FEATURED NEWS : Updated 05/07/2013
Embassy’s Security Guard Harassed by Campers, Health of Children at Risk
The Embassy’s security guard today was harassed by members of the group illegally camped inside the Embassy’s compound as the Embassy brought to hospital two of the campers’ children. The continued hesitance of the campers to accept the Embassy’s offer to relocate puts at risk the health and well-being of the children.
The Embassy received reports that its security guard was collared by male members of the group camped inside the Embassy’s compound. Camal, a Nepali national, was also kicked by women from the same group.
The incident occurred after the Embassy brought to hospital two of the children camped with their mothers inside the Embassy. One of the children had a fever while the other was suffering from hydrocephalus. read more>>>>
Embassy’s Offer of Shelter Refused by Overstayers; Health of Children at Risk
Overstayers camped inside the Embassy grounds today refused several appeals by Embassy and POLO officials including Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin H. Tago for them to be relocated to a resthouse rented by the Embassy to shelter the mothers and their children. The Embassy raised concerns over the consequence of their decision on the health of the children.
At 11:00 PM, Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin H. Tago and other Embassy officials met 72 Filipinos who had earlier entered and set-up camp within the grounds of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh. The Ambassador appealed to the Filipino overstayers to be relocated at a local esteraha (resthouse) rented by the Embassy.
The dialogue occurred as a sandstorm started. It also followed two dialogues earlier today initiated by Embassy officials with the group.
“I am deeply concerned for the health and safety of the campers, especially the children. While we are aware of their desire to be repatriated immediately, the Embassy feels it would be best for all of them to go to the resthouse and remain there while the Embassy processes their repatriation”, remarked Ambassador Tago.
The Filipinos camped within the grounds of the Embassy are composed of 30 females, 21 children and infants, and 21 male adults.
The Embassy has been making representations for the expeditious repatriation of overstaying Filipinos in Riyadh, including the mothers and children who had earlier registered with the Embassy for assistance.
The Embassy will continue to extend appropriate assistance to the Filipinos camped inside the Embassy. Its offer for temporary relocation remains despite hesitation from the group. (END)
PhilEmb No. PR-078 – 2013 / 04 May 2013
More Campers Move to Philippine Consulate Building
The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has reported to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh that more women and children have relocated to the Philippine Consulate building in Jeddah.
Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay, in his daily report to the Philippine Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs, reported that a total of 67 women and 57 children have relocated to the Consulate’s fourth floor – the temporary accommodations offered by the Consulate for women and children who have camped next to the Consulate building.
Consul General Garibay called on the rest of the women and children to agree to relocate to the Consulate building, stressing that the Consulate remains steadfast in coordinating with the local authorities for their exit clearances and repatriation. “There is still plenty of space at the fourth floor that could accommodate more women and children”, reported CG Garibay.
The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has confirmed that the number of Filipinos next to its building has ranged from 700 to 1000, averaging 906 in the past 7 days. The Consulate has been conducting a daily count of the campers, the last on 1 May 2013.
No Need to Come to Embassy and Camp Out for Repatriation
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has received inquiries from Filipinos to verify calls to them by certain individuals encouraging overstaying Filipinos to come to the Embassy, POLO and the Bahay Kalinga and camp inside the premises of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and in areas located adjacent to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) or Bahay Kalinga in Riyadh, in order to seek repatriation.
The Embassy reminds Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that public rallies and protests are a violation of Saudi law, and impacts on the ability of the Embassy to deliver much-needed consular services to the Filipino community.
The Embassy has not authorized any person or group regarding such action, nor has made any representations with the Government of Saudi Arabia for any such arrangement.
Filipinos with irregular status who are affected by recent developments and stricter implementation by Saudi authorities regarding labor and immigration law violations need only visit the Embassy or POLO to have their respective cases documented and enable them to be given appropriate advice or assistance.
At present, the Embassy is taking information of overstaying Filipinos for documentation purposes, and these cases are endorsed to the Saudi authorities for their appropriate consideration and resolution in accordance with existing regulations.
For information regarding assistance that the Embassy can extend, Filipinos may call the following:
In Jeddah and regions under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah (Regions of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Tabuk, Al-Madinah, Abha, Jizan, Najran)
In the regions of Riyadh, Hail, Qassim, Northern Border, Al-Jouf:
In the Eastern Region: