Maramihang Pagpapauwi ng mga may kasong “Mothers and Children” sinimulan na; Ilan pang mga kaso hinihikayat na makipag-ugnayan sa Embahada
(Riyadh, 30 June 2015) – Ipinababatid ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na kasalukuyan pong nagsasagawa ng maramihang pagpapauwi ang Embahada ng mga Mothers/Fathers and Children Cases na sumailalim sa DNA Testing noong ika-17 hanggang ika-25 ng Agosto, 2014.
Ngayong Hunyo, nakapagpauwi na ang Embahada ng 179 na katao, kabilang na rito ang 68 na mga ina, 4 na mga ama, 1 guardian, 81 na mga bata at 25 na mga sanggol.
Kaugnay nito, meron pang mga ilang indibidwal na magulang na hindi ma-kontak ng Embahada.
Muling nananawagan ang Embahada sa mga sumusunod na lumapit, tumawag o mag-email sa lalong madaling panahon upang mabigyan ng kaukulang tulong sa pagpapauwi sa Pilipinas:
|1.||Abas, Jehan Tuansi||35.||Hilario, Maria Luisa P.|
|2.||Abdul, Rahima Pasagi||36.||Jabunan, Yasmeen|
|3.||Abdula, Zakiah Abo||37.||Kad, Arbaya Nasa|
|4.||Abdullah, Jasmin Wahab||38.||Katua, Aida Adam|
|5.||Ablayan, Nurmelyn Tulawie||39.||Kusain, Norma M.|
|6.||Adel, Ferhana||40.||Lagayan, Zainab A.|
|7.||Albaracin, Rodrina||41.||Lais, Marites Lapitan|
|8.||Ali, Minah Piang||42.||Mamadra, Janeth L.|
|9.||Aljas, Perlita L.||43.||Mawanay, Maricel|
|10.||Anas, Mary Jane||44.||Miguel, Marsima|
|11.||Annudin, Elma||45.||Muhajili, Sakur|
|12.||Arnaldo, Alelyn A.||46.||Nadjala, Harida|
|13.||Askalani, Sharhata Hassan||47.||Nicanor, Farhana|
|14.||Atong, Akrima||48.||Orteza, Jane|
|15.||Anuddin, Elma Arakani||49.||Palma, Joanne A.|
|16.||Aldea, Wella||50.||Pangcoga, Fatmah Amor|
|17.||Basilio, Hardiolyn G.||51.||Polwa, Norma M.|
|18.||Barra, Naima Comadug||52.||Rahman, Norhata|
|19.||Biason, Elsie Cobal||53.||Radzak, Heria U.|
|20.||Bornales, Rowena||54.||Radzak, Sally F.|
|21.||Compania, Suraida Usman||55.||Salim, Sapia U.|
|22.||Dela Cruz, Analisa Sampayan||56.||Sandron, Aniza Benito|
|23.||Delos Santos, Francia||57.||Sansaluna, Fatima|
|24.||De Sales Apple Arnieden Ros||58.||Siena, Jennifer|
|25.||De Chavez, Ronnie||59.||Sumagka, Asnah|
|26.||Druog, Jelyn D.||60.||Sunggay, Hyra Alon|
|27.||Enter, Haniah Api||61.||Tadaya, Pepito M.|
|28.||Flores, Katherine Joy Cadorna||62.||Tasil, Sarita Muslimin|
|29.||Gacula, Kristy Joy Estrada||63.||Trono, Lorena P.|
|30.||Gampar, Analyn Mohammed||64.||Tuliao, Emelita|
|31.||Gonatice, Annie||65.||Utto, Salima A.|
|32.||Granada, Irene A.||66.||Wahab, Sittie Galmak|
|33.||Hajan, Mudzrifa Amih||67.||Wallahu, Nur-in Ibrahim|
|34.||Hataya, Hayria Odiang||68.||Yaun, Maria Rodita|
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Ang mga nabanggit na Mothers/ Fathers and Children cases ay kailangang makipag-ugnayan sa Embahada upang maisaayos ang kanilang exit visa at agarang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas.
Ang mga Mothers/Fathers and Children cases na wala sa talaan ngunit maaaring hindi pa natatawagan ng Embahada ay inaanyayahan ding agad na tumawag sa mga nabanggit na numero. (WAKAS)
23 June 2015: The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announced in their website the released of three (3) OFWs charged with murder for the past month.
The embassy facilitated the release of two male and one female OFWs in a span of thirty-three days. The male OFWs were convicted of killing fellow Filipino and the other a Saudi national. The female OFW for killing her own child upon delivery, according to the report.
The Philippine Embassy usually withheld the identities of Filipinos convicted of murders on the request of the OFWs family for personal and privacy reasons.
Talks between the two countries in terms of cases like murder conviction of their nationals are a very sensitive issue that needs diplomatic efforts.
Embassies around the world would make sure that diplomacy is being observed more particularly when murder cases of their nationals went through the appeals process.
The two male OFWs were repatriated to the Philippines on May 14 and June 17, 2015 respectively.
The female OFW was assisted in court by the Embassy-hired lawyer and received royal clemency prior to the completion of her sentence and implementation of lashes. The Embassy repatriated her to the Philippines on 11 June 2015.
The Saudi government grants pardon during the holy month of Ramadan to convicted offenders. The Philippine Embassy is now reviewing all OFWs in death rows and those with light offenses and come up a list for submission, requesting a royal prerogative clemency addressed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
The Philippine government through the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Philippine Consulate in Jeddah are exerting their best efforts to gain royal pardon in Ramadan after the families of the victim refused to accept blood money. – BongA
POEA cancels recruitment license of persistent deceiver
6/10/2015: Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac has cancelled the license of Crystal Fallah-Ville International Manpower Services, for submitting fake or double visas and forged documents to the POEA.
In one case filed motu propio against Crystal Fallah-Ville, the agency submitted documents for processing including a visa for a teacher that was found to have been altered. The visa was verified to have been originally issued to another sponsor for the position of a servant or a household service worker.
The agency argued that they never had a hand on the tampered visa and it was an “innocent mistake” by the agency for submitting the visa which was personally acquired by the applicant.
In another case of misrepresentation, Cacdac said the recruitment agency Crystal Fallah-Ville presented a forged request or endorsement for processing of employment documents to the POEA. The liaison officer of Crystal Fallah-Ville said he delivered the said document to the POEA in good faith, not knowing that one signature was falsified.
The third case was about a visa written in Arabic that the agency submitted to the POEA for processing together with documents of a dressmaker bound for Saudi Arabia. The official translator of Arabic visas at the POEA, however, disclosed that the skill category was not for a dressmaker but a domestic helper.
The agency representative declared that it was once again an “innocent mistake” due to clerical error, considering that the visa was in Arabic. He tried to rectify the alleged error by submitting a dressmaker visa, which the agency claimed was the true position of the worker. However, a careful scrutiny of the two visas revealed that except for the skill category, they bore the same entries such as dates, validity and visa number.
Cacdac said the recruitment agency has the responsibility to ensure authenticity and validity of documents submitted to the POEA because they are liable for any irregularity in its issuance.
“Honest mistake, oversight or even good faith, assuming they are true, cannot be considered as an exculpating defense. Such explanation or admission does not change the fact that the recruiter deceived both the government and OFWs, and violated the POEA rules and regulations on misrepresentation,” Cacdac added.
The penalty of cancellation of license is imposed on a recruitment agency with three or more misrepresentation offenses. END
ABISO UKOL SA OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE (OEC)
AT OWWA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
UPDATE : (Riyadh, ika-24 ng Hunyo 2015) – Nais ipa-alam ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na ang serbisyo ng POLO para sa pag-isyu ng Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) at pag-renew ng OWWA Membership ay maaari na muling makuha sa orihinal na opisina ng POLO-Riyadh sa Umm Al Hammam, Riyadh, sa may bandang likod ng Hyper Panda Supermarket.
Ang POLO-Riyadh ay mananatili sa kanilang orihinal na opisina hanggang matapos ang pag-ayos at paglipat sa kanilang bagong lokasyon sa ibang parte ng Riyadh.
Maglalabas ng abiso ang Embahada ukol sa bagong lokasyon ng POLO sa lalong madaling panahon. (WAKAS)
(Philippine Embassy, Riyadh/27 ng Mayo 2015) – Bilang pansamantalang lunas sa pagsasara ng opisina ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) sa Riyadh, ipinapag-alam ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na ang serbisyo ng POLO para sa pag-isyu ng Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) at pag-renew ng OWWA Membership ay maaaring makuha sa Embahada sa Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh.
Simula sa darating na Linggo, ika-31 ng Mayo 2015, ang mga representatibo ng POLO ay magpro-proseso ng OEC at OWWA membership renewal, araw-araw, Linggo hanggang Huwebes, mula alas-9 ng umaga hanggang alas-4 ng hapon.
Pinapaalala ng Embahada na ito ay isang pansamantalang paraan lamang upang maihatid ang serbisyo ng POLO sa mga Pilipinong manggagawa. Puspusan pa rin ang POLO sa Riyadh sa paghahanap ng bagong lokasyon. Maglalabas ng abiso ang Embahada ukol sa bagong lokasyon ng POLO sa lalong madaling panahon. (WAKAS): Press Release No. PR-075-2015
OFWs Have the Right to Keep Their Own Passports
(Philippine Embassy/Riyadh, 21 May 2015) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reiterates to all Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia that, under Saudi and Philippine law, they have the right to keep and hold on to their Philippine passports while working in Saudi Arabia.
The Philippine passport is considered to be the property of the Republic of the Philippines and only the bearer has the right to keep it in his custody.
The Embassy firmly reminds companies and employers in Saudi Arabia who continue to keep their foreign workers’ passports, as a matter of practice and against the workers’ will, that they are violating Saudi law, specifically Council of Ministers Resolution No. 166 dated 12/04/1421H (14 July 2000) which clearly states that “every employee has the right to keep his passport in his custody.”
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated to the Embassy this week that this rule remains in effect and that any OFW whose passport has been kept by their employer has a right to complain to the Ministry of Labor or the police. (END) : Press Release No. PR-074-2015
(13 May 2015) Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) warns Overseas Filipino workers who will send their balikbayan boxes and their consignees in the Philippines should book their packages only with reliable and Philippine Shippers Bureau or DTI-PSB accredited freight forwarders and Philippine agents to ensure that their packages will reach their destinations.
DTI also warned cargo senders from abroad against very low door-to-door rates or “promo rates” that some foreign principals offer. “With low rates, they [foreign principals] do not have enough funds to bear the cost of transporting cargoes, and they fail to remit delivery funds to their Philippine freight forwarders, causing the shipments to be abandoned at the ports and not being delivered to consignees.”
For consignees in the Philippines who have not received their packages from freight forwarders, they may contact DTI (02-751-3330) or go to PSB office to file an immediate claim or complaint.”
OFWs around the globe are advised to check or visit this link: http://www.dti.gov.ph/dti/index.php/resources/listings from time to time and see the list of Blacklisted Sea Freight Cargo Forwarders around the globe.
OFWs in Saudi Arabia are advised NOT TO DEAL with any Seafreight Cargo Forwarders other than the list of DTI accredited freight forwarders listed below.
Again, the list below are updated list (March 06, 2015) from DTI list of Accredited Cargo Freight Forwarders in Saudi Arabia. – BongA
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During the Filipino Community meeting with DOLE Secretary Baldoz at the Philippine Embassy, the Honorable POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac was with her. Admin. Cacdac announced to the attendees about the POEA OEC-BM Online Processing. It is indeed a good project by the POEA, and I salute POEA Admin Cacdac for this very useful initiative.
I humbly request our government particularly those agencies overseeing the plight of OFWs to start planning or think something that could be beneficial for us OFWs rather than issuing a Memorandum Circular forcing us OFWs to pay P550 terminal fee in the cost of an airline ticket.
By the way, thanks to the court ruling last November 19 issued by Judge Tingaraan Guiling of Pasay RTC Branch 109 by declaring MIAA’s Memorandum Circular No. 8 as “unenforceable” for a mere reason that the Memorandum Circular did not comply with the legal requirement that it must be published in the Official Gazette or any newspaper of general circulation 15 days before its implementation.
I’m sure MIAA will file a motion for reconsideration if allowed by court and I just hope our court will later rule the MC No. 8 with finality that it is “unconstitutional” in violation to Republic Act 10022 (Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of. 1995) that prohibits the collection of travel tax and terminal fee for OFWs who possess valid Overseas Exemption Certificates.
Back to OEC-BM Online Processing, I tried to apply online but unfortunately the facility only caters OFWs to POEA offices in the Philippines. It means up to this writing, those OFWs who wish to set an appointment for your OEC to POLO offices at the site of employment has yet to be operational online. You can see below screen shot of the online facility in red arrow showing that the said locations are “coming soon”. To those OFWs already in the Philippines, please try to point your location to your areas where you are now and check the availability of the given dates to set an appointment after you’ve done filling out the online form.
Surely it can lessen the waiting time because an OFW has the slot, but just to make sure you’ll be there on time and you have all the necessary documents with you like passport and previous payment receipts as required in obtaining an Overseas Employment Certificate.
To those who haven’t visited the site online, please click this link: OEC Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing and simply follow the instruction.
To POEA, MABUHAY Kayo! Keep up the good work in the service to OFWs. – BongA
Fig. 1- POEA Appointment Offices outside PHL “Coming Soon”
Fig. 2 – Slots Available in POEA Cebu Office
FilCom leaders pleased Secretary Baldoz Second visit in Saudi Arabia
30 November, 2014, RIYADH: Filipino Community leaders are really delighted to receive an invitation of Philippine Labor Secretary Erlinda Dimapilis-Baldoz through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to meet Filcom leader in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This visit is the second time of Secretary Baldoz since she took office in 2010.
The first visit was in May last year upon the signing of the Labor pact between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia that established the commitment of the two governments to implement a standard employment contract that provide protection for Filipino Household Service Workers. However, most of the Saudis are complaining about the very expensive fees the local Saudi recruitment offices are charging in bringing domestic workers from Philippines.
OFWs in Saudi are also facing forward that this visit of Secretary Baldoz could pave a way to formalize an agreed standard employment contract for skilled and semi-skilled workers in the Kingdom through a bilateral labor agreement similar to that of the standard FHSW contract. This could prevent employers from substituting a contract for their own interest. It can’t be denied that contract substitution still rampant in the Kingdom despite of both countries good labor relation.
The Filipino Community is likewise grateful to the good Secretary Baldoz for inviting them in line with the Philippine Government agenda on reintegration program. The OFW reintegration program should be properly disseminated to the vast population of OFWs as their guide in their eventual return to the homeland.
The top Labor executive’s ardent desire to hold an audience with the Filipino Community in Riyadh tonight, Sunday, at 6 PM is indeed a serious move that the Aquino government is sincere in their reintegration program for OFWs and looking for an alternative source of income for those who decides to be back home for good. – BongA
Philippine Embassy Advisory Saudi Arabia’s Procedures and Measures on Bringing Medicines with Narcotic Properties In and Out of the Kingdom
(Riyadh, 20 November 2014) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh recently received from the concerned Saudi authorities a copy of regulations and measures in bringing medicines with narcotics properties in and out of the Kingdom for personal use.he Embassy requests all Filipinos who may be bringing into the Kingdom their medicines to carefully read, understand and comply with the requirements, in order not to be inconvenienced or questioned during entry into the Kingdom.
The rationale for the procedures and measures in releasing regulated medicines, which contain narcotic/psychotropic substances, brought by a patient arriving in and leaving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for personal use, or by a Hajj Mission or concerned government authorities accompanying the Mission is as follows:
It prevents the release of regulated medicines considered restricted/banned from being used internationally and domestically;
It prevents the release of medicines as stated in Category (D) of Table I and Group (A) of Table II on the System on Anti-Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, as well as substances stated in Paragraph IV in the System on Anti-Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
The request for the release of medicines should pass through the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch at the customs port or at the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration, in the absence of a branch in the area or region.
It allows the release of the medicines brought in by patients into the Kingdom for personal use, in accordance with the following conditions:
Attached detailed medical report from the medical institution/hospital which treated the patient;
Date of the medical report shall not exceed six (6) months period; and
Medical report should contain the following information:
-Personal information about the patient
-Medical application and duration
-Scientific name of the medicine and pharmaceutical brands and dosage prescriptions or,
Attached accredited doctor’s prescription of the patient from the hospital;
The date in the doctor’s prescription shall not exceeds six (6) months from date of issuance thereof; and
The doctor’s prescription should contain the following information:
-Diagnosis of the patient
-Scientific name of the medicine and pharmaceutical brands and prescriptions
-Usage of the medicine and the duration of the treatment
-Official dry seal of the hospital that treated the patient
Assurance and responsibility of the patient to limit his use of medicines for medicinal purposes only.
Attached copy of patient’s identity card.
The amount of medicine for approval and release should be sufficient for a period of thirty (30) days or for the duration of the patient’s stay in the Kingdom, whichever is lesser, and that such medicines are still valid for consumption, with the following considerations:
In case the medicine is already consumed, the patient should visit a hospital/ medical specialist to ensure the continuation of his medication.
In case the physician has confirmed the need for the patient to continue similar medication, the hospital shall require the patient to fill up an application prior to the issuance of a prescription on an appropriate medicine from a local pharmacy/market; the said patient is required to continue visiting the hospital for his therapeutic treatment, as may be required by his medical condition.
In case of non-availability of medicines or its alternative brands in the local market, the designated hospital could shall secure the required medicines from medical distributors after securing approval from the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration.
For injectable medicines, the approval for its release may be facilitated through the supervision of a local hospital on behalf of the patient, with the precondition that the medicines should be registered under the said hospital for personal use in accordance with existing medical regulations.
If the amount of medicine to be released exceeds the required amount needed by the patient, the excess must be confiscated.
Patients leaving the Kingdom shall abide with the same procedures as those patients arriving in the Kingdom under Paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of this Article, and the amount of medicine which may be released must cover a maximum period of three (3) consecutive months.
If the patient’s medicines are not in his possession but in the possession of one of his relatives (parents, children, brothers and husband), the patient’s identity card is required. However, if the medicines are in the possession of his representative, an Affidavit of Consent of the patient to bring the medicines is required, including a copy of his identity card.
In the event that the medicines containing narcotic substances are in the possession of Hajj Missions or concerned government authorities arriving in the Kingdom, and will be used by patients accompanying the Mission, the said medicines will be subject to the following procedures:
The Mission should submit a Request for Release of such medicines to the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch at the customs port area, which will receive the medicines.
Specify the name of the Head of Mission as well as the name of the pharmacist or pharmaceutical technician accompanying the Mission who is responsible for the custody of the narcotic substances and, if there is no Head of Mission, the name of the doctor accompanying the Mission, is sufficient.
Limit the number of personnel of the Mission.
Request must attached the following:
-List of requested medicines certified by the competent government authority of the Mission showing the scientific name of the narcotic medicines, and pharmaceutical brands, concentration, and quantity.
-Assurance and responsibility to limit the use of the medicines to the members of the Mission only, and it will not be sold to or disposed of by any means, and that the used/consumed, damaged and unused medicines should be brought back by the Mission when leaving the Kingdom. A list of medicines used, consumed, or damaged by the Mission should be provided to the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch located at the customs area before leaving the Kingdom.
The Mission should have medical doctor but all the medicines are under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission.
The requested medicine is free from banned substances, recognized internationally or locally, in the Kingdom.
Importation of medicines with narcotic substances are allowed through airplanes.
Upon the approval of the request, a permit will be released to the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch through the supervisor who is in charge of the Cargo Section at the customs area.
The General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch in the municipality or in the region receiving the medicines has the right to either accept, reject and/or amend the request for reasonable grounds.
When the Mission leaves the Kingdom, they are required to submit a copy of the list of medicines that were used/consumed, damaged, and unused. – END-
Labor Ministry launches portal for expatriates
In a bid to prevent workers’ rights violations in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Labor has launched an exclusive Web portal to educate workers about their rights and how to avail them.
The Web portal www.laboreducation.gov.sa launched on Tuesday aims to boost awareness about workers’ rights and the rules that regulate the relationship between the employee and employer in the Kingdom. While the Web portal’s Arabic version has comprehensive information, the English version is still under construction, according to sources in the Labor ministry.
The Web portal comes in the light of several reports of exploitation of expatriate workers in particular, due to lack of legal knowledge. The portal provides useful information related to the contact details of relevant authorities, workers’ rights, contractual obligations and wages, working hours, training, qualification, work responsibility, disciplinary rules and the calculation of end of service benefits.
It also makes provision for special rights for people with disabilities and women workers.
Sources pointed out that one can also lodge a formal complaint through the Web portal. The sources said that the Labor ministry which is fully automated through an electronic system now intends to extend the same facility for workers to improve the working environment and guarantee the rights of employer and employee.
Taken from: Arab News Saudi Arabia News/JEDDAH: Irfan Mohammed/Published — Wednesday 17 September 2014
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