OFW Forum in Industrial Area-Riyadh to tackle Saudi Labor Law


OFW Forum in Industrial Area-Riyadh to tackle Saudi Labor Law
By: Wizbone

19 January, 2010, RIYADH: Alarmed by many complaints on site from Filipino expatriate workers in the Kingdom, a Filipino community organization formed in 2002 in the Industrial Area of Riyadh are conducting a series of forum dubbed as “Know your Rights and Obligations as an OFW in the Kingdom”.

OFW Forum will be held this coming Friday, 22 of January 2010 in the New Islamic Center Auditorium, 2nd Industrial Area, Riyadh at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Saudi Arabia (KAKAMPI-KSA) decides to re-convene the group task in educating fellow Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in the Kingdom on their rights and obligation as a visitor worker in this oil rich region.

Despite of work related complaints heard from OFWs, Saudi Arabia remained the favorite destination of OFWs comprising 19.8 percent of the total deployed Filipino contract workers around the globe.

Two hands pointing each other's direction is means Equality - “Rights and Obligations” (The Employer-Employee Relationship)

Bong Amora founder of KAKAMPI-KSA said “many of the newly deployed OFWs in Saudi Arabia are in culture shock more specifically on aspects where the host country’s culture, customs and traditions not congruent to the Philippine psyche.”

“The objective of this forum is to impart to OFWs, the Kingdom’s – Islamic Way of Life”. Amora added.

OFW Forum is a joint effort of KAKAMPI-KSA, the New Islamic Center, 2nd Industrial Area under the Directorship of Shk. Mohammad Bin Hamza Al Kurdi and the GUARDIANS NewHope Brotherhood International, Inc. (GNBII).

GNBII Riyadh Chapter  Founder  Luis Cabandez emphasized that “the general goal of the forum is to spread the word as we don’t want more Filipinos to experience what many of us went through in the country whose rules and regulations, policies and labor laws are very different from ours.” “The ultimate purpose of this forum is to guide our kababayans in the right direction as visitors and a foreign worker in the Kingdom.” Cabandez explained. GNBII-Riyadh is a chapter group of GNBII mother organization based in Jeddah.

OFW Forum will illustrate the proper remedial and concrete steps to consider in resolving work related problem on site as well as to avoid systemic constraints and risk of a labor dispute may bring to an OFW.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will educate OFWs about the Kingdom’s Saudi Labor Law. This is in line with POLO/OWWA “On-site Labor Education Program (OLEP)” not only in Riyadh but to other areas in Central and Eastern Region of the Kingdom especially to those places where there are large numbers of OFWs employed.

POLO/OWWA Riyadh is currently headed by Officer in-Charge, Assistant Labor Attache Atty. Cesar L. Chavez, Jr.

A new Labor Attache will be posted soon in Riyadh to replace out-going Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente.

The Assistance to National Section (ANS) of the Philippine Embassy to be led by Vice Consul Roussel Reyes will also guide the participants regarding the proper procedure or action an OFWs can do to assist fellow OFW in distress, more importantly the run-away.

KAKAMPI-KSA in a statement said “We will also tackle the importance of interpreting the Saudi Labor Law, more particularly to its provisions where rights of OFWs are violated. The Forum also needs to identify recruitment crocodile agencies in the Philippines that only look into their own pocket and not the welfare of the OFWs they deployed.”

Some of the OFWs complain of contract substitution, delayed payment of salaries, poor living conditions, extension of work even after expiration of contract, non-payment of end of service benefits among others.

OFW Forum, “Know your rights and obligations as OFW’s in the Kingdom” is under the auspices of Philippine Embassy in Riyadh. ***

LOCATION MAP:

New Islamic Center (2nd Industrial Area-Riyadh)

81 thoughts on “OFW Forum in Industrial Area-Riyadh to tackle Saudi Labor Law

  1. sir,
    gud am po…ask ko lng po ung asawa q kc ppunta plang ng saudi maybe next month qng ano mga pwde dlhin first time po kc cya e my nkkpdla mo ng tuyo, at sigarilyo..nhhiya nman po kc kmi tumangi dhil un ung tmulong s knya ok lng po b un? maraming salamat po

  2. dear sir, magandang gbi po sa inyo. Ang nakapangalan po sa contrata na pagtatrabahoan ay salman alterais at ang employer po ay wlang perma. Yan po ay dala ko bigay ng agency. Ang nadatnan ko po ay ibang kumpanya. Yng employer ko po dto sa companya ang nkapangalan sa iqama. Ano po gagawin ko? Lubos na gumagalang dencio

    • Dencio,

      Kung ang pinagsisilbihan mo na kompanya ang pangalan ng sponsor na makikita sa iyong iqama, dapat sila po ang mag bigay sa iyo ng Exit clearance hindi ang nakalagay sa kontrata.

      Ito ang gawin mo, makiusap ka uli sa iyong employer, sabihin mo ang totoo na balisa ka na at gusto mo na tlagang umuwi para makapag pahinga. Siguro naman lalambot rin ang puso ng employer mo. Huwag idaan sa init ng ulo, huwag masyadong mag-siisp dahil ang problema ay may katumbas na solusyon.

      Puntahan mo uli ang iyong employer at huwag matakot dahil karapatan mo yan, just keep me posted.

      Bong

  3. dear sir bago po sa lahat ay bumabati po ako sa inyo ng magandang araw. Si tanong ko po makaka uwi pa po b ako? Kasi po 6 months na ang extend ko. Tatlong beses na po ako nki usap sa amo ko pero ang laging sinasabi ng amo ay pakatapos ng hajj. Sir di ko na po kaya magtraba kasi lagi po ako natutulala kung minsan. Ang problema po ay sa ibang kumpanya nka pangalan ang contrata ko. Ano po b magandang gawin. Kasi po pag nalaman po nila na nagsusumbong kami sa embassy bka po kasuhan kami ng kung ano ano. Ano po dapat kung gawin sir? Gumagalang, dencio

  4. dear sir, magandang gabi po! Sir may sinabi skin ang chief mechanic ko na ako daw ang kahuli hulian uuwi na mekaniko d2 sa kumpanya namin. Sir 2 taon at anim na buwan na po ako d2. Mas una po ako na dumating d2 kaysa sa kanila. Ang problema ko po ang visa na gamit ko ay sa ibang kumpanya nka pangalan.. Hndi ko na po kaya sir. Sino po b pwde kong lapitan na tao dyan sa polo at ano po ang kailangan ko dalhin papunta dyan sa office nyo? Kailan po ako pwde makapunta dyan? Lubos na gumagalang, dencio

    • Dencio,

      Sensya na at ngayon lakita nasagot. Kagay mo isa rin p oakong OFW na dapat gampanan ang obligasyon sa employer. MEdyo may personal rin kaong inaasikaso kaya hindi ko po mapasyan ang ating blog araw araw.

      Saan ka nga pala na area dito sa KSA?

      Bong

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