Saudi Ministry of Labor within our reach at 920001173

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Saudi Ministry of Labor Call Center
920001173

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh informs the public that the Saudi Ministry of Labor call center number is 92-000-1173.

Saudi-Ministry-of-Labour-Logo-e1308919211190The number provides information in Arabic and English for the following, which can be accessed by pressing first 2 for English and then the number for the service as indicated below:

  1. Nitaqat program inquiry
  2. Technical support for Ministry of Labor e-Services
  3. Labor dispute settlement
  4. Wage protection system
  5. Complaints related to labor offices
  6. Female labor services
  7. Information on domestic labor (HSW) regulations

The number of the call center was provided to the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine delegation that recently concluded the Second Joint Commission Meeting in implementation of the bilateral agreement on domestic workers.

The Embassy urges all Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia to call the number in case of any inquiries on the Saudi labor law, Nitaqat, labor dispute settlement and complaints against employers or recruitment offices.###

PR-030-2014: 26 February 2014

Philippine Embassy URGENT Advisory

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Philippine Embassy URGENT Advisory – Filipinos Qualified Under Amnesty but with no documents or fingerprint should contact and register with POLO immediately

philembThe Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advises all Filipinos who are qualify under the guidelines for amnesty but do not have the originals of their iqama and passport and have never submitted themselves for fingerprinting to contact the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh (POLO Riyadh) to register in preparation for procedures at the Wafideen/Jawazat and processing of your final exit.

Those requested to register with POLO are those qualified under the amnesty satisfy all of following conditions:
• Expatriates who absconded from work before the start of the amnesty period or 6 April 2013 and whose previous sponsors filed absconding reports against them, and
 • Those with expired iqama and not working with an employer/sponsor, and
• Those who did not file or have no existing labor complaint filed with the Saudi Labor Office,
 • Those with no original iqama, no original passport used during entry or with entry number, and those with no fingerprint on the system.

For those who contact POLO and register, the Philippine Embassy will endorse them to the Wafeedin / Jawazat at Shumeisy District for fingerprinting and processing of their final exit.

On Wednesday 13 November, the Embassy and POLO assisted 106 Filipinos who qualify and registered, and 99 (52 women and 47 men) were fingerprinted at the Riyadh Jawazat and granted their final exit visa on the same day. The authorities have not required their detention at the Deportation Center in Shumeisy District in Riyadh.

The Embassy reminds those who absconded or have labor cases after the start of the amnesty period or after 6 April 2013 that they are not covered by the amnesty guidelines, and their cases will have to be resolved through regular procedures in accordance with existing rules and regulations.  -end-

Philippine Embassy-Riyadh  (URGENT ADVISORY) #  PR-210-2013 /  16 November 2013

157,494 Filipinos Regularize Status During Correction Period

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157,494 Filipinos Regularize
Status During Correction Period

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago, in a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Consular Affairs Ambassador Usamah Al-Senousi, expressed gratitude of the Philippine government and the Filipinos in the Kingdom for the 7-month correction period granted by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz which allowed more than 150,000 Filipinos to correct their status in the Kingdom, either through transfer of employment or correction of profession.

Statistics on Filipinos Benefiting From Correction

Region Transfer of employment Left on Final exit Change profession
Riyadh 21838 16427 46647
Eastern 13982 13638 31286
Makkah 13133 5784 17178
Qassim 1050 812 2050
Al-Madinah 635 585 1233
Asir 1074 675 2080
Jazan 266 220 440
Najran 385 194 870
Hail 413 192 1319
Tabuk 209 149 536
Jouf 158 110 367
Baha 107 109 173
Northern Border 80 44 185
Total 53330 38939 104364

Ambassador Tago cited statistics received from the Saudi Ministry of Labor that 53,330 Filipino transferred employment to a new employer, and 104,364 changed or corrected their professions in the work permit and residence card or iqama.

“I thank the Saudi Ministry of Labor which sent the Embassy these official statistics on the number of Filipinos who corrected their status in the Kingdom during the 7 month period from 25/5/1434H to 12/12/1434H,” said Ambassador Tago.

During the meeting with Undersecretary Senousi, Ambassador Tago added, “the statistics were very detailed, and categorized by profession, activity and region. They reveal that Filipinos benefited greatly from the correction period and a large number were able to regularize their status in the Kingdom. More importantly, the statistics reveal that the majority corrected their status across the Kingdom through the initiative of their existing or new employer.”

According to the MOL statistics, 38,939 Filipinos left on final exit during the 7 month period. They include those who left after the end of their contract. Significantly, those who left on final exit during the correction period will be able to return to the Kingdom in the future if they wish to do so, except for a few who may have a derogatory record. As of 5 November, the Philippine government shouldered the repatriation of 2018 from Jeddah, 2332 from Riyadh, and 141 from the Eastern Region. The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah continue to repatriate Filipinos, and 81 are currently being booked on flights to the Philippines.

Special Procedures for Mothers with Children

 Ambassador Tago also thanked the Ministry of Interior and the Office of the Emir as well as the Jawazat officials who helped in the cases of Filipino women who needed documentation for their children. With the approval of the Interior Ministry and the Office of the Emir of Riyadh, an interagency committee processed the birth documentation of 477 women and their 602 children. Of the total number, 401 completed their both the DNA testing and fingerprinting while some opted not to continue with the procedure. 347 mothers with their children have left, while 45 are in the final step either for booking of flights or issuance of final exit.

“We are very thankful for the Interior Ministry and Emir’s approval for the mechanism providing for DNA testing and final exit of the mothers and their children. This has helped many mothers. We regret that there are 191 who did not show up during the procedure, although 29 have now returned and asked for assistance. In addition, we have 103 new cases who have asked for repatriation. The DNA testing procedure ended on 15 July after the Embassy issued several advisories and called all those on the list several times. The 132 cases that are now seeking help have been listed, and the Embassy will try to seek approval for a similar procedure that would facilitate their documentation and the processing of their final exit” stated Ambassador Tago.

In addition to the processing and the DNA testing conducted in a Philippine Embassy rented villa in Um Al-District, the Jawazat accommodated the women for fingerprinting or the basma during a special time, dedicated only for the mothers and their children, which facilitated the process.

Procedures for Pending Cases 

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has received information from the Passports Directorate General that there will be procedures and a schedule for the processing of males and females who have not completed the procedures to obtain their final exit. The Embassy will inform those who have enlisted seeking final exit once the procedure and the timetable is finalized. The advisory will also be posted on the Embassy’s website and Facebook page.

The Embassy expects the processing to resume next week.###

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh / Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Press Release PR-200-2013 dated 6 November 2013

New Rules Governing the Foreign Workers Violating Labor and Residency Rules After the Correction Period

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New Rules Governing the Foreign Workers Violating Labor and Residency Rules After the Correction Period

philemb(RIYADH, 4 November 2013) – The Saudi Government has informed the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, through a formal diplomatic Note, of the new rules that will govern foreign workers violating the labor and residency laws following the end of the correction period.

Following is a summary of the most salient provisions of the new rules:

 Foreign workers who work illegally for their own account, absconded from their sponsors, and overstayers will be apprehended, penalized and deported;

 Those who employ illegal or absconded workers, provide cover, harbor or transport them, or “aids them by any means” will also be pursued;

Employers will bear the cost of deportation of illegal workers, except where the foreign worker works for himself in which case he will bear the cost of his own deportation;

Illegal workers who are unable to afford the travel ticket will be deported at the cost of the Saudi Government;

Overstayers will deported at the expense of the employer, or, if he works for himself, the company or person who sponsored his visit will bear the cost of deportation;

All companies and individual employers, including government agencies, shall ensure that their workers obtain and renew their iqamas in due time;

Deported foreign workers shall be prohibited from returning to the Kingdom;

Offending foreigners will be accommodated in Saudi Government centers pending deportation.

The Embassy urges all Filipino nationals in the Kingdom to familiarize themselves with the new rules.

In the meantime, the Philippine Embassy and the Consulate advises all those who have taken steps to process their final exit and repatriation to remain calm and not panic. The Embassy and the Consulate continue to coordinate with the concerned authorities for the processing of the final exit of those waiting to be repatriated. The Embassy is currently confirming the procedures and timeframe for those who have no original copy of their residence card or iqama, their passport with the border number, or those who have not encoded their fingerprint. The Embassy in Riyadh has already received advice on procedures for the females, and is coordinating for the procedures for males.

The Embassy and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah have also created special roving teams that will go around jails, prisons and detention centers around the Kingdom to any violators that have been detained and provide them with Travel Documents to facilitate their early deportation.

The Embassy assures the Filipino community all over the Kingdom that the Philippine Government is ready to provide appropriate assistance to Filipinos.

Further queries may be made thru the following existing 24-hour hotlines in addition to the landlines posted on the Embassy’s website:

Embassy’s Assistance to Nationals Section
056 9893301
Consulate’s Assistance to Nationals Section
055 5219613
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Riyadh)
054 5917834 / 050 7537997
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Eastern Province)
050 126 9742
 (END)

Press Release: PR-199-2013: DATED 4 November 2013
 

Embassy Warns Filipinos Against Drug Smuggling, etc.

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(Riyadh, 20  October 2013) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh warns all Filipinos in the Kingdom against receiving packages or parcels from unknown or untrusted senders as they may contain illegal drugs.

stop-drugs-saudi-arabiaThe Embassy issues this warning following an increasing number of cases of Filipinos being arrested immediately after receiving packages or parcels suspected to contain illegal drugs. The Filipinos were immediately arrested by police after presenting their iqamas to collect packages suspected of containing illegal drugs from courier companies.

Filipinos in the Kingdom are advised NOT to provide their personal information to other persons, specifically the Saudi residence permit (iqama) and mobile numbers.

Filipinos are especially warned against accommodating requests from any individual who claim that his or her iqama is still being processed and needs the iqama number of the unsuspecting Filipino to receive a package coming from the Philippines.

A common practice among these nefarious individuals is to use social media, such as Facebook, to befriend the victim and later on request the latter to receive a package to be given to another person who is in the Kingdom.

The Embassy is coordinating with police and customs authorities in the Philippines to prevent this illegal activity.

Possession and use of illegal drugs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a serious criminal offense under Saudi law. The importation or smuggling into the Kingdom of illegal drugs or its precursors is a crime punishable by death. END

No. PR-183-2013: Embassy Warns Filipinos Against Drug Smuggling dtd. 19/10/2013

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(Riyadh, 20 October 2013) The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh strongly urges all Filipinos, particularly those working and residing in Al-Khobar, not to seek the “services” of unscrupulous groups to obtain fake Philippine and Saudi documents, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates and iqamas, and should not seek their “assistance” – in whatever form.

On the basis of sworn affidavits by several Filipinos in the Eastern Region, the public is informed of the complaints against the activities of Ms. Aiza Monares and Mr. Albert Guanzon, formerly associated with Bantay Kassangga.

The public may recall an earlier advisory of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – issued on 20 July 2009 by the former Labor Attaché David Des Dicang regarding the questionable activities of Mr. Guanzon.

The Embassy stresses to all Filipinos the need to observe and obey the rules and regulations of both the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, and to avoid situations that necessitate them to obtain forged or fake documents.

The Embassy also stresses that it denounces any individual or group who may be involved, wholly or partly, in procuring, manufacturing, providing, facilitating or distributing fake and forged documents of any kind, whether for a fee or for free.

The Embassy encourages any Filipino to report similar matters to the Embassy through: 482-4354, 480-1918 or rype@riyadhpe.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.// . (END)

No. PR-184-2013: Filipinos Reminded Not to Seek Fake Documents and Assistance from Mr. Albert Guanzon and Associates  dtd. 19/10/2013

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

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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. 

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Sunny Robredo (a.k.a. Nasanciano Robredo)

(Riyadh, 23 October 2013) The public is advised to refrain and avoid transacting with a certain Sunny Robredo (a.k.a. Nasanciano Robredo).

Mr. Robredo misrepresented himself as a member of the Embassy staff and succeeded in swindling a fellow national of more than SAR 900.00.

The Embassy reiterates its reminder for the public to directly approach Embassy personnel regarding matters relating to consular and other relevant services. In addition, an official receipt issued by the Embassy even during outreach services covers all transactions and fees for services. The schedule of fees for consular services is posted on the Embassy’s website or if you want to know whom to deal with please  click here>>> EMBASSY OFFICIALS AS OF 30 SEPTEMBER 2013.  To those OFWs who wants to seek advise with our POLO in relation to Labor complaints, click this link >>> POLO Personnel (as of 30 September 2013) ; or you may approach directly our energetic, affable and friendly Welfare Officer in Riyadh in the person of MR. ROMEO PABLO, who is also the concurrent Officer-in-Charge of POLO-Riyadh & POLO-CRO.

The Embassy would also like to encourage the public to report cases of swindling or “fixing” that may come to your attention. You may reach the Embassy at tel: 482-4354, 480-1918 or email:   rype@riyadhpe.com .

Mr. Warren Villegas Soriano (Photo courtesy of Joseph Espiritu)

Mr. Warren Villegas Soriano (Photo courtesy of Joseph Espiritu)

Also a month ago, ccording to the sworn complaints, a group of Filipinos went to Riyadh International Airport based on promises made by MR. WARREN VILLEGAS SORIANO that they will be issued exit visas at the airport through an alleged high ranking official. The travel documents submitted by the group to Mr. Soriano were returned with exit visa reference codes. Mr. Soriano also indicated the seat numbers of the victims in the same Travel Document and claimed that they have each been booked flights to the Philippines. Each of the victims paid Mr. Soriano various amounts in facilitating the issuance of their exit visas.The advisory said Filipinos who have violated the Kingdom’s immigration and labor regulations and would like to obtain the issuance of exit visas  under the correction period may only be done through concerned Saudi authorities.

The Embassy strongly advises all Filipinos in Saudi Arabia against any dealings with MR. WARREN VILLEGAS SORIANO and any other individuals who promise to facilitate issuance of exit visas for any amount. The Embassy has not authorized any individual to facilitate issuance of exit visas in exchange for any payment.” the Embassy advisory reads.

The exit visa reference codes indicated on the Travel Documents purportedly facilitated by Mr. Soriano were verified to be SPURIOUS after the victims were denied by Saudi immigration authorities at the airport.

The Embassy in their previous advisories also reminded Filipinos in the Kingdom not to deal Pag-IBIG and SSS related transactions to  certain Mr. Richard Pagaduan Bernabe, as it illegal and any payment made to him will not be recognized by Pag-IBIG Fund and SSS.For information, call the following Pag-IBIG Fund numbers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: 0537980452 (Riyadh) 053117706 (Al-Khobar) and 0564947732 (Jeddah). For Social Security System or SSS; you may call or text to 0500972728(Danny-Riyadh), 0531215972(Jerry-Riyadh), 0531242183 (Roue-Al-Khobar), 0558903597(John-Jeddah).

Last month, the Department of Trade and Industry  informed the public to regularly visit DTI’s website www.dti.gov.ph under the heading “Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation” and check from time to time the list of Freight Forwarding Companies not Accredited with Philippine Shipper’s Bureau; list of Philippine Agents/Freight Forwarders whose Formal Charges have been issued Decisions and list of Freight Forwarders whose complaints have been endorsed to the DOJ/Office of the City Prosecutor for criminal investigation as of August 30, 2013.  In this manner OFWs will be apprised and aware of the up to date information to avoid inconvenience when dealing with cargo forwarding companies. – BongA

Overstaying Filipinos Should Proceed NOW to Jawazat

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(Riyadh, September 2013) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh renews its call to all overstaying Filipinos in the Kingdom to proceed NOW to the Deportation Office and avail of the facilities under correction period before the 03 November 2013 deadline.

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ezzedin H. Tago, today renewed the Embassy’s call to all Filipinos who have violated the Kingdom’s immigration and labor regulations to immediately proceed to the Deportation Office (Jawazat Wafideen) in Riyadh to avail of the facilities under the correction period before the deadline on 03 November 2013.

He advised all overstaying Filipinos in Riyadh to proceed now to the Deportation Office (Jawazat Wafideen) and avoid delays in the processing of their documentation by Deportation authorities especially before the E’id il Adha holidays from 11 to 20 October 2013.

The Embassy calls on all overstaying Filipinos in Riyadh to proceed NOW to the Deportation Office and avail of the facilities under the correction period before 03 November 2013 and avoid penalties and imprisonment,” said Ambassador Tago.

Ambassador Tago also noted that a total of 3,020 Filipinos have been repatriated through PHL government funds by the Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah since the start of the correction period. The Embassy and the Consulate General will continue to provide assistance for the repatriation of Filipinos during the correction period.

 For those in Riyadh, the schedule at Jawazat Wafideen are as follows:

For WOMEN

When  :    Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Where:     Women’s Section, Jawazat Wafideen
Times :     From 5:00 PM
Requirements   :   Original iqama; or  Original passport with entry visa or records; or  Those with fingerprint (basamat) record or printout  Valid Travel Document or passport

For MEN

When  :         Thursdays
Where:         Women’s Section, Jawazat Wafideen
Times :         From 5:00 PM
Requirements  :  Original iqama; or Original passport with entry visa or records; or  Those with fingerprint (basamat) record or printout  Valid Travel Document or passport

All Filipinos are also reminded of the following:

1) Proceed early at Wafideen. Nationals from other countries are also included in the designated schedule for Filipinos;

2) Ensure that there are no pending car registrations, bank loans, or unpaid traffic violation penalty or any other records under your name before proceeding to Wafideen. Those who have pending blotter or police records will also not be issued exit visas.

3) Ensure that all documents presented are authentic. Possession of fake documents may result in imprisonment.

For those in the Eastern Region, the Jawazat in Dammam accepts Filipino any day of the week.

For Filipinos who do not have (1) original iqamas; or (2) original passport with entry visa records; or (3) those whose fingerprints have not been registered in the Immigration database or those who cannot secure a printout of their immigration records are advised to coordinate with the Embassy. Such cases will be brought by the Embassy to the attention of concerned Saudi authorities. END  ( No. PR-155-2013 )
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DTI and AISL signs MOA to Address Abandoned or Undelivered Balikbayan Boxes

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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) signs MOA to Address Abandoned or Undelivered Balikbayan Boxes

b567dae5cb7e9adbc0464bd4a5df766b_M(Riyadh, 29 August 2013) – On 10 July 2013, the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) as an additional measure to address the problem of abandoned and/or undelivered balikbayan boxes. The signing of the agreement was in response to the numerous complaints that the DTI received from various overseas Filipinos worldwide and their relatives. The MOA’s objectives are: 

  1. To minimize, if not eliminate, the incidence of abandoned and undelivered balikbayan boxes resulting from failure of unscrupulous foreign consolidators to remit funds to their Philippine agents.
  2. To ensure that the Philippine agents, acting as consignees of consolidated balikbayan boxes, are DTI-accredited and reputable companies.
  3. On the part of the shipping lines, to minimize the incidence of shipping containers lying idle and unproductive for long periods of time at ports of destination.
  4. To contribute to reducing the level of congestion at Manila Harbor and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) due to abandoned containers of balikbayan boxes. 

AISL is a non-stock and non-profit corporation which consists of 41 container shipping lines calling and visiting the Philippine ports and the recognized spokesman of international container shipping in the Philippines. Under the agreement, as part of the screening of incoming shipments, the DTI will furnish the AISL the list of accredited freight forwarding companies and the watchlist of delinquent foreign consolidators and their local counterparts as guide and ground for either accepting or denying bookings of balikbayan boxes. Shipments of foreign consolidators whose Philippine agents are not DTI-accredited may also be denied. 

DTI advises overseas Filipinos and their consignees in the Philippines not to do business with freight forwarding companies not accredited with DTI’s Philippine Shippers’ Bureau (PSB). 

The implementation of the signed MOA will take effect immediately. 

For an up-to-date list of accredited sea freight forwarders, one may visit the DTI website www.dti.gov.ph or call DTI’s direct telephone number (+963.2) 7513330. 

Any complaints on undelivered, pilfered, damaged or loss of balikbayan boxes should be submitted through an affidavit to DTI-PSB through fax (+963.2) 7513305 or email at  dti_psb@yahoo.com.ph . Complainants may also call (+963.2) 7513330. (END)   Philippine Embassy in Riyadh / Press Release No. No. PR-151-2013

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PHILIPPINE SHIPPERS’ BUREAU
Registration and Accreditation Division
List of Registered/Accredited Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) and Int’l. Freight Forwarders (IFFs)
as of 30 August 2013

click to see the list here>>>>>>>  

PHILIPPINE SHIPPERS’ BUREAU
Registration and Accreditation Division
List of Companies with Domestic Freight Forwarder Accreditation
as of 30 August 2013

click to see the list here>>>>>>   

Freight Forwarding Companies not Accredited with Philippine Shipper’s Bureau

click to see the list here>>>>> 

List of Philippine Agents/Freight Forwarders whose Formal Charges have been issued Decisions as of August 30, 2013

click to see the list here>>>>> 

List of Freight Forwarders whose complaints have been endorsed to the DOJ/Office of the City Prosecutor for criminal investigation as of August 30, 2013

click to see the list here>>>>>  

List of Foreign Principals/Consolidators under investigation as of August 30, 2013

click to see the list here>>>>>  

How to recruit a household worker from the Philippines

LOGO%20EmbRIYADH, 08/08/2013: Under the recent agreement between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia signed on 18 May 2013, all recruitment of Filipino household workers (drivers, domestic helper, gardener, etc) should be through an accredited Saudi recruitment agency which should have a partner agency in the Philippines.

The Philippine Embassy and its labor section (POLO) verifies the contract which is also authenticated by the Embassy. This is a requirement before any worker leaves the Philippines.

The employer should therefore first seek an accredited Saudi recruitment agency.

For each worker, there should be an individual employment contract.

The agency shall submit to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh the following:

•Transmittal indicating the full name of the employer, visa number, name of the employee, and passport number of the employee.
•Individual employment contract with the following requirements
•the contract must be on the agency letterhead
•the contract must be typewritten in Arabic and English
•all pages must be signed by the employer, the Saudi agency, the Filipino employee, and the Philippine agency, and stamped by the Saudi agency.
•Original copy of the visa slip
•Copy of the worker’s passport
•One set of all the documents

POLO accepts a maximum of 10 contracts from each agency every day. POLO accepts contracts for verification at 8AM. Releasing of verified and authenticated contracts is on the following day at 4:30PM.

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, to secure their exit visa as soon as possible.

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Amb. Ezzedin Tago & Labor Attache Adam Musa talk to Filipinos at Jawasat (Shumeisy)

The Embassy has also booked and purchased 652 tickets for distressed Filipinos in Riyadh, and 123 for those in the Eastern Region or a total of 775 as of 27 July, with around 150 passengers still being booked on flights before the end of this month.

“We think the process to get a final exit visa in Riyadh is simpler than before 3 July. A person who is qualified under the guidelines and has no pending case gets their exit visa on the same day. This system is simpler than in the past where there was a waiting period, and the person had to go to the airport Jawazat to get their exit visa number”, said Ambassador Tago.

“I visited the Jawazat at Shumeisy several times since 3 July, and the process is now much simpler. I thanked the Jawazat officials who have been very accommodating and they stressed their full cooperation to ensure that everyone is helped,” Ambassador Tago said.

The schedule for females at the Jawazat Wafideen is Tuesdays and Wednesdays (830PM to 230AM during Ramadhan) and Thursdays during the same time for males. Females who do not have their iqama or passport used during entry into the Kingdom and who have not undergone fingerprinting and other biometric intake should coordinate with POLO Riyadh for processing at the Social Welfare Authority.

The Embassy reminds all males to ensure that they have paid their traffic violation penalties, and have cleared their record of any vehicles previously on their record.

The Embassy is ready to help clear the record of those with a case filed against them at the police or Jawazat. END

Press Release No. PR-138-2013/28 July 2013

Philippine Embassy Warns Against Use of Fake Marriage Contracts or Other Fake Documents

 

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 (Riyadh, 16 July 2013) – The Philippine Embassy warns all Filipinos that the use of fake marriage contracts or any other fake “authenticated” documents is illegal and contrary to both Philippine and Saudi Arabia’s laws.

Anyone caught using or holding a fake marriage contract or other fake authenticated document can be held liable for violation of these laws.

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Confiscated Fake Documents (Click Here)

 The Embassy reminds all Filipinos to refrain from dealing with “fixers” or middlemen in Saudi Arabia or in the Philippines, who pose as Embassy officials, and promise to procure these fake documents in exchange for cash.

 All genuine Embassy-issued documents as well as all Embassy transactions along with their corresponding fees can be found at its website.

 All Embassy officials and personnel, including their designations are also listed on the website. (END)

 TAGALOG VERSION:

200810_the-proposal-posterABISO PAGGAMIT NG PEKENG MARRIAGE  CONTRACTS O IBA PANG PEKENG DOKUMENTO AY ILEGAL AT MAHIGPIT NA IPINAGBABAWAL 

(Riyadh, 16 July 2013) – Pinapaalalahanan ng Embahada ang lahat ng mga Filipino na ang paggamit ng mga pekeng marriage contracts o iba pang mga pekeng dokumento ay illegal at mahigpit na ipinagbabawal. Ito ay labag sa batas ng Pilipinas pati na rin sa batas ng Saudi Arabia.

Ang sinumang mahuling gumagamit ng mga pekeng marriage contract o iba pang pekeng dokumento ay maaaring patawan ng parusa sa paglabag sa mga batas na ito.

Hindi kailanman pinapayagan ng Embahada ang paggamit ng mga pekeng dokumento na ito. Patuloy na kukumpiskahin ng Embahada ang mga pekeng dokumento na ito. Ilalathala din ng Embahada ang mga pekeng dokumento nito sa website sa http://www.philembassy-riyadh.org para magsilbing paalala at kalinawan sa lahat.

Muling pinapaalalahanan ng Embahada ang lahat ng Filipino na umiwas makipagtransaksyon sa mga “fixer” o “middlemen” dito sa Saudi Arabia o sa Pilipinas, na nagpapanggap na mga taga-Embahada, at nangangakong kumuha ng mga pekeng dokumento na ito kapalit ng pera or halaga.

Ang lahat ng mga dokumento at mga transaksyon na nanggagaling at nangyayari sa Embahada pati na rin ang karampatang kabayaran sa mga ito ay matatagpuan sa website nito.

Ang lahat rin ng mga opisyales at empleyado ng Embahada, pati na rin ang kanilang mga posisyon, ay matatagpuan din sa website. (DULO)

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh Press Release  No. PR-131-2013

Special Licensure Exams in Riyadh and Jeddah on 15-17 October 2013

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Special Licensure Exams in Riyadh and Jeddah on 15-17 October 2013

In a press release posted on its website, The PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION (PRC) announced that Special Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBE) will be conducted in the Middle East on October 15, 16 & 17, 2013.

 The testing centers and licensure board examinations are as follows:

   TESTING CENTERS   
   LICENSURE     EXAMINATIONS   
1. ABU DHABI, UAE

2. DOHA, QATAR

3. RIYADH, KSA

4. JEDDAH, KSA

1. ARCHITECTS

2. CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS

3. CIVIL ENGINEERS

4. REGISTERED ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS AND REGISTERED MASTER ELECTRICIANS

5. ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS

6. MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

7. NURSES    

Submission of list of pre-qualified applicants for the applicable licensure examination by POLO to PRC is until Thursday, August 15, 2013. Applicants may file their applications via On‑line Application System (OAS) which can be accessed at Philippine Embassy  website http://www.philembassy-riyadh.org/ .

Upon submission of the application for licensure examinations via OAS the following documents are to be submitted by the applicants to the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) at the respective Embassies/Consulates until Friday, September 13, 2013. (NOTE: Requirements can be browsed at the official website of PRC)

Basic Documents

Photocopy of Transcript of Records (with or without scanned picture and remarks “For Board Examination Purposes Only”)

Photocopy of valid passport

Four (4) passport size pictures with complete nametag in white background

Original copies of above mentioned documents shall be presented to the PRC examination team for validation upon their arrival at the examination venues.

Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) – Specific Original Documents

Filipino Architects at the Philippine Embassy during December 2010, Arki Board Exams (Photo by Architect Denick Carullo)

Filipino Architects at the Philippine Embassy during December 2010, Arki Board Exams (Photo by Architect Denick Carullo)

For Architects:

Accomplished Logbook for Diversified Experience for local/overseas experience (certified by mentor-architect) and/or Certificate of Related Work Experience for overseas experience signed by the employer for a minimum of 3,840 hours. Scanned copies shall be submitted through e-mail to the Board of Architecture for conditional approval.

Updated PRC ID of mentor, PTR, IAPOA

Affidavit must be signed and sealed by Architect-mentor

For Registered Master Electricians: Certificate of experience on prescribed form (PRC Form No. 104), certified and signed by REE/RME/PEE and Certification from the Company.

For CPAs: Certificate of Completion for refresher course if applicable. Repeaters shall submit proof of most recent exams taken (NOA, OR)

For Nurses: First Timer: BSN graduates under CMO No.14 S 2009- Certificate of Undertaking signed by the Dean and Registrar, duly notarized.

BSN graduates under CMO No.30 S 2001-original copy of the Summary of Related Learning Experience (RLE) and original copy of the OR-DR cases in the new format. Repeater: Basic Documents.

Payment of examination fees shall be remitted by the applicants/examinees through the designated Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Overseas Remittance Offices (OROs).

Source: Philippine Embassy in Riyadh/  Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Press Release  No. PR-120-2013

Announcement & Advisory from Philippine Embassy-Riyadh

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PANIBAGONG ABISO TUNGKOL SA LOST PASSPORT SERVICES PARA SA MGA “ABSCONDED” O TAKAS NA MANGGAGAWA

(RIYADH, ika-27 ng Mayo 2013) – Patuloy ang pag-conduct ng Embahada ng “Lost Passport” services sa consular field office nito sa International Philippine School of Riyadh (IPSR) para sa mga “absconded” o takas na manggagawa, kasama na rito ang mga nagtratrabaho sa employer na hindi nila orihinal na sponsor.

Ang consular field office na ito sa IPSR ay bukas hanggang Martes, ika-4 ng Hunyo 2013 lamang.

Dahil sa napakaraming manggagawa na nais makakuha ng “lost passport” services, kinailangan ng Embahada na gawing salitan ang pag-asikaso ng mga babae at lalake, ayon sa sumusunod na schedule: 

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Philippine Embassy in Riyadh To Go To Al-Khobar on 30-31 May to Extend Services for Those Who Need to Correct Status

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh will be in Al-Khobar on 30-31 May 2013 (Thursday and Friday) to extend services to Filipinos who need documents to correct their status before 3 July 2013. The services will be held at Al- Jazeera International School in Al-Khobar, from 8AM to 5PM on 30 May and 8AM to 3PM on 31 May.

The services will not include any consular services to the public other than those who need to correct their status.  The services will include the following: 

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Philippine Embassy Announces the Conduct of Special Professional Licensure Examinations for 2013

The Philippine Embassy announces that the Philippine Regulation Commission has issued Resolution No. 2013-739, Series of 2013 concerning the conduct of the Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBEs) for Overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East for 2013. 

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Embassy Does Not Have Workers for Transfer

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Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Press Release
 No. PR-092- 2013

Embassy Does Not Have Workers for Transfer

(Riyadh, 25 May 2013) Since the announcement of guidelines for the correction of the status of workers on 10 May, many interested potential employers are crowding the Embassy and its consular outfield services looking for workers. The Embassy notes that it has received reports that an SMS message alleges that the Embassy has household workers for transfer of employment.

The Embassy also has received numerous inquiries asking for workers for transfer of employment in all categories especially household workers.

The Embassy it has no household workers available for transfer as alleged by widespread SMS messages, social media and Internet news. The Embassy is not a recruitment agency. Those looking for a household worker should contact an accredited recruitment agency.

The Embassy has also received offers for jobs for Filipinos, which it posts on a blog linked to its website, and on a board outside the Embassy. The Embassy stresses that it is not responsible for the transactions and agreements made between the companies and the Filipinos, and it does not endorse any of the companies. – end-

Abiso Ukol sa “Lost Passport” para sa mga Absconded o Takas na Manggagawa

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LOGO%20Emb(Riyadh, ika-22 ng Mayo 2013) – Ang Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Riyadh ay magsasagawa ng consular field office para sa “lost passport” ng mga absconded o takas na manggagawa, kasama rin ang mga manggagawang nagtratrabaho sa employer na hindi nila orihinal na sponsor.

Ang mga detalye ng consular field office na ito ay:

ANO: Consular Field Office Para sa Lost Passport

SAAN: International Philippine School-Riyadh (IPSR)
011 Mamar Al-Burtuqaal St.
Haya Malik Fahad District, Riyadh

KAILAN: Sabado, ika-25 ng Mayo 2013 hanggang Martes, ika-4 ng Hunyo 2013
Pwera ang Huwebes at Biernes Magmula ala-1 ng hapon hanggang alas-7 ng gabi

Ang consular field office na ito ay para lamang sa mga absconded worker o takas na manggagawa, kasama na rin ang mga nagtratrabaho sa mga employer na hindi nila orihinal na sponsor, na nawala na o hindi makita ang kanilang mga pasaporte at nais makakuha ng bago para makapag-trabaho dito sa Saudi Arabia.

Ang mga requirements para sa lost passport ay:

Application Form (na libreng makukuha sa International Philippine School-Riyadh).
Kopya ng nawalang pasaporte (o di kaya’y numero ng pasaporte kung ito’y inyong naaalala).
Affidavit of Loss (na makukuha sa International Philippine School-Riyadh).

Bayad:
SAR 460.00 kung ang nawalang passport ay green (MRP) o maroon (MRRP)
SAR 700.00 kung ang nawalang passport ay maroon na may chip (e-Passport)

Hindi na kailangan ang “police report” o “Jawazat report” para sa consular field office na ito.

Lahat ng passport ay ginagawa sa Pilipinas at ang mga ito’y makukuha lamang dito sa Saudi Arabia pagkatapos ng 45 na araw mula sa pag-apply nito.

Ang mga nawalang ng passport na nais nang umuwi at hindi na magtratrabaho ay hindi dapat pumunta sa consular field office na ito. Kailangan nila ng libreng Travel Document, na makukuha naman sa Elite International School hanggang Miyerkules, ika-28ng Hunyo 2013. Tandaan na ang mga serbisyo sa Elite International School ay para lamang sa Travel Document, releasing of surrendered passport, at pag-renew/extend ng surrendered passport.

Pinaaalala ng Embahada na ang grace period ng Gobyernong Saudi para ayusin ang estado ng paninirahan at pagtratrabaho ay hanggang ika-3 ng Hulyo 2013 lamang. (END)

(Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/ Press Release No. PR-091- 2013)

Embassy Opens Field Office for Travel Documents and Releasing of Surrendered Passports

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The Filipino community is advised that the Philippine Embassy will be opening a field office in Riyadh for the following consular services:

WHAT :       CONSULAR FIELD OFFICE FOR

  • Travel Documents
  • Releasing of Found Surrendered Passports
  • Extension of Found Surrendered Passports
  • Requesting Search for Surrendered Passports

WHERE  :       ELITE International School ( Olaya District, P.O. Box 60949, Riyadh 11555)

WHEN     :       Saturday, 18 May 2013 – Wednesday, 5 June 2013  (Saturdays to Wednesdays, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

The Embassy would like to remind Filipinos that the current grace period of the Saudi Government for correcting irregular residency and labor status ends on 3 July 2013. 

Those who have no new employer to transfer to, especially those without a valid passport, are advised to go home to the Philippines before the end of the grace period. They can still return to Saudi Arabia in the future if they are able to obtain valid visas.

Travel Documents

Those requiring Travel Documents are those who intend to go home to the Philippines during the current grace period.

 The requirements for Travel Documents are:

  • Colored photo with white background (preferably passport size)
  • Duly-accomplished passport application form (available both at the field office and from the Embassy website)
  • Copy of old passport or other supporting documents
  • No fees, free of charge

Found Surrendered Passports

Those who received calls from the Embassy can claim their found surrendered passports at the consular field office. The passport will be only be released to the person it was issued to. No representatives allowed. This service is free of charge.

Those who want to extend the validity of their found surrendered passports can also do so at the consular field office. The extended validity will be one year. The fee is SAR 80.00     

 Filipinos can also come to the consular field office and submit a request, via a drop-box, to find his / her surrendered passport in the Embassy’s database. The Filipino should then await a call from the Embassy regarding his request. Request forms are available at the field office. This service is free of charge. (END)

Source:

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh  (Press Release No. PR-088- 2013 15 May 2013)

Advisory on Procedures to Obtain Final Exit for Repatriation

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Advisory on Procedures to Obtain Final Exit for Repatriation

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advises all Filipinos in the Kingdom who have decided to be repatriated to the Philippines of the procedures of concerned Saudi authorities for repatriation.

Pursuant to the announcement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labor on the exemptions and facilitations approved by Royal decree regarding violations of the rules and regulations of residency and labor laws, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh informs all Filipinos of the following procedures for repatriation:

FOR MEN 

Requirements

1. Iqama (or copy of iqama)

-   In the absence of iqama, must be able to provide the iqama number

2. Valid Philippine Passport or Philippine Travel Document (TD)

-   Visit philembassy-riyadh.org for instructions on how to retrieve “surrendered” passports;

-   If you do not have a valid passport, request for the issuance of TD, submit copy of passport (or any other ID showing picture and full name) and 2 pcs. passport-size photos. TD issuance is free of charge.

Procedures:

  1. Ensure clearance from pending liabilities (car registrations, bank loans, etc.)
  2. Apply in person to the Directorate General for Expatriates (Idaratul Wafeedin). See attached map.
  3. Secure your immigration record print-out
  4. Secure an endorsement for issuance of exit visa
  5. Secure exit visa stamp
  6. Secure immediate airline booking. Exit visas expire within 7 days.

The no objection of the previous employer is not a requirement.

FOR WOMEN (SEMI-SKILLED AND SKILLED WORKERS)

Requirements

1. Iqama (or copy of iqama)

-    In the absence of iqama, must be able to provide the iqama number

2. Valid Philippine Passport or Philippine Travel Document (TD)

-  Visit philembassy-riyadh.org for instructions on how to retrieve “surrendered” passports;

-   If you do not have a valid passport, request for issuance of TD, submit copy of passport (or any other ID showing picture and fullname) and 2 pcs. passport-size photos. TD issuance is free of charge.

Procedures:

  1. Apply in person to the Directorate General for Expatriates (Idaratul Wafeedin). See below map.
  2. Secure your immigration record print-out
  3. Secure an endorsement for issuance of exit visa
  4. Secure exit visa stamp
  5. Secure immediate airline booking. Exit visas expire within 7 days.

FOR WOMEN HOUSEHOLD SERVICE WORKERS (HSWs)

(For endorsement to the Saudi Social Welfare Authority-SSWA)

Procedures:

  1. Ensure that you have previously enlisted for assistance with the Embassy.
  2. If you have not yet enlisted, call Mr. Richard Senerez of POLO-Riyadh at 011-481-6448.
  3. If you have enlisted, POLO is calling female HSWs for endorsement to the SWA in batches of 30 per day and calls days in advance.  Please wait for the call.  If you are called and you say you are not ready, you will be drop to the end of the list.

There is no need to come to the Embassy, POLO-Riyadh or Bahay Kalinga to enlist.

All Filipinos are advised to regularly visit the Embassy’s website at www.philembassy-riyadh.org for updates and advisories on the latest developments.END

Source: Philippine Embassy in Riyadh/ No. PR-086- 2013/ 14 May 2013

Location: Directorate General for Expatriates (Idaratul Wafeedin)

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Embassy’s Security Guard Harassed by Campers, Health of Children at Risk

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>>>>

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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

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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.

03Consul 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.

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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)
•0555-219-613
•0561-956-142

In the regions of Riyadh, Hail, Qassim, Northern Border, Al-Jouf:
•054-591-7834

In the Eastern Region:
•050-126-9742

Steps to rectify status during the three-month grace period

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Steps to rectify status during the three-month grace period in view of implementation of Saudi Labor Law amendments 

The grace period instituted by the Saudi government is meant for violations of the Saudization policy (nitaqat) – specifically those foreign workers who work for employers who are not their sponsors, and those employers who do not employ enough Saudi nationals. Those who fall under this category have violated Saudi labor law. The Saudi government will go after the erring original sponsor, the current employer and the illegal worker if they do not correct their papers once the grace period is over.

PHL Ambassador to Saudi Arabia H.E. Amba. Ezzedin Tago w/ was Labor Minister H.E. Adel Faqieh (Mar. 25, 2013)

PHL Ambassador to Saudi Arabia H.E. Amba. Ezzedin Tago w/ Labor Minister H.E. Adel Faqieh (Mar. 25, 2013)

The Filipino community is strongly urged to read the FAQ prepared by the Embassy with regard to this grace period.

Those who have long run away from their original sponsors and no longer have valid residency permits (iqamas) or passports are a different category altogether. Theirs is an immigration problem. There are existing procedures – under Saudi law – for addressing their issues.

The Embassy is always ready to provide appropriate advice and assistance in any case. However, their respective solutions – for those violating the labor law and for those violating immigration law are different.

For example, for workers affected by the Saudization policy, they need to either return to their original sponsor or to transfer sponsors to their actual current employer by following existing regulations. Those working as “freelancers” or under a dependent’s visa should keep in mind that it is a violation to work with a freelance or dependent visa. They should take steps to transfer their iqama immediately before the end of the grace period.

On the other hand, for workers falling under the immigration problem category, they will need to be ready with their last valid residency card (iqama) and valid passport or a copy of the last passport. If they do not have a copy of their iqama, they can obtain a print out of the information from the Jawazat.

DSC01545They will also need to get in touch with their original sponsors when they first arrived in Saudi Arabia and request from them a No-Objection Certificate. And they will need to go to the General Directorate for Passports (Jawazat) for the payment of fines and penalties, and the airfare for the flight to the Philippines.

Lastly, as of this time there is no amnesty for foreign nationals illegally staying in Saudi Arabia. It was only a proposal made by Labor Minister Adel Fakieh, which is still under study by various concerned Saudi agencies.

The Embassy has previously advised the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia not to believe in rumors that there is an amnesty. The Embassy will advise the Filipino community once it receives official notification from Saudi government authorities of any development with regard to immigration law. There is also no truth to the rumor that the Philippine Government will shoulder all expenses (fines and airfare) for the repatriation of overstayers.

The Embassy will soon disseminate the translation of procedures for various transactions with the General Directorate of Passports, and will also disseminate any official notices it receives from the host government.(END)

PhilEmb Press Release 054-2013 

Philippine missions set for elections

Philippine diplomatic missions are preparing for their country’s midterm elections due on May 13.

However, overseas polling will take place a month in advance. It will begin in the Kingdom on April 13 and end on May 13. Saudi Arabia hosts the largest number of overseas Filipino voters. The voters are eligible to vote for a presidential candidate, vice president, 12 senators and one party-list organization.

Registered Overseas Absentee Voters are urged to watch AVPCOS Machine Demonstration for May 2013 Election. Just click this image to watch the video. Thanks.

Registered Overseas Absentee Voters are urged to watch AVPCOS Machine Demonstration on how to VOTE  for April 13 to May 13, 2013 Election. Just click this image to watch the video. Thanks!

The autonomous election commission (Comelec) has decided to use state-of-the-art voting machines for the first time at seven overseas stations, including Riyadh and Jeddah. Called precinct count optical scan machines, they will be installed in the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Jeddah Consulate next week.

“A special team from Manila will train embassy and consular employees to operate and handle the automated voting machines,” said Red Genotiva, vice consul at the Philippine Embassy. “The diplomatic missions in the Kingdom are getting ready for the polling process,” he told Arab News.

The number of registered voters in the Kingdom is fewer compared to the total number of Filipinos here. Even among the registered voters, only a small percentage turned up to cast their votes in the last two elections.

JEDDAH: IRFAN MOHAMMED (Tuesday 2 April 2013 Arab News)

Important update: 

To all  OFWs who are Registered voters or Overseas Absentee Voters please be advised that the COMELEC  has reinstated the 238,557  registered overseas Filipinos who failed to vote in the last past two election.  It  means that you are  in the list of  Absentee Voters that are qualified to cast votes in the April 13 to May 13, 2013 Philippine Midtern Election.

Please  GO OUT and VOTE!  Ang BOTO Pahalagahan MOHuwag Sayangin ang BOTO! Ipaabot ang nagkakaisang tinig ng  OFWs, GAMITIN ang KARAPATANG MARINIG!

Be reminded that  “people who don’t vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.”  (Marian Wright Edelman-Rights Activist)

IF YOU ARE NOT A “VOTER” YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CRITICIZE POLITICIANS. – BongA

Thank you Sir Roussel! “Mission Accomplished”

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I am sad to learn that Consul Roussel Reyes finally ended his tour of duty as one of the member of the diplomatic corps of our Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

I first met him in his first days of assignment during the Partidong Pandaigidigang Pilipino tripartite meeting where he was our Guest of  Honor representing the then former Ambassador to the Kingdom Tony Villamor. We finally became friends when he accepted my invitation as one of our panelist during the OFW Forum – “Know your Rights and Obligations as OFW in the Kingdom” held at the 2nd Industrial Area of Riyadh.

Consul Roussel Reyes during the Farewell get-together at Philippine Embassy

Consul Roussel Reyes during the Farewell get-together at Philippine Embassy

Reyes tenure was marked with plenty of hubbub coming from the so-called progressive alliance of OFWs in the Middle East; from “no indelible ink” in the last Absentee Voting where he  oversees the implementation of the OAV in Riyadh; to non-assistance of jailed OFWs where he heads the ANS-Assistance to National Section till his tenure ended. But these allegations never stop him from doing his job silently and satisfactorily with no media mileage. I still remember when he explained to me in details  how difficult to follow up some ANS sensitive cases.

For the past five or six years of his posting as Third Secretary and Vice Consul and just recently as  Consul, I was able to track his work and how he managed to deal some complexities of his job. He told me and accepts that his first experienced as a diplomat was challenging, tough and grueling. According to Consul Reyes in one of our friendly chat, “the Saudi legal system and the procedural aspects of their criminal law is very complicated” he said. Yet despite from all the untiring efforts that he and his colleagues had done in assisting distressed OFW cases, there are still some quarters that don’t believed ANS  are doing their very best.

with Consul Reyes & Mario Ben (KGS)

with Consul Reyes & Mario Ben (KGS)

Consul Roussel Reyes is a lawyer from San Juan, Metro Manila. He graduated in 1998 from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the same institution in 2002 and passed the Bar examinations of 2003. Just recently the DFA named him as 2012 Outstanding Diplomat-Gawad Mabini Award.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2004 as Foreign Service Officer, Class IV, after passing the Foreign Service Officer Examinations of 2003. Prior his posting in Riyadh, he was a Principal Assistant in the Office of Legal Affairs of the Department from April 2005 to August of the same year. He was subsequently designated as an Acting Division Director in the office from August 2005 to October 2006. His first foreign assignment was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Third Secretary and Vice Consul from October of 2006 to February 2013. He is married to Mary Michelle C. Reyes and has two daughters.

For me, I don’t have the superlatives to describe who he was as a diplomat and a friend. He has been an exemplary Consul. It is good to imagine that the DFA  got it so right in sending  Consul  Atty. Roussel Reyes and for posting him first in Saudi Arabia. To those who know him well, will going to miss him. And of course I will miss his smiling face and sparkling eyes, the part of his imagery.

Surely, he will look back on a job well done, in a place where he will be missed. 

Thank you  Sir Roussel! “Mission Accomplished.”

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Advisory: OAVs Who Failed to Vote Twice

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The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh informs all concerned Overseas Absentee Voters (OAVoters) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the deadline for filing of manifestations of intent to vote by OAVoters who failed to vote twice in 2007 and 2010 has been extended to 11 January 2013.

"It is only when you exercise your right to choose that you can also exercise your right to change”

“It is only when you exercise your right to choose that you can also exercise your right to change”

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh received instructions from the Commission on Elections, through the Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (DFA-OAVS), of the promulgation by Comelec on 14 December 2012 of Resolution No. 9578 which extends the deadline for filing of manifestations of intent to vote by OAVoters who failed to vote twice to 11 January 2013.

Comelec Resolution No. 9578 extends the deadline set for filing said manifestations under Resolution No. 9567.

Under Comelec’s resolutions, Overseas Absentee Voters (OAVoters) who failed to vote twice during the National Elections in 2007 and 2010 will be deleted from the National Registry of Overseas Absentee Voters (NROAV) unless they submit a manifestation of their intent to vote by 11 January 2013.

Only registered OAVoters whose names appear in the NROAV will be allowed to vote in the 2013 Nationals Elections.

Procedures:

Check if your name is included in the list of OAVs who failed to vote twice. To access the list, copy and paste any of the below links to your web browser’s URL address tab:

From Comelec’s website at:

http://www.comelec.gov.ph/oav/uploads/pdf/oav_lists/FailedToVoteTwice.pdf

From DFA-OAVS at http://dfa-oavs.gov.ph/images/pdf/failedtovote.pdf

If your name is in the list and you intend to vote in 2013 at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where you are registered as OAV, submit a manifestation of intent to vote through the following options:

Option 1: Submit the manifestation of intent to vote to the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh.

Option 2: Submit the manifestation of intent to vote directly to COAV online at www.comelec.gov.ph/coav or through fax at fax number (+632) 521 2952.

Option 3: Submit the manifestation of intent to vote directly with the Commission on Overseas Absentee Voting (COAV) at COMELEC in Intramuros, Manila

Deadline of submission of manifestations of intent to vote is on 11 January 2013. END