Profile of Accomplishments as Overseas Filipino Worker since 1993 up to present:


The nominee MANUEL A. AMORA is an OFW for almost  20 years in Saudi Arabia from 1993 up to present. But prior employment abroad he worked in Manila from 1985-1993.

Manila: 1985 – 1993

A Boholano by blood and born in Butuan City. Grown up and graduated intermediate (Nasipit, Central Elementary School) and secondary course (Saint Michael’s Institute now, Saint Michael College of CARAGA-SMCC) in Nasipit, Agusan Del Norte.

Graduated Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics-PSCA formerly Phil. Air Force College of Aeronautics-PAFCA, Mactan Air Base, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu.

After graduation from college in 1985, he went to Manila. He tried his luck working on the job training as an aircraft mechanic with Philippine Airlines, but unfortunately he was not able to pursue the training due to health problem.

Unemployed, he worked as a waiter, disc jockey and bartender with his cousin’s sing-a-long club in Makati Avenue. Fortunately, he was able to met a lawyer from Mindanao who gave him a break to work as a messenger in a law office in Pasong Tamo, Makati. From messenger to clerk and later on as a Para Legal Officer in a Law (Office) Firm from 1986 to 1993 prior employment abroad.

Jeddah: 1993-1997

He has been an active community leader when he arrived in Jeddah, KSA. He was the founding member of the Overseas Filipino Cooperative Council (OFWCC) in Jeddah and Board of Director of the Bohol-Leyte OFW Cooperative (BLOC) and Chairman of the Committee on Education of Boholano Community in Jeddah (BC-J). He received various citations from the mentioned organizations.

He was also designated as a member of the authorized lecturers for pre-membership education seminars on cooperative by the Cooperative Development Authority.

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1998 to present

He transferred to Riyadh with new employer in 1998. He worked with Al Ajial Co., Ltd., at the 2nd Industrial Area of Riyadh from 1998 to 2007. Away from the city of Riyadh, he made his time worthy by organizing sports events in the company where he worked. He was also the Liaison of the 200 plus Filipino working in the said company, such as the renewal of passports, application for OECs and securing travel tickets for his co-Filipino employees. One time, he went to POLO to secure the attestation of the End of Service Award received by fellow OFW who left the company for good. During his visit to POLO, he was able to met Labor Attaché Jainal Rasul, Jr. who advised him to form a group in the 2nd Industrial Area of Riyadh. Thus the Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Saudi Arabia (KAKAMPI-KSA) was born.

In 2003 Labor Attache Jainal Rasul, Jr. invited him as one of the Resource Speaker in the“First OFW Conference on Reintegration” held in the Marriot Hotel, Riyadh with his paper titled “A Chance to Make It Right“. The former OWWA Administrator Marianito ”Nitoy” Roque presented him a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his significant contribution to the first ever OFW reintegration conference in Saudi Arabia.

The Nominee w/ Former Director Fahad Bin Huraib, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology KACST- Directorate of International Cooperation now Advisor to the President-KACST

Having experience as a community leader in Jeddah, he was able to unite all the Filipinos working in the mentioned Industrial area of Riyadh. Filipino sports events like table tennis and Basketball tournament was introduced among many companies in the areas.

In 2004 onwards KAKAMPI-KSA through his leadership was among the organizations actively involved to promote the Overseas Absentee Voting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, more particularly in the Industrial Area. KAKAMPI-KSA Inter-company Bonafide Basketball Tournament was among tapped to promote the Overseas Absentee Voting due to its poor turnout in the registration for absentee voters.

It was also during his leadership where a mobile special registration for Filipino Absentee voters were conducted in various locations in the Industrial Area of Riyadh. It was also during his time that organized events for mobile special registration initiated by KAKAMPI-KSA under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA was then conducted in different companies in the area for the preparation of the 2004 and 2007 Philippine Election.

The former Ambassador to the Kingdom H.E. Bahnarim Guinomla presented him a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his active involvement in the conduct of the OAV registration and absentee voting in Riyadh.

During his 9 years working in the Industrial Area, he was able to organize many OFW Forums in the vicinity of the area. One in the Old Islamic Center, 2nd Industrial Area where officials from the Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA were there to answer questions and provide assistance to those OFWs with problems on site. The SSS, Pagibig, Philhealth, Philippine banking representatives was also invited.

OFW Forums were also conducted in the accommodation of Al Sharq Plastic Factory, Saudi Ceramics, Saudi Lightning and even restaurants and other locations where there were large concentrations of OFWs. All the forums were under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy and POLO/OWWA.

In 2010, despite of having a new place and a new employer, the nominee still remember his fellow OFWs and KAKAMPI-KSA members in the Industrial Area where he stayed for many years. January of 2010, KAKAMPI-KSA organized The “OFW Forum”. It was held at New Islamic Center, 2nd industrial Area, Riyadh dubbed as “Know Your Rights and Obligations as OFW in the Kingdom.” The forum was initiated under the on-site Labor Education Program of the Philippine Embassy, POLO & OWWA under the supervision of the then POLO Labor Attache Rustico Dela Fuente and Welfare Officer Atty. Cesar Chavez.

He was also one of the officers of OFW Congress who was instrumental and work hard for the collection of P 204,740.00 cash money donations for the survivors of the Feb. 17, 2006 landslide in the central Philippine village of Guinsaugon, Leyte.

OFWEmpowerment BLog

But his love of organizing doesn’t end up there, the nominee also loves to write. In 2005, the nominee created a blog named “OFWEMPOWERMENT” for the purpose of disseminating or by posting important information for the benefit and welfare of the OFWs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ( )

His first entry was on 13 December of 2005 titled “Tax Exemption a Token Gift” questioning the Government “Why Government keeps an eye to OFW’s whose life is already miserable away from home”. It was followed by “OFWs the Best Political Electorate” that was published online as Inquirer 7 supplement under Network Highlights INQ7 @ 5, the entry was inspired from his previous posting “OFW Representation”.

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He was then on the receiving end of encouragement from colleagues in the Industrial Areas in Riyadh and community leaders in Saudi Arabia and so with his many readers at home and from fellow bloggers, OFW Advocates, friends, relatives and loved ones.

Important OFW information campaigns from OWWA, POEA and even NGO’s who are OFW advocates were given space in OFWempowerment blog, especially when it comes to OFW Issues and Concerns. The blog became a home of and for OFWs, not only in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but to other countries as well that there are OFWs.

In December 13, 2007 exactly two (2) years, OFWEmpowerment blog 2nd Anniversary, A Closer Look at the Filipino Diaspora was published in Global Nation,, it was posted in the nominee’s blog December 12, 2007. The article was cited by various authors writing about Filipino Diaspora. ( )

He was also vocal in the campaign of OAV Postal Voting and the creation of an OFW Bank.

He is currently involved in soliciting help from Filipino organizations to give donations such as medicines, grocery items and other personal needs intended for the less fortunate and runaway OFWs housed at the Filipino Workers Resource Center or FWRC.

Today, the OFWempowerment blog is considered a home for many OFWs asking for his advice in their problem may it personal and problem on site. You can read OFW woes and concerns in so many different angles in which the nominee provides relief to someone who is asking for his guidance. Taking appropriate action under the circumstances, he even approaches in person the managers and even owners of companies where the distressed OFWs are employed to mediate their grievances without regard for his own personal safety. The nominee has performed heroic deeds above and beyond the call of his duty as a Filipino community leader and therefore deserved to be recognized.

The nominee is still an active Filipino community leader in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was the former Secretary General of the OFW Congress-Riyadh and the Founding President of both KAKAMPI-KSA and Nasipitnon-KSA International. He is an Honorary Member and Advisor of All-Filipino Table Tennis Association in Riyadh (AFTTA). He is also a recognized member of the OFW International organizations whose members are Overseas Filipinos worldwide, to name a few: OFCI-Overseas Filipino Council, International and Adviser of United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development-UFWCD-Riyadh Chapter.

He was previously connected with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, a Saudi Science government agency (counterpart of the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines) as Administrative Officer assigned in the Directorate of International Cooperation reporting directly to the Director and the President of KACST. He left KACST  on December 2014. 

The nominee is a family of professionals and of good standing in their respective community.


Father             : Daniel Gultiano Amora Sr. (Deceased) From Anda, Bohol, World War II Veteran, United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE), (Corporal), Filipino American

Mother           : Margarita Amad (Deceased) –  From: Moalbual, Cebu (Housewife)

Sister               : Mila Amora Bacho Registered Nurse, FilAm, California, United States


Juanito “Ado”         :(Deceased-Electronics Communication Engineer-EcE) at hometown, Visayan short story writer & poet

Dominico “Doods” :(Professional Electrical Engineer-PEE) Businessman, Consultancy Firm in Mandaue, Cebu

Daniel Jr. “Bebot”   :(Industrial Management EngineerIE) Businessman, Construction-General Contractor in Laguna & Manila

Letter of Endorsement from Employer





The Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the private sector.

The Bagong Bayani Awards (BBA) pay tribute to the country’s outstanding Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as the new heroes of our time. It gives due recognition to their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing the image of the Filipino as a competent and responsible worker and contributing to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

The general pre-qualifying criteria for the nomination of any Filipino working overseas, landbased or sea-based are as follows:

 Must be or has been an OFW for at least two (2) years;

 Has no past or present criminal or derogatory record;

 Must be of good moral standing or has received recognition from past or present employer for exemplary behavior or outstanding service; and

 The employment contract must have been processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

The following are the awards categories:

1. Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee

2. Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service

3. Bagong Bayni Award for Culture and Arts

4. Capt. Gregorio S. Oca Award

5. Blas F. Ople Award para sa Natatanging Bagong Bayani

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  1. Gud day po, ako po ay galing ng saudi, ako po ay naka apat na taon 3 taon sa original employer at isang taon sa bagong employer, ako po ay nag file ng demanda sa dati kong employer after 3 years kong nag stay sa company nya, ng matapos ko ang 2 years contract ko ako ay nagpaalam na uuwi na ng pinas ngunit sya ay nakiusap na mag stay pako ng 1 year gawa ng wala pa akong kapalit sa aking trabaho bilang computer technician. ngunit after ulet ng isang taon ayaw nanaman nya akong payagan n umuwi kaya nag file nko ng demanda sa POLO Riyadh, ngunit hindi natapos ang kaso gawa ng nagkaron ng amnesty na pwede mag transfer ang mga manggagawa, ako po ay na transfer sa ibang employer na saudi national din ngunit walang kaming kontrata verbal lang ang usapan namin na 50% ang hatian namin sa kita pero sagot nya ang puhunan ang negosyo nya ay cctv, access control PABX system at networking, nung unang 2 buwan wala akong natatanggap n pera kc wala kami project,subalit ng sunod sunod na ang project na dumating ako ay sinabihan nya na monthly salary na daw ako gawa ng daang libo ang mga project na nakuha namin, ako po ay nagsa walang kibo nalang dahil gusto ko ng makauwi ng pinas, kaya nung nagpapahanap cya ng technician ako ay nag prisinta na uwuwi ng pinas at dito maghahanap pero sa isip ko wala n talaga ako balak bumalik dahil sinungaling sya after 8 months may natanggap ako subpoena galing DFA na ako daw ay may utang sa dati kong amo..ano po ang dapat kong gawin ako ay natatakot na hindi na ulet makapag abroad. PLS HELP

    • Marami pong klaseng pagkakautang. Kung ito ay gawa-gawa lamang dahil sa hindi mo pagbalik, dapat lamang na ito ay iyong sagotin sa DFA. Sipotin mo ang DFA at iprisinta mo ang iyong side. Basahin mo rin ang complaint kung ano ang laman doon.

  2. good pm po.. may friend po kasi ako na nasa ras al khaimah,uae ngaun. bago po siya umalis dito lahat po ng documents niya authenticated ng poea, pero po before po siya umalis ng pili[inas kung kelan po natatakan na ang passport niya sa immigration saka po sinabi ng taga agency na bago na daw po employer niya. So ibig sabihin po pag alis niya ibang employer naka state sa documents niya, pagdating po sa uae pumirma po siya ng contract without english translation, purely arabic words po ang contract niya then iba na din po employer niya at working visa niya..

    legal po ba un?
    hindi po ba risky un sa stay niya sa uae?

    • Hi! Una po hindi po tama ang ginawa ng agency. Pangalawa, hndi po dapat pumirma ang iyong friend sa isang dokumento lalo na pag kontrata kung ito ay walang English translation.

      Dahil nandoon na siya at pumirma na rin siya ng kontrata kahit walang English translation, tell your friend to to visit our POLO office in UAE and have it translated in English. Ask our POLO office kung ano ang dapat gawin and let her do it or visit POLO ASAP.

  3. Dapat kasi bago mab abroad or mag decide na maging OFW, siguradohin muna ang desisyon bago mag apply. Of course magagalit talaga ang employer kung ang pasaporte mo ay for visa stamping na. Pero kung hindi pa naman you have the right to withdraw. Hindi ko po alam kung ilang weeks po, better to ask your agency on this regards.

    • good day sir,

      2yrs cntract po ang fiance ko sa saudi (dammam) gus2 niya po mag bakasyon after 1 yr. Ayon sa nakasaad sa kanyang contract na “u can have vacation per year” ayaw po pumayag ng amo niya… My karapatan b siyang ipagpilitan na makapagbakasyon? Ano po ang dpt niyang gawin?

      • Kung ito po ay nasa kontrata, may karapatan po siyang pilitin ang employer na magbakasyon. Ngunit kung may justification po ang employer na hindi siya puwedeng magbakasyon dahil kailangan siya sa trabaho, puwede pong ipagpaliban ito in a certain period of time up to 90 days. Depende po ito sa konkretong rason ng employer at sasang-ayonan ng worker.

  4. Hello, I’ve been reading your blog 6 months after I arrived here in KSA. I found it really helpful especially for those first timer like me.

    I post a comment for the reason that someone badly need our help and we actually don’t know who can help us about her situation.

    She’s a housemaid here in Al Jubail. Her job description says she’s an assistant cook but when she come here she’s a general housemaid. It doesn’t bother her since her employer is too good at her. Until she got diagnosed she have osteoporosis. Her employer has decided to send her back pero yong kapatid daw ng amo niya nagpumilit na kunin siya kasi they need housemaid. Kaso doon pinapahirapan daw siya. Pinapakarga pa daw siya ng mabibigat kahit alam na ng bagong amo niya na bawal na siya ng ganun gawain. She said they also deprive them to eat and even go out for a day off. Buti na lang na may cell phone siya kasi pinag laban niya yon.

    She told her employer na uuwi na lang daw siya at willing siya magbayad ng ticket pauwi kaso iniipit po siya at sabi kelangan daw niya bayaran yong iqama at medical expenses.

    Ngayon po lumalala na yong osteoporosis po niya at kahit nakita ng ibang mga kapatid ng bago niyang amo na malala na nga siya ayaw pa rin po siya payagan.. at pinunit po yong contract niya.

    Tumawag na daw siya sa Philippine Embassy para humingi ng tulong pero ang sabi lang ng nakausap nya.. magtiis na lang daw muna siya kasi hindi naman daw siya sinasaktan at tsaka 8 months na lang daw uuwi na siya.

    Gusto po namin humungi ng tulong sa inyo about her situation na sana po our Phil embassy can hear that this is not an easy situation para sabihin sa isang may sakit na magtiis kasi hindi naman daw sinasaktan. Matagal na po siya humihingi ng tulong kaya lang ina abandona lang siya ng iba natin kababayan. Hopefully you can help her. Hindi po namin nakuha yong agency niya at iba pang info kasi po natatakot siya baka mag direct sa amo niya.

    Please po give me your email address and I will send you her mobile number. She really badly need a help.

    • Ang Jubail po ay sakop ng POLO Eastern Region at ang ating POLO Eastern Labor Attache Atty. Alejandro Padaen ang siyang nakatalaga bilang head ng POLO-ER. Pakialalayan na lamang po ang ating kababayan na ito na sumulat po addressed to Labatt Alejandro Padaen. Sa sulat banggitin po niya sa subject ng kanyang sulat ang “Medical Condition request for Repatriation”. Sa sulat banggitin po niya ang naunan mo ng pahayag sa itaas. Isama na rin po ang knayang telepono at contact numbers ng kanyang employer at address or location map ng kanyang employer in case of visitation or rescue effort kung kinakailangan sa kanyang situwasyon. Ilagay rin po sa ibaba ng kanyang pangalan at pirma ang kanyang iqama number and CP number. Kung meron po siyang medical report galing sa clinic or hospital na kung saan nalaman na meron siyang osteoporosis. Siguro naman po merong medical report dahil sa nabanggit mo na may medical expenses na binayaran ang kanyang employer. Sa kanyang sulat salaysay sa bandang ibaba naka copy furnish ang pangalan ko (Bong Amora) na may nakalagay na OFWemporment Blog sa baba ng aking pangalan. Isama narin po sa cc: si Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente.

      Pag meron na po lahat ito, paki email po sa with copies of the (scan) documents. Ako po mismo ang magdala nito kay Labatt REsty Dele Fuente dito sa POLO Riyadh office.

      Salamat po.

    • Marami po akong naririnig tungkol dito, meron nga 1 year, meron din 2 yrs. Pero ako mismo naka experience na nag exit tapos bumalik after 6 months wala naman pong problema. Nakadalawang balik ako na exit visa at nakabalik naman after 6 mos. Palagay ko po, makabalik ka agad dahil pag ikaw ay nag exit sa iyong employer, wala na po kayong binding relationship, na release ka na niya at wala na po siyang pakialam sa iyo. NOT UNLESS po kung pumirma kayo ng waiver or promissory note na hindi muna babalik sa KSA in a certain period of time.

    • good day ,, ask ko lng po if pgkakatiwalaan po v ang boss n hindi binigay ang savings o un subi sa kompanya? natapos na kx ang 2 year contract malaki kx din yun nasa 40 k pa kasama un pinasok ko. Nakauwi na rin ako ng pinas. Ngre – entry exit din po ako para makauwi agad:

      Reason po nia:
      1.loss daw xa sa iqama ko nirenew daw nia at ngre entry exit ako, (which is ayaw nmn tlga nia ako bigyan ng exit).
      2. at maaaring maghanap daw ako ng employer kapag binigay niya ang pera ko.

      Nung unang dating ko sa saudi, kinaltasan nia ako sa airline ticket and processing costing 1500 sr.lahat. D po v bawal ang ganito?

      Ikalawa kumaltas xia ng 300 sr monthly for savings o subi ko sa company? overall is 23 months.

      Ikatlo ang trabaho ko ay wala sa job responsibilities ko? Meaning trabaho ko lahat.

      Ngaun nagkita kami sa makati, (ngbakasyon siya), pero hindi pa rin niya binigay ang pera at ang ibinigay ay ticket pabalik, binabanggit ko yun pera ko pero sa saudi na raw nia ibigay.
      Ano po ba ang ang maaaring gawin sa ganitong boss habang andito ako sa pinas?. Salamat po.

      • Please read below:

        A: NLRC

        Kung kayo ay isang OFW na kasalukuyang nasa ating bansa at nais maghain ng reklamo sa inyong employer at recruitment agency katulad po ng “money claims arising from employer-employee relationship like unpaid wages, breach of contract or illegal dismissal” – kayo po ay puwedeng mag file or mag submit ng complaint sa Migrant Worker’s Desk of the National Labor Relations Commission in Quezon City or in NLRC’s (National Labor Relations Commission) Regional Arbitration Branch sa inyong nasasakopang rehiyon.

        B: POEA


        For violation of recruitment laws, rules and regulations

        •overcharging of placement fee
        •pre-mature collection of placement fee
        •withholding of travel documents
        •failure to deploy without valid reason
        •failure to reimburse documentation expenses when deployment did not take place without the worker’s fault
        •substitution and alteration of employment contract

        Where to get legal assistance:

        Legal Assistance Division POEA head office or any POEA Regional Office AGAINST A FELLOW WORKER

        For offenses while working overseas:

        •misappropriation of property or money of fellow worker entrusted for delivery
        •creating trouble
        •possession of deadly weapon
        •drug addiction, etc.

        Where to get legal assistance:

        Legal Assistance Division POEA head office

        •Defaulting on their contractual obligation to the workers
        •Violation of rules and regulations on overseas employment
        •Grave misconduct

        Where to get legal assistance:

        Legal Assistance Division POEA head office
        Philippine Embassy or Consulate nearest the jobsite of the worker


        •Money claims arising from employer-employee-relationship such as unpaid wages, breach of contract and illegal dismissal

        Where to get legal assistance:

        Migrant Worker’s Desk
        National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)
        NLRC Regional Office where the complainant resides

  5. good day…
    Sir Bong may reentry po ako sa dati kong company sa KSA…. nagfile po ako sa employer ko ng exit..tpos di nya po ako pinayagan nagoffer po sya ng exit-reentry,pumayag po ako para makauwi dahil nagpaalam po ako sa kanya na itutuloy ko ang pagaaral ko… malinaw naman po ang usapan namin na sinabi ko sa kanya na hindi ako sure kung makakabalik ako… ngayon po 1 year and 1 month nako dito sa pinas… natanggap po ako sa inapplayan ko sa KSA ulit then ang sabi ng employer ko kung makahingi ako ng NOC sa previous company ko…. may posibilidad po b na makapasok ako sa kingdom with holding that NOC? at wala po maging problema? salamat po ng marami…more power :)

  6. Dear sir
    Mag tatanung POH sana ako ,nasira kasi bahy nmn sa aklan dhil sa yolanda kaya gsto ko sana mg bakasyon , kaso expired n iqama ko ,until now hndi pa nila ni rerenew ng wowory naman ako baka mahuli ako,ngun napag isip isip ko na mg resign nalang pra makauwi ako ng aklan ,ang problema ko expired n iqama ko posible po ba na mkauwi ako khit expired n iqama ko ,need kna tlga mkauwi sa aklan sana my praan,,maraming salamat poh

  7. hi sir bong,

    Magtatanong lng po kung anu pwd kung gawin, ngtatrabho po aq KSA at nagbakasyon po aq sa dubai at dina bumalik, balk ko po sana mgapply n d2. Posibli po kaya mavisahan aq ng bago ko employer kht n blacklisted n aq dhil sa hindi ko pagbalik?anu po kaya ang pwd ko gawin?and2 po kasi ang gf ko at balk din nmn mgpakasal d2,makatutulong po kya un?

    Thankyou sir and godbless u.. ;)

    • Mahirap ang iyong kalagayan kung ikaw ay isang undocumented worker sa Dubai. Mali ang ginawa mong desisyon na hindi na bumalik sa KSA and instead isang illegal alien sa bansang Dubai. Ang pinakamabuting gawin ay ang makiapg-ugnayan sa ating Embahada upang ma matulongan sa nararapat mong gawin.

  8. Hi Sir,

    I am writing to you because I want to verify the authenticity of the job offer that I received from Dammam, KSA. here’s the story:

    I met a guy in Facebook by the name of Usama Fouad, I was able to meet him because he posted a question in QUICKBOOKS PHILIPPINES Facebook page about the problem he’s having with the financial software that their company’s using. Since I am very much proficient with Quickbooks, I was able to help him. After helping him, he asked me to send my CV/Resume so that he can find me a job whenever there’s an opening in their company.Two weeks ago, he told me that he already got an approval from the director of the company (HARARIYAT/Arabian Refractories Factory Company is the name of the company, their website is that I can work there. Since this is the first time that they’ll be hiring a Pinoy, he asked me to look for an agency here to help me fix all of my work documents and Visa too. He told me that I am not going to spare any amount of money to fix it, but I only need to pay expenses for my Medical exam which is just fine with me. He also told me that the company will shoulder the plane ticket, and when I get there, they’ll give me cash advance to begin or start there. I was offered to be an assistant accountant, and I will be working directly with Usama.

    I am writing this because I want to get piece of advice from you. He told me anytime next week, he will contact the agency based here in the Philippines to have everything fixed. I want to make sure that HARARIYAT is a reputable company, and want to know if Dammam is a safe place since my contract will be two (2) years. I also wanted to know that since this is somehow a direct employment, since I didn’t apply for the job, and the agency will just fix my working papers/documents, what are the things that I need to know so that my employment there will be legal.

    Also, they told me that the contract will be prepared in KSA, and it will be sent here in the Philippines for my signature, and I will send it back to them. The initially document that he send me thru email was a financial offer stating the amount of the salary that I will receive, and I replied with an acceptance.

    Please help me first in verifying this employer if they are really operating in Dammam. Also please give you insight about my situation/story.

    Here’s Usama’s info including their company’s number:

    Usama Fouad
    Arabian Refractories Factory CO.
    Phone : +966 (3) 842-3366
    Fax : +966 (3) 843-1802
    P.O Box: 9258 Dammam 31413 =20
    Saudi Arabia



    • Harariyat is a company locted in Dammam. What I can say is let them hire their own agency in Philippines that could help you facilitate with your travel documents. Once na dumaan ka sa isang agency maging legal ang pagdating mo dito sa KSA. However, check to this guy kung direkta ka bang mag-work talaga sa kompanyang ito or subcon ba kayo. Dahil malaki po ang kaibahan ng isang expat na nag work via subcon or contractor sa isang tunay na emplyado ng kompanya. Marami kasi ang ganyang kaso dito sa KSA kunyari ang employer ARAMCO pero subcon lang pala. Pag wala ng project wala ring work at ma-delay ang suweldo.

      Ang plane ticket po ay natural laang na kompanya ang mag shoulder at kadalasan rin po pag malaking kompanya, may cash adance agad pgdating dito. Okey lang kung sa kanila ang kontrata pero dapat may kopya ang agency nito upang maisumite sa POEA.

      Tungkol sa legalidad ng iyong dokumento, wala po itong problema kung dadaan ka sa isang agency at legal ang mga dokumento sa POEA. Alam na po ng agency kung ano ang nararapat na gawin tungkol dito.

      Pagdating mo dito, make sure na sila ang magbayad ng iqama or work permit. Dapat rin na ayosin mo ang terms and condition ng kontrata bago ka pipirma nito, katulad, housing, transpo, food aalowance at iba pa. Dapatlamang n ikalro mo ito before mo ito pirmahan.

      Good luck and sorry for my late reply.

  9. AUGUST 24, 2012 @ 6:24 AM
    gud am sir… ngfolowbirth po kasi ako sinunod ko po ung sa NSO ko… so imbis n “san gabriel” is “san gabril” po ang nsa passport ko and ganun din po kasi ang surname ng father ko sa NSO ko.. sa kadahilanan pong urgent ung hiring sa saudie, so kung papacorrect ko pa po ung NSO ko aabutin dw po ng 3 months pa. so ser sabi naman po ng agency wala naman dw pong prob dun. at kung ano dw po nsa passport ko ,e yun ang susundin nla. so pati po ung NBI cert ganun ndin po ung surname ko at ung sa medical ko ganun din po. name ko.. ask ko lng po sir.. kc dw po eh ready visa n dw po iyon. ng fit to work ndin po ako last august 13. w8 ko nlng ddw po ung pdos and release ng visa at ticket ko. hndi po b mgkron ng problema ung visa at passport ko sa mga credential ko at mga certificate documents ko sa kanila dhil sa mga certificate at credential ko ay “San Gabriel” ang surname ko.. at dhil dn po nlaman ko lng din po na mg problema ung NSO ko nung kkuha plng po ako ng passport last july. tngx sir bong . hope na mbgyan po ng linaw sakin lahat.. il be w8ng 4 ur response. tnx GODBLE|SS

    • Kung sa credentials nagka problema ang apelyido natural lamang na ito ay dapat alam ng kompanya upang hindi po magkaroon ng problema in the future. Sa travel docs, wala namang problema dahil ang passport name mo ang dapat sundin na siya ring katulad sa iba mo pang papeles. Hindi naman po hanapin sa immigration ang iyong credentials. Pero gaya ng sabi ko, dapat alam ito ng iyong employer.

      Pag nandito ka na sa KSA, dapat ipa-ayos mo sa iyong mga kamag-anak ang iyong mga dokumento at credentials sa Pinas para pagdating ng araw na kinakailangan ang mga tunay na legal mong dokumento may maisumite na walang pag-alinlangan.

      Good luck.

  10. Magandang Araw po sa inyo.

    Two years po ang aking contract sa Riyadh KSA. And problema hindi binigay ang 13th month pay at dahil hindi ako umuwi, hindi na naman ibinigay ang round trip ticket ko.Dahil sa request ng employer ko, Nagextend pa ako ng 1 year at 8 months na ang nakalagay sa kontrata na pinirmahan sa Riyad KSA, yearly na akong UUwi. Ngayong umuwi po ako noog July 14, 2012, at nang hingin ko ang aking mga benifits hindi na nila ibinigay.

    Paano ko po mahabol ang mga di naibigay na mga dapat sana ay makuha kong benifits?

    • Two years po ang iyong kontrata, sa makatuwid hindi mo ito natapos, ibig sabihin wala kang matatanggap na benepisyo. Ang ticket po ay hindi po convertible into cash kung ito ay hindi nagamit during your yearly vacation wala po itong kwenta. Mayrong mga kompanya na maaring gawing cash ang hindi agamit na tcket pero bihira po ito at wala po ito sa Batas Paggawa ng KSA.

      • good day po kabayan bong, ako po ay magtatanong ako po ay kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho dito sa KSA riyadh bilang salesman po, 1 month and 2 weeks n po ako dito, ako po ay may problema nahihirapan magtrabaho dahil po sa oras ng mall halos 10 hours po at ako po ay may problema sa pinas,, balak ko po sanang umuwi na dahil hindi ko na po talaga kaya magwork hindi ko na po tatapusin ang contrata ko n 2 years, ano po ang dapat kung gawin upang hindi pagbayarin ng employer ko at makauwi n ng pinas,. sana po mabigyan nyo po ako ng option at kasagutan, maraming salamat po sir bong

        • Can the employer legally require the worker to work beyond the regular eight-hours work?

          A: While the law provides for the eight actual working hours per day exclusive of the intervals for prayers, rest and meals, it also authorizes the employer to require the workers to work beyond, or in excess of the regular eight working hours. The following are the exceptions to the 8 hour rule:

          (1) Annual inventory activities, preparation of budget, liquidation, closing of accounts and preparations for discount and seasonal sales, provided that the number of days during which the workers work shall not exceed thirty days a year.

          (2) If the work is intended to prevent hazardous accident, remedy its impact or avoid an imminent loss of perishable materials.

          (3) If the work is intended to meet unusual work pressure.

          (4) Eids, other seasons, occasions and seasonal activities specified pursuant to a decision by the Minister.

          In all of the above cases, the actual working hours shall not exceed ten hours a day or sixty hours a week. (Art. 106, SLL)

          Article 77: If the contract is terminated for an invalid reason, the party who is harmed by such termination shall be entitled to indemnity to be assessed by the Commission for the Settlement of Labor Disputes, taking into account the termination circumstances and actual and potential material and moral damages sustained.

      • Hi po sir, I am a fashion designer by profession, medyo naging curious aq sa process ng pagpunta q d2, at ngayon ngkakaroon po ako ng problem sa employer q. ang visa q eh farmer, contract(POEA) eh building electrician, pero I am working as a fashion designer. Dismayado na po ako sa employer ko po kasi lahat po ng halos sa kontrata eh di po nasunod. yung one day rest day ko po, kung di ko po pinaglaban, di nila ibibigay, food allowance q, mababa pa sa minimum na 200 Sar. At kahit may valid medical slip ka na you are sick, they are still deducting it from my salary. nasa kontrata po na 10 hours lang ang work ko but, may evidence ako na we are working 30 min. more… actually now that I have read the saudi labor code, na 8 hours lang ang aloud time of work, and they need to secure permission from the ministry of labor, i think wala silang permission to do so. ngayon po, I was sick this month for 3 days. nagpaalam naman po ako sa incharge sa shop namin, pinagalitan ako and binantaan po ako na ipapahuli sa pulis. di po ako nakapag secure ng medical slip kasi po nag isip po ako na it is useless anyways since idededuct din naman po nila. Ngayon they are withholding my salary. Ayoko na din po mag work sa kanila, but I am worried to go home empty handed… May laban po ba ako and am I entitled kung singilin ko sila ng 2 1/2 hours of OT, everyday start na nag work ako sa kanila? I think they just bought my Visa from a sponsor, kasi iba din ang company nakalagay sa employment contract ko na building electrician. Please, payuhan nyo po ako… Thank you…

        • Ang kontrata na pinirmahan mo ay 10 hours, at ang agency mo sa Pilipinas ay hindi man lang gumawa ng paraan upang ayosin ang mga ito. Kung pinirmahan mo ito, ibig sabihin sinang-ayonan mo ang 10 oras na trabaho.

          Also, kung ang Visa mo ay Farmer, ang Iqama mo ay Farmer. In view of this, please take note of the following:

          Article 7
          The following shall be exempted from the implementation of the provisions of this Law:
          1. The employer’s family members, namely, the spouse, the ascendants and descendants who constitute the only workers of the firm.
          2. Domestic helpers and the like.
          3. Sea workers working on board of vessels with a load of less than five hundred tons.
          4. Agricultural workers other than the categories stated in Article (5) of this Law. (Below Ten Workers)
          5. Non-Saudi workers entering the Kingdom to perform a specific task for a period not exceeding two months.
          6. Players and coaches of sports clubs and federations.

          Lastly, kung ireklamo mo ang iyong employer re: O.T. Fees, sumangguni muna sa POLO upang malaman mo kung saan ang proper venue to file complaint since medyo masalimoot ang employment details mo, like: Visa Farmer or IQama Farmer, Work: Fashion DEsigner, Contract: Electrician.

          Ang pag withhold sa sweldo ay hindi makatarungan kung walang valid reason.


  11. sir my tnung ako… ngexit po kc last yr. pero my re entry po. nbgyan po ako ng visa ng ibng company, expired n po iqama ko dti at pti ung re entry. nandito n po ako naun s saudi wala po nmn ngng prob s immigration at finger print.. kaso po eh ngkakaprob po ung pag aapply ng iqama sken.. anu po b mngyayari neto/? pls need help.. pki email po ako agad thank you

  12. hi sir Flight ko po kc sa qatar tas my stop over sa Dubai. Ban po ako sa Dubai last 2010 pa po. Kaso di ko alam kung may life time ban ba, D ko kc natapos contract ko dun 3 months lng ako sa dubai. So if question ko po makaka daan po kaya ako sa Dubai for stop over? Pls po pki sagot thnks u in advance gbu

  13. natapos ko na po kontrata ko dito sa mga amo ko last year oct 17,2011 and then umuwi po ako sa atin nung january 10..tnwagan nila akong bumalik dto as a cook n me friday off daw actually ang prob ko dalawang mag asawang matanda lang talaga amo ko s akontrata kaso nakikitira now un manugang nya dito s kanila pati mga anak nya lahat dito pa nakain…papanu ho ba ito..kng tutuusin hnde ko sila mga amo..pero mas demnding pa sila sa mga amo ko…tas nagkaroon ho ako ng eczema at ang medical bills ako nasagot ultimo paglabas ko naman sa friday they want me to work muna sa umaga and paglabas ko inoorasan nila ako kase after dw mw work pa ako pag uwi…papanu naman un arw ng pahinga ko mnsan ayw ko lumabas like ko lang s kwarto kaso hnd enangyyre kse me work pa din…sana ho mabgyan nyo ako ng linaw about this at ang sahod ayw nilang pumayag sa nakalagay s kontrata.. thank you..

    • May mga nakalagay ba sa kontrata mo na silang dalawa lang ang pagsisilbihan mo? KAsi, alam naman po natin na isang bubong maski sa atin ay hindi lamang po iisa or iisang tao nag pagsisilbihan ng isang kasamabahay or cook. Kung nakasaad po doon na dalawa lang ang tuka mo, ibig saibhin puwede po kayong magreklamo.

      Tungkol sa pahinga, dapat pong ang buong isang araw ay wala pong trabaho ang isang kasambahay. Ito po ay malinaw sa polisiya na nakapaloob sa isang worker na nasa bahay.

      Kung sakali man po na gusto ninyong mag-reklamo puwede po ninyo itong gawin at ang hurisdiksyon po ay ang Saudi
      Welfare Office, “Maktabut Tasawul”, (or Office for Domestic Workers Affairs).

  14. Hi Sir Bong,
    nag work po ako ng dent. tech sa isang polyclinic na kahit pang dentistry po ang papel ko for 11 years ngaun po gusto ng umuwi at hinihingi ko po ang ESB ko kaso ayaw ibigay dahil dw sa papel kong pang dentista hindi dent. tech. tama po ba yun? makukuha ko po ba ang ESB ko po? Salamat po..

  15. sir,
    me tanong po ako, end contract napo ako last March 01,2012. nag-3 month notice p nga po ako.. but then sabi ng boss ko wait p dw ako for 2 months more.

    • Your sponsor has the right to extend your exit if there is a valid reason to hold your final departure. Puwedeng dahil kailangan ka sa trabaho or hintayin ang iyong kapalit. Ngunit kung hihingi pa ulit ng extension, ito ay dapat mong sang-ayonan. Kung ayaw mong pumayag, wala po silang magagawa.

  16. Hi Sir Bong,

    I have some questions regarding connecting to the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia. Would it be alright to discuss this over e-mail?

    Salamat po.

    Kind regards,

    • Nald,

      Matagal na po ang usaping ito ng GAMCA, panahon pa ito ni “Mampor” or “kupong kupong na” ‘ika nga – think the right word to describe GAMCA practices is “ABNORMAL” and “ABERRANT”. Ngunit sa kabila ng mga panawagan na dapat ma-amend man lang ang isa or dalawa sa naturang guidelines or totally abolished the so called “medical referral decking system” – magpahanggang ngayon po, ito ay hindi matitinag sa kadahilanang karapatan daw ng mga GCC host countries na masunod ang kanilang polisiya sa usaping ito.


  17. sir,
    im dennis paras,working in middle east est.for contracting.a francise of al tazaj OEC ko po sales executive ang nakalagay dahil un ang inaplayan ko pero pagdating ko d2 sa ksa last july 18 2010,nilagay po kmi sa pinirmahan namin sa sa pinas na contrata ay iba sa tunay kong trabaho.natiis ko na po eto ang tanong ko lang po ay .makakauwi na ba kmi ng july 2012? sbi ng companya naminmayrona kming 3 months extension.2nd question is pwede b kming mag stop duty after july this year?d b kmi makakasuhan?
    pwede ko bang kasuhan ang agency namin sa pinas.(al khaleej intl service inc) pag uwi namin?

    • Dennis,

      Sorry for late reply.

      An ibig mo bang sabihin, ang kontrata mo ay sales executive pero ang trabaho mo ay service crew ng Al Tazaj? Kung ito ang ibig mong sabihin, dapat alam po ito ng agency ninyo sa Pinas at sinabihan kayo na service crew ang work ninyo pagdating dito. Kasi related rin naman ito sa sales. It means may pagkukulang ang agency sa usaping ito.

      Makakauwi kayo pagkatapos ng inyong kontrata ngunit puwedeng humingi ng extension ang inyong employer ng 90 days kung ito ay kinakailangan, katulad ng hinihintay ang inyong kapalit at other valid reasons after this extension, puwede pa rin silang humingi ng extension pero ito ay kailangan na ng inyong pag-sang ayon, kung ayaw ninyo, wala po silang magagawa.

      Kung may sapat kayong rason na may nilabag ang inyong agency, karapatan po ninyo ang mag sumite ng complaint sa NLRC.


  18. sir where can i find laws regarding domestic helpers benefits if there is one po? or any laws pertaininng to women dh employed sa saudi families,,thank u

    • Who are covered by the Saudi Labor Law? A: All workers except: (Art. 7, SLL)

      1) The employer’s family member, namely, the spouse, the ascendants and descendants who constitute the only workers of the firm.
      2) Domestic helpers and the like.
      3) Sea workers working on board vessels with a load of less than 500 tons.
      4) Workers of agricultural and pastoral firms that employ less than 10 workers, or do not process their own products, or do not operate or repair agricultural machineries on a permanent basis.

      5) Non-Saudi workers entering the Kingdom to perform a specific task for a period not exceeding two months.
      6) Players and coaches of sport clubs and federations.

      Q5 Are family drivers considered as “domestic helpers”?

      A: Yes. Drivers hired in the employ of a family or household are considered as domestic or household workers and hence, are not covered by Saudi Labor
      Law. This holds true in the case of other workers falling under the category of household workers, such as gardeners and cook in the employ of a family.

      (By: Atty. Cesar L. Chavez, Jr. – Welfare Officer,
      Philippine Embassy POLO-OWWA)

  19. Hello.po sir bong..
    Ako po ay OFW din dito sa Dubai at gusto kung iparating sa ating mga volunteers dyan sa Riyadh at sa inyung organization na mabigyan pansin ninyu yung problema namin sa pagkuha ng Police Clearance dyan sa Saudi..lalo na sa mga dating nagtrabaho at wala na sa Saudi ang kanilang mga trabaho.May binigay po na guidelines yung ating Philippine Embassy dyan sa Riyadh na kailangan ng representative para sya magprocess. Madali lang sana yung processo bale kailangan lang yung mga required documents like finger printing at mga dating visa sa Saudi at dalhin sa embahada sa Riyadh para e-notarized tapos dahil sa foreign affairs at e-submit sa police station sa dhira at mag-antay ng dalawang linggo pag release ng papers. Marami na akong nilapitan na tao dyan sa Riyadh at hind ko malamang dahilan at lagi nilang tinatangihan.Ito po pagkakataon pra sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng tulong financially pra maka-uwi instead na umasa sa ating gobyerno.Ito pong police clearance ay napakahalaga sa mga OFW na gusto din ayusin ang buhay pra makatulong sa pamilya at kamag-anak sa pinas as what the volunteers trying to help for our kababayans.Marami po ang mangangailangan nito all over the world ng mga filipino OFW dahil ito na yung bagong requirements sa mga immigration.Willing po kaming magbayad ng service fee para rito para din makatulong din kami sa inyung adhikain pra sa ating mga kababayan.Sana po mabigyan pansin ninyu ito at ng ating mga OFW volunteer dyan sa Riyadh.Salamat po.

  20. Hi! Salamat po sa pag-daan sa ating blog.

    Kaya nga po ang ating Embahada ay hinihikayat ang mga OFW sa Saudi Arabia na bago po mag exit kailangan kumuha na po ng police clearance. Sa katunayan po ang Saudi government ang siyang gumawa ng mga requirements para sa pagkuha nito kaya marami po ang nahihirapan.

    Ang maipapayo ko lang po sa lahat ng mga kahanay natin na humingi ng tulong sa mga kamag-anak na nandito pa sa KSA sa pag-asikaso nito.

    Pangalawa doon po sa mga nais ng mag exit at balak mangingibang bayan sa ibang bansa na kumuha na po kayo bago po kayo mag exit.

    Pasensya na po at wala po akong ma e-refer sa inyo sa paglakad nito.

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