Contract Official Version


I received an email this morning from my reader about his present employment problem. He signed a contract in the Philippines with a job position as a Secretary. But when he arrived in the Kingdom 8 months ago he was assigned as an office assistant where his work includes janitorial job. He went directly to Saudi Labor office upon advise of friends to file a complaint. However, the SLO refused to acknowledged the English contract he signed in the Philippines.

 

To enlighten my readers who wish to work in Saudi Arabia, please note that Saudi courts do not recognize contracts signed by recruiting agents or other parties. In cases of bilingual contracts, the Arabic copy is the official one. I advise fellow OFWs that before they sign a new contract upon arrival in the Kingdom, it is very important to obtain an independent English translation of the contract. Usually a contract is written in an A4 size of paper (letter head of the company) where there are 2 columns on it, one for the English and the other is in Arabic language. Be sure that what is written in the English is the same as specified in the Arabic. 

 

The official and binding version of the contract that you sign is the Arabic text. Many OFWs have signed contracts that in fact did not include all of the benefits they believed they were acquiring, worst if the job promised to the worker do not exist. This is a case of contract substitution where a worker is forced to accept alternative work that does not match their skills. It means that job description was substituted of what was originally specified in their initial employment contract signed in the Philippines.

 

Moreover, an OFW should seek advise first to our Philippine Overseas Labor Office for proper guidance.      

24 thoughts on “Contract Official Version

  1. Good day sir!
    tanong ko lng about contract po.. may pinermahan po kami na offer letter na ito ang aming job description and our salary..
    tapos nung nag file ako for PDOS, need ng owwa ang contract.. Then the agency only send me yung master contract lng.. no names , no job description and no salary, pero marami nang nakatatak na mga stamps by different govt agencies.. naka lagay lng sa job description and salary is “as per job order…

    Sabi ng taga owwa na need nila yung personal contract ko.. so i ask again the agency to send my personal contract.. laking gulat ko today na iba na ang job description nakalagay and yung salary basic, or mababa or maliit lng…
    Explanation ng agency staff na yung dw nakuha na Visa ng employer.. so dapat mag match yung visa sa passport ko and yung contract..
    Tapos, may internal contract pa akong pipermahan sa agency and may pipermahan din daw ako sa saudi pag dating ko doon para sa correct job description and salary ko po doon…
    may naririnig na po kayo nito sir?
    Maraming salamat!

    • Iyan mga usual practice ng mga employer sa Saudi Arabia. Mag appply ng visa na may mababang category dahil mas madali ang aprobal nito kaysa mga professional visa. Isa pa may number of visas/quota na polisiya ng Passport department sa mga inaplay na visa ng mga employer.

      Para sa akin may butas ang ganitong practices, na maaaring sanhi ng mga problema pagdating ng araw. Kaya lang ang isang OFW ay walang magawa kundi tanggapin ang ganitong arrangements, ito po yong sinabing dokumento na pipirmahan mo between you and the agency. Ito ay isang undertaking or acceptance sa arrangement. NAsa sa iyo na ang pasya kung tanggapin mo ito or hindi.

      Totoo po na dapat mag match ang visa at kontrata para sa requirement ng work permit pagdating mo sa Saudi. Ngunit ang ganitong arrangement ay hindi pa rin naaayon sa legal na pamamaraan at hindi dapat ito konsintihin ng agency.

      Totoo rin po na puwedeng may bagong dokumento na pipirmahan na nakasaad ang tamang job description at sahod pero ang problema dala dala mo pa rin ang work permit na kung saan hindi naaayon sa aktuwal mong trabaho. Maliban lamang na kung ayosin rin ng employer ang pag change ng iyong profession upang maging tama rin ang iyong work permit.

      Payo ko sa iyo, idulog mo sa OWWA ang iyong situwasyon at kung ano ang kanilang masasabi. Para sa akin, hindi dapat ang ganitong arrangement at kailangan itong ma correct upang sigurado tayong mapangalaagan ang kapakanan ng ating hanay.

      • Maraming salamat po sa sagot sir!
        Para po makasigurado, tatawag or pupunta po ako sa owwa…
        May request din ako sa kanila kahit iba ang visa/work permit ko, ibahin lng ang salary to higher value para may panlaban naman ako kung sakaling hindi na masusunod ang usapan regarding sa sweldo…

        Sir Bong, kung sakaling magwithdraw ako or di ko pipermahan yung contrata bec of salary difference, ano po yung pros and cons?
        Maraming salamat po uli! God Bless!

        • Kung walang kontrata or kung ang POEA-approved contract ay hindi pa napirmahan, wala pang namagitan sa inyo ng recruitmentent agency. Ibig sabihin you can withdraw the application.

            • Paano na tatakan ang inyong pasaporte kung walang napirmahang kontrata? Nakita mo ba? Paano pina-process sa POEA ang inyong dokumento kung walang kontratang pinirmahan?

              Your agency can be charged for Acts Constituting Illegal Recruitment under POEA Rules and Regulations that says:

              To substitute or alter to the prejudice of the worker, employment contract approved and verified by the DOLE from the time of actual signing thereof by the parties up to and including the period of the expiration of the same without the approval of the DOLE;

              Documentary Requirements:

              One-page summary of the contract for other highly-skilled and professional Overseas Filipino Workers containing the following basic contract provisions:
              1. name, birthdate, and sex of the worker;
              2. name of employer;
              3. job site;
              4. position;
              5. basic salary, overtime pay, and allowances;
              6. food and accommodation;
              7. contract duration; and
              8. mandatory insurance provider and certificate of cover/policy number.

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