Philippine Embassy Advisory 24-2011


Phillippine Embassy Advisory 24-2011


To: All Filipino Community Organizations in Saudi Arabia/ Fellow OFWs 

This is to inform you-all that the Philippine Embassy has launched an ONLINE REGISTRATION for all Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, as per above Philippine Advisory 24-2011

We all knew that not all Filipinos in the Kingdom have access in the internet, in view of this, the OFW Congress-Riyadh is requesting all Filipino community organizations to register the names of your members

To those companies where there are large numbers of OFWs, one or two OFWs in the company can collect the names of their fellow OFWs and register it at once.

Hinihingi po namin ang “Bayanihan” ng lahat upang maging successful po ang proyekto na ito ng ating Embahada, POLO/OWWA.  Isantabi muna po natin ang mga hindi pagkakaunawaan, kundi bagkus magtulongan para sa kapakanan at kagalingan ng ating hanay.

Maraming Salamat Po.

From: OFW Congress-Riyadh   

2011-2013 OFWC Execon

Overseas Filipino Workers Congress

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

OFW Congress-Riyadh is a forum of community leaders representing various Filipino organizations. It was primarily formed to advocate for national policy and program to address the issues and concerns of OFWs in general.”

The 2011-2013  (EXECON) Executive Council Member Organizations       


OFWC 21 Executive Council Members


Legal Affairs Health
Engr. Robert Ramos Dr. Carlito Astillero (MD)
Samahan ng Mangagawang Pilipino  Order of the Knights of Rizal
SAMAFIL (Al Babtain Group & Associates)  
Education Emergency Assistance
Ronnie Huertas Mario Ben
Elite International School  Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan
Community Relations External Relations
Engr. Resty Sibug Cesar Gervacio
Philippine Society of Mechanical  Royal Guardians International
Engineers – PSME  
Women (Director General) Islamic Affairs
Nilda Ballesteros (RN) Habib Batua
Philippine Nurses Association Federation of Maranao 
 (Ministry of Health) Association in Saudi-FEMAS
Women (Deputy Director General) Government Relations
Alona Efondo Dela Cruz Engr. Boggs Bolor
Al Habib Medical Group Guardians-GMGI
Sports Culture & Arts
Faizal Mercurio Ruperto Civil
Black Python Martial Arts , Inc. Artist League for Culture & Arts
Entertainment & Social Affairs  
Celso M. Ditalo, CPA  
CSM.Com Cooperative  

OFWC Induction Rites (24th of February 2011 at Philippine Embassy-Riyadh) 




Eufemio B. Bantugan, Jr., CPA (Phil); MFP –  1998,  PICPA National Awardee as Outstanding CPA in Overseas Community Service for his active role as Tax Adviser to the Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Carlito L. Astillero (MD)  “Most Outstanding Filipino in Saudi Arabia” award by the Philippine Embassy in 1990, the “Bagong Bayani Award” by President Corazon Aquino in 1992, the “San Lorenzo Ruiz Award as Outstanding OCW” by President Fidel V. Ramos in 1994, and the Special Presidential “Banaag and Sikat Award” also by President Fidel V. Ramos in 1996

Engr. Robert Ramos –  2009 Bagong Bayani (New Hero) awardees in various fields by the Philippine-based Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI)

Alex Veloso Bello (Accountant) The Most Outstanding OFW 2010 land-based category, Region 8; MOFYA Model OFW Family Award  2010 in Region 8 (Regional level ); MOFYA 2010 National Special Awardee for community  service.

read more about OFW Congress>>>>>>

Congratulations! UFWCD..


The United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development-South Korea Chapter will celebrate  its  4th  Foundation Anniversary with  a special event: UFWCD Search for Ms. Valentines 2011 to be held on February  13, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., Tapdong Catholic Center.
United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development (UFWCD) is a group of Filipinos worldwide. UFWCD was organized on February 10, 2007 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Manila, Philippines on March 19, 2007.
The mission and vision of this organization is to serve our less fortunate kababayan as well as addressing social and economic problems in the poorest communities back home.  Since the day it was founded UFWCD is actively involved in humanitarian aid such as providing relief goods and medical assistance to affected areas during disaster and natural calamities in the country.


Just recently, the group donated books and school supplies to less privileged schoolchildren in Luzon area.  UFWCD is headed by Mrs. Fe Gimarino Kim based in South Korea.  UFWCD-KSA (Riyadh and Jeddah) Chapter is also an accredited Filipino community partner of Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Congratulations and Happy Founding Day! UFWCDinians!

OFCI-Overseas Filipino Council International

Overseas Filipino Council, Int'l.

Overseas Filipino Council International – serving our expatriates by becoming bridge builders, torch bearers, and pledge keepers. Filipino expatriates, whether immigrants or contract workers, are currently estimated at some eight million: close to ten percent of our homeland’s population. But our sheer size – growing at the rate of 3,000 per day in 2005 – has far outpaced our needs. We have become a class – “overseas Filipinos” – but have yet to become a community.


This is the task embraced by OFCI:  serving our expatriates and thereby fashion a true, progressive community.  A community responsive to the genuine needs, interests, and concerns of its members. And, ultimately, those of our homeland.

The bedrock of OFCI – our common purpose – is service. Our expatriates – specifically our contract workers – have time and again been lauded as the “new unsung heroes” of our Republic. The least we can do, by holding hands across the seas, is to facilitate the availability of the tools we require to make ourselves even more well-informed, self-reliant, and valuable to our families, to our host countries, to our expatriate community, and to our homeland by leaving a good legacy for the next generation. Join us. Our task is daunting.  But we’re taking it on. Because we can.  We mean it.  Read more>>>> 

OFCI’s hospitality Room

Several years ago, I was asked to teach Filipino cooking at the US Naval Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington State. My love for cooking did not stop at the Naval Base, I would go to American homes and proudly present our Filipino cuisine.

Anita's Kitchen

In 2005, while organizing the OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL in California, ANITA’S KITCHEN caricature was sent in through the internet by our President Dindo Generoso, from Australia. I fell in love with the picture, with my signature Hairdo, why not? So ANITA’S KITCHEN became the LOGO and the kitchen came alive VIRTUALLY. OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL, became OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL and ANITA’S KITCHEN became the OFCI’s hospitality room. – nitz sese schon

read more about>>>> Anita’s Kitchen

Region 8 OFWs formally organize themselves as an association

PIA Press Release
Friday, December 17, 2010

Tacloban City (December 17) — For the first time, the Overseas Filipino Workers in Eastern Visayas have organized themselves into an association, on December 17, 2010 at the OWWA Region 8 Conference Room.

OFW Alex Veloso Bello and Family during MOFYA Awarding Ceremony with H.E. Philippine President Noynoy Aquino and OFW Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, Vice President Jojo Binay andOWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon. Also in the photo, Globe Telecom chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

Mr. Alex Bello, this year’s Model OFW Family Awardee for Region 8, land-based category, informed the Philippine Information Agency that during the OFW Family Day, upon the suggestion of Board Member Roque A. Tiu, the group decided  to meet on December 17 to formally organize into an organization.

Mr. Bello said that the OFWs could be a strong force in implementing changes in the Region, in the policies on OFWs and in helping other OFWs who are in  need, even OFWs who are now back from abroad.

With Mr. Bello is the interim President, vice presidents for every province  were also chosen. They are Teresita Contado; Reynaldo Tuazon of Samar, Rogelio  Labarrete for Northern Leyte, Araceli Sevilla for Western Leyte, and Pablito Cuizon for Biliran.

Rosario Macapugas is the Secretary while Delia Reyes isTreasurer. Batasheba Dy was chosen as the auditor and Victor Quimbo and Nida Robin are the Marshalls.

Mr. Bello who is also this year’s National Special Awardee for community  service, said that the association is named as  Pagkakaisa OFWs Families in Region 8.

The name expresses the desire of the OFWs to unite together to help Region 8 and to help other OFW families who are in need.

The little help from each member will have bigger impact when added together,  Mr. Bello said.

With the 26 years of being an OFW leader in Saudi Arabia, here is wishing Mr.  Bello and the other officers good luck in their endeavors. (PIA 8)

Open Reply to Rose

Dear Rose,

Hindi ako taga OWWA, isa rin po akong OFW na katulad ninyo. Nais ko rin pong mag for good pero hindi pa sapat ang naiipon para makapagsimula. Nakapag loan na rin ako sa OWWA pero ito ay sa contruction ng fence sa aking bahay, maliit lamang pero nakatulong na rin sa akin ang OWWA. I’ll share you a little about OWWAs OFW reintegration program.

OWWA has already an existing livelihood program for returning OFWs who don’t want to work abroad again. This program is a joint undertaking of OWWA and National Livelihood Support Fund (NLSF). The program helps OFWs to become an entrepreneur when they decide to return into the mainstream of our society. It is not just only for individuals but also to organizations. Possible business opportunities are 1) general merchandise and buy and sell, groceries etc. 2) repair shops, carenderia, parlors etc., 3) Meat and fruit processing etc 4) agri-business.

All OFWs and their dependents can avail for a loan, all you need to do is to visit OWWA Regional office near in your area. I advice you na sa ngayon palang na andito ka, papuntahin mo na ang member ng iyong pamilya or asawa para magtanong sa mga kailangan kung paano maka avail sa loan para sa pag uwi mo handa ka na sa iyong gagawin.

If ever you’re residing Laguna, instruct your family members to visit ATIKHA in San Pablo, Laguna. This NGO or Non-government organization helps OFW and OFW family members in determining viable business in your area. They will give training and assist you to start the operation. If you have time please visit this site: 

Good luck and please share this message to our fellow OFWs.

Salamat sa pagbisita.


P.S. To my readers and fellow OFW, I just want to share with you a Video taken at ATIKHA web site. The title of this Video  is  “Migrants’ children struggle with absence of loved ones.”

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Black Python!

OFW Congress Pres. Alex Veloso Bello (BPMA's Mass Induction)

 I was invited yesterday to witness the mass induction of the newly set of officers, members and  promoted Karate belters of the Black Python Martial Arts Association, Inc.!   CONGRATULATIONS!

OFW Congress-Riyadh President, Alex Veloso Bello was present  to induct the officers along with OFWC Executive Council Member Engr. Faizal Sharque.  The induction rites was held at a resort yesterday October 1, 2010.

BPMA has been very active in Filipino community activities and community service. The association recently was being honored as Outstanding OFW Congress-Riyadh member  in recognition for their untiring community service and sense of volunteerism.  BPMA were assigned as Marshals in the implementation process of the  2004/2007/2010 Oveseas Absentee Voting in Riyadh held at Embassy compound.  They also donate blood to those in needs.

Grandmaster/Founder/Overall Chief Instructor/7th Dan Black Belter "Boy Macion" (Exhibition Match)

The association was organized in Year 1998 and  registered as Filipino Community partner of the Philippine Embassy/POLO/OWWA in Year 2000. BPMA is also registered with Securities and Exchange Commission. It was founded by 7th Dan Black Belter  “Boy Macion.”  The main headquarter of the group is in Hinundayan, Souther Leyte.

The mass induction was also highlighted with kata’s and karate combat and judo exhibitions. Parlor games and gift giveaways contributed to the joyous occasion.

I would like to thank BPMA Grandmaster and Founder “Boy Macion” and officers for the certificate of appreciation they presented to the blogger during the ceremony. BPMA is always a partner of KAKAMPI-KSA and OFW Congress in many community activities since the 1990 up to present.

Certificate of Appreciation- Thank You! BPMA.

Engr. Francisco “Jun” Aguilar For OWWA Board

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is a Philippine government agency tasked with the care, protection and assistance of Overseas Filipino Workers. Its policies have a tremendous impact on the lives of millions of Filipinos working overseas and the families they leave behind.

Jun Aguilar with Noli Benavent, Angel Pantoja (Ex OFWs in Riyadh), Vic Barrios & Lanie Aquino (partly hidden) of Global Filipinos in a huddle with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan

With the new Aquino administration, there is a need for a review of the OWWA, its failures and successes, adherence to the regulations and implementation of needed reforms.  Part of this reform is the creation of a new OWWA Board. This petition is to request President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino,  to consider the appointment of Francisco “Jun” Aguilar to the Board of the OWWA.

Francisco “Jun” Aguilar had spent thirteen years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an Overseas Filipino Worker  from 1985 to 1998.  He worked at the King Abdulaziz Military Academy as a technical analyst and later moved to the National Industrialization Company.  As an OFW, he was witness to the distressed situations of Filipino workers whom he assisted as best as he could.  It was an experience that will influence his unwavering dedication to improve the lives of the Filipino workers.

Upon returning to the Philippines in 1998, he formed the Filipino Migrant Workers Group, a principled recruitment agency.  This is the only agency that does not charge a placement fee from applicants.   He also encouraged savings and investment programs for the Overseas Filipino Workers and their families for their retirement and re-integration.  He volunteers numerous hours on social-civic-political advocacies.

Jun Aguilar w/ Rep. Roilo Golez in one of the Congressional Consultative Meeting re: OFW Conerns

Jun Aguilar w/ Rep. Roilo Golez in one of the Congressional Consultative Meeting re: OFW Conerns

Mr. Aguilar’s experiences as a former Overseas Filipino Worker, a recruitment agency owner and as a humanitarian worker provide him with the appropriate know-how and mindset that will guide him as a progressive Board member.   He can articulate on the perspectives of the workers, recruiters as well as clients and, therefore, effectively assist with the policy making of OWWA.  With a proven track record of leadership, commitment and dedication to public service, he is the voice of the Overseas Filipino Workers.

We, therefore, request the newly elected Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and his administration to appoint Francisco “Jun” Aguilar on the board of OWWA because of his merits.  More importantly, his guiding principles exemplify those of the current administration with its mantra of change.


It is about time that a true bloodied OFW will be a given a hand to represent OFW Sector (land-based) in the  OWWA Board, please sign the PETITION.



To know more about Engr. Francisco “Jun” Aguilar  click here >>>>>

Thanks a lot!