed as well and not allowed to go anywhere. he asked for help from the embassy and have been there 3 times without success. please help us. salamat po.

    • Hi! Is your nephew still here in the Kingdom. Can I have his number, may gusto lang po akong klarohin dahil kung pinauwi siya na gastos ba ng employer. Matanong ko na rin kung hindi ba nag file ng bankrupcy ang kompanya nila.

      Hindi po sa Embassy dapat dumulog, kundi sa POLO po dahil labor case po ang problema.

      • hi good day po!
        sir ask ko lang po pumunta kc ako d2 sa oman as a tourist visa, nakahanap po ako ng work at legal naman papers ko d2 nag sa akin lang at nag itatanong ko umais kasi ako sa pinas as tourist. gusto ko sana magkaroon ng legal papers like owwa at pidos. san po ba ako pwede lumapit at ano requirements? thank you po.
        xnxa na d2 ako nag post d ko kasi mahanap kung saan pwede magpost ng d duadaan sa ibang posting,
        thanks lit and god bless!

    • Hi Sir Bong,

      I have read all this blogs and you have helped a lots of fellow Filipinos in many ways. Anyway, I am Jonathan, I just would like to ask something about exit, re entry visa.
      I am working on a Manufacturing company here at Riyadh and the company is sending me to China for Training and acquiring equipments for the company then i’ll come back after 2 months, The company has successfully got a Business Visa for me to China, The question is, is it also necessary that the company need to get an Exit Re Entry Visa for me here at Riyadh?
      Your response to this matter is highly appreciated. Thank you very much.

      Jonathan

      • Maraming salamat Jonathan!

        Opo ni-require po lahat ng mga Embassy sa ibat ibang nasyon na nandito sa KSA, na kung ikaw ay expatriate or hindi Saudi national dapat pong meron kang Exit Re-entry Visa kung ang expatriate or foreigner ay lalabas ng bansang Saudi Arabia papunta sa ibang bansa.

  9. hi ser bong
    tulungan yo po kami 5monts nakaming di nagsasahod alownce lang bigay bitin pa 150sr kumakain nalang ng beeds sa farm… pangalan ko po richard yongco kasama ko po si teodolfo bayaoa jr, chanka si fernan dantes .. al sulayyil , alfarsha farm … nagpatulong po kami sa kababayan namin dito… sa email… cotact no po namin 0557983818 / 0538759872 / 0565357292

    • Albert,

      Sorry for late reply, jung nasa Riyadh kayo or Central Region, please call ASAP POLO Labor Attache Albert Valenciano CP number 0567346782. Pakisabi ako ang nagbigay sa inmyo ng numero niya at sabihin nyo po ang lahat ng inyong problema at kung puwede kamo, mapasyalan man lang kayo diyan.

      Kung di kayo makapagdiskarte ng load, just tell me or reply this message.

      Bongh

  10. Sir,
    ask ko lang po,kapag final exit po ba pwede ka pa ba bumalik sa KSA anytime kpag me kkuha sau ulit ng bagong employer?ska kapag ang iqama mo po ba bagong renew at gusto mo na umuwi at mg exit kasi po me kumukuha sa akin pde po ba un?tapos na po kc contrata ko d2 bali ng extend lang po ako ng 1 1/2yrs eh bagong renew kc iqama ko gusto ko na kc umuwi ng dec for final exit..
    saka isa pa po kapag me re entry ka po ba at nd ka na bumalik ilan mos po to bago ka makapag apply ulit sa saudi sa ibang employer..
    maraming salamat po!

    • Ang iqama ay mapawalang bisa kapag ang worker ay may Exit clearance na. Bagong renew man ito or hindi. Siguradoin mo lang na EXIT ang iyong Visa. Ang iqama po ay naka-attach po sa Exit Visa na kung saan ito ay isumite sa immigration. Kapag EXIT visa ang hawak mo, anytime po puwede kayong bumalik sa KSA.

      Kung Exit Re-entry po at di kayo bumalik at babalik kayo sa ibang employer, – kung makalusot kayo sa Visa stamping from Saudi Embassy sa atin, sa immigration po ma-hold po kayo. Maaring makulong kayo or P2P menaing from airport back to airport where you came from.

  11. SIR BONG GOOD DAY PO BINABATI KO POKAYO SA MATAGUMPAY NA PAGAWA NG BLOG NA ITO NG DAHIL SA INYO MARAMING KABABAYAN NATIN ANG NALILIWANAGAN SA MGA PROBLEMA NILA,,TULAD KO MAY MGA KATANUNGAN PO AKO SA INYO….ISA PO AKONG OFW DITO SA JEDDAH 6 YEARS NA RIN AKO NGWOWORK SA ISANG PRIVATE COMPANY,,IN THE MIDDLE OF MY STAY I MET A PARTNER IN LIFE N NGAYON AY NAGSILANG NA NG ISANG BABY GIRL,,UNFORTUNATELY MERON N PO CYANG ASAWA SA PINAS AT KASAL PO SILA PERO MATAGAL N PO CLA WALA COMMUNICATION AT HIWALAY N DAW PO SILA,,,MERON NA PO KAMI MARRIAGE CONTRACT AT NA AUTHENTICATE N PO NG DFA AT SA SAUDI EMBASSY JAN SA PINAS..LEGAL N MAN PO ANG DOCUMENTS NG BABY NAKUHA KO NA RIN PO CYA NG BIRTH CERTIFICATE RECENTLY AND MY LAST STEP IS THE PASSPORT,,ANG PINOPROBLEMA KO PO AY MAGKAIBA ANG NAME LAST NAME NG PARTNER KO SA MARRIAGE CONTRACT AT SA PASSPORT NYA GAMIT NYA PO ANG APELYIDO NG ASAWA NYA SA PINAS PERO ANG GAMIT NYA PONG APELYIDO SA MC NAMIN AY UNG PAGKADALAGA NYA,,GUSTO KO PO I APPLY NG PASSPORT ANG ANAK NAMIN MERON PO BANG MAGIGING PROBLEMA DITO ,,AT KUNG MERON PO KAYONG MAIAADVICE LAGI PO AKONG NKATUGON SA INYO AT MAGAANTAY SANA PO AY MABIGYAN PANSIN NYO PO ITONG AKING KATANUNGAN MARAMING SALAMAT PO IN ADVANCE,,,

    • Maraming salamat po.

      Meron po dahil nga magkaiba ang ang nakalagay sa pasaporte at MC ninyo. Brielle para mas eksakto ang kasagotan ng iyong problema, pasyalan nyo po ang ating Consular SEction ng ating Konsolada diyan sa Jeddah dahil sa nanbanggit mo nga na may asawa ang partner mo, hindi kita mabigyan ng konkretong kasagotan sa iyong mga katanongan.

  12. Hi sir Bong.. Ako po si Ivy, 22y/o..isa pong nurse..1st timer po ako..nag apply po ako sa agency namin sa pinas as staff nurse, dumating po kami ng kasama ko dito nung June 16..laking gulat po namin na dental center ang pinaglagyan samin..kasi nung nasa pinas palang po kami ay kinlarify na namin sa agent at sa employer kung talagang polyclinic at hindi dental clinic ang pagdadalhan samin..they insist po na hindi..but when we got here, confirmed po na dental center nga po..at purong dental works ang trabaho ng mga nurse dito.. ang matindi din po sa agency namin, ang pinirmahan namin na kontrato doon ay NAJID TAHWA CLINIC..ang sabi po ng agent namin gagawin daw pong ALJAZEERA process yung amin kasi naubusan daw po ng job order..ang nangyari po, pagdating namin ng airport..ang kontrata na pinirmahan namin bago umalis ng pinas ay ALJAZEERA HOSPITAL at ang agency namin ay IDEAL PLACEMENT, wherein TESTMAN GENERAL SERVICES po ang agency namin..then pagdating po namin dito, NAHJ ALTAKWA DENTAL CENTER po ang pinasukan namin…ang pinakamasaklap pa po dun, ay para kaming preso na ipinagsiksikan sa isang napakaliit na accomodation. sa isang maliit na kwarto ay 8-10 ang natutulog..at puro double deck..as in sobrang liit po..2 kwarto na maliliit ang pinaghahati-hatian naming 18 pinay..iniipis pa po ang buong accomodation namin at sira sira ang mga double decks na hinihigaan namin, kahit uniform po ay hindi sila nagbibigay..yung mga iniwan na ng mga umalis ang ginagamit ng mga bago na uniform…ang sabi pa po nila dito ay hindi din po nagbibigay ng certificate of employment ang amo namin..mahilig din po sila sa cutsalary, yung tipong konting bagay na magawa mo, kaltas agad sa sweldo mo..palibhasa po ay makikitid ang utak ng mga amo namin at hindi makaintindi ng ingles, wala po kaming boses dito.. ang salary ko po ay 1500sr + 200sr food allowance,,masyado pong maliit para sa isang nurse..tinanggap ko po ito kasi di naman po ako after sana sa sweldo kundi sa experience po, pero ang nangyari,,hindi kami napunta sa medical clinic kundi sa dental..nagulat din po ako nung sabihin sakin ng mga kasama ko dito na sila ay 1400sr + 200sr lang..
    Hindi po ba sir Bong, bawal na po ang ganitong accomodation sa KSA? pati po ang sweldo ng nurse yung amin po ay hindi abot sa minimum..sabi pa din po nila dito..kahit tapos na contract mo ay hindi ka nila pauuwiin hangga’t di sila nakakahanap ng kapalit..kahit magfile ka pa ng resignation 6mos before mag end of contract, deadma lang po sila…hindi rin po namin nahahawakan ang iqama namin dito..kaya talagang para kaming preso na hindi pwedeng lumabas kung need namin..at ultimo pag savings di pwede dahil nga wala kami hawak na iqama..Sir Bong please help me po na makawala sa malakulungan na apat na sulok ng NAHJ ALTAKWA DENTAL CENTER at maipasara ang TESTMAN GENERAL SERVICES..1st time ko po ito sa Riyadh at di ko po talaga alam kung ano ang dapat gawin para sa sitwasyon namin dito..THANKS IN ADVANCE Sir Bong..sana matulungan nyo po ako at ang mga kasama ko dito..More power..

  13. good day sir! I just want to ask kc po sabi ng agency we passed daw the interview made bound for kuwait,we did interviewed by the employer and they are group of companies,pero karugtong ng text is please wait for their advice of the employer for final selection daw po,what does it mean?hindi pa kami selected?

  14. Hi sir Bong.. Ako po si Ivy, 22y/o..isa pong nurse..1st timer po ako..nag apply po ako sa agency namin sa pinas as staff nurse, dumating po kami ng kasama ko dito nung June 16..laking gulat po namin na dental center ang pinaglagyan samin..kasi nung nasa pinas palang po kami ay kinlarify na namin sa agent at sa employer kung talagang polyclinic at hindi dental clinic ang pagdadalhan samin..they insist po na hindi..but when we got here, confirmed po na dental center nga po..at purong dental works ang trabaho ng mga nurse dito.. ang matindi din po sa agency namin, ang pinirmahan namin na kontrato doon ay NAJID TAHWA CLINIC..ang sabi po ng agent namin gagawin daw pong ALJAZEERA process yung amin kasi naubusan daw po ng job order..ang nangyari po, pagdating namin ng airport..ang kontrata na pinirmahan namin bago umalis ng pinas ay ALJAZEERA HOSPITAL at ang agency namin ay IDEAL PLACEMENT, wherein TESTMAN GENERAL SERVICES po ang agency namin..then pagdating po namin dito, NAHJ ALTAKWA DENTAL CENTER po ang pinasukan namin…ang pinakamasaklap pa po dun, ay para kaming preso na ipinagsiksikan sa isang napakaliit na accomodation. sa isang maliit na kwarto ay 8-10 ang natutulog..at puro double deck..as in sobrang liit po..2 kwarto na maliliit ang pinaghahati-hatian naming 18 pinay..iniipis pa po ang buong accomodation namin at sira sira ang mga double decks na hinihigaan namin, kahit uniform po ay hindi sila nagbibigay..yung mga iniwan na ng mga umalis ang ginagamit ng mga bago na uniform…ang sabi pa po nila dito ay hindi din po nagbibigay ng certificate of employment ang amo namin..mahilig din po sila sa cutsalary, yung tipong konting bagay na magawa mo, kaltas agad sa sweldo mo..palibhasa po ay makikitid ang utak ng mga amo namin at hindi makaintindi ng ingles, wala po kaming boses dito.. ang salary ko po ay 1500sr + 200sr food allowance,,masyado pong maliit para sa isang nurse..tinanggap ko po ito kasi di naman po ako after sana sa sweldo kundi sa experience po, pero ang nangyari,,hindi kami napunta sa medical clinic kundi sa dental..nagulat din po ako nung sabihin sakin ng mga kasama ko dito na sila ay 1400sr + 200sr lang..
    Hindi po ba sir Bong, bawal na po ang ganitong accomodation sa KSA? pati po ang sweldo ng nurse yung amin po ay hindi abot sa minimum..sabi pa din po nila dito..kahit tapos na contract mo ay hindi ka nila pauuwiin hangga’t di sila nakakahanap ng kapalit..kahit magfile ka pa ng resignation 6mos before mag end of contract, deadma lang po sila…hindi rin po namin nahahawakan ang iqama namin dito..kaya talagang para kaming preso na hindi pwedeng lumabas kung need namin..at ultimo pag savings di pwede dahil nga wala kami hawak na iqama..Sir Bong please help me po na makawala sa malakulungan na apat na sulok ng NAHJ ALTAKWA DENTAL CENTER at maipasara ang TESTMAN GENERAL SERVICES..1st time ko po ito sa Riyadh at di ko po talaga alam kung ano ang dapat gawin para sa sitwasyon namin dito..THANKS IN ADVANCE Sir Bong..sana matulungan nyo po ako at ang mga kasama ko dito..More power..

    • Dear Sir/Madame,

      Ang sulat po na ito ay tungkol po sa sulat-hinaing na pinadala ng isa sa mga reader ng ofwempowerment blog na naging isa rin po sa mga dini-deploy ng Testman General Services, Inc., na mga OFW sa bansang Saudi Arabia. Itinatago po namin ang aming kahanay sa pangalang “Sabel”.

      Malinaw po sa sulat ni Sabel na ang Testman General Services, Inc., ay nakipagsabwatan sa employer upang palitan ang nakasaad sa napagkasunduang kontrata sa Pilipinas. Kung ito po ay mapapatunayan, malinaw po na ito ay isang panloloko sa atin pong mga kawawang OFW na nagtiwala sa serbisyo ng Testman General Services, Inc., bilang lisensyadong ahensya na nag su-supply ng mga Filipino workers sa bansang Saudi Arabia.

      Kaya po sa sulat na ito, kami po ay nakikipag-ugnayan sa inyo bilang isang “lehitimong recruitment agency” sa Pilipinas na gumawa ng kaukulang aksyon upang ipa-abot sa employer ni “Sabel” ang mga hinaing na nabanggit sa kanyang sulat at ito ay ma-itama at ibigay ng NAHJ ALTAKWA DENTAL CENTER ang napag-kasunduang buwanang suweldo at ilipat sa maganda, malinis at makataong “accommodation” at bagong uniporme ang mga empleyado nito.

      Pangalawa, ibigay ang “Work Permit” ng mga workers upang magamit bilang requirement sa pagpadala ng pera sa Pilipinas at bigyan ng isang araw na pahinga ang mga kawani nito upang makalabas at makabili ng mga personal na mga gamit para sa pang araw araw nilang pangangailangan.

      Kami po ay sumulat sa inyo upang humingi ng pabor na sana bigyan po ninyo ng pansin ang liham ni Sabel at aksyonan ang mga reklamo ng mga kawawang OFW na kasalukuyang naninilbihan sa NAHJ ALTAKWA DENTAL CENTER.

      Kung wala po kaming maririnig na aksyon galing sa Testman General Services, Inc., kami po ng OFW Congress-Riyadh ay pormal na makipag-ugnayan sa ating POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Thru: Licensing and Adjucation Acting Deputy Administrator Jaime P. Gimenez upang magsampa ng kaukulang pormal na reklamo laban sa inyo.

      Maraming salamat po!

      Manuel “Bong” Amora
      Secretary General
      OFW Congress-Riyadh

      • Hello po Sir Bong. thank you po sa panimulang aksyon nyo po sa aking hinaing. Tanong ko lang po kung paano po maipapaabot sa testman general services ang sulat po na ginawa nyo? at kung possible po ba na maipakita nyo sa mga may kapangyarihan ang mga pictures ng aming accomodation dito? Salamat po at sana ay magtuloy tuloy po ang pakikipag-ugnayan nyo po sa akin.. More Power.

  15. Hi Sir Bong,
    Good day,
    I read a lot of different issues here in this website addressing all difficulties they have been experienced in the foreign land as an Overseas Filipino Worker and I really appreciate that Filipinos can seek assistance from this website. I am also an OFW here in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia I just came here for about 5 months ago. I really felt strange not only because of the culture they had perhaps I am the only Filipino in our accommodation even in our company which contrary advised by the recruitment agency. The agency doesn’t give more information about the company they just advised me “wag kang mag-alala marami naman ng Pilipino sa kompaya na yun at sila na ang bahalang mag-guide sayo”.
    Certainly, it’s really hard to play with these different nationals Egyptians, Indians, Bangla, Pakistani, Lebanese and lastly Saudi National. Well, gladly progressively I adjusted the way they interact with others especially to me personally. Thanks to god.
    Few months ago, I met one guy and his name is Mr. Pelagio T. Laurel. I thought that, my situation of being alone here in this country is the most ridiculous thing that might experience by other OFW’s but that is definitely erroneous. This guy suffers more bad experience and big problem in this country up to now. Supposedly, his going back to our country month of May last year but unfortunately his employer cheated him.
    The name of establishment where Mr. Laurel works as Farm/Landscaping assistant is Saleh Al-Saweed Establishment. He works very eagerly for his family in our country like every OFW does. He started working on that establishment year 2009 with 2 years contract. During his contract duration, his employer provided the proposed monthly salary that gives courage and faith to him. Believing that by means of having this kind of sacrifice, he will succeed the necessity of his family and will lead to a cheerful life which every Filipinos dream. But his faith vanished when his employer starts deceived him.
    Moreover, Mr. Laurel Iqama needs to renew after one year but unluckily his employer doesn’t provide renewed Iqama for him. Instead, the employer advised him to work continuously even without Iqama.
    Afterwards, Mr. Laurel finished his contract. He assumed that he will return to our home land to enjoy life together with his family. But unhappily his employer instructed him to continue his job and to wait for further guidelines regarding his vacation. He believed that there’s nothing wrong that’s why he continued working and he advised his family that the mandatory vacation which written to his contract was postponed. After a few months, his employer began to cheat him. First delayed salary, second partial payment of his salary, always keeping the promised vacation for him, and until the employer fled him. He never realized that this will happened to him in spite of being hard working and being professional in terms of work responsibility.
    Until now he’s still here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He tried a lot times to chase his employer to ask his salary and to assist him to go back in our country, and he also tried several times to seek assistance from POLO and Labor Ministry but still no action about his case. Despite of that, enthusiastically he never surrenders and he keeps hoping that one day he will start a new journey again for his family.
    Personally, I am seeking and begging your assistance sir to help this guy. Please give him a chance to start again. Sa tuwing nakikiusap ko po siya sa telepono isang ang kangyang bukang bibig na sana ay makauwi na siya
    “nakiki-usap po siya na sa kahit anong paraan matulungan ng ating embahada na maka-uwi na siya upang makita ang kanayang pamilya at makapagsimula ng panibagong pag-asa”. Maraming salamat po..

    • Marc,

      Sorry for very late reply. Isa rin po akong OFW na may ginagampanang tungkolin sa kanyang pinaglilingkuran kaya itong ating volunteer work as an OFW advocate ay minsan makaligtaan na sadami ng mga ginagawa sa office.

      Nasaan na po ngayon itong kaibigan mong si Mr. Laurel? Ano ang status niya ngayon. Kung nandito siya sa Riyadhm puwede ko po siyang samahan ng personal sa ating POLo upang ma-follow up ang kanyang kaso.

      Bong

      • Hi Sir Bong,

        Currently po, nawalan po ako ng contact sa kanya. last time po na nabanggit nya sa akin nung huli kaming magkita pupunta daw po siya dun sa farm na pinagtatrabahuan nya baka sakaling maabutan nya dun yung kanyang employer. Sa tingin ko po hanggang ngaun ay nandito pa rin po siya sa Riyadh . ime-message ko po kayo kaagd kapag nacontact ko na po ulit tong kaibigan ko po para humingi sayo inyo po ng assistance lalo na sa ating embahanda at POLO po.
        Maraming salamat po sa sagot nyo sa aking blog po.

      • Hi po,

        I just want to ask your opinion. I was hired as nurse for UAE then I had my medical exam in a clinic referred to me by the agency, unfortunately I got Unfit result due to “nodular density at upper left lung” I was so worried since it was my first to be diagnosed with that disease. I went to pulmonologist from a prestigious hospital and we had xray again and the result was both upper lungs are clear. The pulmonologist told me that how will she treat me my xray result is normal. When the employer knew it the agency called me again and requested me to have medical exam in another clinic so I submitted my self for medical and the result is fit to work and my xray result was “chest within normal findings” The employer applied for my visa then endorse me again to the agency for the processing of my POEA OEC. The agency told me that I have to sign waiver that if ever I will get an UNFIT result of medical exam in UAE I will be the one to shoulder my fare and other expenses in going back here in the Philippines. I am quite worried about it and do I need to sign this waiver. For now I am still waiting for my OEC and Ticket and PDOS schedule.
        Do I need to sign the waiver? If ever mag unfit ako doon at madedeport may tulong ba akong matatangap from POEA? I am taking risk kasi how will I know if fit ako doon if I will not go there.. Normal naman yong dalawang xray ko dito except yung una at first time ko magka xray na ganun. I need your opinion po.. Thank you. First time ko rin mo mag abroad.

        thank u again.

        • Para sa akin you are fit to work dahil dalawang result na ang magpapatibay nito. Tungkol sa waiver, you have to decide kung pirmahan mo or hindi. It is your right not to sign pero ang ginawa sa iyo ng agency parang take it or leave it. Para na ring sinasabi ng ahensyang ito na kung ayaw mong pumirma hindi ka namin i-deploy. You have to decide.

  16. Hi sir bong..

    Im so thankful my friend share this blog.. It will give strenght and hopes to our needful kabayans with problems.. Sir bong ask lng po ako, matatapos na ang contract ko this september for 2 years contract and im not willing to renew it. My questions are:

    1. What should I write in my letter of notice, resignation or non-renewal of contract? Sapat na po ba ang 3 months notice before your end-of-contract?
    2. I also read some of our kabayans concerns regarding uwian, how long will it take to wait for your replacement if needed? Will it take years?
    3. My iqama will expire this coming december po, paano po pagdating ng december at wala pa rin ang replacement ko, kailangan ba naibigay ko ang iqama ko para i renew nila? what are the consequences?
    4. Paano po kung ayaw kung magpaextnd hindipa rin dumating ang replacement ko at mag eexpire na ang iqama ko?
    5. Dapat ba ako magstop work? Anu-ano po ba ang conseqeunces?
    6. Lastly po, kung sakali po nakailangan ko ipaabot sa POLO o sa LABOR ano po ang mga conseqeunces na dapat ko harapin?

    Sir bong sana mbigyan ninyo ng ilaw at linaw ang isip ko. Gusto ko lang po talaga malaman ang mga tamang process para hindi ako magkaproblema. Ipinagdadasal ko po lagi na maging maayos ang pag uwi ko at sa iba pa nating mga kababayan na hanggan ngayon ay naghihintay ng matiwasay at malusog na resulta..

    Maraming salamat po sir bong.. HAPPY EASTER.. gudhealth po always and godbless..

    • Thanks Fred at Sorry sa late reply.

      1) Notice Non-Renewal of Contract
      2) At least 3 months for your employer to have time to look for replacement if required.
      3) Exit or Exit Re-entry pag expire na ang iqama, dapat po itong ma-renew. Requirement po ito ng Jawasat or Passport Dept.
      4) You need to renew your iqama. Ngunit kung nakapag file kana ng non-renewal of contract, dapat sulatan mo ang inyong HR na papayag ka na e-renew ang iyong iqama pero hindi nagangahulugan na ni-renew mo rin ang iyong kontrata. Make it in writing as evidence.
      5) Do not stop work. It might be used against you like ex: sit in strike which is against Saudi Law.
      6) Humingi ng payo sa ating POLO kung ano ang nararapat na gawin. Karapatan mo po ang mag reklamo or mag sumbong kung ito ay nararapat. unang gawin ng POLO is to mediate your complaint with your employer upang magawan ng solusyon ang problema sa mahinahon na paraan.

      Maraming salamat sa iyong liham at sorry uli sa late reply.

  17. march 4 2012
    SIR BONG

    Gud day po sa inyo at maraming salamat ndin at mayrong blog n gnito,meron lng po ako katanungan tungkol sa company categorization.Ang aking iqama po ay nsa red category whch means n hndi npo cya pede marenew,pano po kng inabutan nko ng expiration di2 sa saudi at d prin po ako nkakauwi,ano po ang mngyayari?Pano po ako mkakauwi?Ang balak po ng aming manager ay ilipat ako ng sponsor n nsa gud category,legal po ba ito?Me chance pa po b ma transfer ito after maexpire?

    Best regards
    Regie

  18. Salamat Bong sa opportunity na makita ko ang BLOG mong ito. Marami po akong natutunan at sanay marami rin akong magiging kaibigan dito. May the Almighty Father bless you of what you had been doing to our fellow OFWs. We really need this. You are a candle in the Dark !!! May the Power of Light and HIS wisdom be upon you so you may be used mightily to help others in need in HIS name. Thank you from the botoom of my heart.

    • Thanks Jim!

      Sa totoo lang 317 comments na po ang nakapila for me to reply pero talagang busy lang po ako nitong mga nakaraang araw. Like everybody else, I am also an OFW na may tungkulin gagampanan sa aking employer. MAhirap naman po na hindi ko unahin ang trabaho na siyang rason kung baki tayo nandito. Pero aasahan po ninyong lahat ng mga katnaongan niyo ay sasagotin ko po sa abot ng aking makakaya.

      Secondly, nagloko rin po ang laptop ko noong huwebes kaya di ko napasyalan ang ating blog this weekend. Hopefully maayos na ito bukas and if I can find time at home, Siyanawa mabigyan ko na ng panahon ang mga katanongan ng ating mga kahanay at sa iyo na rin Jim na mga katanongan.

      Jim, again thanks a lot! Your kind words ay nagbigay sa akin ng lakas upang matutugunan ang mga inquiries ng ating mga kahanay. Mabuhay ka rin Bro!

      My warm regards.

      God Bless Us OFWs.

      Bong Amora

  19. Sir. Bong
    Idagdag ko lang po kung sa isang d.h, pag ba nag kamali sya sa kanya trabaho, halimbawa.. nakasunog ng pnaplantsa o kaya naka basag ng gamit, karapatan ba ng amo na ikaltas sa sahod nila ang kanila pag kakamali, kahit na di naman ito sinasadya. Kc sobra naman po un kung bnawas pa sa sweldo, tas maliit na nga ang sahod. Panu pa ung matitira sa pera nila. Kukulangin na para, makapag padala ng pera sa minamahal nila. Thank you po.

    • Masakit man isipin or tanggapin na wala pong batas na nagbabawal sa mga employer na kaltasan ang sahod ng domestic worker sa mga kamaliang nagawa sa oras ng trabaho. At lalong hindi po makatarungan ang pagkaltas sa sahod kung ang pagkakamali ay hindi sinasadya.

      Ang mga probisyon na nakapaloob sa batas ng mga domestic wrokers ay ang mga sumusunod: Ang pagbabawal sa employer na pa-trabahoin ang domestic helper sa mga trabahong hindi kasama sa mga binanggit sa kontrata. KAsama na dito ang pagbigay sa worker na one day off a week, sick leave if medical certificate is provided, suitable accommodation as well as breaks for food, entertainment and prayer. Hindi rin po puwedeng mga-trabaho ang doemstic wroker sa ibang employer maliban sa tunay na employer lamang.

  20. Sir. Bong..
    Magtatanong lang po ako, isa po ako Ofw, dito sa UAE, AL AIN. First time ko po mag work abroad. Babysitter po ang work ko d2, ang alaga ko isa lang 3yrs old. Pero po ginagawa ko din lahat ng trabaho, maglaba, mag plantsa, at mag linis ng bahay nila. Apat po sila lahat, ang mag asawa at dalawa anak nito ung isa bata,may sarili tagapag alaga din. Tanung ko lang po pwede ko ba hilingin sa amo ko na monthly ang sahod ko, kase twice a month sahod namin, 800dhs lang sahod. Mag 9mos na po ako ngaun march12,2012. Ok lang po ba hilingin ko na monthly ang sahod ko, dahil po lagi din ako nauubusan ng pera kc kalahati ng sahod ko pinapadala ko sa mama ko, tapos ung mga shampoo,toothpaste etc kami din po bumibili, kaya nauubusan talaga ng budget, at palagi pa may utang kc nga kailangan din ng pera,kc matagal pa bago dumating ang sahod 2mos. 8 po kami katulong d2, lahat po 2mos ang sahod. San po ba pede mag reklamo kc gusto ko monthly ko makuha ang sahod ko. Hawak ko naman po ang employment agreement ko,na andun na mababayaran ako buwanan,at signed by both parties, the employer and the domestic worker. Ok lang po ba ilakad pa un ngaun, kahit na mag 9mos na ko d2, wala naman po kami usapan ng amo ko,basta ang alam ko lang d2 sa bahay na 2, 2mos ang sahod. Di ako masyado nagtanung dati kc di ko alam ang itatanung, dahil sa nahihiya ako, at first time ko mag work abroad. Mabait naman po ang amo ko. Gusto ko lang po talaga monthly ang sahod ko. Sana po masagot nyo agad ang tanung ko at matulungan nyo ko sa problema ko.
    Marami po salamat!
    Godbless you..

    • Wala namang masama kung e-request mo sa amo mo na every month na lang ibigay ang iyong sahod. KArapatan mo ang mag request at pangalawa nakasaad ito sa iyong kontrata na buwanan ang sahoran. Pero kung gusto mong mag -complain, siguro huwag nalang baka mapag-initan kapa. MAhirap ang nasa bahay ka lang at mapag-initan pa. Payo ko sa iyo, mag budget ka na lang sa mga gastos mo, tutal dalawang buwan naman ang matanggap mo rin sa araw ng sahod.

  21. good day.ask ko lang po ano po mga consequences pag ngresign na sa
    work? puwede pa rin po bang mkabalik KSA? or any gulf countries? thank you po

  22. Good day po sir!!!

    Tanong ko lang po kung magkano po ang membership at insurance nang ofw sa Uk, at kung ano-ano poh yung mga babayaran nang ofw? Pag kontract worker po ba magkano poh ang contribution at sino po ba ang magbababayad? employer po ba o ang ofw worker? bago po lang kasi kami nag aaply..

    • EXPENSES FOR HIRING FILIPINO WORKERS

      Private land-based recruitment agencies charge service fees from the employers/principals as payment for services rendered in the recruitment and placement of workers. The employers also pay the cost of:

      • POEA processing, PhP200.00
      • Worker membership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), US$25.00
      • Visa Fee

      The OFW will shoulder the following:

      1) Medical Fees
      2) Passport Fee
      3) Philhealth one year membership
      4) Pagibig membership contribution
      5) at placement fee equivalnet to 1 month salary of the OFW

  23. hello po. i came across to this site by chance while reading some info concerning my interest in international affairs. i like it po. so remarkable. and i will continue reading your posts, bit by bit. im a Filipino citizen working in Jeddah. Been here for more than 7 years and lately i’ve drawn my interest in international relations/ affairs. gus2 ko pong maging diplomat. i wanna be an ambassador one day. it might sound ambitious but im determined and inshallah im gonna get to my goal, who knows?. im turning 30 na po, and been in healthcare management field for the past 7 years. it is a big twist of career pero sabi nga ng ilan when u believe nothing is impossible. my question is where shall i start? do i need to go back to Philippines and take special courses like political science,etc? im doing my homework too, but hope you will be able to give me advice since medyo broader po yung experience nio in many fields kesa s kin. thank u po for your time.
    my regards and may God give you more strength so u can write and share more:=)

    • Nijan,

      Diplomats usually have university degrees in political science, law, economics or international relations. Mostly, before becoming a diplomat, you should take Foreign Service Examination. Pero kung appointee ka ng Presidente ng Pilipinas to the highest rank in a diplomatic post-like Ambassador, i think hindi na kailangan ang Foregin Service Exam, ang importante you have university degree at may trust or kompiyansa ang Presidente sa kanyang appointee.

      Well..your inquiry is very interesting and it pops out in my mind a blog article I came across last year while searching for article about diplomats. At that time sinulat ko dito sa ating blog ang “Wish Him Well” about the then ConGen Tago rumored as one in the list of names submitted to PNoy to replace former Amba. Villamor.

      Natutuwa ako sa blog post na yon kaya nahanap ko rin, as I saved it as one of my favorite blog site.

      For our readers to read. Here’s a blog post by by EMMANUEL R. FERNANDEZ titled, “Letter to an Aspiring Filipino Diplomat”.

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      Letter to an Aspiring Filipino Diplomat
      by EMMANUEL R. FERNANDEZ

      Dear Henry,

      I am elated to hear that you plan to take the forthcoming Foreign Service Examination. You wrote that, from what you have heard and read about diplomats and the work that they do, diplomacy seems to be a very exciting career. I cannot agree more. It is indeed a very exciting, nay, an immensely fulfilling career. But, and I would like to underline this, what is exciting and fulfilling for one person may not be so for another. Career fulfillment, as I’m sure you know very well, is a relative concept. It depends upon a multiplicity of factors. One of them is the consonance between one’s personality and the requirements of the career in question. The kind of person you are (including, to mention a few, your natural talents, your passions and your personal philosophy) should, at least, fit in some way with the path you would like to pursue. Putting it another way, there should be what the former U.N. Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold, once described as a congruence between the “elector” and the “elected”:

      At every moment you choose yourself. But do you choose your self? Body and soul contain a thousand possibilities out of which you can build many I’s. But in only one of them is there a congruence between the elector and the elected.1

      Hammarskjold was, of course, thinking of something much deeper than the issue of “career fit” when he wrote those words. But, since one’s chosen career eventually becomes a large part of who one is, I think Hammarskjold would not mind our applying his insight to the question of careers.

      So, since you have asked me what I think about your plan anyway, I would like to take the liberty of describing to you the work and life that await you as a diplomat, so that you can judge for yourself whether such a career can indeed give you the excitement and fulfillment it seems to promise.

      There are, sad to say, a lot of misconceptions about the diplomatic career. Some of these misconceptions have been very beneficial to the image of diplomats in that they have given the public a rather rosy and romantic picture of diplomatic life. Allow me first to disabuse your mind of some of these misconceptions.

      There are, for instance, many who think that diplomacy is one of the most glamorous careers one can have the good fortune of pursuing. When they think of diplomacy, they imagine a man in a formal dinner suit with a glass of champagne in one hand and, perhaps, a cigar in the other. They see him in the midst of men and women who are as formally-attired as he is; and although they seem to be of different nationalities, the imagined diplomat looks very much at ease talking with each of them. He shifts from one foreign language to another with the casualness of a veteran golfer changing his clubs. They talk about a variety of subjects – from art, to literature, to history, to music and what have you – and the imagined diplomat appears to be very well-read since he is able to say something about every topic that comes up. Then they toast, and then return to talking, then they laugh, and then turn serious again…until the host calls it a night and they all go home in their blue-plated Benzes and BMWs.

      While attending dinner parties is going to be part of your job as a young Foreign Service Officer, I must let you know in advance that you are not going to attend as many such parties as a lot of people seem to think. Certainly, such a glamorous activity is not going to comprise a huge part of your regular schedule as a junior diplomat. Your regular day will, for the most part, consist of tasks as unglamorous as signing visas, passports and an assortment of legal/consular documents, drafting notes verbale and other communications for your Ambassador, crafting speeches and writing all sorts of reports, attending meetings and addressing so-called ATN (or assistance-to-nationals) concerns. In fact, if you get assigned to a Post with a large presence of overseas Filipino workers (or OFWs, as they are called for short), chances are, the bulk of your daily efforts will be spent attending to ATN cases. ATN work is not a glamorous job — unless you find glamour in such tasks as visiting prisoners, assisting in the shipment of the remains of a deceased Filipino national, or helping settle family and community disputes. Filipino diplomats whose mindsets are still stuck in what may be called the “old school of diplomacy” do not like ATN work. They believe that such tasks are below their dignity as their country’s representatives abroad. Yet, the truth is: ATN work is now an inescapable part of Philippine diplomacy. Filipino diplomats can no longer think and behave just like their counterparts from other countries (particularly, from the affluent countries). They can no longer go about their usual diplomatic tasks without bothering about the concerns of their countrymen within their jurisdictions. Filipino nationals are now in every nook and corner of the globe, working mostly in occupations where their rights and welfare need to be constantly shielded from possible violations and abuse. The close to nine million Filipinos now scattered all over the world need their diplomats to protect their rights and promote their welfare in their host countries. No self-respecting Filipino diplomat can afford to let them down. Fortunately, more and more Filipino diplomats now realize that Philippine diplomacy has more important things to do than engage in the glamorous activities that people have long equated diplomacy with. The Philippine government has, in fact, made “assistance to nationals” a major pillar of its foreign policy.

      There are also those who think that diplomacy is one the most lucrative career roads one can take. They surmise that since diplomacy involves a lot of partying and other forms of “socializing,” then diplomats must be paid quite well lest they would not be able to afford such an expensive lifestyle. Well, let’s put it this way. As a diplomat, you will be paid enough to be able to represent your country abroad decently. Your government will make sure that you will be able to rent a place where you can invite your counterparts to dinner without spending too much time apologizing for the state of your walls and floors and furniture. It will also make sure that your car won’t be mistaken for a taxi (although, in some countries, Benzes and BMWs are what they actually use as taxis). You will also be given enough allowance to be able to buy the proper attires for the various occasions that your work will require you to attend. But, if you are looking for a career that will make you rich, if you are looking for a job that will give you a fat salary and guarantee you a luxurious life after your retirement, then I strongly suggest that you look elsewhere. There are a lot of better-paying jobs outside the field of diplomacy. A good position in the private sector, in particular, will most likely pay you so much more than the titled positions that you will occupy in the foreign service. Nevertheless, there are things that a diplomatic career will give you which no amount of money can equal. I will talk about some of them in a short while. In the meantime, let me disabuse your mind of one more common misconception about the foreign service.

      There are those who think that passing the annual Foreign Service Officers’ Exam is all it takes to become a “diplomat.” They imagine that as soon as you pass the three-part exam, receive your appointment from the President and take your oath as a Foreign Service Officer, your making as a diplomat is complete.

      The idea is self-flattering, but it is not quite accurate. Passing the exam is just the start of your making as a diplomat. It is literally your first step in a journey that will take a thousand miles or even more. You can, of course, rightly take pride in the fact that you passed such an exam because almost everyone agrees that it is the most difficult government exam to hurdle (more difficult, they say, even than the bar). And that is true not just in the Philippines but in most other countries where a career foreign service exists. But don’t let that flattering fact get into your head. If you do, you will be greatly disappointed by what you’ll find upon entering the door of the foreign service.

      During your first six months as a junior Foreign Service Officer, you will literally be sent back to school (at the Foreign Service Institute or FSI) regardless of the number and the altitude of the academic degrees you have already earned. You will undergo what is called a Cadetship Program where you will be trained in diplomacy from its most elementary skills to its most profound theories. After six months of diplomatic training, you will then be given your first real job in the Department. If you are one of those who used to occupy a high position elsewhere before joining the foreign service, this will likely give you your first major “crisis” in your new career. And if, in your previous career, giving orders and having the last say were part of your daily routine, this stage will literally be your “baptism of fire.” As the lowest ranking officer in a highly rank-conscious environment, you will often be reminded, subtly – and, at times, frontally – that your place in the pecking order is not as high as you will sometimes be tempted to think. But, my advice to you is: just grin and bear it like a real soldier. Look at the experience as the fire, hammer and anvil that your shaping as a diplomat requires. Before you know it, the Department will decide that you are now ripe for a foreign assignment. And if you have paid your dues well enough, you will start experiencing in full the rewards and challenges that only a diplomatic career can offer.

      Earlier, I said that the foreign service will give you some things that no amount of money can equal. Well, here are a few of them.

      For one, the foreign service will provide you with the opportunity to literally make a difference in the world. You will have a part in the making of decisions and the shaping of policies that will have an impact not just on your country’s life but on the lives of countries beyond your own. You will be involved in programs and projects that will be truly global in scope. Initially, of course, your say in such matters will not be as weighty as those of your more senior colleagues. Your contributions as a junior diplomat will often not be given as much value as theirs. But, there will be times when your apparently minor contributions would suddenly acquire a value you yourself did not expect (such as when a draft you have written gets adopted – verbatim – as the country’s official position on a current international issue). The satisfaction that experiences like this bring can never be paralleled by money.

      The foreign service will also give you the opportunity to literally brush elbows with world leaders and other international figures. Even as a junior diplomat, you will have countless chances to meet and even exchange words with people you would otherwise only read about in newspapers or see on TV. I remember how thrilled I was to shake hands and chat with John F. Kennedy’s former speechwriter, Theodore Sorensen, when I represented our Embassy at a symposium on JFK at the Rome City Hall in 2003. Sorensen was one of the invited speakers, along with the well-known American historian, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who was also one of Kennedy’s men. Sorensen was someone I looked up to as a speechwriter. I admired his speechwriting style and, for a time, even tried to emulate it. It never crossed my mind that I would one day meet him in the flesh. I do not think I would ever have the chance to get that close to Sorensen if I were not a part of the diplomatic corps.

      I also remember how grateful I felt to have the chance to see the remains of the late Pope John Paul II up close, when the members of Italy’s diplomatic corps were invited to pay their last respects to the deceased Pope at the Sala Clementina, before his remains were transferred to St. Peter’s Basilica for public viewing. Seeing the long queues that people had to stand in for countless hours just to get the chance to have a glimpse of the Pope’s remains inside the Basilica, and realizing that I did not have to do that, made me feel truly fortunate to be part of the corps.

      Last but not least, the foreign service will give you the opportunity to go to a country and stay there not just for a week or a month as tourists do, but for three to six years or even longer. You will have the opportunity to really know the country and its people well, to learn its language and understand its culture, and to bring back to your country the helpful lessons you have learned from living in that other land. In time, your exposure to a wide variety of cultures will give you a truly global outlook, a genuinely international perspective, if you will. And in a world that is becoming even more globalized with each new day, nothing can serve someone in better stead than the internationalist paradigm you will have the chance to develop while in the foreign service.

      But let me close with a caveat. Despite the many perks it offers, the foreign service is still – in the main – a highly demanding career. It will, at times, require you to accomplish missions you cannot fully believe in, go to places where your very life will be in danger, and serve in countries where your wife and children would not want to go. It can even go so far as to tear you apart from your loved ones. What the novelist Vita Sackville-West, wife of the English diplomat and writer Harold Nicolson, once wrote in a letter she sent him in 1928 is a sentiment shared by many diplomatic spouses:

      Oh God, how I hate the Foreign Office! How I hate it, with a personal hatred for all that it makes me suffer! D**n it, d**n it – that vile impersonal juggernaut that sweeps you away from me.2

      As Paul Theroux suggests in his short-story “Diplomatic Relations,”3 “continual parting” will be a permanent feature of your life as a diplomat.

      So, Henry, I advise you to look well before you leap. Meantime, enjoy your review. I look forward to attending your oath-taking a year hence.

      article link: http://diplomaticjottings.blogspot.com/2011/05/letter-to-aspiring-filipino-diplomat_01.html

  24. sir,,bong ako si junaxpogs nag trabahu ddto sa aljubail city bilang isang operator nang companya,,ang company sponsor ko po ddto ay saudi oger ltd,,ang problema ko po ddto sa company namin sir bong hanggang ngayon hindi ko pa natanggap ang eqama i.d ko mag 7months napo ako ddto nagstay sa aming accumendation. pless advice me salamat

    • Pogs,

      Anong ibig sabihin sa accomodation, wala kang trabaho, or may trabaho ka pero walang iqama.

      Pogs, mahaba na ang 7 buwan na paghihintay, sobra na nga e! Paano mo ipinadala ang iyong remittance?

      Punthana mo ang inyong HR at kulitin tungkol sa iqama mo. Dahil kung wala kang iqama at pauwi ka na, hindi ka rin mabigyan ng Exit Visa.

  25. Mapagpalang araw po sa inyo Mr. Bong Amora. Ako po ay ofw dito sa Riyadh. Gusto ko na po umuwi sa Pinas at hindi na tapusin ang aking contract sa kadahilanang hindi po sinunod ng aming employer and nasa contract. Nagtatrabaho po kami ng 12 to 14 hours at basic salary lang po binibigay sa amin. sa loob ng 14 hours, 20 minutes lang po ang break namen daw para sa lunch at kadalasan ay 2pm na bago kami makapagtanghalian. Sir sana mabigyan nio ako ng advice para makauwi na sa pinas dahil hindi po talaga nasusunod ang contract namen. Four months pa lang po ako dito. 6 po kaming empleyado. 4 na indian at dalawa kaming pinoy. Sir, ako po ay umaasa na mbigyan nio ng magandang payo.. Expired na nga din po pala ang temporary iqama namen at hindi pa po kami namemedical buhat ng dumating kami dito sa KSA.

    • Zaldy, ikaw siguro ang partner ni Jean. Paki tawagan agad ang mga numerong ito: Labor Attache Albert Valenciano 0567346782 at Atty. Cesar Chavez 0509963502. Ikwento mo po ang lahat sa kanila, mula ulo hanggang paa yong isinulat mo sa ating blog. Paki update rin kung ano ang kanilang aksyon. Inform mo na rin sila na wala pa kayong iqama. Pakisabi ang ofwempowerment blog ang nag refer sa inyo. Paki update ha kung nao ang tugon nila.

  26. Good day, Sir! Gusto ko po sana humingi sa inyo ng advice kung ano ang marapat gawin ng aking partner na nasa Saudi Arabia para makauwi po siya sa Pilipinas? Siya po ay nag apply bilang isang tile setter at pumirma sa contrata na may salary na 1300 SR – basic salary.. Ung nadala po niyang contract na copy para sa kanya ay nadala niya sa saudi at kinuha ng amo. Siya po ngayon ay nagtatrabaho bilang tagahalo ng semendo sa isang establishment project. nagtatrabaho sila sa loob ng 13 to 14 hours at kumakain sila ng tanghalian sa oras na 2-2:20 pm saudi time at trabaho na kaagad pagkatapos. hindi po sila binabayaran sa kanilang overtime. sa makatuwid sila po ay hindi itinatrato ng ayos sa trabaho! Minsan na po silang nagreklamo sa kanilang supervisor ay tinawanan lamang sila nito at natatakot po sila magcomplaint sa kanilang boss mismo dahil natatakot silang masaktan nito kagaya ng ginagawa sa kasamahan nilang Indian National. Gusto po niyang pumunta sa Embaha ng Pilipinas ngunit hindi niya po alam ang papunta doon at isa pa po ay expired po ang kaniyang temporary iqama.. Mag 4 na buwan na po siya sa saudi at dumadaing na po sila doon sa hirap ng pinapagawa sa kanila. mano-mano po sila gumagawa sa trabaho. 6 po sila sa trabaho. 4 na indian at 2 Filipino. tanging nagiisa lamang po ang aking partner na naghahalo sa semento sa loob ng 14 oras. Sana po ay mabigyan nio po ako ng advice kung paano ang gagawin at kung maari po sana ay maibigay nio sa akin ang contact number ng embassy natin sa saudi.. Umaasa po ako sa inyong idea at konsiderasyon. Godbless..

      • Good day! Tumawag na po ang partner ko at nasa Pilipinas na daw po si Mr. Chavez, napaltan na daw po ito doon ng iba. Pinapapunta po ang partner ko sa tanggapan nila para personal na ireklamo ang kanilang amo ngunit wala siyang magawang paraan dahil wala pa po siyang iqama at isa pa Friday lamang po ang available day para sa kanya pero sarado naman po ang tanggapan dahil rest day! Hindi niya po alam kung paano makakapunta jan ng sunday to thursday kung magkaka iqama siya.. Tanging pagtakas lamang ang alam niyang paraan para dito at kung mangyayari naman po iyon ay hindi niya alam kung saan siya tutuloy. Sir, sana po ay matawagan ninyo ang aking partner at magawaan ng solusyon ang kaniyang problema. Kayo lamang po ang tanging tao na makakapag bigay ng magandang advice sa amin sa ngayon dahil wala po kaming ibang malapitan. Sir, hinihingi po kami ng tulong sa inyo. God bless po!

        • Nakausap ko na ang partner mo. Binigyan ko na rin ng contact number ko. Dito sa KSA Jean, kailangan buo ang loob mo pag gusto mong lumaban. Maraming risk at mga consequences na dapat harapin at kung ano man ito, dapat tanggapin ng isang lumalaban.

  27. Good day!

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  28. gud am sir, ex abroad po ako. may contract po ako ng 2 years sa jeddah as a nurse. umalis ako ng pinas nung aug, 2009. ng makarating nko sa jeddah, may sabi sabi sa mga kasamahan ko na 3 years ang contract namin. until umabot ng isang taon, nag pass ako ng letter na wala akong intention irenew ang contract, na 2 years lang ako, as expected d pumayag employer namin. he said i can have my vacation pero 3 years contract ko. wala akong pinirmahan na bagong contract nun, unlike sa mga kasama ko na pumirma ng bago. nung time na magbabakasyon nko, d nko bumalik sa jeddah. may exit re entry visa ang passport ko, nakauwi ako ng pinas ng oct 2010. sa ngaun, balak ko ng mag apply sa uae, ung may mas magandang sahod, maganda ang trato. iniisip ko na bka ihold nila ako kc nga may stamp for re entry ng ksa ang passport ko. ano po ba ang pwede kong gawin para d ako magka problema kung aalisi ako ulit ng bansa? halos 1year and 4months nadin since ng makauwi ako. kelan ba mageexpire ung stamp or re entry visa na un? un po kc asawa ng pinsan ko, ngwork sya sa qatar, nag file ng leave pero d na bumalik. nag apply sya sa china. hinold sya sa airport nung departure nya kc nga nakita nila na may re entry stamp sya. until now d parin sya nakaka alis. although nag file ata sya ng lost passport sa dfa para mapalitan passport nya. sana po mabigyan nyo ko ng payo, tnx po

    • Joy,

      Ang Visa mo na exit re-entry at work permit ay may expiration however your status in KSA immigration record ay hindi po mabubura sa system nila therefore posibleng magka-problema ka sa KSA immigration kung dito ang balik mo.

      Ang UAE ay isa sa mga bansang sakop ng Gulf Cooperation Council wherein they can share information within each other through collaborative means. Ibig pong sabihin puwede po silang mag share ng mga information na kung saan alam nilang ma protektahan ang kanilang labor policies. Sa ngayon meron akong naririnig at meron nga tayong readers na nagsasabing na hold daw sila sa immigration ng UAE dahil sa ganitong issue. Be noted of our link posting here in our blog tungkol sa shared information ng mga medical results ng mga expats within GCC member states. ibig pong sabihin puwede rin silang mag share ng information on immigration related matters. So kabado tayo at risky ang atinf travel, thinking that maybe ma-hold ka sa immigration sa bansang sakop ng GCC na iyong pupuntahan. Wala pa namang official report or news report tungkol dito pero gaya ng sabi ko, kabado tayo palagi.

      Think you need to visit UAE Embassy and inquire this matter. Ma-hold talaga ang OFW na gamit ang pasaporte na may re-entry information or stamp sa dating bansang dapat babalikan at gamitin rin sa pag-alis sa ibang bansa. Payo ko sa iyo mag apply ng bagong pasaporte.

      Bong

    • Kung legal na mga gastosin kasama na po rito ang visa fees, recruitment fees na binayad nila sa recruitment agency sa Pinas. Pero minsan kasi dinadagdagan pa nila ng kung ano ano pa kasama na rito ang ticket pagpunta mo rito at ikaw pa ang mag shoulder ng ticket pabalik sa Pinas. The reason – breach of contract or hindi tinupad ang period of years as per terms and conditions agreed in the employment of contract.

  29. Magandang araw po..Hi Sir Bong, gud pm po. Bernadeth Escober from Dasma, Cavite.. meron po kasi ako kapatid nasa UAE agency ngayn at gs2 na nya umuwi.. 1st time po nya dun..mejo naging komplikado kasi ang sitwasyon nya. Ibinalik kasi cya ng amo nya sa agency dhl sa pagiging tomboy nya samantalang nagtraining cya sa P&R at ang sabi mas maganda dw ang mejo boyish para di maarte sa trabaho..Hanggang ngayn 1 week na wala pa rin kumukuha sa knya.. meron dw tumingin sa knya kaso may isang lalaki dw dun na minanyak pa cya buti na lang at hindi cya dun napunta.. nahihirapan na po ang kapatid ko..mabait naman dw ang isang pilipina dun na si cathy kaso pagaalis na sila ng agency nakakulong na sila dun, bawal ang cellphone at hindi pedeng lumabas.. gs2 na namin cya makasama.. Pls help po.. pede nyo po ako eemail sa bernadeth.escober@yahoo.com.. thank you po ulit.. pls reply..

    • Deth,

      Puwede po kayong pumunta sa POEA Ortigas at subukan ninyong kausapin si Administrato Cacdac, pakisabi ang ofwempowerment blog or banggitin ang name ko na ako ang nag refer sa inyo para humingi ng tulong at makausap niya ang P & R Manpower kung ano na ang status ng kapatid mo upang maalalayan ng P & R manpower ang situwasyon ng iyong kapatid doon sa agency na naka basi sa UAE.

      Ngayon kung gusto naman niyang makipag-ugnayan sa ating Philippine Mission sa UAE, ito po ang mga contact numbers:

      PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL
      PHIL. OVERSEAS LABOR OFFICE
      Villa No. 19, 16th Street
      Abu Hail Road, Hamriya Areas
      P.O. Box 94778
      DUBAI, U. A. E.

      Labatt II Amibahar B. Amilasan
      Labatt I Ma. Corazon Venus N. Abad
      Welof Raqcquel L. Kunting

      Telephone:
      (009714) 266-7745 (Labor Attache)
      (0097150) 505585536 (Hotline)
      (09715) 1645726 (Welfare officer Mobile)
      (09715) 671-41600 (Mobile)
      (09715) 043-08378 (Mobile)

      Please keep me posted.

      Bong

      • Thank you Sir Bong sa mga information. Sir question po, pano po ba mapapauwi ang kapatid ko? may babayaran ba dapat? ang sabi ng kasamahan nya may babayaran daw na malaki para mapauwi ang kapatid ko? naaawa na kasi kami sa knya e.. nagFB yung isang kasamahan nya dun sa agency at ang sabi iyak ng iyak ang kapatid ko.. ayaw naman namin na may mangyari pa sa knyang masama bago sya mapauwi.. pls reply po Sir, mistulang nakakulong ang kapatid ko sa agency e.. Thanks po..

        • Talaga pong hindi po ito palalabasin dahil kargo ng agency kung may mangyaring masama sa iyong kapatid kung ito ay lalabas na wala na sa poder ng employer. Dito sa KSA at siguro hindi lang sa KSA, hihingi talaga ng kabayaran ang employer kung hindi mo tuparin ang napagkasunduan or kontrata. Siyempre, magraklamo ang employer na malaki na ang nagastos niya sa pagkuha ng worker.

          Kung nakapg FB at may way of communication siya sa kanyang ibang kakilala, siguro naman may ways rin siya or ang kanyang mga kasamahan na mapuntahan ang ating POLO or Embahada upang malaman ang TUNAY na situwasyon ng iyong kapatid.

      • Hi Sir Bong, good pm. Kagagaling lang ng kapatid ko sa Poea kaso wala dw c Administrator Cacdac nasa Saudi dw po. Nakausap po ng kapatid ko yung secretary ni Mr.Cacdac at nirefer ndn po kmi sa legal. at si legal po nirefer po kmi sa repatriation. sabi po 20days ang processing. un bnigay nyo po n no ng PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL
        PHIL. OVERSEAS LABOR OFFICE wla po sumasagot.. Pede po ba matulungan at mapapuntahan ng embassy natin duon ang kapatid ko? Ginagawa dw cla maid dun at nilalock, hindi rin cla makalabas. Pls Sir pls help us..

        • Kung nandito lamang po ang iyong kapatid sa KSA, maari ko pong personal na puntahan ang iyong kapatid. Ganito po ang gawin mo Bern, hanap ka ng paraan na makontak mo ang kaibigan ng Ate mo doon at puntahan or tawagan po ang ating Embahada. Wala pong ibang makakatulong ng iyong kapatid kund ang ating Philippine mission sa Dubai dahil naitalaga sila doon upang mapangalgaan ang mga Pilipinong nandoon. Subukan mo uling ipakontak ang ating embahada. Ito po ang location map at telephone numbers:

          35 Beirut St. Ext. No. 2
          Al Qusais 3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
          P.O. Box 94778
          Tel. No. + 971 4 2207100
          Mobile No. + 971 50 6544047
          Fax No. + 971 4 2207800
          dubaiemb

        • Si Administrator Cacdac ayon sa aking kaibigan ay nasa Dubai at hindi po sa Saudi. May conference daw po doon ang lahat ng mga Philippine Labor Attache sa buong Middle East. Habang nandoon siya, dapat po makontak ng kaibigan ng kapatid mo ang POLO office at mapasyalan doon para makausap ng personal si Admin Cacdac.

  30. Good morning po Mr. Bong. Tungkol po ito sa renewal ng passport kong mapapaso na sa Mayo 2012. Sakaling mag exit ako sa march kailangan pa bang ipa renew ang passport ko? Sa tingin ko hindi na since exit na ang status. I think required lang ito kung may exit/re-entry ka wherein kailangan may ‘extra pages’ sa passport mo.

    Pahingi naman ng advise nyo since connected kayo sa ating embassy activities. Thanks in advance, Bert M.

  31. Dear Mr. Bong Amora,

    Thank you for your reply sa inquiry q sa inyo.

    Im raymond po,i just wondering sir regarding sa contract q nakalagay po kc dun eh 2 yrs duration ng work contract and ung vacation leave ay 15 days lng..may batas po ba na nakasaad na 15 days lng?eh 21 days dapat ang vacation leave!db po?Agency q po eh ISD or internation Skills Development..Maha2bol q ba ung 21 days ng leave q at mbbyran ba un pag end na ung contrata q?
    Next, ang company po nmn eh Establishment lamang po,red category po kami,and mag exprd na ung iqama q dis april 2012..bali mag 2nd renew p lng..according sa mga nabasa q sa forum nyo kelngan 1 month or mas maaga prior dun sa expiration ng iqama para hndi mag ka penalty db po?Ask q lng po mka2 uwe ba aq kung hndi q ipa renew ung iqama q kc nasa red category kame.tska sa mga nabasa q hndi po mka aplly ng new visa or replacement for the position kapag ang company ay nasa red category?tama po ba?Pwede rin po ba aqng lumipat ng green category wala po bng mggng problema pag gnun?

    next,my krptn ang employr na ihold ang pag uwe ng workr kpag wala pang kpalit hnggng 3 months?db po?eh pano po mkakakuha ng kaplit eh nasa red category nga po kame.ask q po pede ba mag pa extend ng days lng or 1 month?depende din po b un sa pag uusap nmn..reasonable po b ung pagpapakasal at bnyag ng anak q para makauwe aq?

    Paxenxahan nyo na po aq marami aqng katanungan at gustong malaman..

    Sana po mabigyan nyo aq ng advice anong dapat kung gawin..

    Maraming Salamat po,

    Raymond

    • Hindi na po puwedeng mag renew ng iqama ang mga workers sa red category at hindi na rion po ito puwedeng mag hire ng mga workers galing sa ibang bansa. Puwede na po kayong lumipat sa ibang kompanya (Green and Excelllent). Hindi po puwedeng e-hold ang mga empleyado na gustong lumipat ng kompanya or umuwi sa Pinas.

      ■Red category companies will NOT be able to: ■Apply for new, replacement, or seasonal visa;
      ■Change their foreign workers’ professions;
      ■Hire or transfer foreign workers from any category;
      ■File application for opening new enterprises (whether they are branches or entities).

      They will also lose control over their foreign workers because they will be free to sign contracts with new employers in the Blue and Green categories. They will also be barred from renewing the work visas of their entire foreign staff.

      NOTE: For those companies without any problem with nitaqat, their expat workers iqama should be valid for more than the duration of the exit-reentry visa by at least three months and fourteen days (114 days). For example, if you want a visa for a period of 30 days, then the iqama must be valid for a period of not less than 134 days.

  32. Hello,

    My girlfriend is currently working as a private nurse for an elderly woman (patients son is also well connected with Royal Family). Since day one the contract that was drafted and signed has been broken. She works 7 days a week and is always on call, she is entitled to 15 vacation days, but they do not recognize it. Obviously, they have not honored the contract. She notified them that she will be leaving in June and does not have any interest continuing. The response was “let’s see”. My question is what rights does she have to leave. It almost appears that they are sort of imprisoned.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  33. Good morning po sir bong.May tanong lang po ako.Ano po ba ang maaaring mangyari kung nagemergency leave tapos hindi na babalik ng abroad?Nandito na po sa pilipinas kaso ayaw na po bumalik ng abroad para magtrabaho gawa nang hindi na kaya magtrabaho kasi may mga sakit na nararamdaman kaso ang paalam sa company ay emergency leave nga lang.Ano po ba ang dapat gawin?Sa middle east po nagwowork.10 days lang po ang binigay na leave pero 1 month na po nandito sa pinas.sana po matulungan niyo.salamat po.

    • Magkaproblema po kayo kung babalik kayo sa ibang employer sa bansang iyong iniwanan na may re-entry visa. Maaari rin na magkaproblema kayo sa ibang Middle East countries na may kasunduan tungkol sa LAbor policy, katulad ng mgabansang kaaanib ng GCC.

  34. Dear Mr. Bong Amora,

    Im raymond working here in alkhobar. I just need your help for my problem. dumating po aq d2 sa alkhobar is december 11, 2010 ang finish ng contract q eh december 11 2012. Ngeon po ay naka 1 year at 13 days na aq.. Ask q po
    1st kung pede ba aq manghingi ng increase ng sahod sa employer q?
    2nd pede po ba mag past ng non renewal of contract 4 months or mas maaga pa sa exprd ng contract q?auko na po kc magtagal pa d2..
    3rd nanakawan po kami sa accomodation nmn bgay ng employer nmn,ask q po ung mga nawala po bang gmt eh bbyaran ba ng sponsor q para mapalitan ung mga nawala sa amin?magkno po b?nag punta n rin po aq sa police station para i report,naka arabic po xa at pumirma aq at ung HR na saudi nmn dun sa papel.wala po bng sabit ung pinirmahan q?police report po b un or what?

    Sana po matulungan nyo aq..hhntyin q po ang sagot nyo..

    Maraming salamat..

    Raymond

    • Puwede po kayong sumulat at humingi ng increase sa inoyng employer, karapatan po ninyo yan kung sa inyong saloobin ay nararapat lamang.

      Puwede 4 months at at pag 2 months na lang puwede po kayong mag follow though writing. Just make sure na may receiving copy po kayo.

      Bigay man ito or hindi ang mga gamit na personal ay hindi po puwedeng ma-reimburse ng kompanya. Hindi po nila kargo ang nawawalalng personal na gamit ng isang worker.

      Dapat humingi po kayo ng English translation sa bawat pirma ng dokumento na Arabic language. Karapatan po ninyong humingi at malalaman kung ano ang mga nakasaad dito.

  35. Hello po! my Itatanong lng po ako tungkol sa sitwasyon ng asawa ko.Isa po syangf store manager then last September nagkaroon po sila ng anual inventory then nagkaproblema po.Dahil dun terminated and asawa ko.Ngayon one month na po siya na walang trabaho dun then hindi pa po sya maka uwi dahil nasa company pa po ang mga papers niya.Hindi po siya makapadala ng pera sa aking dahil wala na po sya pera dun then gumagastos po sya dun sa pang araw araw tapos wala po syang work.Nag inquire po sya sa company kung ano na status if makakauwi na ba siya o hindi.Mahirap po kasi dahil one month na po sya wlang work tapos nasa company pa papers hindi rrin po sya makahanap ng ibang work.Ano po ba ang dapat nyang gawin. Naaawa napo ako sa asawa ko.

      • Salamat po sa reply sir Bong. Nasa Riyadh pa rin po siya hanggang ngayon 3 months na po siya don.Wala po siyang trabaho.Mga November po sinabi niya na baka daw pababalikin daw siya sa work yun daw sabi ng area manager nila eh hanggang ngayon po hindi pa po siya nakabalik. Nag alala napo ako.Ang gusto ko po sana uuwi na lng siya dito.Dito na lng muna siya magtatrabaho. Di po kasi siya maka uwi kasi sabi niya nasa company daw lahat ng papers niya pati passport niya.

        • Sir Bong, nag usap po kami ng asawa ko kahapon. Sabi niya dapat daw kasi mabayaran niya ang amount ng mga nawalang items sa store na mina manage niya. Isa po kasi siya store manager ngayon nong nag anual inventory sila may mga loses siya. Malaki ang halaga kulang pa daw ang benifets nya para ibayad. Mag aapat na buwan na siya na tambay lng dun kasi tinanggal siya sa work.Hawak ng company papers nya kaya d siya makauwi. Ibibigay lng daw ang papers pag mabayaran na niya ang amount na kailangan nyang bayaran. Wala pong pera ang asawa ko. Wala po bang makakatulong sa asawa ko?

          • Dito sa KSA, mahirap magkroon ng problema lalo kung may alleged violation na sinasabi at involve po ang pera. Hindi mo alam kung saan ka hihingi ng tulong. Sa usaping ito, dapat alamin or mapapatunayan na may kasalanan ang iyong asawa at ang korte lamang ang makapagbigay ng desisyon nito. Siguro naman po may mga kasama siyang mga Pilipino na puwedengn umalalay sa kanya sa pagpunta sa POLO or sa ating Embahada.

  36. Sir Bong

    Tapos na po ung 2yrs contract nun kaibigan ko dito sa Riyadh tapos bumalik sya after vacation. Ngayon ay nasa 2nd contract na sya pero 1 yr palang ang natatapos nya at gusto na nya umuwe at wag tapusin ung remaining na 1 yr. Bale nakapag work na sya dito sa riyadh ng 3yrs total.

    Makukuha po ba nya ang end of service benifits nya at mag babayaran po ba syang requirements kasi hinde nya natapos ang 2nd contract nya at gusto nya na umuwe.

    Paki advice naman po kung ano mga possible dilema ang makakaharap dito.

    Salamat po!

    John

    • John,

      SLL Article 85: If the work relation ends due to the worker’s resignation, he shall, in this case, be entitled to one third of the award after a service of not less than two consecutive years and not more than five years…

      Ang problema lang dito kung hindi papayag ang employer.

      Bong

  37. Sir Bong magandang araw po…kung maaalala nyo p po ako po ung humingi s inyo ng tulong mga dalawang buwan n….tungkol po dun s mga ikinakaltas ng kompanya s sweldo nmin n pra daw s ticket at Visa…..sinunod ko po ung sinabi nyo n mag email s POLO ERO….pero hanggang ngaun po eh wla p pong reply….mas malala n po ngaun ung problema nmin dahil s maliban s delay n ung sweldo eh patuloy prin ung pag bawas s sweldo nmin at ngaun ay binigyan n nmn kami ng eight days salary cut…sir sana po matulungan nyo po kaming makipagugnayan s POLO ERO….salamat po…

    • To: Hon. Labor Attache Adam Musa
      Philippine Overseas Labor Office
      Eastern Region
      Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

      Dear Hon. Labor Attache Adam Musa,

      Respectfully submitted herewith the complaint from our fellow Overseas Filipino Workers presently working (see below company details) at Al-Rai Food Industries in Hofuf, Al Hasa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

      Al-Rai Food Industries
      Mr. Mohamad Moussa Bokamseen
      Mr. Fadi Alawieh
      General Operation Manager

      Mr. Mowafaq Bokamseen
      Center General Manager
      P.O. Box 232-Hofuf-Al-Ahasa
      31982-Saudi Arabia
      Tel.: 5975444 Fax:5975397

      The OFW Congress-Riyadh hereby endorsed to your office and likewise re-send the letter complaint dated September 16, 2011 (see below) signed by the OFW complainant regarding the unjust deductions which is in defiance to Article 92 and 93 of the Saudi Labor Law respectively. It is also noted from the complaint that Al-Rai Food Industries illegal deductions of Iqama Fees is clearly a grave violation of the Council of Ministers Decision No. 90 dated 14/5/1418H or Royal Decree M51 dated 1415H and as per addendum of contract of employment that IQAMA or residence permit shall be borne by the employer, more particularly the Article 40 of the Saudi Labor Law.

      In view of the above, you are kindly requested to please intercede on behalf of the complainant or whatever legal assistance or form of mediation your office can provide in reference to the complaint.

      Moreover, please find below ofwempowerment blog exchanges between the representative of the OFWs/Complainant, Mr. Charlie and the undersigned.

      Looking forward for your immediate assistance.

      Respectfully,

      Manuel “Bong” Amora
      Secretary General
      OFW Congress-Riyadh

  38. Sir Bong:

    Ask ko lang po, halimbawa natapos na ang 2 yrs contract ko tapos nag extend ako ng isang taon after po nun makukuha ko pa rin ba ang nakalagay sa contract na mga benefits sa loob ng 2 yrs kung service sa employer like yong tiket? O kailangan kopang mag stay ng another year to get my benefits. Please advice Thank you in advance

    • John,

      Kung mag-extend ka, siguradoin mo na may kasulatan na after a year extension makauwi ka dahil dito sa KSA pag hindi ka uuwi sa kabila na tapos na ang iyong kontrata at ni-renew ang iyong iqama at wala kayong agreement na extend ka lang, ang ibig sabihin ni-renew mo na ang iyong kontrata in unspecified period of time. Kaya ingat sa iyong mga desisyon.

      Bong

  39. Sir bong,

    kung kailangan k irenew n nmn ung iqama e panibagong contract nmn un sa dati kong amo dba?un nga ang basehan d2 n extend ang visa mo pagkarenew iqama dba sir bong. So kung ganun po e bakit k p i parenew ung iqama kung release na po ako.dapat ung bagong employer na lahat ang maghandle nun sir bong dba?tama po ba ako o hindi?ksi problema talga pag sa dating amo ko.. reluctant pa nmn un na maglakad ng mga papeles ngayun at nakuha na nya lahat ng gusto nyang pera sa akin…

    • Marlon,

      Kung basihan natin ang legal na paraan ng transfer of employment ayon sa batas, dapat ma-renew muna ang iqama bago ma-transfer ang isang worker sa ibang employer, iyan ang patakaran ng batas, kasama na rito ang pag pa-renew ng iqama sa mga mag exit na worker na ang iqama ay expire.

      Kung ako ang nasa katayoan mo Lon, hintayin ko muna ang implementing guidelines ng MOL about Nitaqat bago ako mag-desisyong lumipat. Mas mganda na rin yong nasa tama kang daan para maaliwalas ang biyahe.

      Bong

  40. Sir bong

    hihingi na nmn po ako sa iniu ng advice ksi po binigay na lahat sa akin mga papers ko for transfer. ito po mga sumusunod: iqama, passport, release letter stamp ng chamber of commerce at work permit lahat na po un naibigay.Ibinigay ko na po sa present employer lahat.tapos po etong august expire na po iqama ko.pero bago naexpire iqama ko naibigay ko na lahat ng kailangan para sa transfer.kso po sa bandang huli kinausap ako ng bagong employer na may problema daw sa companya at hindi nila ako maitransfer.ang gagawin lang nila bibigyan lang ako ng visa.anu po bang mangyayari pag visa ibibgay lang sa akin?kailangan ko pa po bang mag-exit na hahanapin ko na nmn ung dati kong amo na bigyan ako exit visa?or pwede nmn ung bago kong prospect employer ang maglalakad ksi narelease na po ako nung dati..ibig sabihin nun 50-50 ko na makita yung dati kong amo..anu po bang magandang gawin ko po.ksi po hindi ko alam bakit hindi pwedeng maitransfer ksi steel fixer ang nakalagay na profession ko na lilipat ako sa dispensary.ang masakit pa dun hinintay na maexpire iqama ko bago nila sasabihin hindi pwede…paano gagastos na nmn ako sa pagrenew at bayad ng plane ticket pag sakali hindi pwede..e magpapadeport nlang ako kung ganun din lang mangyari.

    • Marlon,

      Alamin mo muna kung ano talaga ang problema. Nasa iyo na lahat ang requirements at bakit hindi puwedeng magawan nila ng paraan para ma-transfer ka sa bago mong employer?

      Kung expire ang iyong iqama dapat ito ay ma-renew muna bago mag apply ng transfer of employment. It means you need to find your first employer.

      Tama ka, pag visa ang ibigay sa iyo dapat lamang na uuwi ka muna at mag-umpisa sa una. Ngunit may problema parin dahil hanapin mo muna ang iyong dating employer para sa exit clearance.

      Puntahan ang Embahada or POLO office at humingi ng payo kung ano ang nararapt na gawin.

      Bong
      Kung tungkol naman sa

  41. hi!
    nakapag file po ako ng final exit, three months before the expiration of my iqama. I have learned na unspecified contract ako, dahil wala na po akong pinirmahan na contract for 8 years since the 2 years contract signed. 14 days before the expiry of my iqama, sinubmit ko na po ito para ma process for exit. ngunit after all the objection na nakasaad sa letter ko not to renew the contract, nagulat po ako at after 2 days dumating ang iqama ko renewed na. Saan po ba ako nagkamali? May plano pa nman kami ng asawa ko na mga work sa asian country together, sira na po ang plano ko na makauwi sa takdang oras. Ano po ba ang dapat kong magawa para makauwi ako. Nag offer na din naman po ako na mag work sa kanila hangang nov 16 para mapunuan ang kakulanagn sa tao. May karapatan ba talaga cla na irenew ang iqama ko kahit ayaw ko na?
    karapatan ba nila na hindi asikasuhin ang exit ko before the expiry ng iqama ko?

  42. Sir,

    Good evening po sayo.
    Nababasa kop o yung mga iba’t ibang mga ktanungan at sagot sa kanilang mga problema. Natutuwa po ako at may website pala na ganito na kung saan pwedeng masumbungan. Dahil po dito nais ko po sanang ipaabot ang problemang ngayon ko lng na realize.

    Sir, isa po akong ex Saudi din. Natapos ko po yung kontrata ko(2 years) at na extend pa nga ng dalawang buwan dahil sa gusto ng Manager ko na matapos muna yung pinapagawa sa akin. Naka uwi ako noong nakaraang March 2009. Bale, Bakasyon lng po yun at may re Entry po ako. Ngunit hindi ako nakabalik dahil sa Health problem

    Sa ngayon po sir na physically fit na din po ako at may offer na medyo maganda din pero dyan pa rin sa Saudi. Ito po yung mga katanungan ko;

    1. Maari po ba akong makapagtrabaho muli jan sa Saudi na may re Entry nman ako pero 2 years mahigit na ang lumipas simula nong akoy umuwi?
    2. Pumasa napo ako sa interview, tanggap na rin po ako ng employer at medical napo yung kasunod, itotoloy kopo ba ito kahit hindi ko pa alam kong anung posibling problema na maari kong ma encounter?
    3. Anu anong mga problema na pwde kong ma encounter?
    4. Kung hindi napo ako pwde sa Saudi, anong mga bansa ang pwde ko pong puntahan?
    5. Ano ano po yung mga member ng GCC Countries?
    6. May paraan po ba kung paano makabalik sa Saudi kung sakaling Ban no ako doon?

    Yan lng po at sanay mabigyan ng linaw ang aking mga katanungan.

    Yansen

  43. Hi,

    Thank you for your immediate response. This is a big help for us.
    I would also like to invite you to attend the summit.
    Your passion for the country may contribute a lot.

    Regards,

    Jhen

  44. Hi I’m Ms. Jhen from Commission on Filipinos Overseas. I would like
    to ask if we can post some announcement in this site. What are the
    procedures needed just in case.

    We are holding a Summit (Diaspora to Development: A Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora) for Filipino OF’s, maybe this website can
    help us promote the summit. We are also inviting you to this summit. For more Information please visit:
    http://www.d2dglobalsummit.cfo.gov.ph

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jhen,

      Anytime! for the service of our Filipinos Overseas. Just provide me the Summit poster and the link.

      Thanks a lot for the visit.

      Please convey my best regards to all CFO staff.

      Bong Amora

  45. Dear Sir Bong,

    Ako po ay isang aplikante ng isang agency, bale Taiwan Care taker. Netong last week po nag withdraw ako sa application ko kasi po almost 4 months na ako nag apply pero wala pa pong kasiguraduhan kung makakaalis pa ko although sinabi nila my employer na ko at on-going processing pa contract ko. Dahil nga po sa katagalan nag decide na ko na sabihin sa agency na mag baback-out na ko. Nung sinabi ko po ‘yun saka nila sinabi na dyan na daw ung contract, galit na galit po ‘yung may ari ng agency sa kin at pinagmumura ako at sinigawan sa harap ng mga tao at pinukpok pa ng malakas ‘yung mesa nya. Pinagtulungan po ko ng assistant ng me ari ng agency sa pagsisinungaling at kung ano anong sinasabi. Hinahanap ko naman po kung san ‘yung sinasabi nilang contract pero nagalit pa po sila at sinabing bakit pa nila papakita eh magwiwithdraw na ko. Ibig sabihin po ‘nun talagang wala pa kasi wala silang mapakita kaya po pinnindigan ko na na withdraw na talaga ako. Pinalayas po ko sa office nung sabihin ko na kelangan ko rin kunin ‘yung down payment ko. Di na po ko pinabalik sa loob at sinabi na lang na mag-antay ako.

    Marami na po ako nakausap at nakilala na applicant na nagwiwithdraw at nagcocomplain dahil sa sobrang tagal ng processing sa agency na to. Di ko naman po alam na ganito pala ang ugali ng may-ari, kelangan pang magsinungaling para maperahan lang ang mga tao at sinisindak pa ya para matakot. Isa pa po, may isang aplikante na hiningan nila ng down payment dahil my contract na daw pero after magbyad at hinanap ‘yung contract walang mapakita, nawawala daw po at hahanapin pa.

    Bago p ang lahat nag insidenteng ito gusto ko lamang po itemized ‘yung mga ginawa pa ng agency namin:

    Una po, nung sabihin po ng agency na may employer na ko humihingi po sila ng down payment para daw sa processing, nagbigay naman po ko ng initial na P18,000 kasi required po nila is P20k, wala po ko nun pinirmahan kahit job order man lang. Wala rin silang inisyu na resibo, nirecord lang nila sa record nila. After po nun 2 months pa ko nag antay pero wala pa rin balita, lagi po ko nagpa follow-up pero lagi nilang sinasabi na on-going processing na contract ko.

    Pangalawa po, nagpapatraining po ang agency sa mga applicants nila para gawing katulong sa office nila at pinaglilinis ng CONDO ng may ari ng agency, araw araw po naglilinis ng office, nagluluto rin po kami at na- assign nga po sa ‘kin ‘yung 5 CR sa general cleaning kasi 3 storey yung building .Yung iba nga po kahit walng pang employer gusto nila magtraining agad. Ang reason po nila kung bakit ginagawa namin ‘yun para daw matuto kami incase na nasa Taiwan na marunong na kami. Ang nakakpagtaka po kasi nagtraining na kami sa TESDA, nagbyad nga po kami para matuto at magka certificate pero bakit kelangan pa namin gawin ‘yung pinapagawa ng agency?

    Dahil po sa pangyayaring ito gusto ko lang po itanong ang mga bagay na to:

    1. Tama po ba ‘yung panghihingi ng down payment ng agency kahit wala pang contract or job order na pinipirmahan at di nila pag isyu ng resibo? may katapat po ba tong kaparusahan sa batas?

    2. Ano po ba dapat kung gawin dun sa ginawang pagsigaw at pagmura sa kin ng may ari ng agency at pagsasabwatan ng assitant neto.

    3. Makukuha ko pa po ba ‘yung down payment ko sa agency na P18,000, pinag-aantay po kasi nila ko at walang kasiguraduhan kung kelan.

    4. Magbabayad naman po ko kung totoong na-process na nila application ko pero pano ko po maveverify na binayaran nga nila ‘yun para po di ako maloko. Incase po ba na di nila talga binayaran ‘yung mga expenses at nagsinugaling sila may kaparusahan din po ba ‘yun?

    5. Yung pagpapa training po ba ng agency sa mga applicant ay legal, pano po kung wala silang permit?

    6.Tama po na kapag ang salary ng OFW ay P26,900 pwedeng P108,000 ang placement fee? Sabi kasi ng may ari ng agency alam daw po ng POEA ‘yun kasi nakikinabang daw naman sila.

    7. Sino po ba pwede ko lapitan incase in di ibigay ng agency ‘yung down payment ko at mga documents ko.

    Sana po masagot nyo mga katanungan ko.

    Maraming salamat po…

    Ana

    • To : Atty. Carlos S. Cao, Jr.
      POEA Administrator

      Through : Atty. Josefino N. Naval
      Chief of Staff

      Dear Administrator Atty. Carlos S. Cao, Jr.

      I just wanted to say thank you very much for your reply on our inquiry dated 4 September 2011 on behalf of our blog (http://www.ofwempowerment.wordpress.com) reader. Your reply really did help to our fellow OFWs bound for Taiwan who are looking for concrete answers on their woes and concerns.

      Your service to OFWs has been of incomparable value and I wanted to let you know that WE, the OFWs thousands of miles away from POEA will continue to trust this institution whose mandate is to protect the rights of OFWs.

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      Best regards and personal best wishes.

      Respectfully,

      Manuel A. Amora
      Secretary General
      OFW Congress-Riyadh
      ******

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  46. Sir Bong,

    Magandang araw po sa inyo!

    Nagtapos po ang aking employment contract sa employer ko rito sa Riyadh last June 28, 2011 at nag-file na po ako ng resignation 2 weeks ago para makapag-final exit ngunit ini-insist po ng boss ko na ang ii-issue sa akin na visa ay exit-reentry for 6 months. Marahil dahil ina-avoid po nila na makalipat ako sa ibang company rito sa KSA na may same of nature ng business sa amin. Ano po kaya ang dapat kong gawin? Ang nais ko po ay maisyuhan ng final exit visa which is karapatan ko naman. Nag-aalala rin po ko dahil may tendency na kapag patuloy akong nag-insist ng final exit visa ay posibleng gawan nila ko ng paraan para di na makabalik dito sa KSA, tulad ng pag-ban sa kung anumang nilikhang dahilan.

    Gayundin po, at worst scenario, halimbawang tinaggap ko po ang exit-reentry visa, hindi po kaya eto makakaapekto kung sakaling mag-apply ako sa ibang bansa.

    Salamat po! More Power!

    Regards,
    Rey

    • Rey,

      Sabi mo natapos na ang contract mo last June 28, 2011 at 2 weeks ago ka lang nag file ng resignation. Rey, magkaiba po ang “non renewal of contract” sa “resignation”. Nag renew ka ba ng contract? Ni-renew ba ang iqama mo? Kung ibabasi natin sa batas, dapat 1 month notice pag dika mag renew ng contract. Tungkol naman sa balak mong makalipat sa ibang employer na pareho ang line of business ng iyong present employer, dapat mayron kang NOC na dala kung sakali dahil mismo ang Saudi Embassy sa atin ang hihingi sa iyo ng NOC before visa stamping.

      Tungkol sa ban, hindi ito mangyayari kung wala kang pipirmahan na undertaking na hindi muna babalik sa KSA sa loob ng 2 taon or certain period of time. Ang undertaking na ito ay isumite ng employer sa Passport Dept. or Jawasat na maging dahilan na ma hold ka sa immigration kung sakaling babalik ka sa KSA na wala pang 2 taon.

      Tungkol naman sa visa na re-entry pero hindi ka bumalik sa employer and instead bumalik sa KSA with a new employer, ang move na ito ay risky dahil kung makalusot ka man sa Saudi Embassy pero sa immigration hindi sa kadahilanang may previous re-entry visa ka sa dati mong employer. Kanselado man ang visa or iyong iqama pero ang record mo sa immigration ay hindi pa burado or naka float ito sa record ng immigration.

      There are two options for you to make, one is to ask POLO to mediate the problem with your employer para bigyan ka ng clearance to go Exit or stay with your employer for 6 months, asking your employer to do it in writing stating that you can leave KSA after the extension of 6 months.

      Regards.

      Bong

  47. KABAYAN

    PLS GIVE ME YOUR ADVICE, ANO KAYA MAGANDANG LEGAL WAY NA PWEDE KO GAWIN PARA DUN SA NAG-BANTA/THREAT SA AKIN NA INDIANO. KASO WALA KASI AKO WITNESS NANG NANGYARI NA PAGBABANTA SA AKIN.

    SALAMAT PO

    • John,

      Gusto mo bang sampahan ng kaso ang Indiano sa korte?

      Para sa akin the best way is to make a letter, like a sworn statement at idetalye mo lahat, pirmahan mo. Ilagay mo doon na kung may mangyaring masama sa iyo siya ang mananagot then submit your letter to your personnel department, have it formally receive and sign by the receiving staff with company stamp or seal mas maganda. Keep a copy with you.

      Bong

    • Ka Sanny,

      Long time no hear Kaibigang Tunay!

      Welcome to the same world as usual nasa KSA pa ako. I’ll send you email later. I’m happy na nakipag communicate ka sa akin.

      See you.

      Ka Bong

    • Kabayang Bong,

      OFW rin po ako dito sa Japan, 1.5 months pa lang akong nagtratrabaho dito, ang contrata ko ay sa isang Agency sa Pilipinas at supply nila ako sa isang Contractor for one year contract. Nag file po ako ng 7 days notice resignation at di nila ito matangap dahil di tama raw dahil napakaikli ng panahon na ibinigay ko.. Sa contrata ko wala naman akong nakitang specified number of days sa pag resign, nakalagay lang in case of contract termination, written notice is required. Now I received an email from them that they will report the matter to POEA and seek a Blacklisting Order which will bar me from employment overseas. Over killing ata to. Totoo kaya ito at may mga kaso na bang ganito sa katulad kong OFW na BLOCKLIST NG POEA, meaning wala na akong chance nakapag trabaho uli sa abroad?

      I tried to search in other website and at dito ko nakita ang karamihan sa mga information na may kaugnayan sa OFW

      Maraming salamat.

      Dado

      • Dado,

        We posted a page here in our blog pertains to WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS.

        Kindly read # 6 of the mentioned post. Dito palang WITHDRAWAL of Documents, how much more kung na deploy ka na at nag RESIGN ka lang dahil ayaw mo.

        Portion of the post hereunder:

        Myths

        The agency would “black list” an applicant who cause the withdrawal of his/her application from ever securing the services of their agency, from the employers in which the applicant turn down the job opportunities, to other future employers from different companies and from the other licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines.

        Facts

        There is nothing in the law that permits the agency to “black list “ an applicant from ever securing overseas work either thru its agency or other agencies in the Philippines. Common sense would tell us that even if the threat of “black listing” would prove to be successful, the same may only apply on the concerned agency and not to the other agencies. Nor would the concerned agency be successful in convincing the millions of employer world wide just to prove their point in order to get back to the applicant for its withdrawal of applications.

        The recruitment of workers for overseas deployment is a money making business and no fool recruiter would prevent an applicant “blacklisted” by a particular agency from ever securing overseas employment thru their respective agency. If an applicant somehow got “black listed” in a particular agency due to his/her withdrawal of application, he/she may always seek the services of other agencies in the Philippines.

        Regards.

        Bong

  48. Good Day Sir Bong…

    I would just like to commend and congratulates you for always spending your time and putting efforts in answering all the queries of your co-OFWs…

    I hope and wish that many people inspire you and do the same as a good samaritan in any ways, not only in KSA but around the world where there are Filipinos…

    Please continue being a good mentor to everyone…

    Again, congratulations and more power to you… May God bless you always and your family…

    Thank you…

    • Oey,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Your words of encouragement are the ones keeping me going and i’m very very happy that someone out there acknowledged the good deeds that I’ve been sharing here for our fellow OFWs. Hindi ko na kailangan pa ang mga marangyang plake at mga sertipiko, sapat na po ang mga katagang katulad nito na nanggagaling sa inyong lahat.

      Maraming, maraming salamat po.

      Bong Amora

    • i tried knowing the cathegory of our clinic .. only group number appeared.. no cathegory mentioned.. what does it mean?? please reply

  49. nagbakasyon ako sa pinas last month dahil namatay ang tatay ko, now bumalik na ko sa saudi para kompletohin ang contact ko, Natatakot po ako kasi ngaun ko lang din po nalaman na buntis ako, nbuntis ako sa pilipinas at d ko alam hanggang sa pumunta ako dto sa saudi.. sir ntatakot po ako anu po kaya ang maari kong gawin at maaring gawin sakin ng employer ko..?

    • Bax,

      Medyo may problema tayo sa tanong mo. Bax dito sa KSA malaking kasalanan ang mag buntis out of wedlock. Ibig kung sabihin, kahit nabuntis ka sa Pilipinas ngunit pagdating mo dito wala kang maipakita na asawa or papel na kasama mo ang iyong asawa sa KSA. Lalong lalo na pag ikaw ay wala pang asawa dito at sa Pinas. Bax, flogging po ang sintensya nito aside from prison term.

      All you have to do is to talk to your employer about your situation, try to ask someone na makapagpatunay na nangyari ito sa Pilipinas. Request your employer that you will be repatriated immediately, or try to make arrangement that before ka manganak, makauwi ka sa Pilipinas at doon na manganak. But for me, the best solution is to go home ASAP. Do it now!

      Bong

  50. hi mr. bong..this is jennifer mendoza-segoviano again..hope ok po kayo dyan and everything is OK..i know your really a busy man, but i was just wondering po if u have any news from my father(Arsenio fernando-mendoza)..his the one i’ve been seeking.the last time I think was, he was in jubail..but i also remember na nag work din po sya sa dammam, riyadh, and al-khobar..i guess his been all over sa KSA..i remember that the last time or the last address that still stick sa memory ko eh ung address nya, way back.it was on AL Aflaj( di ko na po matandaan kung sa riyadh po yun).
    anyway, sana po may malaman po kayo tungkol sa kanya, so at least my mom can move on(cause for along time, it hasnt been fair for her).

    sana po matulungan nyo ako..

    respectfully yours,

    jennifer mendoza-segoviano

  51. sir,
    I was hired by an employer thru an agency, it’s located in jizan KSA,i just want to ask how to renew my passport there, i think it’s too far from philippine embassy in riyadh, how can i go there, and is it true that our passport will be given to the employer and they will give us this iqama thing??? if ever my passport will be renewed, is it required to renew an iqama as well??? are we responsible in getting the iqama? or the employer should handle it??? tnx! im so confused..

    • Mischap,

      The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah conducted Consular Mobile Services (CMS) for Filipinos last May 25-27 in the Asir Region (Abha and Khamis Mushayt, Najran and Jizan). As of to date, no schedule yet when will be their next visit in the Area. So I suggest you to check every now and then this link: http://pcgjeddah.org/home/ for new announcement.

      Yes, its true, the employer will keep your passport and will provide you with Iqama or Work Permit. The employer is responsible for getting your iqama so with the corresponding fees. The validity of iqama is 1 year or 2 years, it depends from your employer while passport validity is 5 years.

      Regards.

      Bong

  52. hi sir!

    finished contract na po ako at uuwi na sa April 16. sa isang private clinic po ako. natapos ko po ang 2years, alam ko po ang tungkol sa end of service award. kasali po ba kahit private clinic?

    • Tina,

      You are entitled for ESB.

      For you rinformation at para sa lahat ng ating mga kahanay sa KSA, ang mga sumusonod ay hindi sakop ng Saudi Labor Law:

      House-drivers, house-boys, housemaids, agriculture workers, shepherds, baby-sitter, house-nurse, cook (for house), ladies tailor, beauticians, house cleaners, The mentioned workers are categorized as domestic workers.

      Regards and good luck!

      Bong

  53. Sir bong,

    renewed na po ung iqama ko magexpire sa august.wala nmn akong pananagutan d2 e. if pwede mag-exit ng sarili kong lakad.ksi pwede ata na ibalik ung iqama mo at mag fill up ng form ata sa immigration para maa exit..ang layo ksi ung place ng dati kong amo.

    • Lon,

      Subukan mo na lang pero ang alam ko dapat pa rin ang aiyong kafil ang mag-asikaso or kung ikaw man ang mag-asikaso, may consent siya at may pipirmahan pa siyang papeles sa jawasat pag nag exit ang knayang worker.

      Bong

  54. Sir bong,

    ask ko lang po pwede po bang mag-aply ng sarili pag final exit po.ksi po hawak ko na po ung passport at iqama ko po kso matagal pa nila ako itatransfer ksi daming kailangan..unahan ko na po cla pag sakali bago mag expire iqma ko..o lang po ba un sir?

    • Lon,

      Tanging sponsor lamang ang maaaring makakuha ng trabaho-permit, resident permit (“iqama”), final exit / exit re-entry o anumang iba pang mga legal na dokumento para sa kanyang expat worker.

      Bong

  55. Sir Bong,

    Pwede pong magtanong ulit ksi po binigay na sa akin ung iqama at passport ko at ung transfer letter. pero may kulang pa po kailangan pa raw po ng stamp ng chamber of commerce at ung working permit sa amo ko bago nila ako maitaransfer sa companya na pinapasukan ko para maging legal..ang tanong po if reluctant ung amo ko ibigay ung work permit mo ksi po run out of time na ako mag eexpire na nmn po iQAMA KO sa august kailangan ko na po silang unahan kung sakali.pwede po bang ako nalang maglakad sa exit ko?kasi ask ko lang kung pwede na akong pumunta sa immigration para magpatatak ng exit po?

    • Lon,

      Depende yan sa present employer mo kung ok sa kanila na ikaw na ang maglakad. Subukan mong i-request, wala namang mawawal kung itanong. Pero ang pagkakaalam ko dapat lang na maayos ang lahat para sa pag renew mo ng iqama sa August, naka pangalan na sa bago mong employer ang iyong iqama.

      Bong

  56. Sir,

    Mag tatanong lang po ako kung tama tungkol sa ESB.. kasi po nasa 12 years na po akong andito sa aming kumpanya at sa 12 taon isang beses lang po akong nag bakasyon na 45 na araw. Ang tanong ko po dahil po nuong bumalik po ako ay binago na po nang kumpanya ang aking Emp Id. dahil nakuha ko na po ang aking ESB nung mag bakasyon po ako. tama po bang 6 na taon na lang ulit ang makukuha ko kahit hindi naman po ako nag exit nuong una kong bakasyon?

    Marami pong salamat.

    ferdie

    • Ferdie,

      Tingnan mo kung ano ang iyong pinirmahan at para saan yon. Malamang ang pinisrmahan mo ay undertaking na nakukuha mo na ang iyong ESB. Sa ganitong problema, mahirapan kang mag complain. Check mo muna and keep me posted.

      Bong

      • Sir,

        Tama po kayo na naka sulat po na natangap ko na po ang aking ESB. Ang tanong ko po kahit po ba ganoon na nag bakasyon lang po ako at hindi po final exit kungdi exit + re-entry ang nakalagay sa aking pag alis nuong nag bakasyon po ako. Ano po ba ang nakasaad sa batas tungkol po duon ayoko pong makinig sa mga kuro kuro .. dahil may nag sasabi po na hangat wala po akong tatak na final exit at tuloy pa rin po ang bilang ng taon. Dahil po iyung unang stamp ng visa ko pa rin po ang pinag babatayan ng kumpanay .. Dahil nang bumalik po ako at tinagal ko po iyung lumang passaporte na nakdikit po duon sa bagong passport ay pinakuha po ulit dahil iyun po daw ang susundin sa pag renew ng visa ko. Naisip ko lang po na baka tama nga na hindi ako dapat umulit dahil hindi naman po bago ang aking numero sa aking iqama.
        Maari nyo po ba akong bigyan ng linaw sa mga katanungn kong ito.

        lubos pong gumagalang,
        Ferdie

  57. Sir Bong,

    May idudulog lang po ako sa inyo kung maari po ninyo akong payuhan. Tungkol po ito sa samot sari kaganapan dito po sa aming kumpanya sa Habitat furniture and Hotel dito po sa Riyadh/AL Khobar/Jeddah/Madina. Iisa isa hin ko po ang aking mga nakikita at hindi na po ako mapalagay kung dapat pa akong manatili sa ganitong klaseng kumpanya.

    1. May bago pong kaganapan sa mga unang contrata po lamang nang aming kasamahan sa Jeddah Hotel na mag tatapos po ng kanyang contract ngayon February. 3 araw po bago po sya matapos sa kanyang contrata ay pinatigil po sya ng trabaho ng May ari na si Mr. Ismail Al Tourki na inutos sa Chief Accountant na si Mr. Osama Ibrahim na patigilin ang empleyadong si Gilbert (hotel – storekeeper). Nang paalis na po sya at kukunin na po nya ang kanyang ESB ay hindi po binigay ang ESB dahil hindi po naman nya natapos ang kanyang 2 taong serbisyo ayon po sa chief accountant na si Mr. Osama ibrahim. Ito po ay mapapatunayan ng gma naanduon dahil nag wala nga po si gilbert dahil wala syang nakuhang ESB nya. Pero dahil sa sama ng loob at ayaw na nyang mag tagal ay hindi na nya nilaban ang ESB nya dahil araw ng pag lipad nya at oras lang ang namamagitan ng ibigay ang kanayang pera na bali huling sahod at ang bakasyon lamang ang naibigay sa kanya.

    2. Ito pong nakaraang 22 ng Pebrero 2 pong empleyado ng kumpanay aang dinampot ng pulis sa kanilang trabaho, dahil po “DAW” sa pag bubura ng documento sa computer po nila. Dahil lumiban po ang 2 tao na ito nuong 21 nag padala po ng tao ang OIC ng branch sa Madina na hindi naman po nalalaman ang trabaho nuong 2 nag absent at pinaratangan silang nag bura ng mga documento. Hangang ngayon po ay nakakulong ang 2 empleyado sa pangalang SATHAR REYES at JALIL DIMAAMPAW at sila po daw ay pauuwin sa paglagpas ng 2 araw mula ngayon. Ang kinababahala ko lamang po ay ang mga taong ito ay nag file ng exit at natapos na nila ang kanilang kontrata ngayong Pebrero. Ang nakakapag taka ay paano silang nakuloing ng ganoong kadali at ito po ba ay ayon sa batas? nag absent po ng isang araw at kinabukasan ay pinadampot po silang dalawa.. Si Jalil po ay may bali sa kanayang braso dahil po sa aksidente na ipinaalam po nya sa OIC ng kumpanya, kaya po sya nag liban sa kanayang pag pasok.

    3. Ang aming kumpanaya ay may sarili pong policy kung kami po ay mag fiel ng bakasyon at exit. Ito po ay 3 buwan kung mag babakasyon at 6 na buwan naman para sa mga mag exit. Ngunit dahil nga po sa wala po silang makuhang kapalit at lagi po nilang sasabihin hangang wala kang kapalit hindi kayo pwedeng umuwi. Ano pa ho ang silbe ng Anim na buwan na pag file kung pag katapos ng kontrata ay hindi pa rin pwedeng makauwi.

    – pag pasensyahan na ninyo po kung mahaba ito at kung bakit hindi ko na po isinanguni sa embahada dito sa Jeddah.. tatapatain ko po kayo nawala po ang aming tiwala sa embahada ng Jeddah ng kami po ay nag reklamao at nag padala po sila ng tao dito .. Tinangap po sya nang aming amo at pinakain po sa hotel namin at pinaikot po sya sa hotel .. pero ni isa sa mga pionoy po ay hindi nya kinausap. Hindi ko na po babangitin ang kanayang pangalan, hindi ko po akalain na nabibili po ang taong aming iniisip na makakatulong po saamin. Ang dahilan kaya po sya nag punta ay dahil po sa reklamong hindi tama ang mga visa namin ayon sa nakatala sa aming papeles. nakakalungkot pong isipin na ang dapat na magtatangol sa aming kapakanan ang syang nag papahamak sa amin. Hindi po namin nilalahat ang empleyado ng embahada. Nagkataong itong taong ito ang ipinadala sa amin.

    Lubos na gumagalang BOYET

    • Sir Bong,

      Pinakawalan din po nuong nakaraang linngo ang dalawang nakulong sa Madina at pinababalik na po ulit sa trabaho .. Nagtatanong po iyung isa na kung gannon lang po ba nakulong sila ng 3 araw tapos balik lang ulit sa trabaho.. ang masakit po ay ngayon pong araw ng sahod ay wala po silang natanggap na sahod. Ano po ba ang dapat nilang gawin sa ganitong bagay ..

      Isa po sa kanila ang nag pasyang hindi na po papasok .. tama rin po ba ito dahil sa kanyang na experience ay ayaw na po nya sa kumpanya at dahil tapos na rin po ang kanayang kontrata at may kapalit na sila .. paano po kaya mapapadali ang kaniyang pag uwi ..sa dahilang kilala ang aming kumpanya sa pag buburo ng tao pag pinag initan nila.

      lubos na gumagalang Boyet

    • Boyet,

      Pasensya na sa napakabagal na kasagotan sa iyong liham. Isa rin po akong OFW na may dapat gampanan bilang bisita at empleyado ng bansang KSA kaya trabaho muna bago kawang-gawa.

      May kahabaaan nga ang iyong mga tanong. Una, wala na po tayong magagawa kung ang employer ay very smart or suwapang. Kaya dapat maging smart din kayo upang makuha ninyo ang dapat para sa inyo at ito ay inyong karapatan.

      Pangalawa, isipin po ninyo na nadito tayo sa bansa nila. ibig sabihin puwede po nilang gawing baluktot ang matuwid. Puwede po tayong lumaban pero ang tanong kaya ba natin ang mga consequences na maaring mangayari or risk na siya nating pagdadaanan? Ang ginawa ng employer ay isa na nmaang strategy upang makaiwas sa kanyang responsibilidad na mabayaran ang dapat para sa kanayang mga worker.

      Ngayon ang tanong, KUNG ANG MGA SUWAPANG RIN SA EMBAHADA, KONSULADO AT POLO NATIN AY HINDI NINYO MAPAGKATIWALAAN, SAAN TAYO HIHINGI NG TULONG?

      Boyet, kung kayo ay may hinanakit sa mga taong dapat magtanggol sa ating kapakanan at karapatan, dapat ISMABULAT NINYO SA ERE KUNG SINO ANG TAONG ITO! Kung kayo naman ay medyo alanganin, pumunta kayo sa konsalado at ipagbigay alam sa mga nakakataas sa kanila ang inyong mga nakikitang pagkukulang ng ating konsalado. Kung kayo ay manatiling manahimik, walang mangyayari at patuloy pa ring maging SUWAPANG ang inyong employer dahil na rin sa mga SUWAPANG na mga kawani ng ating gobyerno, kung totoong nabayaran ang mga ito. Pero kung patuloy kayong TAMIMI (hindi supermarket) patuloy rin kayong aapakan.

      Pumunta sa konsalado, hanapin ang pinaka mataas na opisyal doon at ipagbigay alam sa kanila ang inyong mga obserbasyon sa kanilang mga kawani at isumbong na rin ang inyong mga problema sa inyong employer.

      Ngayon na!!!!! at huwag ninyong patagalin pa.

      Bong

  58. ah ganun po ba!!!!halimbawa po ang employer ko po ipa erase nya ang takas ko sa riyadh posible bang mkabalik kc ok nman kmi ng employer ko..ano po ba ang dapat kng gawin…para po mkbalik sa riyadh?salamat

  59. hello po magandang araw po..ako ay galing sa riyadh umuwi po ako d2 sa pinas na gamit ko ay travel document galing sa jawasat nakapag fingerprint po ako at naka eyedetection..kc po umalis ako sa amo ko at sinirinder nya daw ang passport ko sa jawasat last 2007..pinahanap nya sa akin sa embassy ng riyadh pero wala na doon ang luma ko lng na passport ang andoon.ianong ko lng po kng makabalik ba ako ng riyadh?kc may magbigay sa akin ng visa…maraming salamat po…sa inyo

    • Leizl,

      Sa madaling salita ay absconder po kayo, meaning takas sa ating salita. I am sorry to inform you that those OFWs who were deported due to absconding case ay mahirapan pong bumalik sa KSA lalo napo na naka fingerprint po kayo at iris or eye scan. May record po kayo sa SAudi Royal Embassy sa Pinas at ang mga absconder po ay hindi po agad agad or it will take a certain period of time for the worker to come back in KSA.

      Regards.

      Bong

      • Lenie,

        Una sa lahat, magpasama ka sa iyong kaibigan papunta ng Embahada upang ma-report mo sa kanila ang iyong pagtakas. Siguro naman may tinutuloyan ka ngayon, kausapin mo sila na ihatid ka sa Embahada.

        Ihanda mo ang lahat ng dokumento na meron ka, kahit ano basta meron at dalhin mo ito. Isama mo na rin ang lahat ng detalye ng sponsor mo, name, contact numbers, address upang mas mapadali ang proseso. Ngayon pag naibigay mo na ang lahat ng information sa ating Embahada, POLO, ikaw ay pansamantalang tutuloy sa Bahay Kalinga habang ina-ayos ang iyong problema.

        Sana naman po, hindi ka takas way back 5 or ten years kasi mahirapan po tayong hanapin ang amo mo. Dapat kasi ang isang takas ay mag report agad sa Embahada, unang araw palang ng kanyang pagtakas at huwag basta basta magtiwala sa mga taong matatamis ang dila.

        Ingat.

        Bong

  60. Dear Sir,
    I’m working as Cell/PC technician here in alkharj KSA,this Jan. 18, 2011 almost 1yr and 7 months na po ako.
    Naglakas loob po ako na gumawa ng sulat para sa inyo dahil sa hindi magandang pagtrato sa amin ng aming Sponsor sa
    pinapasukang shop.Halos lahat po tauhan nya sa shop ay pinagiisipan nya ng masama,hangang sa dumating na pinasok po
    ng mga magnanakaw ang aming shop na pinapasukan at dalawa po kami ng kasama ko na pinagbintangan at ginawaan ng
    record sa police station bilang warning.Ngayon po malapit na po ako mag 2 years baka gawan po kami uli ng masama ng Sponsor
    at maging sagabal sa aking paguwi.

    Ano po ang maipapayo ninyo sa akin dahil takot na takot na po ako magtrabaho kasama ang aking Sponsor,halos hindi na po ako makapagtrabaho ng maayos.

    • Hubert,

      Easy ka lang, huwag kaagad pangunahan ng mga negative ang mangyari bukas. Ganito gawin nyo, you need to guard your own ranks para walang mangyayaring nakawan na siyang maging dahilan ng problema. At sa nalalabing 5 buwan ng inyong pagtrabaho ay dapat magpakumbaba, gawin sa tama ang lahat na mga gawin sa pang-araw araw at humingi ng gabay sa Itaas upang maging maayos lahat.

      Keep me posted.

      Bong

  61. Admin/Sir/Ma’am:

    ASSALAM ALLAYKUM!

    I would just to inquire about my situation. My contract expired las October and I already informed the management about my non-renewal of contract. I submitted letters regarding it last June,2010. When it was already October I reminded them about my exit but they told me to wait. I have given them enough time already andl my IQAMA will be expired by the 12th of December. They got my IQAMA last NOvember 1 and hand over a photocopy to me with stamp and note in arabic telling that i am for exit. My concern is till when shall i wait or am i waiting for broken promises. WIll I be going before my IQAMA expires on th 12th of december??does exit visa has validity even if ur IQAMA expired??I just to go home before Christmas.

    SHUKRAN and MORE POWER!

    • Kalix,

      Since your iqama is in their custody, there is a good chance that you can go home before your iqama expire. But keep on reminding them about it.

      There is no problem with the exit visa but once your iqama expire, the employer must renew it prior issuance of exit visa as required.

      Bong

  62. Sir,

    May Itatanong lang pa ako tungkol po ito sa kasinatahan ko na nasa Dammam Saudi Ngayon.Nasa mall po siya nagtatrabaho bali 2 years po ang contract nya.First 2 years niya pinayagan siya na magbakasyon .Nakabalik siya sa Saudi with the same company but hindi siya pinayagan magbakasyon after 2 years.This year na scheduled siya na magbakasyon last September but na postponed to October 10.We have planned to get married on November 6 but hindi na nman siya pinayagan kasi may sale daw sa store na pinagtatrabahoan niya at wala pa ang replacement niya.Instead na Oct.10 sa October 25 daw pero we are worried if fixed na ba o baka maposponed na naman.Ano ang hakbang na aming gagawin upang makakauwi siya? sana matulungan niyo po kami.

    • Hi Geraldine!

      The law states, “an employer may postpone, for a period of not more than ninety days, the worker’s leave after the end of the year it is due if required by work conditions. If work conditions require extension of the postponement, the worker’s consent must be obtained in writing. Such postponement shall not, however, exceed the end of the year following the year the leave is due.” (SLL Article 110 (2).

      Malinaw na 90 days period ang puwedeng hingin ng employer na postponement from the date of his supposed departure or leave. However, puwede paring humingi ng extension ang employer but this time with the workers consent.

      All you have to do is to follow-up and explain why he should leave for vacation. If ever humingi pa ng extension, huwag pumayag pero idaan sa maaliwalas na pamamaraan, baka bigyan pa ng bonus ang mister mo to be, dagdag budget na rin yon sa gastosin ng inyong kasal.

      Good luck para sa inyong honeymoon.

      Bong

  63. One more thing. We are only absorbed by this company from another company. And we signed only for one year contract which was December of 2008. But, our company forged our contract and inserted two years instead. Is this also ground to terminate our contract with our company without paying any penalty which our company will surely force us to pay once we terminate our contract?

    • Oh! Forged your contract? Here in KSA, you can say talamak ang tinatawag na contract substitution where they forced an employee to sign a new contract that contradicts what the recuitment agency says or what you signed in Philippines. But forging a contract is another story. If you can prove it, then file a complain with Saudi Labor but bring an interpreter if you don’t fluently speak arabic. Tawagan ng Labor office ang inyong employer para sagotin ang inyong reklamo.

      By the way, ang mga buwaya na recruitment agency sa atin kahit alam nila na subcontractor ang inyong employer pagdating sa KSA ay hindi parin sinasabi. Mayron nga diyan na sabi ARAMCO or SABIC or ABB ang employer, pagdating dito subcontractor lang pala ng mga kompanyang nabanggit. Kaya kayong mga kahanay na nakabasa nito, please huwag kaagad maniwala sa mga matamis na sinasabi ng mga recruitment agency sa atin. Alamin muna kung ano ba talaga or sino ba talaga ang inyong employer.

      Regards.

      Bong

  64. I am working here in KKIA (King Khaled Int’l Airport) with Fire and Rescue Project.
    Since we are in operations department, we are required to do overtime hours every month w/c usually exceeds 100 hours every month. We are being paid with this overtime hours for one continuous year last year. But since February of this year, we are only being paid basic hours even though we still continuously render same overtime hours. So, running 6 months now, all we receive from our company are promises that they will pay this overtime soon. Some of us already filed resignation but the company said that we should pay penalties which reached more than seven thousand riyals where in fact some of them are only receiving 1,000 monthly. We want to stop work altogether. Can we do this without violating any labor law? Can we sue our company with non payment of our overtime hours?

    • Hi Edmund,

      Do not stop work, it cause more problem, actually stop work is just like a sitting or sit down strike in KSA – you violates the law and it is punishable by imprisonment.

      How many years are you working in your present employer?i mean kayo lahat, ilang taon na dito? If 2 years contract kayo, natapos nyo naba ang the 1st two years of your contract? or wala pa. Kung wala pa, don’t resign because they will demand you to compensate all of the costs in getting you to KSA.

      For 1 year, binayaran kayo ng overtime, bakit ngayon for 6 months na, wala pa? Try to complain it in writing, at dapat naka sign kayo lahat, let them receive it with stamp or someone sign the receiving copy with a date when they receive the letter and keep a copy of it for future use. Wait for their reply, if no answer, follow it up and ask them to make their reply in writing.

      But before you do that, ill ask one more thing – did the company instructed you to do overtime work in written instruction? If you don’t have written instruction then boluntaryo ang inyong overtime work. In this case, they have reason to delay the overtime payment or worse you will not be paid at all.

      Regards.

      Bong

  65. Sir.

    i’m 7 months now working in Polyclinic at Jeddah . I observed that our management is not good and very delayed of giving salary. I want to ask you if I have the rights to resgn since I didn’t signed any contract from my agency in philippines untel here in saudi. Actually I ask my employer for my resignation but he want me to pay 10,000 SR. Did I need to pay for the said amount?

    Please I need your advise.. may almighty God bless you..

    Thanks..

    Jonaifah

    • Jon,

      You have the right to resign, ngunit karapatan rin ng employer ang humingi ng kabayaran sa lahat ng nagastos nila pagkuha sa iyo sa Pilipinas dahil sa hindi mo pagtapos ng kontrata. Ask your employer the details of the computation (SAR 10,000)

      You mentioned that you don’t have a copy of your contract, bakit wala? At kahit sa Pilipinas wala ka ring kopya. Bakit ka pumayag na magtrabaho sa KSA without knowing the terms and conditions of your employment?

      Kontakin ang iyong agency sa Pilipinas tungkol dito.

      Bong

    • Jon,

      Dagdag kasagotan sa iyong sulat.

      Kahit na ikaw at ang employer ay walang kontrata na hawak, legal pa rin ang iyong pag trabaho at paninirahan sa kaharian. Tiyakin lamang na ikaw ay may iqama na hawak, dahil iyan ang basehan ng iyong pananatili bilang foreign worker ng kaharian. Ang iyong suweldo, ang iyong end-ng-service-benefits ay ang iyong legal na karapatan.

      Bong

  66. Bismillah
    Asalamu alaykum,
    I was wondering if there was a number a Philipino friend of mine could contact. She is having some issues regarding her work situation (employed to work in coffee shop, but now doubles as a housemaid – getting paid less than stipulated in her contract, and not being able to reason with her employer – her employer disallowing her from returning to the philipines before completion of her 2 year contract, even stipulating she must pay 10,000 SR + to buy herself out of her contract, Allah must’an. )
    I believe she has contacted her employment agency and the Philipino embassy, though I’m not 100 percent sure.
    Her husband is looking to come to KSA himself, and they were also enquiring who bears the cost for the visa medical.
    Would appreciate any assistance. Jazak Allah khair

    • Hi Jazak,

      Please provide me the name of her agency in the Philippines and her full name and other important details of your Filipina friend in distress. You can email me directly.

      Thanks for your concern to our kababayan.

      Regards.

      Bong

  67. Hi Mr. Bong,

    Greetings!
    I would like to inform all OFW (active OWWA members) that OWWA is giving training scholarships to all active OWWA members and beneficiaries, and us, Informatics Philippines is the preferred training partner. The following are the short courses that we offered:

    •Computer Hardware Servicing
    Topics : Intro to Network
    PC Trouble Shooting
    Job Opportunities: Computer Technician

    •Computer Programming
    Topics: Program Logic Formulation
    C Programming
    Java Programming
    Job Opportunities : C Programmer , Java Programmer

    •Web Design
    Topics: Adobe Photoshop
    Dreamweaver
    Flash
    Job Opportunities : Web Designer, Graphic Artist

    •Technical Drafting
    Topics: AutoCAD Module 1
    AutoCAD Module 2
    Job Opportunities : AutoCAD operator

    OFW can inform their family here in the Philippines regarding this OWWA scholarship training. They can reach me at Informatics International College, 870 Isabel Bldg. F. Cayco St., Cor. Espana Blvd. Sampaloc, Manila. For inquiries, please call: 4930333-34 and 0920-9275828. Also, they can visit our website, http://www.informatics.edu.ph.
    Thank you very much for having this blog and I hope Informatics Philippines can help all OFW (Active OWWA members).

    Regards to all,
    Tez Rivera
    (Informatics International College)

  68. sir,

    My contract is 2 years, I arrived april 25, 2009 and I filed a resignation last april 24, 2010 with 45 days notice upon submission. The problem is my employer wants me to pay “company Loss” which I don’t know what my employer is refering to and also not mentioned in our contract, even company policy don’t exist. As for the expenses pertaining my repatriation I am willing to pay as per contract. Hope for your advice regarding this issue and what to do.

    Thank You

    • ralph, your ontract is to 2 years, so it means di mo ito gustong taposin. companies in ksa usually ask their employees to pay the expenses incurred sa pagkuha sayo sa pinas, such as visa and other expenses na sila ang nagbayad bago ka dumating sa ksa. about loss i dont what the company means. talk to them about this “loss” thing. regards.

    • hi hayden lahat ng ofw sa ksa dapat mag renew ng iqama pag malapit na itong ma expire. kung may re-entry ka dapat ma renew mo ito bago ka mag bakasyon. pag exit ka dapat lang na ma issue ang exit visa mo bago ma expire ang iyong iqama.

  69. GOOD NEWS TO MY BELOVED RELATIVE! THE BILL AMENDING RA 8042 IS NOW A LAW! IT HAS LAPSED INTO LAW WITHOUT BEING SIGNED BY GMA DUE TO THE TREMENDOUS PRESSURE BY GAMCA, CMA (OF ELENE SANA), PASEI, FAME, AND OTHERS ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING GMA’S VETO OF THE SAID BILL.

    NOW, OUR OFWs HAVE MORE PROTECTION!

    I STILL CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY ELENE SANA WIDELY DISTRIBUTED AND SPREAD LIES AND DISINFORMATION ABOUT THE SAID BILL. PLEASE READ THE SAID BILL FOR YOURSELVES AND DO NOT JUST BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU HEAR ABOUT IT.

    IT IS NOW A LAW! EVERYBODY MUST OBEY AND FOLLOW THIS LAW!

      • Hello po,
        Ako po ay ngtatrabaho dito sa dammam sa king fahad specialist hospital dammam as sub contract.2 taon na ako ako dito at nag apply ako ng exit visa ko.Kea alng ang problima ay hindi poako papayagan na umuwi kasi daw 3yrs.contract ako sa companya ko pero may 2yrs.contract copy ako galing sa POAE Phils.. At ngayon hindi ko enerenew ang eqama ko kasi gusto ko na talagang umuwi.at malapit ng maexpire ang eqama ko this coming july 2,2010.kung papauwiin man ako kelangan kung mag antay ng kapalit ko sa trabaho para makauwi ako,.Ang tanong ko ay hanggan kelan ako mg aantay ng kapalit ko at malapit ng maexpire ang ko.

        thnx…………

        • dapat lang na maghanap na sila ng iyong kapalit bago ma expire ang iyong iqama. kung pumirma ka ng 3 yrs contract pagdating sa ksa may karapatan silang i-renew ang iyong work permit for 1 year pagkatapos ng 2 taon. ngunit malinaw na contract substitution ang nangyari, pero dahil pumirma ka ng 3yrs contract, ang kahulugan nito ay sinang ayonan mo ito o sumang ayon ka nito.

  70. I AM THE SON OF NILDA AMORA AYANO WHO MARRIED MY LATE FATHER – FRANK PASION (DECEASED OFW LEADER AND FOUNDER OF THE FIRST N.G.O. FOR OFWs, THE ASSOCIATION OF FILIPINO OVERSEAS WORKERS, INC., FOUNDED IN 1978).

    MY MOTHER NILDA, IS THE DAUGHTER OF MATILDE AMORA OF CANDIJAY, BOHOL AND THE LATE CHIEF-OF-POLICE OF CANDIJAY, BOHOL.

    I AM NOW A SUPERVISING LEGISLATIVE STAFF OFFICER 1 IN THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. JUST E-MAIL ME IF YOU NEED MY ASSISTANCE AT fapasion@yahoo.com. MY TEL. NO. IS 9323608 AND MY CELL NO. IS 09226977978.

    • Gaw,

      Thank you so much for the good news! Yes, im from Anda and your from Candijay. Blood is thicker than water gaw. Glad to know that you are one of the legislative staff on the Committee on Overseas Workers affairs in Congress. Hope to see in person Gaw Sano. Ill call you one of these days.

      I would appreciate it much if you can provide me the copy of the amended R.A. 8042.

      Thanks.

      Bong

  71. Good day Sir,

    I’m Kriztel from Laguna po, working as an Area Development Assistant sa isang NGO which is Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. here in Laguna. We will conduct a Financial Literacy Training of Trainors in Dubai this year.
    Our organization provides programs and services for OFWs and their families here in the Philippines. Your blog is really a great help para sa mga kababayan natin. Sana Mabisita and mapromote nyo din po ang aming website (www.atikha.org) sa mas marami pa nating kababayan ng sa gayon ay mas marami pa tayong ma reach out and matulungan na mga OFWs.

    Best regards,

    Maraming Salamat po!

    Kriztel

    • hi kriztel,

      yes, i knew atikha, in fact i mentioned atikha in this blog many times because i do believe atikha’s vision for the ofws and families of our ofws at home. i also mentioned atikha when i was one of the resource speaker during reintegration forum here in riyadh.

      ang alam ko naka link na kayo sa blog ko. if not then i will promote your site.

      thanks!

      bong

  72. gud evening sir!

    im remar friend of jhen who already sent u a complain, regarding dun s employer nya who threatened her & ung maling trato s kanya & s mga ksma nya n nurse s alsameria medical center in jeddah! may update n po b about dun? concern lng po me about s health nla & s status po nla! kc nga binantaan n cxa ng amo nya ng d maganda!

    waiting for response & more power

    remar

    • remar,

      gaya ng nabanggit ko, nasa riyadh ako at wala sa jeddah kaya medyo mahirap mag follow-up. pero subukan ko na makausap ang mga kaibigang community leader doon para perosnal kayong matulongan. sa ngayon, ang maipayo ko lang, dumulog kayo sa polo owwa sa jeddah mismo para ma aksyonan agad ang problema.

      bong

  73. Dear Bong Amora,

    This blog is such a good resource for OFW. I am here in the US. I just started a business in real estate.

    Although I am here in the US, a real estate investor in the Philippines asked my help to sell the property he has in the Philippines. I want to ask your help to inform the OFWs looking to buy a property in the Philippines – maybe for retirement or something they want for their family in the Philippines. I hope to receive a response to you soon.

    Thank you and God bless you for the work you do.
    Maria

  74. To Mr Mr Bobong AMora

    COngratulation ..Nieghbor kita No 35 lawanit Villages at classmate kita since we are elementary and up to 2nd yr high school I am surprised sa Website mo Super bongga ka na .

    For me Im working now here in AFrica .Hope you remember me .Bong di na kita tawagin SIr kasi ALam ko naman na freindly ka ny nature .

    Bong saan ba kita mapadalhan ng resume ng borther ko He is excellent in COmputer ENgr he was trained inCalifornia USA Now he wanted to apply in Oil company .I will send you his resume or CV .Help me pls .

    i AM SO PROUD OF YOU ..Galing mo Keep up a good work .

    Respectfully

    MS CImacio

    • Hi Ming! he he. Ming, unsaon pagkalimot sa mga panahon sa atong kabatan-on. Ilabi na ang Lawanit Village memories. Kumusta na? Bahin sa imong brod na Computer Engr. and trained in USA mas maayo pa sa uban na lang na nasod siya manimpalad Ming. Mas daghan pa na mas nindot ug opportunity sa lain kaysa KSA. Well, Saudi ARAMCO is the best dinhi sa KSA Ming, if we talk about Oil companies.

      Just email me in this email addy: bongamora14@yahoo.com para makasitorya ta daghan.

      Imong silingan,

      Bobong

  75. Dear Bong Amora,

    first of all, congratulations on putting together such a neat and interesting homepage!

    I am currently doing some research for university on the Philippine migration policy and I have a couple of questions and I would be truly interested in hearing your opinion. You seem like a very knowledgeable person!

    Could you maybe provide me with your contact information so I can email you one or two questions.
    It would be very much appreaciated!!

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Sabrina

    • Dear Sabrina,

      Thank you so much! It’s my pleasure to share with you some of my thoughts about Philippine Migration policy. You can also read some related infos about migration in my other blog : http://ofwnewsjournal.wordpress.com/ . Please also check some good links found in my blog that tackles migration.

      Thanks again for visiting ofwempowerment blog.

      Best regards.

      Bong Amora

  76. Hi OFW,

    I hope you are doing well. I have visited your blog and it is interesting to see someone’s efforts to address the issues faced by foreign workers in Saudi Arabia. I have a request for you.

    We would appreciate if you could help us in promoting the website for the Association For Discussion Of National Issues Of Saudi Arabia (ADNISA) in your Saudi group by messeging all your members about it. Your assistance will help ADNISA to take things to the next level and create awareness about issues which are unheard of but important ones to consider.

    Thank You,
    Regards,
    Salman

    • Hi Salman,

      Assalamu Alakum Wa Rahmatulah Wa Barakatuh!

      Ramadan Karim Mr. Salman,

      Im deeply honored receiving your comments in my blog. Yes! it my pleasure and honor to feature your site by having it listed as one of my favorite links. I visited the site and there are many interesting issues that needs expatriates and foreigners to know more about Saudi Arabia and their way of life.

      I will also email to my friends and egoups informing them what ADNISA is all about.

      Thank you and wishing you and family the best of health this Holy month of Ramadan and the years to come.

      Sincerely,

      Manuel

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