3 in 1, seems like coffee rolled into one, Coffee, Sugar and Creamer. But it is not, it is a meeting organize by our energetic Labor Attache in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Rustico Dela Fuente.


Dubbed  as POLO-OWWA 3-IN-1 is an event for the following activities:


1)      Assembly of Leaders in Riyadh for the presentation of the outcome of the Filipino Community Leaders Consultation Series.

2)     Launching of the New OFW Reintegration Program. This reintegration preparedness program of OWWA is a special initiative for the benefit of the OFWs in Riyadh.

3)    Forum on Aquaculture Investment Potentials. This will feature the presentation of Dr. Rolando B. Edra of the Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST) Manila.


It will be held on October 20, 2006 (Friday) from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Chancery Lobby, Philippine Embassy, Diplomatic Quarter.


A great opportunity indeed to all interested OFWs in Riyadh to attend such activities.


Me, I will try if I can make it, we have OAV registration in Industrial Area, Riyadh at 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. the same day. Conflict of schedule, huh!


To: Sir Resty, Thank you for this Coffee, di ko pa natitikman pero am sure “it’s a great taste”  Mabuhay ka Sir!

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OAV Registration etc.

Press Release No. NNP-51/2006

09 October 2006





Philippine Embassy announced today the extension of the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) Registration period until 31 October 2006 by virtue of Commission on Elections Resolution Nos. 7694 and 7707.


The registration schedule at the Embassy during the Holy Month of Ramadhan is from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. daily from Saturday to Wednesday.  However, the Embassy will be closed from 16-27 October 2006 in observance of the Eid El Fitr holidays.


Although the Embassy will be closed for public transactions during the holidays, the Embassy OAV team will be conducting mobile registration on 20 October 2006, Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Al Rashed Abetong Company Ltd., Second Industrial City of Riyadh.  The activity is organized by Mr. Mike Mones of the Al Rashed Abetong Co. in coordination with Mr. Manuel Amora of the Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Saudi Arabia (KAKAMPI-KSA) and Mr. Mario Ben of the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS).


In earlier field services, the Embassy mobile OAV team together with the Embassy-on-Wheels consular outreach program traveled to the Eastern Region and conducted field registration on 21 September 2006 at the Al Bustan Hotel in Al Khobar.


On 22 September, the OAV team traveled to Al-Khafji (approximately 345 kms. north of Al Khobar and about 100 kms. to the border of Kuwait) and conducted registration a the Al Sahil Hotel together with the outreach programme for overseas Filipino workers.  The registration was organized by the Saudi Arabian Hiligaynon Inc. (SAHI) led by Mr. Florante Catanus and in cooperation with the AFSCOM Eastern Region led by Mr. Roilo Alojado and the Al-Khafji Filipino Association led by Mr. Fernando Crisosto.


The two-day activity processed 149 applications for registration of Overseas Absentee Voters.


Requests to conduct mobile registration and other inquiries regarding Absentee Voter’s Registration may be directed to Attache Delza Deriada at telephone number (01) 4880835 extension 2002 or at direct line (01)4823559.



A consular team from the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh is scheduled to visit the Eastern Province on 02-03 November 2006.


Filipino residents and workers in the province are advised to proceed to the Al-Bustan Hotel, Al-Khobar on 02-03 November 2006 and in Romansiah Hall, Ras Tanura on 03 November 2006 for any consular services they may require.  The following services are available: 1)Passport renewal  2)Authentication of documents 3) Notarials 4)Report of Birth 5)Report of Marriage 6)Requirements for RA 9048 correction of clerical error in the birth certificate 7)Requirements for RA 9225 (re-acquisition/retention of Philippine citizenship).


The team will receive and process/service applications according to the following schedule: AL KHOBAR, Thursday, 02 November 2006, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn and 1:00 p.m. to   4:00 p.m.  Also, Friday, 03 November 2006,  9:00 a.m. to  12:00 nn.


In RAS TANURA, Friday, 03 November 2006.  8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

IT group in Davao

A group of  IT enthusiasts composed of an ICT professionals like Jason Banico, the guy behind Funchain, an ex-OFW from Saudi Arabia and a friend of mine Mr. Bert Barriga, so with my idol blogger, political activist Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina and others, had just recently formed an umbrella organization focusing  information and communications technology that intends to foster tri-partite collaboration between government, academe and industry.



This moved will help Davao community-based organizations develop online information in the public interest to facilitate the broad use of information technology to benefit the community.

Launched last October 6, the founding organizations are the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE-Region XI), Council of Deans in I.T. Education (CDITE-Region XI), Association of Computer Businesses in Mindanao (ACBM), DabaWegnu, Association of Solution Integrators in Davao, Inc (ASID), Internet Cafe’ Association of Davao, Inc. (ICAD), Technical Expert for Computer Hardware & Software Support, Inc (TechSupport) and MIS-Corporate.

Congrats to all Davaoenos! Good Luck  Sir Pete, Jason and Bert. Mabuhay Kayo! 

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Dream House for OFWs

Magandang Araw Kabayan!

( We have Good Offer for OFWs- HURRY!!)





Laguna BelAir III/IV, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Governor’s Hills, Gen. Trias, Cavite

Sunrise Hills, Dasmarinas, Cavite




We are the MEGAWORLD CORPORATION, a leading builder and developer of township villages, residential (house & lot) and condominiums in Philippines.


Kami po ang Representative dito sa Riyadh - Central Region ng Saudi Arabia upang maglingkod sa inyo at makatulong sa pagbibigay ng katuparan sa inyong pangarap na magkaroon ng bahay at lupa at kondominyum para sa inyong mga mahal sa buhay.


Nakahanda kaming tumugon sa inyong mga nais malaman, and we are ready to assist you in determining the most affordable terms you need.


Contact Persons: Manuel “Bong” Amora, Marketing Associate

Contacts: 0509-797-120 / bongamora14@yahoo.com


Or  Alex Veloso Bello,  Marketing Manager

Mobile: 0504-490-471  /  0562-122-195

Email:   alex.bello@sa.abb.com  or  alexvelosobello@yahoo.com  

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Rafael E. Seguis Leadership Award

There are many award giving bodies or private organizations overseas that recognizes commendable groups or individuals who have dedicated their work in the service of the Filipino people. Individuals or leaders of community initiatives that promote the common good, advocates for the promotion and protection of the rights of others as well as lending a hand to those in needs in their community and at home.

In Saudi Arabia, there are also many deserving Filipino community groups worthy to be recognized, to name a few like the Boholano Community in Jeddah, Overseas Filipino Workers Cooperative Council-Jeddah, Gawad Kalinga-KSA, and the newly organized Filipinos Worldwide for Progressive Philippines (Filipinos for Better Philippines-FFBP) and many more. 

Just recently the United Surigaonon Association in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia (USA-EPSA) launched the Rafael E. Seguis Leadership Award, or RESLA. The recipient of the honor will be given to a Surigaonon whose leadership contribution helped improve the lives of others. The award is named after Rafael E. Seguis, a Surigaonon himself, and a former Ambassador in the Kingdom and now Undersecretary of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.

RESLA is a good idea promoting regionalized concept in recognizing others for their selfless objective and dedication for the betterment of their respective community.

How about Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Leadership award for Boholanos?, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal for Capampangans?. Pres. Sergio Osmena, Sr. for the Cebuanos?, Etc. etc.  

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Dual Citizens and their Right to Vote

In Philippine E-Legal Forum it says:

May dual citizens vote even without the one-year residency requirement provided in the Constitution? Yes,  according to the Supreme Court in the case of Nicolas-Lewis vs. COMELEC (G.R. No. 162759, 4 August 2006).

57775_passport_tmbThe persons who filed the petition are successful applicants for recognition of Philippine citizenship under RA 9225, referring to themselves as “duals” or dual citizens. Long before the 2004 elections, they sought registration and certification as “overseas absentee voter” under R.A. 9189 (the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003). Unfortunately, they were told that they cannot yet vote in the 2004 elections because they lack the one-year residency requirement.  Read the rest of this entry>>>


Note:  My sincere apology to my readers and concerned personalities for the below comments that was erroneously posted as suggested by Dr. Peter Payoyo instead by Atty. Henry Rojas.

Atty. Henry Rojas is the author of the OAV book: The Philippine experience published last year by CMA and Friedrich Ebert Stftung (FES). He has done extensive studies and researches too on OAV laws and practices of other countries.

Regarding possible amendment of OAV Law R.A. 9189, Atty. Henry Rojas suggested that:

“in the light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the right of dual citizens to vote sans the residence/domicile requirement, Section 5(d) of R. A. 9189 should likewise be amended to remove the mandatory residence in the Philippines demanded from immigrants/permanent residents within 3 years from registration as an overseas absentee voter. Otherwise, it would appear that dual citizens have greater rights than the Filipino immigrants/permanent residents”.  

On the other hand Dr. Peter Payoyo from PSAP-Netherlands (Philippine Seafarers Assistance Program) for Seafarers commented the following:

“Greece registered the largest population of seafarers in the last elections because of the phenomenon of “land-based seafarers” there - i.e. OFWs with seafarers’ documents and work in the domestic services sector ashore. Rotterdam came next in the stats; this was because of the expensive logistical assistance from PSAP extended to active seafarers for them to register. Voter turn out was poor overall, largely because seafarers who registered abroad were being asked to vote in person at the same place where they have registered”.

3rd AJG Forum in Cebu

Last 29 September 2006, the 3rd Alfred J. Ganapin forum dubbed as “The 2006 ILO Consolidated Labour Convention” Implementing the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers was held at Park Lane Hotel, Cebu.

 The said forum was organized by the Philippine Seafarers Assistance Programme (PASAP) based in Rotterdam, Center for Migrant Advocacy, Philippines, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Cordaid Misereor Filipino Seafarers Family Caregivers Association, a Cebu-based organization of seafarers and their families.

Ms. Ellene Sanna & My Wife Minda Amora

Ms. Ellene Sanna & My Wife Minda Amora

Below, the background paper provided by CMAP Executive Director Ms. Ellene Sana prior to the said convention:

The Convention is conceived to become the “fourth pillar” of the international maritime regulatory regime, together with the three key IMO Conventions: the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

In historic move to regulate labour and industrial relations in the maritime sector, the International Labour Conference adopted the Maritime Labour Convention on 23 February 2006, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta for Seafarers”. This is the very first international agreement of its kind, not only consolidating and updating all relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations, but also addressing the challenges and predicaments brought about by the globalization of the shipping industry. It is a precedent-setting instrument because, according to ILO Director General Juan Somavia, the Convention marks “a new departure in the pursuit of a fair globalization by making the rules of the game fair for everybody. At the same time, the market should have the necessary space to perform its key functions for the economy and for society. In the search for solutions it has become more and more evident that there can be no lasting success with purely national solutions to global problems.”

The Convention sets out minimum requirements and a wide range of rights to decent work for seafarers and contains provisions on conditions of employment, recruitment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection.

Among the novel features of the Convention are its form and structure, embodying both legally binding standards as well as directives given as guidelines. Its amendment procedures are rapid and, most importantly, it sets out a system for the certification of seafarers’ labour conditions.

The Philippines, as the country supplying the biggest number of international seafarers, will be heavily affected by the new ILO Convention, in terms of policies and priorities impacting on sea-based OFWs. More importantly, Filipino seafarers, which make up the biggest nationality group in the global maritime workforce, hold tremendous stakes in the meaningful realization and implementation of the Convention.

The Cebu Forum will be the very first opportunity in the Philippines (and so far, in the whole world) to publicly deliberate on the Maritime Labour Convention: its coverage and contents, its implications, and its consequences to a full range of national stakeholders-seafarers and their families, government agencies, the private sector (principally shipping companies and crewing agencies), maritime training and education institutions, international bodies, and non-governmental/civil society organizations.

Thus, the Forum will give attention to the responsibilities of, and challenges to, the Philippines government-or the government’s basic policy on the ratification and early implementation of this novel international agreement. Under the Convention, primordial expectations are given to a “labour supply State” - a new actor in international maritime law.

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PhilEmb Cautions OFWs

Press Release No. NNP-49/2006

Phil. Embassy in Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

Phil. Embassy in Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter






Riyadh, 03 October 2006. - The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is advising Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to abide by the laws, rules and regulations and to refrain from engaging in illegal activities in the Kingdom. The Embassy, in a statement, said that, as guests in the Kingdom, Filipinos and other migrant nationalities are not only expected, but are obliged to follow and respect the local laws and regulations being enforced.

This advisory is being issued by the Embassy, after it determined that there are one hundred forty-seven (147) male Filipinos who were in detention for various offenses, in ten (10) different jails under the jurisdiction of the Embassy, as of the beginning of September 2006.

Similarly, the Embassy also determined that there were one hundred nine (109) female Filipino citizens being detained at Al Nisa Women’s Jail at the end of September 2006, also for various offenses, for a total of two hundred fifty six (256) Filipino detainees, down from 337 in August 2006.

Most common offenses committed by the Filipinos are: alcohol-related offenses, immorality, gambling (cockfighting and other forms of gambling), drug-related offenses, embezzlement and forgery. It is considered not only immoral, but also illegal, for men and women, in particular unmarried couples, to be seen together shopping or eating in a restaurant.

Aside from visiting, monitoring and extending assistance to the two hundred fifty six (256) detained Filipinos, there were seventy-one (71) female domestic helpers in the Embassy’s Bahay Kalinga (BK), compared to 175 in June this year, whom the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) of the Embassy is also assisting.

As far as the Filipino workers at Bahay Kalinga is concerned, the Embassy wishes to express sincere appreciation for the assistance extended by some Filipino community organizations (e.g. Tulong at Pag-asa sa OFW or TUPA, ANCOP/GAWAD KALINGA, Born Again Community, etc.) for providing airline tickets, food, basic necessities, etc. to the Filipinos thereat.

In a related development, the Philippine Embassy is also advising the Filipino community to be more cautious in joining organizations, the objectives and activities of which maybe violative of the laws and regulations of the Kingdom. It may be stressed, in this regard, that Embassy registration or recognition of the existence of these organizations does not constitute approval of their activities which may violate the regulations of the host country, especially their activities held outside the Embassy premises. Any Filipino who wishes to complain to the Embassy against any one of these organizations must do so in writing, preferably in an affidavit form, attaching documentary evidence which can be verified in the Kingdom, in the Philippines, etc. as the case may be.

Filipinos in the Kingdom are also reminded to be more vigilant against people who are out to take advantage of their ignorance or weakness and to deprive them of their hard-earned money. The Embassy has been receiving some reports in this regard.

Finally, the Embassy is also advising Filipinos who are driving vehicles in the Kingdom to be very extra careful in driving, noting the big number of road traffic/vehicular accidents involving Filipinos and resulting in deaths. For the month of September 2006 alone, the Embassy received twenty-two (22) Reports of Death, seven (7) of whom were due to road traffic-vehicular accident. END

Congrats! BC-J

Happy indeed receiving an email reply from a respected community leader, a friend and a mentor way back when I was Jeddah, especially knowing how Boholano Community in Jeddah (BC-J) is moving on their continuing endeavors.


I am so proud being one of the early batches of members of this organization. Maybe I am not physically involve in their noble undertakings for now, but my heart still belongs to BC-J.    


Looking forward for a successful “Al Boholano Gatherings” in Jeddah.



It’s nice to hear you once again. In behalf of BCJ under the present stewardship of Mr. Red Bual and being the BCJ Projects coordinator, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the coming All Boholano Gathering which will be held this coming Friday 6 Oct 2006 in Jeddah. This gathering is intended for three purposes.


One, to unite and meet once and for all Boholanos in Jeddah and neighboring towns and cities.


Second, over the  last three years BCJ, in cooperation with ABS-CBN Foundation (AFI), has been supporting for quality education for the school children in Bohol. The BCJ wants to say thank you for all the supports.


Third, the BCJ leadership is pursuing the mission and vision of the organization; the socio-economic reintegration of all BCJ members and non-members who want to join the program. During this gathering the BCJ Ventures (a new investment outfit of BCJ) will be formally launched. It is a cooperative form of business venture that plans to establish next year in Tagbilaran. For more details, you can contact me thru my address. Thanks.

Best regards,

Emman Bernaldez

Global Filipinos on Charter Change

I agree with Mr. Vic Barrios, head of the San Francisco-based Global Filipinos Coalition that the interests of overseas Filipinos would be best served if our representatives were free of the constraints of the ruling party’s agenda.


These were his comment on Rep.  Jose de Venecia’s offer of representation to overseas Filipino workers in a parliamentary government. Though, GF believed that overseas Filipinos should be entitled to direct proportional representation in the legislature.


Global Filipinos in the past few months had been in constant dialogue among global Filipinos on the impact and the merits of Charter Change. Mr. Vic Barrios in one of our email exchanges said that, “Global Filipinos do not have an official position concerning charter change. We are neither for nor against. We are only for the Motherland and for equality for all Filipinos, especially equal rights for global Filipinos”.


A copy of the Global Forum Mission Report dated June 28 to July 6, 2006, the following mission conclusions were included in Charter Change issue:


a)     Notwithstanding the uncertainty over the future of charter change, there is need to continue the momentum in advocating for the charter rights of global Filipinos.

b)    The majority of Filipinos favor charter change, although there is diversity of views on the mode for effecting change, in addition to the fundamental core issues of the form and structure of government.

c)     It seems that it is only a question of time when charter change will take place.

d)     When charter change finally takes place, it is necessary for public opinion to be clearly in favor of the charter rights of global Filipinos.

e) Hence, there is great merit in focusing on consensus building in the midst of uncertainly over imminent charter change.


Please spare us

Surely OFWs around the globe will opposed any attempt to include OFWs on a plan to levy a $ 3.50 security surcharge on foreign-bound passengers leaving the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Manila_NinoyAquino_InternationalAirportIf there is really a need for a fund to be used for airport security development plan, then please spare us OFWs whose sweat, blood and tears contributed much to our economy.

Republic Act 8042 known as Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, Sec. 35 states that; all laws to the contrary notwithstanding, the migrant worker shall be exempt from the payment of travel tax and airport fee upon proper showing of proof of entitlement by the POEA.

Further, the then former Pres. Fidel Ramos heeded for our call to scrapped the 2 percent income tax imposed to OFWs, enacted the Tax Reform Act of 1997 that provides wide ranging tax break to different groups of individual including overseas Filipinos. That includes Travel Tax exemption to OFWs, Filipino permanent residents abroad or “balikbayan” whose stay or visit in the Philippines is less than a year.

This privileges that we-OFWs are enjoying now is only a small gift given by the Government to the unsung heroes of our country.

Update: Thank you! Departing OFWs exempted from $3.50 airport security fee.


Cha cha cha, not now

Recent news item taken from E-Balita quoted Rep. Jose De Venecia, one of the active proponents for Charter Change said “parliamentary seats should be granted to overseas Filipino workers if the proposal to change to a parliamentary form of government succeeds”. Further, he said that “the party-list under this system would be allied with the regular  political parties in a coalition”.


Is this a new dance tune from pro-Chacha to win the hearts of Overseas Filipinos to support Constitutional Change?


I am not against CHACHA if this is the only way to reform our country’s political system. But I think it is not the right time yet to embrace such changes where the nation’s political scenarios is in question due to some unanswered allegations of vote fraud and the government legitimacy to govern the Filipino people. 


We also knew that changing the constitution could possibly scrap the present Overseas Absentee Voting Law; and under a new form of government an enabling law is necessary for absentee voters to participate the electoral process. It could also mean that under parliamentary system of Government, a new OAV law could possibly deny the right of representation of our own choice.

Suspect List

IS MR. Torres’ article (My Arabian Nights) his own account of his experience and as a writer of some bored and lonely OFWs doing what most would considered immoral and indecent especially  those who are married, or is this a generalization of OFWs who most bear the loneliness and boredom of working months and even years away from home while committing themselves to total sacrifice for the sake of their love ones??

Being away, one can not avoid such happenstance, even in such places where consequences of such actions are unimaginable to the liberal minded. We are all aware many a broken homes, marriages already caused by long separation and infidelity. And Mr. Torres article, without caveat or even warning that the story was based on account of his experienced, put every OFWs on the suspect list and it does not help the very people who does the most sacrifice for the country and their families. His account maybe true but to generalize, without telling his readers that this perhaps is a very small minority in very few places. I suggest to anyone who read this article to be very objective as this reflect only the author’s account and experienced recounted from years ago. - Charlie Jamero

Mall of Asia

To: Vacationing Balikbayans and OFW’s, you have to visit the


This globe is now the official symbol of the Mall of Asia (MOA). Philippines is at the center of the globe and it sits proudly at the center of MOA.

Olympic size Skating Rink

IMAX is located in the north side of Mall of Asia

(Photos by Neth Punongbayan)

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Happy Birthday Mike!

Being the youngest of the family, I am blessed with beautiful nephews and nieces. Most of them I haven’t seen for a quite a time now. 


Like  Nowelgar, Mary Jessette, Kristoffer Dominic, Kristine May, Kathleen Kay, KenKen and Keith. I missed them all, maybe because I watched and witnessed the early part of their childhood. Now, two of them have their own family as well.


But there is one that I missed more.. and he is  celebrating his Birthday Today..



To:  MICHAEL JAMES, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dudes! Wishing You more Birthday’s to come, God will always be with You.

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Isang Bandila

It’s been said that the human voice can be heard above the ricochet of politics and the even the din of gunfire - when it is telling the truth. Rivermaya launches a new single, titled “Isang Bandila.” It’s a song that asks for change from the inside out and offers a very personal approach to the cure that every Filipino seeks for whatever ails our country.





By: Rivermaya

Wag kang mabahala sa kahol ng mga aso
Ligtas ang pag-asang nakasakay sa ating mga palad at balikat
Wag mong patulan, wag mong sakyan ang mga talangka
Panis ang angas sa respeto’t pagpapakumbaba

Walang matayog na pangarap
Sa bayang may sipag at tyaga
Isang ugat, isang dugo
Isang pangalan, Pilipino
Isang tadhanang lalakbayin
Isang panata, isang bandila

Pekeng bayani
Pekeng paninindigan

Subukan naman nating pagtulung-tulungan
Paglayang ating minimithi
Hindi alamat, hindi konsepto
Ang bayanihang minana mo

Isang ugat, isang dugo
Isang pangalan, Pilipino
Isang landas na tatahakin
Isang panata, isang bandila

Isang ugat, isang dugo
Pare-parehong Pilipino
Mga tadhanang magkapatid

Isang panata, isang bandila
Isang bandila

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Hoping for the best

This is a story titled “The Long Wait” by Christopher George Cadhit.  

Father and SOn

Father and SOn

OFWs usually ends up deciding to come back working abroad after few months of staying back home. It is because for the reason that the money we earned abroad is not enough to sustain our family needs, without any other alternative source of income, jobless or we’re not successful in our attempt to put up business.

The story above relates the fact of the life of an OFW. Few of us are successful but most of us were not.

I will be leaving Saudi Arabia for good next year and I’m hoping for the best.



The Long Wait..

By Christopher George Cadhit

FOR 13 long years I waited for the moment. I was at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport with my mother and my sister, waiting for my father to arrive from the Middle East. I felt like I was 7 years old again, and my father was leaving for Saudi Arabia to work for the first time. I didn’t know exactly what that meant, but being young, I thought it was all about chocolates, toys, imported shoes and lots of US dollars. But it also meant not having a father during those important years of my life.

While most kids in school bragged about their fathers who were doctors, lawyers or engineers, I would stammer and reply whenever I was asked, “My father is…a…an overseas contract worker.” A sense of inferiority went with that confession, and it was not because my father was an OFW but the fact that he was never around during the years that I was growing up.

read more>>>>   myepinoy’s  blog


About the Author: Christopher George Cadhit, 27, works as a Research Analyst in a private corporation and is taking his MBA at the De La Salle University. He plays the violin and sings at weddings.

Disclaimer: I searched the net to find out whether this has been posted in a magazine, a column in a newspaper or in any media. Fortunately, there was none yet. Just to make it clear, this material belongs to the above-mentioned author and not to the owner of this blog ofwempowerment and myepinoy’s blog where you can read the full story.

If in case, this material has a copyright or someone holds the copyright, please let me know. I will gladly take this out from here. I do not have any intention whatsover to infringe on anyones’ intellectual rights.   *** BongA

OAV Registration in Jubail a success


Philippine Embassy

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Press Release No. NNP-47/2006 24 September 2006




24 Sep 2006 - The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh conducted a successful Overseas Absentee Voting Field Registration at the Al-Mojil Camp 2 in the Industrial City of  Jubail, Eastern Province on 15 September 2006 registering a record 551 OFWs in a single day since it resumed registration in the Kingdom in October 2005.

The activity was jointly organized by the All Filipino Community and Sports Commission (AFSCOM) headed by its Overall Chairman, Mr. Roilo D. Alojado and the Overseas Filipino Workers Congress (OFWC-ER) led by its President, Mr. Ernie Mapanao in cooperation with the Mohammad Al-Mojil Group (MMG) management through its  Human Resources Manager, Mr. Ruben V. Ramos.

Philippine Embassy Charge d Affaires, a. i. Nestor N. Padalhin expressed his deep gratitude to the officers and members of the Filipino community groups in Jubail as well as other community organizations in the Kingdom, for their active involvement and continuing support and campaign in promoting absentee voting registration. Consul General Padalhin calls on all OFWs who have not yet registered to register before 30 September 2006 when the registration period expires and take advantage of the facility provided by the Philippine Commission on Elections that they may be able to exercise their right to suffrage.

The first field registration in Jubail in April 2006, generated 740 registrants for a two-day activity: 245 on April 13 at the EQRA International School and 495 on April 14 at the Al- Suwaidi Camp 2.

The two-day activity was jointly organized by the AFSCOM Eastern Region and the Filipino Community in Jubail. END


Please note that the Philippines Embassy is awaiting formal Notice from  COMELEC-Manila re: OAV registration extension from October 1 to 31.

News item taken from INQ7.net  dated 14 September 2006, stated that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has agreed to extend the registration for overseas absentee voters (OAVs) to October 31 and Commissioner Florentino Tuazon quoted in the said news item that the COMELEC enbanc had agreed in principle but still have to come up with the resolution to formalize the extension of registration. MAA

COMELEC Resolution # 7715 


2006 Filcom Workshop 2

Thanks to Atty. Fred for reminding me of the Workshop that I attended last 15 September 2006.


The afternoon session of the Filcom Leaders Consultation Workshop was participated by various groups in Riyadh. Though, some of the faces were new to me. Thinking aloud that it is a good sign that unity can be achieved through constant dialogues like the workshop initiated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.


Overview of the workshop focuses on what consultation is all about in which it defines as a fundamental needs in a democratic process. It is a tool in development of work and a means to harmonize varying positions towards common goals.


Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente emphasized during the introduction of the concept, that as an association and partners with the Philippine Mission there must be a consultation to each other for the following specific objectives: 1) To reach out to the Filipino Community; 2) To identify common felt-needs, problems, issues, and concerns affecting OFW’s; 3) To envision corresponding responses and; 4) to cultivate the practice of solution-oriented thinking, collaborative planning, and joint execution of programs, and activities.


We were divided into 5 groups in which we were given a task to identify the top 5 common felt-needs, problems, issues and concerns of OFW’s. 


For the 5 needs identified by the groups, I noticed that one was very common; it means we really felt the urgent solution to this problem. The need of more case officers/interpreters to handle the flood of cases in our Labor Office is of great importance that our Government should seriously heeded for. Not to mention the lack of transportation facilities for our POLO officers handling OFW cases.


One more thing I observed, my suggestion for a total ban of deployment of Filipina household help in the Kingdom were not even included in our group report. Anyway, I will try again in another forum, mahirap kapag nag-iisa. 


The next workshop is scheduled on 28th and 29th,  September 2006 for the next batches 3, 4 & 5. Until then that our Labor Office could summarize the issues and concerns together with the recommended solutions from all participating groups.


We salute the Labor Office for this laudable moved, however I may say that all of these issues were already brought up to previous PhilEmb and POLO officials and even to our national leaders at home but until now the problem remains the same. Hoping that this time it would be different.


By the way, to those having difficulties in contacting our  Labor Office, please try this numbers, 0508475854 and 0508475882. This emergency numbers are open 24/7. Hindi raw ito puwedeng isarado, at hindi nag low low bat at hindi rin nauubusan ng load. Pero mga kababayan ang numerong ito hindi po ticketting office o travel agency.  


To Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente, WE, OFW’s in the Kingdom are counting on you.       

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I’m Back..Let’s Move on

As the emotional degree of reaction rises, the resemblance between the various kinds of reaction increases as well; thus, extreme anger, fear, or resentment have more in common than the same reactions in less exaggerated phases. Momentary physiological change or distortion accompanies all emotional reactions, as in the instance of the accelerated heart action during a fit of anger. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2004.


I understand that this emotional reaction like anger occurred during stress, problems and pressures from work, friends, family and other related aspects that make a person seethe.


These past few days had been very emotional to me and other colleague in the community. Bogus email sender circulating around the Filipino community in Riyadh contains hearsays and unproven allegations just to harm the reputation of some Filipino personalities in Riyadh.


Mine is quite disturbing that almost ripped me up into pieces. But because I know myself  where I stand, then the attempt to ruin me fails. As long as you are guiltless and God is in your side - there is nothing to fear.


To: Alex B., Joseph and others, please let’s move on and keep the entire situation in perspective while continuing to do the kind of work we have been known to do. There are more challenges ahead of us. Let’s try to move forward through dialogue, through compromise, through consensus, however elusive. Even some of the most destructive individuals were allowed into that process. We should never give in to pressures to sell out our principles towards ofw empowerment.


To:  Lakandula and Mr. Avelino Belo,  a  famous quote says: 

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how strong man stumbles or where the deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - TDR 

Lastly, to my dear friend Joseph Espiritu, thanks for your call, I do really appreciate it, apology granted. 

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Job Opening 06-04

To fellow OFWs  particularly in  Saudi Arabia who are scouting for a job and happens to visit this blog, kindly click link “JOB OPENING” and try to find jobs suited for you.



Transferable Iqama (Work permit) - is a form of document/papers which you can be able to transfer to another employer with in the Kingdom.(Applicable in Saudi Arabia Only).

Notice also, that some of the names of the companies are not listed/shown, in order to keep/hide their confidential identity.


The job posted for Saudi Arabia are mostly male candidates unless it specified or mentioned (Female or Male/Female).


Thanks to Mr. Ernesto Borres

Clear the Mess


Been flooded with email inquiries including one in my Cbox about the alleged Filipino group scam in Riyadh. As what I’ve said the Philippine Embassy is the proper authority that can give us precise information regarding the issue.

Today, 16 September 2006, an Arab News article titled “Filipino Group Linked to Alleged Scam Explains Activities to Embassy” is the answer to all our inquiries. However, continuing investigation of the issue is in the process.

Mr. Alexander Asuncion a former Bagong Bayani awardee is a friend of mine whose column “Batas Paggawa” in Arab News Pinoy Xtra is a widely read article among the OFWs in the Kingdom. The column tackles explanation of our rights as a foreign worker under the Saudi Labor Law.

On the other hand, Samahan ng Mangagawang Masang Pilipino (SMPII) is a community accredited partner of the Philippine Embassy who were part of the OFW Congress-Riyadh led security volunteers during last May 2006 Filipino Community Night that coincides GMAs visit at the Philippine Embassy.

I don’t really know much about SMPII but I met some of its members in Filcom leaders meeting including Mr. Tanaliga. The said group is actively involved in overseeing the welfare of its members and participates advocacies for the betterment of OFWs in the Kingdom. In fact, the group was one of the signatories of OFW Congress-Riyadh, OFWs  10 Point Recommendation submitted to GMA.

For me, the best solution of this issue is for the members of SMPII to come out and clear the name of their group by issuing statement that there is no scam involved in the internal affairs of their organization especially collecting huge amount of money for membership. This statement should be submitted to our Philippine Embassy. The organization already denied conducting illegal activities forbidden in the Kingdom.

Likewise, in my own opinion  Mr. Alex Asuncion column in Arab News Pinoy Xtra  is just a sort of an advise for all OFWs to be careful in joining any community group that requires big money as membership fee and cautions fellow Filipinos not to get involved in any exercises or activities prohibited to all expatriates in the Kingdom.

SMPII moved for reconciliation with Mr. Alex Asuncion on the alleged threats is a nice gesture to clear the mess once and for all. 

Recruitment of Members in Kingdom Is Illegal, Manila Warns .