What is OFW CONGRESS?

OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS CONGRESS
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

OFW CONGRESS was established and promulgated its Constitution and By-Laws on March 15,1999.

The Executive Council known as the EXECON convened a CONCOM (Constitutional Commission) who adopted and promulgated its Constitution and By-Laws.

In Article II, Section 1 of its Constitution and By-Laws states the following:

The OFW Congress-Riyadh recognizes the enactment of Republic Act No. 8042 known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Act of 1995. It shall therefore, act as partners of the State in the protection of Filipino migrant workers and in the promotion of their welfare. Towards this end, the organization shall plan, initiate, advocate, and spearhead the drafting, lobbying, passage of motions, measures, resolutions and position papers on vital issues affecting the rights, welfare and economic well being of the OFW’s.

Genuine unification of OFWs in Riyadh had always been elusive, despite efforts for unification of community leaders and the Philippine embassy officials for years. It was only in 1998, aptly perhaps as it was also the Centennial Year of Philippine Independence, when unification became an apparent reality through a plan to create the OFW Congress. The OFW Congress would be “a gathering of, and forum for, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Riyadh to discuss key issues, concerns and problems affecting them and their families back home in the Philippines. Its process shall be democratic, through open and honest election of the Congress leadership with grassroots mandate; and among its specific objectives are (a) to serve as the unifying entity, and (b) to develop the social, economic and political conditions of OFWs through opportunities to be provided by the Congress.

On November 27 and December 4, 1998, elections were held 1998 at the OWWA Center to select the 21 Executive Council members from among 78 duly-registered candidates. The Committee on Elections, consisting of the Philippine Embassy staff, supervised the election that was perceived by the community to have been free and honest. On December 11, 1998, the inaugural session of the Congress was then held at the Philippine embassy grounds in Riyadh. As the first-ever deliberative assembly of OFWs in Saudi Arabia, and possibly elsewhere, the Congress served as the highlighting event of the Filipino community’s celebration of December as the OFW Month. On January 14, 1999, at the Philippine Embassy, the Executive Council selected its officers and assigned portfolios to the Council members.

8,000 OFWs gathered at OWWA Center to express their right of suffrage

It was a defining community experience when some 8,000 OFWs gathered to express their right of suffrage. (Many other compatriots were unable to vote because the OWWA Center could not accommodate the great number of people who gathered then.) Who would have imagined that we could hold such an exercise free of the goons, gold and guns so pervasive at home? Former Consul Jesus S. Domingo, who was chairman of the COMELEC, likened it to a blooming in full of a flower in the middle of the desert, born under the most trying of conditions. It was unprecedented, an achievement that prides us all to say that we can hold such clean, free and honest election. It yielded us a rich harvest of goodwill and allowed us to look forward as a community united in our efforts to promote our common good.

The structure of the OFW Congress definitely allows participation of organizations and individuals community-wide. In fact, the OFW Congress, through its General Assembly, is the forum for which organizations can discuss and resolve issues of common concern. So far, the General Assembly has convened twice through its Central Committee, and passed a number of resolutions. Organizations, leaders and members alike, are welcome to participate in both the Central Committee and the General Assembly, for the common good, the rights and welfare of fellow OFWs. No matter if we are all volunteers to the tasks, our greater vision is to seek a better place under the sun for OFWs and their families in a progressive Philippines.

The Riyadh OFW Congress

The Riyadh OFW Congress
By Manuel A. Lector, Secretary-General, Riyadh

(Background Information)

In late 1998, the Filipino community in Riyadh participated in the election of 21 representatives to an OFW Congress’ Executive Council. The election and the efforts to make it a reality were unmistakably a show of unity among community organizations. There were “major” parties formed by leading organizations in the community. For four election days spread over two weeks, thousands lined up to exercise their right of suffrage, whose votes it took volunteers many nights, in fact, weeks to tabulate. Looking back, it now has taken historic meaning in light of efforts of OFWs all over the world to exercise their right to vote. Consul Jesus S. Domingo cited then the parallelism between the OFW Congress and the Malolos Congress at the turn of this century. He stated that the Malolos Congress established a government to unify the many islands of the country. The OFW Congress a hundred years later was born as a step in the struggle of overseas Filipinos to become part of the bigger Philippine society, to become a true and active partner in nation building, even while in the state of diaspora. Then Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Domingo Siazon, spoke of the OFW Congress as the main vehicle of community unity, and awaited the formation of other Congresses in the Middle East and possibly the whole world.

One significant achievement of the OFW Congress, with the help of the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh, was its holding of the OFW Summit 2000. On October 6, 2000, government officials from Manila led by Senator Rauld Roco came to speak before the Filipino community in Riyadh in the summit.

The summit’s theme was “Filipino Migration: Issues and Concerns”, held in the Intercontinental Hotel. Leaders of numerous civic organizations served as counterpart to the Manila delegation during the forum. The one-day summit, organized by OFWs themselves through the leadership of the Riyadh OFW Congress (OFWC), was the first-ever of such kind to be held in the Middle East. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office or POLO in the Philippine Embassy assisted the OFWC in making the Summit a reality. Overall summit chairman was Isagani Manalo, now the President of the Executive Council, and Jose Badong, the Council’s Executive Vice-President, served as the summit’s coordinator. The OWFC’s Executive Council at the time was presided by Alexander Sanchez.

The Filipinos in Riyadh as well as those from the Eastern province presented to Manila officials various overseas employment issues such as the pre-daparture orientation seminar, issues affecting OFWs at worksites, post-employment or re-integration issues, proposed amendments to the Migrant Workers Act, Absentee Voting, the OFW Bank, and a Workers’ database.

These issues were identified weeks before the summit through a series of dialogues among Filipinos in Riyadh. Prior and also during dialogue proper, data -gathering was facilitated through the use of questionnaire developed to obtain OFW concerns regarding overseas employment. In most of the issues brought forward during the dialogues and workshop, participants time and again sought a more active role by the government and its agencies in protecting the rights of OFWs. To revisit these: POEA must conduct a more effective pre-deployment orientation seminar (PDOS), POEA must rein in illegal recruitment, and abusive practices of licensed recruiters, and medical retainers; OWWA must provide more effective on-site assistance to OFWs; and many more.

The long list of recommendations to issues and concerns raised in the OFW Summit 2000 has remained a wish list. Since then, things seem to have gotten worse. We get to learn about the misuse of OWWA funds; government had signed less minimum pay for OFWs in Saudi Arabia, and lawmakers display indifferent attitude to our desire to exercise our right of suffrage. Too disappointing considering that we have often been referred to as the modern heroes of our time, who many believe are the singular force that keeps the nation’s economy afloat.

The Significance of the OFW Congress-Riyadh

The Significance of the Riyadh OFW Congress

Information Background:

It is unfortunate that some members of the Filipino community among certain sectors tend to belittle the OFW Congress and the election in 1998 which determined the representatives to the body. Almost a year after, it is time to recall somehow what happened then.

The election and the efforts to make it a reality were unmistakably a show of unity among community organizations. Participation in the selection for the 21 representatives to the Executive Council of the OFW Congress was extensive. The major parties of Kampi, Gabay, Unity, and PUNO consisted of the many leading organizations in the community. At that time the community had acted as one to make its voice heard. Inspite of the circumstances we were and still are in, there were thousands who lined up to exercise their right of suffrage, and whose votes it took volunteers many nights, in fact, weeks to tabulate. Was it only a show? No, it was a historic act. It was meant to be the beginning of our unified effort to chart the course of our destiny as OFWs, as a people dispersed into other countries.

Consul Jesus S. Domingo’s parallelism between the OFW Congress and the Malolos Congress at the turn of the last century states it all. The Malolos Congress established a government to unify the many islands of the country. A hundred years later, the OFW Congress is born as a step in the struggle of overseas Filipinos to become part of the bigger Philippine society and to become a true and active partner in nation building. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Domingo Siazon, spoke of the OFW Congress as the main vehicle of community unity, and said he awaited the formation of other Congresses in the Middle East and possibly, the whole world.

The structure of the OFW Congress definitely allows participation of organizations and individuals community-wide. In fact, the OFW Congress, through its General Assembly, is the forum for which organizations can discuss and resolve issues of common concern. So far, the General Assembly has convened twice through its Central Committee, and passed a number of resolutions. Organizations, leaders and members alike, are welcome to participate in both the Central Committee and the General Assembly, for the common good, the rights and welfare of fellow OFWs. No matter if we are all volunteers to the tasks, our greater vision is to seek a better place under the sun for OFWs and their families in a progressive Philippines.

A major hindrance is lack of resources. The OFW Congress does not even have a place to hold office and relies on the Philippine embassy to continue allowing it to hold its regular meetings in the chancery. But it needs much more than just a meeting place. The OFW Congress needs the Filipino community’s support to survive and grow, like an infant who depends on its mother to sustain it.

The First Elected Members of the OFWC Executive Council  

The First Elected Officers of the OFW Congress

Alexander Sanchez, President
Sponsor: Al Wafa Aluminum Co.; Job: Production Manager
Years in KSA: 14; Hometown: Tumauini, Isabela
Spouse: Evelyn A. Atanacio; Children: 3
Affiliations: 1.FCBR, President; 2. Calabarzon,
Ways & Means Chairman

 

Eufemio Bantugan, Jr., Executive Vice-President
Sponsor: Aggad Investment Company
Job: System Accountant & Financial Analyst
Years in KSA: 10; Hometown: Southern Leyte
Spouse: Yolanda Bantugan; Children: 2;
Affiliations: 1.PICPA, Past President;
2. OFWCCI, Director for Training
3. Leybisa, Past President

Isagani B. Manalo, Vice-President for Economic Affairs
Organization:  CCGA,   Knights of Rizal- Chairman, Profectural Tribunal, BAR Multi-purpose Cooperative

Alina Articulo, Vice-President for Welfare
Sponsor: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
Job: Head Nurse; Years in KSA: 12; Hometown: Iloilo & Manila
Spouse: Robinson A. Articulo; Children: 2;
Affiliations: 1.HEALTH, President; 2. MOTHER, Adviser
3. Int’l. PROCARE Org’n., President

Nawawi Mabaning, Vice-President for Political Affairs
Sponsor: Saudi French Bank;
Job: Credit Staff; Years in KSA: 17; Hometown: Marawi
Spouse: Sinab M. Mabaning; Children: 2;
Affiliations: 1.Asst. Area Governor, Riyadh Area Council of Toastmasters; President, AMSUDA Intl.; Past President, Ranao Toastmasters

Alex V. Bello, Vice-President for Planning and Effective Governance
Sponsor: ABB Temeco; Job: Purchasing Officer/Accountant
Years in KSA: 15; Hometown: Tacloban City
Spouse: Evangeline Morden; Children: 4;
Affiliations: 1.GABAY, EVP; 2. Palarong Pilipino Sports
Commission, Past Chairman; 3. PUNO, Past Chairman;
4. Leybisa, Past President

Danilo Encinas, Comptroller General
Sponsor: Saudi French Bank; Job: Sr. Admin.
Years in KSA: 15; Hometown: Bicol
Children: 2;
Affiliations: 1.PICO, Past Chairman; 2. OFWCCI Board of Trustee;
3. UNCLE, Information Officer

Marilyn Molina
Sponsor: King Fahd National Guard Hospital
Job: Admin. Asst III; Years in KSA: 12;
Hometown: Bagamanoc, Catanduanes; Spouse: Christopher Lavina;
Affiliations: 1.Filipino Expatriates Society

Noel Santos, Director-General for Sports
Sponsor: Ministry of Health
Job: Staff Nurse; Years in KSA: 15; Hometown: Laguna & Bicol

Spouse: Noemi Santos; Children: 6;
Affiliations: 1.Secretary General, BAR, ; 2. Trustee, Knights of Rizal
3. Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity

Reynaldo Bautista, Director-General for Membership and
CCGA Secretary General

Sponsor: ABV Rock Group KB; Job: Data Administrator
Years in KSA: 18; Hometown: Apalit, Pampanga
Spouse: Jaynie May R. Fabie;
Affiliations: 1.BAR, Pres. Adviser for Mgt. Affairs
2. Salicap, Founder; 3. Apalitenos, Founder; 4. Gabay, Founding Member.

Ed Milanes, Director-General for Education

Macario Escober, Director-General for Government Relations
Sponsor: Ministry of Defense & Aviation
Job: Sr. Civil Engineer/Consultant; Years in KSA: 12
Hometown: Barugo, Leyte del Norte
Spouse: Evelyn GS. Escober; Children: 5;
Affiliations: 1.PICO, Chairman; 2. Leybisa, Adviser

Magdalena Perez, Director-General for Culture and Entertainment
Sponsor: Dorah’s Dress Shop; Job: Master Cutter
Years in KSA: 19; Hometown: Pampanga
Spouse: Romeo Z. Perez; Children: 7;
Affiliations: 1.Pinoy Friendly Group, President;
2. UNCLE, Finance Minister; 3. CAPWA

Renato Layug, Director-General for External Affairs
Sponsor: Al Sulaimani Company
Job: Marketing Manager

Robert Ramos, Director-General for Social Welfare and Community Relations
Sponsor: Al Babtain Contracting Company
Job: Project Manager;
Hometown: San Juan, Batangas

Roland Flora, Director-General for Security, Peace and Order
Sponsor: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
Job: Supervisor, Electrical Maintenance; Years in KSA: 15
Hometown: Bacolod City
Spouse: Regina A. Flora; Children: 2;
Affiliations: 1.Kasimanwa Group, President;
2. MOTHER, Committee Chairman; 3. HEALTH

Danilo de Jesus, Director-General for Youth
Sponsor: Saudi Oger Ltd.; Job: Aviation Dept Staff
Years in KSA: 19; Hometown: Guagua, Pampanga
Spouse: Romana F. de Jesus; Children: 6;
Affiliations: 1.V-P Internal, BAR;
2. Basketball Ass’n. of Saudi Oger

Clemencia Montecillo, Director-General for Women
Sponsor: Al Hammadi Hospital; Job: OB/Gyne Physician
Years in KSA: 15; Hometown: Southern Leyte
Children: 3

Manuel A. Lector, Secretary General and
Director-General for Information

Sponsor: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
Job: Industrial Engineer; Years in KSA: 13; Hometown: Tiaong, Quezon
Spouse: Villa S. Granada; Children: 1;
Affiliations: 1.HITTT, Executive Committee Chairman;
2. KFSHTA, President; 3. OPRASA, Adviser

Renato Viray
Sponsor: King Fahad National Guard Hospital
Job: Veterinarian

Gina Gurne-Abitona, Information Officer
Years in KSA:8; Hometown: Manila
Spouse: Edgardo F. Abitona; Children: 3.

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2002 : THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL of the OFW CONGRESS

President: Isagani B. Manalo
Organization:  CCGA,   Knights of Rizal- Chairman, Profectural Tribunal, BAR Multi-purpose Cooperative

Executive Vice-President :Jose B. Badong
Organization:  GABAY; Bicol Saro nin Riyadh; OKOR;

Vice-President, Economic Affairs: Alex V. Bello
Organization: ICOFVR, GABAY, Palarong Pilipino Sports Commission, PUNO,  Leybisa

Vice-President, Welfare: Robert C. Ramos
Organization:
SAMAFIL-ABG Al Babtain Group of Companies

Vice-President, Political Affairs: Matt Bubong (Organization: Union of Muslim Association-UMA)

Vice-President, Strategic Planning & Good Governance: Mohd. Ali L. Astillero (Organization: OKOR, GABAY)

Secretary-General:Manuel A. Lector
Organization: HITTT,  OFWnet Foundation

Comptroller General:Flavio Biox Q. Manilum
Organization: BISAYA, OKOR

Director-Generals:

Alexander Sanchez, D-G for Sports
Organization: FCBR, Calabarzon

Magdalena Perez, Director-General for Culture & Entertainment
Organization: Pinoy Friendly Group, UNCLE, CAPWA

Clemencia Montecillo, Director-General for Women
Organization: Al Hammadi Hospital

Renato Layug, Director-General for Social Affairs & Emergency Assistance

Noel Santos, Director-General for Health
Organization:  Fil Sports Commission, NARs

Macario Escober, Director-General for Government Relations
Organization: Phil Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Leybisa

Cenon Sagadal, Jr, Director-General for Youth

Allan Macabangkit, Jr, Director-General for Ismalic Affairs

Oranization: Shakba Int’l.; IPSR PTA, Ranao Toastmasters, FEMAS

Jaafar Angkaya, Director-General for Education
Organization: HAJMEN Dev. Corp.

Nasser Lito Paras, , Director-General for Legal Affairs
Organization: OKOR

Antonio Apolto, Director-General for Comm Relations & Membership
Organization: Manggagawang Kapit Bisig (MKB)

Danilo Morales, Director-General for Media & Information
Organization: San Miguel de Mayumo Orgn.

Mona B. Pangcoga, Director-General for External Relations
Organization: SHAKBA Int’l., FEMAS

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2006 to 2010: THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL of the OFW CONGRESS

President: Alex Veloso Bello

Executive Vice-President : Jaafar Angkaya

Secretary General: Manuel A. Amora

Comptroller General: Bioux Manilum

Executive Council Member – Execon

Joey Badong

Marilyn Lavinia

Robert C. Ramos

Eli Mua

Mohd. Ali L. Astillero

Manuel A. Lector

Renato Layug

Oscar Domingo

Macario Escober

Allan Macabangkit, Jr

Antonio Apolto

Francis Oca

Faizal Sharque

Bhoy Macion

Ronnie Ulip

Robert Barreto

Habib Batua

Dante Pangcoga

Abdul Gaafar Dimalotang

Chris Lavinia

Manny Pasinio

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The 2011-2013  (EXECON) Executive Council Member Organizations

  

    

DIRECTOR GENERAL

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

Past President of OFW Congress-Riyadh :   

1) Alexander Sanchez

2) Isagani Manalo

3) Jose “Joey” Badong

4) Alex Veloso Bello (Incumbent) 

OFW CONGRESS-RIYADH PAST OFFICERS AND MEMBERS WITH  INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION:

eufemio-b-bantugan-jr-cpa-phil-mfp-usaEufemio B. Bantugan, Jr., CPA (Phil); MFP -  1998,  PICPA National Awardee as Outstanding CPA in Overseas Community Service for his active role as Tax Adviser to the Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia

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astillero2Dr. Carlito L. Astillero (MD) -  “Most Outstanding Filipino in Saudi Arabia” award by the Philippine Embassy in 1990, the “Bagong Bayani Award” by President Corazon Aquino in 1992, the “San Lorenzo Ruiz Award as Outstanding OCW” by President Fidel V. Ramos in 1994, and the Special Presidential “Banaag and Sikat Award” also by President Fidel V. Ramos in 1996;  2011 OBRA Awardee (Outstanding Balikbayan OFW Reputation Award by ExLinks Events); and 2011 MOFYA National Awardee for the MOFYA Land-Based Category by OWWA.

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

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alex

Alex Veloso Bello (Accountant)2010 Regional level MOFYA Model OFW Family Award  in Region 8; MOFYA 2010 National Special Awardee for community  service.  Nominee in the 2011 Presidential Award  for  Filipino individuals overseas.  

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manuel-amoraManuel  Amad  Amora (Administrative Officer) –  2013 OBRA Awardee  (Outstanding OFW Balikbayan Reputation Award) “Outstanding OFW Blogger Advocate”  by  Exlink Events and  2011 Nominee  “Bagong Bayani Award”. 

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jaEngr. Francisco “Jun” Aguilar (Former OFW in KSA; OFWC Honorary Member/Adviser) – 2009 OWWA Awardee as  Outstanding  overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in  Land-based category and 2011 OBRA Awardee in “Work Ethics” (Outstanding Balikbayan OFW Reputation Award by ExLinks Events).

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14 comments on “What is OFW CONGRESS?

  1. Gandang hapon po sa kinauukulan, gusto ko lamang po ipaabot ang aming sama ng loob s ating labor office s al khobar dahil s reklamo naming walang ginawang aksyon,lumapit po kmi s opisina ni kgg. Adam musa upang idaing ang aming problema hinggil s aming severance mula s aming dating kumpanya na alfao company, sagot s amin ng opsina ng kgg nating labor attache ay wala pa dw reply s kanila, kaya po kmi lumapit s kanila para sila ang kumondena s dati naming kumpanya, ano po ang saysay ng aming pagpapasweldo s kanila gayong wala silang silbi,pinagpapasahan na lang po nila kung saan kmi pupunta, sayang ang pasweldo naming mga ofw sa kanila. Salamat po.,

  2. sir,
    good day,please enlighten me with some information i am skeptical about..lab technician po ako na nagtatrabaho dito sa jeddah,3 months from now matatapos na po ang contract at iqama ko kaya as early as last months nagpasa na po ako ng exit letter for i am planning to go home for good and for them to have an ample time to find my replacement.Noung binigay ko po sa accountant/modir ang letter ko ayaw nya pong tanggapin kasi po dw dapat pa niyang iconsult ang my ari kung papauwiin ako,i was so furious that time kaya napilitan po syang tanggapin ang letter ko,i stated in my letter that i wanted to go home before my iqama expires kasi po sir they let us pay for every rial they spent for us from the time we left Philippines til we arrived here including our 2 year iqama,sir kindly answer some of my questions ksi po gusto kausapin ang may ari at para alam ko po ang isasagot sa kanya in case na sabihin nya na hindi ako pauuwiin.
    1.my right po ba akong mag insist na uuwi bago matapos ang iqama ko kung wala pa po silang nakitang kapalit ko?
    2.kng hindi po ba ako mapauwi bgo matapos ang iqama ko at pabayarin po ako pra sa bagong iqama makatarungan po ba yan sir?
    3.ano po ang posibble legal moves na pwede kng gawin kung mag matigas po cla na hindi ako pauwiin?
    sir i know its too early to seek advice from you but i have to prepare on what may possibly come.pahirapan po ksi ang pagpauwi nla dito sa mga employee nla kaya ang iba napilitan na lng mag renew ng contract against their will ksi prang hindi man cla gumagalaw,sir please tulungan mo pong sagutin ang katanungan ko pra my assurance po ako na makauwi ako in due time..thanks po and more power..

    • As a general rule, an employer or worker is required to give prior notice to either party in cases of cancellation of contract before its expiry period, or in case of resignation by the worker. Art. 78: Failure to observe the prescribed notice period shall make the party liable for indemnity equivalent to the worker’s pay for the notice period or the remainder.

      In a fixed term contract, the validity or duration of the contract is expressly provided in the contract or agreement. On the other hand, an indefinite contract is silent or does not contain a provision about its validity, duration or expiration.

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      The determination of the factual basis of the grounds invoked by the worker for valid termination is left to the competent labor office or authorities, especially if the same is disputed or denied by the employer. Such being the case, and to avoid technicalities, it is advised that the worker should avail the assistance of the Saudi Labor Office or competent local authorities.

      The first step for the worker to do is to thresh out the matter personally or in writing with his employer or the latter’s authorized representative. He may also inform the Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA) and/or its counter-part agent in the Kingdom for information and assistance. If the employer refuses to settle the matter, the worker may seek the assistance of Embassy/POLO-OWWA in the conduct of negotiation or conciliation with the employer. If settlement of the worker’s complaint is not possible, the worker must seek the remedies available before the Saudi Labor Office.

      Taken from: FAQ by: POLO/OWWA Atty. Cesar Chavez

  3. hi. mr. bong..si jennifer po uli.. i just the email to the consulate in riyadh, like a week ago..i ahvent received any emails from them regarding my father(arsenio f. mendoza). anyway po, can u send me po ur email add so i can give u the copy of my email that i’ve sent to the consulate..baka po may corrections po kayo na maibibigay sa akin

    thank u po again!!

  4. hi mr. bong

    kamusta po ulit kayo dyan?hopefully everything is going well with you.anyway, i was just wondering if there is somebody that i can call or talk to regarding the issue with my father(who i think is in jubail)..or offices there in KSA that might have records of filipino working there..alam ko po that you are really busy, and i’m not rushing you sir bong..sana po ay di kayo makulitan sa akin..you said before that u have sme friends or contacts that are from jubail, and that u will ask around, sana po meron pong maging balita.

    anyway po sana, u could help…his name po again is arsenio fernando mendoza (enyong or senyong for short

    regards and keep doing what your doing..your helping alot of filipinos

    thanks

    jennifer mendoza-segoviano

    • Jen,

      I was able to talked and inquire with my friends stationed at Jubail pero hanggang ngayon wala po silang info. I also tried to talked with Filipino Community organizations in Jubail and even 2 of them emailed me the membership list of their respective organizations but to no avail wala pong pangalan na Arsenio Fernando Mendoza.

      I also tried to check with COMELEC registered absentee Voters and here are the list according to Post:

      JUBAIL:

      MENDOZA ARIEL ALFANTE
      MENDOZA FRANCISCA ISON
      MENDOZA MARIO SALONGA
      MENDOZA MARTIN MENDOZA
      MENDOZA RONNIE LAURENCIANO

      RIYADH-AL KHOBAR:

      MENDOZA ADRIANO LIWAG
      MENDOZA ALAN DITARO
      MENDOZA ALBERT DELOS SANTOS
      MENDOZA ALEXANDER SICO
      MENDOZA AMADO REYES
      MENDOZA ANGELITO FRANCO
      MENDOZA ANTONINO GADRINAB
      MENDOZA ANTONIO ROSALES
      MENDOZA ARIEL TEJADA
      MENDOZA ARIES PEREZ
      MENDOZA ARNOLD AGUILERA
      MENDOZA ARTEMIO HEMBRADOR
      MENDOZA BENEDICTO CUNANAN
      MENDOZA BEVERLY MEJIA
      MENDOZA BRAYAN CABRERA
      MENDOZA CANDIDO JR. JIMENEZ
      MENDOZA CESAR CANTOS
      MENDOZA CHARLIE REYES
      MENDOZA CHRISTIAN ATAYDE
      MENDOZA CLARITO RODRIGUEZ
      MENDOZA CONRADO SANCHEZ
      MENDOZA CONSTANTINO ESTABILLO
      MENDOZA CORAZON CASTOR
      MENDOZA DANILO OREAL
      MENDOZA DON ALFREDO III VALDEZ
      MENDOZA EDGARDO CABANIT
      MENDOZA EDGARDO MARASIGAN
      MENDOZA EDILBERTO ALFANTE
      MENDOZA EDRALIN FERRER
      MENDOZA EDUARDO CAUSAPIN
      MENDOZA ELEUTERIO LUMANGLAS
      MENDOZA ELISA TATARO
      MENDOZA ELMER MENDOZA
      MENDOZA EMIL BASA
      MENDOZA ERNESTO HERNANDEZ
      MENDOZA ERNIE MENDOZA
      MENDOZA ESMERALDO ELIZAGA
      MENDOZA ESPERANZA CELESTE
      MENDOZA ESTELITA CUEVAS
      MENDOZA FEDELINO LEGASPI
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      MENDOZA ZALDY GUERRERO

      Well, I think our last option is to ask for help with our Philippine Embassy. Please email our Consular Section at consular@philembassy-riyadh addressed to First Secretary and Consul MOHD. NOORDIN PENDOSINA N. LOMONDOT, copy furnish Ambassador Ezzedin Tago and me. Inform mo ako pag na-email mo na and I will try my best to follow it up, Ok Jen.

      Best regards.

      Bong

  5. Sir Bong,

    Gusto ko lang pong iparating ang taos pusong pasasalamat sa inyong ginawang pagtulong upang ipaabot sa mga may katungkulan sa POEA ang mga daing at tanong nga ating kapwa OFW dito sa Dubai tungkol sa bayarin sa OEC.

    Mabuhay po kayo at mabuhay ang blog nyo!

    Godbless and more power sa OFW Emporwent site!

    • Thanks Jennette for your kind words.

      Hindi po nagtatapos dito ang problema. Kailangan lamang po ang malawakang information campaign galing sa ahensya ng pamahalaan upang maipabot sa mga kahanay natin sa Dubai ang tungkol sa usaping ito, upang maiwasan ang hindi pagkakaunawaan ng bawat isa sa atin.

      Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa iyong mahabang pasensya at pang-unawa.

      Bong

      ****
      Mahal na POEA,

      Diyos lamang po ang nakakabatid sa kasiyahan na dulot sa akin sa inyong sagot sa aking liham.

      I am praying that from this day, may there be hope for the case of thousands of OFWs here in Dubai who’s life will be impacted directly for whatever decision the officials will provide.

      Maghihintay po ako sa inyong magandang balita na sana ay mangyarii sa lalong madaling panahon ng sa gayun ay matugunan ang posibleng mangyari pa ulit na bayaran ng ating kapwa OFW.

      On behalf of the OFWs and OFW Congress, we thank you for your support and understanding.

      Gumagalang,
      Jennette

      ******
      From: POEA

      Dear Ms. Alami,

      Hayaan po ninyo at ang inyong kahilingan ay ipapaabot po namin sa ating mga nakatataas na opisyal upang matugunan ang inyong hinaing.

      Salamat po.

      ****

      Magandang araw po sa inyo at maraming salamat sa muling nyong pagtugon sa katanungan po namin.

      Hindi po kami dadaing kung hindi po namin nakitaan ng inconsistency ang patakaran ng POEA sa name hire or direct hire. Sa paliwanag nyo po, ang kaibahan sa pagbabayad ay dahil sa mga papeles na naipakita ng taong ito. Ngunit paano po mag-iiba ang papeles ng mga taong ito kung ang kanilang kaso ay pare-parehong visit visa na pumunta sa Dubai at nakapagtrabaho sa huli at nabakasyon sa unang pagkakataon ngunit nagbayad lamang ng 2,000 para sa OEC? Katulad po sa nabangit namin nung una, may mga kakilala po kami dito na pareho lang ang sitwasyun na nagbakasyon sa Pinas at hindi nagbayad ng ganong kalaki. Walang pagkakaiba sa papeles na hawak nila.

      With all due respect po, para din po sa inyong kaalaman, Ang lahat po dito na nagtratrabaho, visit man dumating or hindi, ay may proof of employment. Ano po ba ang “proof of employment”? Tama po ba na sabihin na ang proof of employment ay isang papel na hawak ng taong ito ay galing mismo sa Ministry of Labor dito sa Dubai, kung saan nakasaad ang lahat ng detalye ng kanyang employment. Ito po ang tinatawag namin dito na “employment contract” na inyong hinahanap at nagpapatunay na “proof of employment”, attested and stamped, sealed by the government of Dubai. Dito nakasaad ang klase ng trabaho, sweldo at ibang benepisyo ng empleyado. Dati rati tinatangap ng POLO/OWWA ito dito sa Dubai. Ngunit ngayon ang gusto nilang mangyari ay ang gumawa ng isa pang bagong kontrata ayun sa kanilang kagustuhan na sahod kung hindi nila gusto ang nakasaad sa “employment contract”. AT ANG MASAKIT DITO AY PAGBABAYAD NG AUTHENTICATION para daw sa bagong kontrata na ito. Ano namann kaya ang benepisyo na makukuha ng empleyado dito kung ang sinusunod naman ay sa bansang ito ay ang “employment contract” na attested ng Ministry of Labor dito sa Dubai?

      Ano naman po ba ang “re-entry visa”? Hindi po kailangan ng re-entry visa kung ang visa namin sa pasaporte ay valid ng ilang taon sa Dubai at nakasaad dito kung kelan ang expiry. Hangat hindi po ito expired, ang visa na ito ay valid kahit ilang beses akong labas pasok sa Dubai. So in short po, hangat valid pa naman ang visa ko sa Dubai, ito ang magsisilbi na re-entry visa ko. Lahat ng inyong requirements na sinaad upang maiwasan ang pagbayad sa 6,000 ay meron ang taong ito.

      Ang guidline na pinadala po ninyo na nagsasaad ng detalye tungkol sa “name hire or direct employment” ang fees na 100$ ay para sa EMPLOYER dapat. Ngunit sa kadahilanan na hindi naman nagkaroon ng “direct hiring” kung tutuusin ang kumpanya, bakit magbabayad ang employer? So ibig sabihin sa bulsa ng OFW mangagaling ang bayad na ito. Sa makatuwid sila ang pinababayad ng POEA ng 100$, hindi ang kumpanya nito. At igagarantiya ko sa inyo na walang kumpanya ang magbabayad nito kung hindi naman sila personally nag request na kumuha sa Pinas ng tao, ang tao any nandito na sa Dubai ng ma-hire, hindi galing ng Pinas. Hindi kagustuhan ng kumpanya na mag direct hire dahil marami ding pwedeng pagpilian dito na ibat-ibang lahi, ngunit kung ang taong ito ay nandito na, bakit hindi?

      Sa ulit po ang hiling lang namin na tingnan nyo ang parte na ito kung saan ang 100$ ay nangagaling sa bulsa ng OFW at hindi sa employer. Kung tutuusin po ang pinadala nyong guideline sa name hire or direct hiring ay 2003 pa, ngunit sa muli sasabihin ko sa inyo na hindi iba ang sitwasyun ng mga taong nagbayad lamang ng 2,000 kumpara sa iba naman na nagbayad ng mahigit na 6,000. Pare-pareho po ang papeles nila.

      Sa muli po sana, dingin nyo ang dalangin namin na tingnan naman nyo ang kapakanan ng mangagawa.

      Salamat,
      Jennette

      ——————————————————————————-

      Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:26:50 +0800

      From: POEA

      Mahal na Bb. Alami,

      Ito po ay patungkol sa inyong kahilingan na malaman ang mga dapat na bayaran kapag ang isa ay name hire o direct hire na walang repsresenting agency ang employer dito sa Pilipinas.

      Nakasaad po sa ibaba ang mga kaukulang bayarin ng isang manggagawa.

      Contract Processing

      Placement Fee = equivalent to one month salary ( for agency hires)
      POEA Processing Fee
      Agency Hire = P200.00

      Direct Hire = $100.00
      Balik-Manggagawa = P100.00
      OWWA Membership Fee = $25
      PhilHealth Membership Fee = P900.00

      Kung tungkol naman po sa mga manggagawa na umalis gamit ang visit visa at bumalik ng bansa na nagbayad ng P2,000 mahigit samantalang ang iba naman ay P6, 000.00 na pataas.

      Tiyak na naipakita po ng mga manggagawang ito ang kanilang proof of employment in Dubai, valid passport and re-entry visa na siyang requirement sa processing ng workers-on-leave o balik manggagawa. Samantalang ang iba naman ay walang ipinakita kungdi ang kanilang employment contract na verified ng ating POLO sa Dubai. Sa ganito pong kaso, sila ay tiyak na sa Direct Hire Unit ng POEA kukuha ng OEC o travel exit pass.

      Nawa ay nabigyan po namin ng kaliwanagan ang inyong katanungan.

      Salamat po.

  6. congratulations to the new elected officers and thank you so much for your helps! once again i need your help in this situation. just this afternoon our employer talked to our nurses who will finish their contracts after three months. they submitted their resignation letters early to give time for our employer to hire replacements for them. our employer told them that it is ok for them to exit however our employer will withold their licenses. further he will write in their employment certificates that they worked in our clinic from the time they were issued their licenses until the last day of their duty which spans to 1 year only. the nurses all the while know that they should be given a 2- year credit work experience. our employer explained that it is illegal to work without a license thus he will only acknowledge the t one year they worked legally, which is when they were issued their licenses.. next he said that, since he will withold their licenses they can not work in saudi arabia again under a different employer until after 1 year or 2 years when their licenses will expire. otherwise if they insist in working for another employer they will be working illegally because they can not use their licenses which he is holding. He emphasized that if ever their employer will call he will not allow cancellation of their licenses. my questions are: 1) Is it legal for employers to withold licenses and use them for other employees?; 2) are employer the ones responsible to cancel effectivity of lecenses or are lecenses deemed ineffective the moment you sever your contract with them?; 3) if in case the nurses will leave their licenses and work for other employers can they declare their licenses lost or witheld by their previous employer and apply for a replacement?; 4) are there guidelines, basis or rules to follow in computing work experience in saudi arabia?. please enlighten us in this situation so we will know how to reason out and convince our employer to give what we need- 2-year work experience certificate, no objection certificate and licenses.
    thank you so much!

    • Dian,

      Thank you and sorry for late reply.

      Matanong lang kita, are you referring to Saudi Council License?

      Medyo limitado ang kaalaman ko tungkol dito. I think the best person for you to talk is Asst. Labor Attache Atty. Cesar Chavez, if you have time please call him in this number 0509963502. Paki banggit na lang ang aking pangalan.

      Regards.

      Bong

  7. salam po.humihingi aho ng tulog sa inyo.dahil sa aking problima.akoy d sinahuran ng aking emloyment dahil daw sinigawan k ang manager,cla ang my kasalanan sila ang lumabang sa contrata at sa human ryt.ayaw po ibigay ang aking sahod..tulungan nyo po ako..eto po ung no ko 0545105519.copper chandni restaurant dammam pewde po kayo tumawag no 0546922291 salamat poh plsss..ako po c bensahar bandaying

    • Ben,

      Sensya sa late reply. Medyo abala rin sa work kaya hindi ko tuloy mabisitahan blog natin.

      Talagang nilabag nila ang kanilang batas kung binibinbin ang sahod ninyo. Ngunit may mga establisyamento na binibigyan ng palugit sa pasahod hanggang dalawang buwan kung ang kanilang linya ng trabaho ay naghihintay rin sa kabayaran ng serbisyo. ibig sabihin, katulad ng mga sub contractors na minsan ang singilan ay tuwing may accomplishment lamang. Ang delay ng payments ang siyang maging dahilan sa pagka delay rin ng sahod ng mga manggagawa.

      Sa isang restaurant na kumikita araw araw at may magandang puwesto, palagay ko hindi ma delay ang sahod nito sa mga mangagagawa. Gaya ng sabi ko puwede kasuhan ang iyong employer sa paglabag sa mga Artikulong sumusunod Art. 61.1, Art. 90 at Art 235.

      Ngunit, minsan ang ating karapatan ay nag uumapaw kaya hindi natin ma kontrol ang ating sarili sa pinanghahawakan natin na karapatan ang siyang maging daan upang magkaroon pa nag karagdagang problema. Iwasan po natin ang init sa ulo dahil bisita lamang po tayo rito at ang batas pa rin nila ang masusunod. Ang pag sigaw sa nakakataas ay insulto para sa kanila.

      Payo ko sa iyo Ben, kausapin at humingi ng paumanhin sa iyong manager, ang magpapakumbaba ay hindi mahirap gawin. Kailangan lamang po natin na makuha ang sahod upang maipadala sa ating mahal sa buhay. Pag isipan mabuti ang mga hakbang bago gumawa ng desisyon. unahin mo muna na makuha mo ang iyong suweldo.

      Kung sakaling mag desisyon ka na kasuhan ang iyong employer, pumunta mona sa POLO at humingi ng karagdagang payo sa nararapat mong mga hakbang.

      Regards.

      Bong

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