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OEC-BM Online Processing

*** 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 […]

FilCom leaders pleased Secretary Baldoz Second visit in Saudi Arabia

*** 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 […]

Labor Ministry launches portal for expatriates

*** 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 […]

Advocate what is right – NOto550

*** The issue of the integration of terminal fee into airline tickets is seems like a reported ISIS (unconfirmed) statement on tweet to destroy the Holy Kaaba in Mecca after capturing Saudi Arabia.  Though these two issues very much differ from the other, it is like an atomic bomb exploded right in front of those […]

An Appeal to Free Fred

** Wenifredo “Fred” Castolome, an active Filipino community leader in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is now languishing in jail on the charge for breach of contract to operate a five year school operation. He is at present incarcerated in prison at Hogug Islahiyah, Amber 9 Detention Cell, Briman, Jeddah. Most of the Filipino community in Jeddah […]

A Personal Tribute “Remembering Ka Bert”

** A Personal Tribute “Remembering Ka Bert” There are an estimated half a million OFWs in Saudi Arabia, a few extraordinary souls quietly offer to lend a hand to others without any kind of recognition. As what the holy scripture says: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If […]

Walk for Freedom

*** In 2008, I wrote about awareness of the Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia (Reward– A Sword) emphasizing to my readers and fellow OFWs that in Saudi Arabia if you take someone’s life you will pay your own life as well.  But murders or killing someone are not the only crime punishable by death in […]

Saudization right under our noses

*** In Year 1993 as I step Saudi Arabia for the first time, the echoing whispers of Saudization were the first I heard among many issues in the circles of the expatriate community. Between 1995 and 2000, Saudization had been already the talk of the town, even before the appointment of the late Saudi Labor Minister […]

All About Final Exit

*** A L L  A B O U T  E X I T Final Exit Many OFW commenters on our blog working in KSA are asking me what to do when their Saudi employers postponed their leave or final exit (visa) on certain grounds such as: waiting for the arrival of replacement or the worker position should not be […]

KACST tower to house Knowledge Center

*** The King Abdul Aziz City For Science and Technology (KACST) will be building a SR500 million high-rise tower to set up its new Knowledge Center on its campus. The contract for the construction of the proposed tower was signed on Monday by KACST President Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel and Sadoun Al-Sadoun, general manager of ABV Rock Group, which has […]

Crackdown cripples life

FEATURED ARTICLE JEDDAH/RIYADH – Residents and citizens woke up on Tuesday to a day crippled by a lack of necessary services as illegal expat workers, who failed to rectify their status, stayed indoors for fear of being arrested. Streets were less crowded where taxi drivers charged exorbitant fares, markets wore a deserted look, many commercial establishments […]

The reality of Saudization is yet to come

*** 4/11/2013, RIYADH: Why on earth those undocumented Filipino workers in the Kingdom are hard headed enough to comply legalization process under the Saudi government amnesty program and chose to stay in the Kingdom? Does the three months grace period not enough to conform requirements to complete paper works? I don’t think so. There are […]

Advisory against dealing with unscrupulous, unauthorized firms and individual’s

*** The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh warned overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom not to deal with any person or entities in exchange for promises of repatriation. The advisory was issued after  the Embassy received sworn complaints against certain individuals posing as Embassy or POLO staffs or employees.  (Riyadh, 23 October 2013) The public is advised to […]

Know your insurance rights, GOSI tells expats

*** RIYADH – The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) launched on Sunday an awareness campaign enlightening foreigners about their insurance rights against vocational hazards. GOSI Governor Solaiman Al-Quwaiz told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the campaign was within the continued efforts to spread social insurance awareness especially among non-Saudi subscribers. In addition to newspapers, TV channels, […]

Not anymore a question of morality

*** Ten thousand or more undocumented OFWs in the Kingdom are comprised of runaway workers  and almost half of them are women.  That includes undocumented mothers and children.    The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh as of 21 August reported that 1,351 distressed OFWs from Riyadh and Eastern region and 881 in Jeddah as of 13 August have been repatriated during […]

Embassy Urges Filipinos to Go to Jawazat for Exit

More than 700 get Exit Visa since 3 July, Over 700 Repatriated on GPH (Government of the Philippines) Expense RIYADH, 28/07/2013: The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges all Filipinos in Riyadh and Eastern Region who will go on final exit and are qualified under the guidelines of the correction period, which has been extended to 3 November 2013, […]