Philippine Embassy URGENT Advisory – Filipinos Qualified Under Amnesty but with no documents or fingerprint should contact and register with POLO immediately
The 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
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|
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
(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
Consulate’s Assistance to Nationals Section
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Riyadh)
054 5917834 / 050 7537997
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Eastern Province)
050 126 9742
Press Release: PR-199-2013: DATED 4 November 2013
21/10/2013 RIYADH: A total of 379 overseas Filipino workers took the recently conducted Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBE) held in Riyadh on 15 to 17 October 2013.
The Examinations were supervised by a Team from the PRC, headed by Director Lily Ann R. Baldago, Head of the 5-member PRC Team.
The Philippine Regulations Commission has been conducting SPLBE overseas since 1997 to qualified OFWs while working in the Middle East or other foreign countries.
This year’s examination in Riyadh was organized and coordinated by the officers and members of Philippine Professional Organizations (PPO) under the leadership of its current Chairman Engr. Modesto Gibas.
PRC Resolution No. 2011-627 directs the PRC and the Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs) to conduct SPLBE with the active role and participation of Philippine Embassies/Consulates and Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) abroad.
The just concluded Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations were administered for 7 disciplines. Nursing still topped the number of examinees with 87 examinees, closely followed by Architecture with 86 examinees, Registered Master Electrician with 54 examinees, Civil Engineering with 49 examinees, Mechanical Engineering with 46 and Certified Public Accountants with 24 examinees.
OFW-applicants who wants to avail SPLBE in the future can submit requests through their respective overseas professional organizations or by OFW-applicants themselves to Philippine embassies or consulates through the POLOs.
The Philippine posts or the POLOs shall then submit to the PRC data on the number of pre-registered OFW-applicants, at least three months before the proposed date of the examinations.
(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.
The 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
(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.
No. PR-184-2013: Filipinos Reminded Not to Seek Fake Documents and Assistance from Mr. Albert Guanzon and Associates dtd. 19/10/2013
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh warned overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom not to deal with any person or entities in exchange for promises of repatriation. The advisory was issued after the Embassy received sworn complaints against certain individuals posing as Embassy or POLO staffs or employees.
(Riyadh, 23 October 2013) The public is advised to 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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
(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:
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
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 )
09/11/2013, QATAR: More than 100 Filipino groups recognised by the Philippine embassy in Doha are expected to hold an election of officers of a newly-formed umbrella organisation on September 13 (Friday).
In a circular e-mailed to Gulf Times recently, the embassy disclosed that United Filipino Organisations in Qatar (UFOQ) will organise and spearhead major activities for the Filipino community. It will plan and execute programmes for the welfare of expatriates, including the annual Philippine Independence Day celebration. It will also represent the Filipino community at various official gatherings and events in the country.
Vice-consul Melvin Almonguera told Gulf Times that chairman, secretary and treasurer made up the three elective positions for UFOQ. The election will start at 2pm at the new chancery in the Jelaiah area.
He added that representatives who will attend the elections are the only persons eligible to be nominated and elected. Embassy officials will serve as the Commission on Elections.
Leaders of various professional organisations (such as accountant, architect, and engineer groups) are expected to vie for the three positions.
Those who have announced their candidature include Jhin Tabuzo from the United Architects of the Philippines and Delfin Montenegro from the Samahang Batangueno Qatar (SBQ). Lyndon Magsino from the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants was also mentioned by some expatriates.
The organisations that will participate on Friday include the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Minsubasta, Philippine Association of Safety Engineers, United Pinoy Motor and Motorcycle Group, and Foundation for Family and Life Qatar Migrant Workers. Dozens of sports, medical and artists’ groups as well as fraternities have confirmed their attendance.
It is learnt that some aspirants have started seeking the endorsement of other organisations while some groups have openly announced their choice by using Facebook since last week.
In the same circular, the embassy reminded participants that an organisation may be represented by its president or chairman or any designated representative with a written authority signed by their top officials.
In the meeting, the chairman of the Philippine Independence Day Organising Committtee 2013 will also present his financial report regarding the event held on June 14. Almonguera had earlier said that there is also a need to streamline the accredited groups. This, he stressed, will make information dissemination easier and faster.
The vice-consul has expressed optimism that the move will allow them, as well as community leaders, to monitor and get updates from each group. – GULF TIMES
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) signs MOA to Address Abandoned or Undelivered Balikbayan Boxes
(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:
- 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.
- To ensure that the Philippine agents, acting as consignees of consolidated balikbayan boxes, are DTI-accredited and reputable companies.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com . Complainants may also call (+963.2) 7513330. (END) Philippine Embassy in Riyadh / Press Release No. No. PR-151-2013
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RIYADH – The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) launched on Sunday an awareness campaign enlightening foreigners about their insurance rights against vocational hazards.
GOSI Governor Solaiman Al-Quwaiz told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the campaign was within the continued efforts to spread social insurance awareness especially among non-Saudi subscribers.
In addition to newspapers, TV channels, publications, billboards and electronic sites, there will be special teams from the organization visiting foreigners at their work places to enlighten them about the insurance rights, Al-Quwaiz said.
He said the campaign will be in four languages: Arabic, English, Hindi and Urdu.There are more than 6.3 million foreigners registered with GOSI.GOSI implements social insurance rules, collects contributions from employers and pays benefits to entitled insured persons and their family members.
Calculations for GOSI are based on earning of an employee (Basic Salary + Housing Allowance) of a particular Organization. Calculations are divided into 3 categories: GOSI for Saudi citizens, GOSI for GCC (Gulf Corporation Council) nationals, and GOSI for non-Saudis.
Under a new scheme introduced recently by the Ministry of Labor, expatriate workers become beneficiaries of GOSI.
The date on which a non-Saudi worker arrives in the Kingdom or the date on which his service is transferred to another employer will be considered the date of his registration with the professional hazards division of GOSI.
In the event that the non-Saudi contributor sustains a work injury, he will be compensated with a lump sum amount. If the injury results in a permanent total disability the injured is entitled to a lump sum compensation of 84 months of the benefit value, which he was supposed to receive up to a maximum of SR330,000.
The calculation of the compensation takes into account the amount of the assistance of other allowances decided by the competent medical board. If the person’s injury results in partial disability, then the injured is entitled to a lump sum compensation equivalent to 10 years of the value of the assumed benefit up to a maximum of SR165,000.
If the injury results in the death of the contributor, his family members receive a lump sum compensation equivalent to 84 months. It is calculated on the basis of the benefit, which he was supposed to receive up to a maximum of SR330,000. It is equally distributed among the family members. SAUDI Gazette 2/09/2013
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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.
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
RIYADH 27/07/2013: Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago returned to Riyadh from Dammam after a two day trip where he verified with the Court 3 that the family of the victim of Rodelio Lanuza has signed the court decision acknowledging their receipt of the blood money and their forgiveness to Rodelio Lanuza.
Ambassador Tago revealed that the court on 25 July formally forwarded the file to the Office of the Emir of the Eastern Region, after the victim’s family and the Judge had signed the court decision.
Ambassador Tago said “when it was confirmed that the court decision was already signed by the victim’s family and the Judge but it was not yet sent to the Emir’s Office since the supervising judge Usamah Al-Tayyar was on leave, I met on Wednesday 24 July with the Head of the Dammam Grand Court Judge Ibrahim Al-Sayyari and I briefed him on the reason for the delay. Judge Ibrahim Al-Sayyari summoned the court administrative supervisor and instructed him to prepare the endorsement and have the alternate judge sign the endorsement of the file.”
“On 25 July, we went back to the court and ensured that the endorsement was signed and sent to the outgoing section for transmittal to the Office of the Emir of the Eastern Region,” added Ambassador Tago.
Earlier in the week, Ambassador Tago called Mr. Abu Saqr Al-Qahtani who is a relative of the victim to seek his help for the signing of the court decision. Abu Saqr had helped the Philippine Embassy and the Dammam Reconciliation Committee in February 2011 during the agreement with the family for the forgiveness.
Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago reiterated the appreciation of the Philippine government to the family of Mohammad Saad Al-Qahtani for their forgiveness, and thanked the Dammam Reconciliation Committee headed by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Osaimeen and Sheikh Ali bin Ali for their continued help and assistance throughout the years in reaching out to the family.
“I must also thank the Office of the Emir under the former and current Emirs and ultimately the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who issued a royal order to pay the remaining 2.3 million to complete the blood money due to the family”, Ambassador Tago stressed.
The Embassy will check with the Office of the Emir whether it will issue the order for release, or will forward the file to the Ministry of Interior.END
Press Release No. PR-136-2013
26 July 2013
(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.
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)
(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
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:
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:
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.
(RIYADH, 25 May 2013) – The Philippines’ national carrier, Philippines Airlines (PAL), is planning to resume its flight operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the near future.
Senior PAL officials called on Minister and Consul-General Marshall Louis Alferez at the Embassy on 23 May 2013 to share their plans for the resumption of direct PAL flights between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia in the near future. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago, who was originally scheduled to receive the PAL officials, was in the Eastern Region and unable to receive the PAL officials.PAL officials said that the flight services would involve newly acquired/purchased planes that could accommodate more than 300 passengers.
“As the national carrier, Philippine Airlines is always a source of pride to Filipinos overseas. If PAL does indeed resume its operations to Saudi Arabia soon, I am sure that it will be warmly welcomed by our kababayan here in the Kingdom,” said Consul-General Alferez.
The Consul General also told the PAL officials that there has been a notable increase in tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia to the Philippines, especially among families, from 22,214 in 2010, and 27,945 in 2011, to 30,040 visitors in 2012. He said that the future resumption of PAL flights in the Kingdom would further strengthen the Philippines’ ability to tap the huge Saudi tourism market. He further noted that many expressions of interest were received from the Saudi public during the Riyadh Travel Fair 2013 last 23-26 April 2013.
Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago expressed confidence that the return of PAL would help boost Philippine tourism as well as provide alternatives to travelers to the Philippines.(END) – Philippine Embassy in Riyadh/No. PR-093- 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-
(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).
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)
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.
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)
Philippine Embassy in Riyadh (Press Release No. PR-088- 2013 15 May 2013)