Commentaries

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 […]

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 […]

Three facets of sexual abuse

*** Case No. 1 = Silvio Berlusconi The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced yesterday to seven years in jail after being found guilty of paying for sex with an underage prostitute Karima El Mahroug. In Italy, paying a woman for sex who is underage is a criminal offense. Karima El Mahroug was 17 at the time […]

Is campers action justified? or just an act of stupidity!

*** Is campers action justified? or just an act of stupidity! I am not against the campers; maybe I would do the same if I was in their shoes especially if I feel I’m trapped and nowhere to go. However, we can’t justify an illegal action as “an exemption to the rule”. Moral justification by […]

If the weeds are removed – is the soil ready?

** Been working in Saudi Arabia for almost 19 years now and the Saudization plan was already among the many hot issues way back then, but it’s like seaweed with no roots, it needs a firm surface such as rock to grow on. Though, like any other country on earth unemployment among young Saudis is […]

Standard Employment Contract for HSWs bound for KSA

** RIYADH, KSA 19/11/2012: After The Saudi government decided to lift the ban on the hiring of Filipino household service workers (HSW’s), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued last October 1, 2012 the Memorandum Circular No. 8, Series of 2012, the new guidelines on the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and POEA registration of SRA (Saudi […]

Why Overreacting?

Why Overreacting? Many of our fellow OFWs especially those in networking sites overreacted to the House Bill 6195 filed by Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David. Let me explain, the said house bill does not mention any paragraph that WE, OFWs require to pay $50 as contribution to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Emergency Repatriation Fund before leaving […]

Open Reply to my Reader re: OWWA

Paano itinataguyod ng OWWA ang tinatawag na nasyonalismo sa aming hanay ayon sa 1987 Phil. Constitution? Sa totoo po, wala po akong personal na hinanakit sa OWWA. Ngunit bilang isang lider komunidad ng mga mangagawang pinoy sa ibayong dagat, hindi ko po naramdaman ang tinatawag na nasyonalismo or patriyotismo ng OWWA sa aming hanay. Sa […]

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Let’s unite for the sake of those OFWs in Libya

Rescue Effort What I’ve heard is that there will be an onward flights arranged by our Phil. government for those OFWs crossing the Libyan border to Egypt or Tunisia, as well as those arriving by boat in Malta or Crete. I am not really sure that this arrangement are being implemented at this very moment […]

KSA to Washington DC, USA…

KSA to Washington DC, USA… According to Kabul Press on their March 2010 online article under Kabul Press Reveals said that the U.S. Department of State has labeled virtually every non-European country a “hardship post” for American diplomats and that include Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. However, they can’t refuse if their next tour […]

What is a Diplomat?

Online news article titled “OFWs in Saudi lobby for career diplomat” caught my attention.  So I decide to post this entry to make a correction about the mentioned article and for everybody to know who among the two Tago’s is the real diplomat? (A) Abdul Hannan M. Tago To my knowledge Abdul Hannan M. Tago […]

OFW Ako, Diplomat lang Kayo!

I posted an entry in this blog two years ago titled “Diplomat Ako, OFW lang kayo!” upon reading an online news that Department of Labor and Employment at home urged overseas Filipino workers to expose discourteous officials from Philippine mission abroad so that they may be punished. The entry was made referring to a top Philippine diplomat […]

True or Not, WE deserve to know

True or not, WE deserve to know Riyadh, 7  October 2010 – Four Filipina nurse were abducted and allegedly victims of rape in two separate incidents, according to Filipino migrant rights group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Alarmed with such incidents Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan-Middle East appeal to the Philippine Embassy to conduct an investigation regarding […]

Wait and see…

Kuwait announced that they will abolish sponsorship system in their country.  This is indeed a good news for expatriates in Kuwait.  Whose next in Gulf countries? Saudi Arabia? Well, I don’t think so. If they are sincere enough to abolish sponsorship system, it should have been done ten years ago. Actually, the plan to abolish sponsorship […]

Hanggang Kailan – Until When..

Hanggang Kailan – Until When.. May of this year, news broke out that Saudi Arabia will stop hiring Indonesian workers that includes household helpers. The reason – the cost of recruiting labor from Indonesia is ridiculous. The Saudis spent SR 9000 in getting an Indonesian maid and Indonesian government also asked  for a  SR 375.00 increase […]