About this Blog

13 December 2005, I made my first blog post “Tax Exemption a Token Gift“.

It all started when I read “Nasipit to Anywhere” a blog authored by my townmate who is a lawyer, writing current events direct from our beloved hometown Nasipit (Agusan, Del Norte). Actually at that time I’ve been reading blogs already, particularly from famous blogger politician Peter Lavina.

OFW Empowerment Logo

OFW Empowerment Logo

Blogging under blog name “OFW Empowerment”, with the abovementioned first entry using widely known template blogger.com followed by “OFW Representation“. Despite busy hours of my job, I have done my homework at home and it became a hobby. And as an active member of the Filipino community in Riyadh, I was determined to write about OFWs issues and concerns mixed up a little bit with politics.

In late April of 2006 it occurred to me that I was doing it anyway, why not continue doing it. Then I shifted to Funchain an easy to use blogger guide created by fellow Filipino an IT expert from Davao Mr. Jason Banico.

OFWs the Best Political Electorate” that was published online at Inquirer 7 supplement under Network Highlights INQ7 @ 5 was one of my first entries using Funchain. The said entry was based and inspired from my previous posting “OFW Representation”.

I immediately was on the receiving end of encouragement from colleauges in the Industrial Areas in Riyadh, and so with my readers like Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina, Atty. Loloy Compendio and Atty. Fred Pamaos– all fellow bloggers. Then the traffic started climbing and the rest is history.

Exactly two (2) years, December 13, 2007 (OFWEmpowerment blog 2nd Anniversary),  A Closer Look at  the  Filipino Diaspora  was published at Global Nation, Inquirer.net.   It was  posted in this blog  December 12, 2007.

Last year (2008)  I shifted to WORDPRESS,  upon advice of my blogger mentor Mr. Jason Banico.

Please allow me to thank  all of the readers and commenters in here.

And of course, to the member organizations of OFW Congress-Riyadh. To former Ambassador and now DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Labor Attache Jainal Rasul, Jr.,  and lastly to Tita Fairy Godmother Anita Sese Schon of Overseas Filipino Council International.

Also, to my brod Doods  (Engr. Dominico A. Amora) and dear friend Ms. Ellene Sana of  Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA).

And before I forget to my  IT  friend Bobby Ocafor the OFWempowerment logo.

Thank you so much to ALL of you! 

I know I’m not everybody’s cup of tea for the fact that I am neither a journalist nor a writer, but for one thing, it’s self-deserving and this blog is dedicated to all Overseas Filipinos.


Inyong lingkod para sa mga Mangagawang Pilipino sa Buong Mundo,


Manuel “Bong” “Mawe” Amora


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206 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Good Day Sir Bong,

    Mag inquire lang po ako tungkol sa mga COE na iniissue ng mga employer sa Saudi Arabia, Riyadh in particular. Hinihingi po kase ng agency yung COE na may seal/stamp ng Chamber of Commerce. Wala po kaseng seal/stamp yung sakin. May mai-aadvice po ba kayo regarding this.

    Thank you and have a great day!

    • Ang lahat ng mga kompanya sa KSA ay registered sa Chamber of Commerce. It means lahat ng kanilang ini-issue ay legal document such as COE. One of the reason na kailangan ang chamber of commerce na stamp or seal para ma determine ang authenticity nito like for example na ang pumirma ay registered signatory ng kompanya. Siguro, the best thing to do is ask the same COE from your employer then let someone na nasa KSA to have it stamp at Chamber of Commerce. Pinaka malapit na Chamber of Commerce office sa Riyadh ay nasa EUROMARCHE, Takhasusi St.

  2. Sir,

    I have this problem, my daughter is now in the Philippines, she worked in a government hospital in Taif,KSA she already decided to go on exit after 1 year of service, ended her contract and had her non-renewal,surrendered her iqama, before she left taif she insisted her personnel to give her even a copy of the Finl exit visa, but the Iqama department insists that already AlJawazat is not releasing this paper anymore and told her that it is already in the system and should not worry on this, she only has her exit stamped on her passport when she got to airport..now her problem is she is now processing her visa with a new hospital employer and she was asked for the final exit visa print…and they really asked for it for the processing of the visa.is there any way to get the final exit visa print if she is here in philippnes already? Hope you could help us on this matter.God bless

    • Hi! Some employers are not issuing Final EXit print out dox dahil ang final exit visa ay naka stamp sa pasaporte ng worker. However, if the agency needs it try to click this link https://www.eserve.com.sa/VVSWeb/ fill out the necessary. Kung may info about the final exit have it print or take a screen shot of it then print. Katunayan na po ito na ang iyong daughter ay may final exit.

  3. Gandang araw po. Just a query lang po about blacklisting issue. Paano po malalaman na blacklisted ka sa Saudi Arabia? Knowing nmn wala kang criminal records don tapos maayos naman ang pag-alis mo sa company at nabigyan ka ng final exit. In case plan magbalik sa Saudi assurance na po ba yong final exit visa na wala ng habol ang company as stated sa visa?

    • Kung maayos naman po ang inyong pag exit sa dati mong employer wala po kayong dapat ikatakot na bumalik sa KSA.

      Ngunit, sigarodohin mo lang na ang kompanya na iyong lilipatan ay hindi magkaribal na kompanya in terms of business dealings. Dahil kung sakaling magkaribal ito, may karapatan ang dati mong employer na pauwiin ka sa kadahilanang maaaring may mga sekreto kang nalalaman na siyang pakikinabangan ng bago mong employer.

  4. Magandang araw po, may gusto po sana ko linawin tungkol sa exit visa ko’ nagexit po ako last march 23 2014, pero wala po akong pinbanghahawakang mga papers para sa exit visa ko, pero may stamp naman ng exit sa passport ko, hindi po kinuha ng employer ko un iqama ko, nasa akin po ito hangan d2 sa pinas, at d rin po hinanap sa imigration / airport nun pauwi ako, gusto ko po sana balik saudi, wala po kaya ako magiging poroblema pag balik ko jan, next month

    • Dapat po itong isurender kasama sa exit application. Pero sa iyong kuwento na hindi ito kinuha, ibig pong sabihin hindi po ito napansin ng iyong employer at ng immigration. Dalhin mo lang ang iyong passport na may tatak na exit or photo copy nito para maipakita sa immigration kung sakaling ma-hold ka sa airport.

  5. gudmorning po isa po akong ofw dito sa kota kinabalu malaysia ngayon po ang problema ko po ay ang gamit ko po kasing apelyido sapassport ko ay yung dalaga pa po ako.pero married na po ako at hindi po ako nag change status sa passport ko.pero ang philhealth,sss,pag-ibig,ko ay sa asawa kuna ang gamit ku g apelyido.ngayon ang balak ko po pag nakabalik ako ng manila ay kukuha ako ng balikmanggagagawa or mag aavail po ako ng balikmanggagawa panu po yun kc hinihingi po nila ang sss pag ibig philhealth nummber ko.pwede po ba yun eh ang apelyido ko po sa passport ko ay nung single pku.tpos yung 2 kung anak sa asawa ko din naka apelyido pwede kopa din po ba cla maging beneficiary.matagal napo kmi hiwalay ng asawa ko.for the record po.sana po masagot niyo ang madami kung tanung maraming maraming salamat po…godbless po

    • Hi Kate, sabi ni Atty. Acosta ng PAO, in one of her daily online column at Manila Times “there is no law in the Philippines which obligates a married woman to use the surname of her husband. Upon a valid marriage, a married woman is only given an option to use the surname of her husband in any of the ways enumerated in Article 370 of the Civil Code of the Philippines to wit:

      “Article 370. A married woman may use:

      1. Her maiden first name and surname and add her husband’s surname, or
      2. Her maiden first name and her husband’s surname, or
      3. Her husband’s full name, but prefixing a word indicating that she is his wife, such as “Mrs.”

      Pero sa iyong inquiry baligtad, hindi mo gamit ang surname ng iyong asawa which is puwedeng puwede pala ayon sa batas. Ang problema gamit ng iyong mga anak ang apelyedo ng iyong asawa, which is dapat lamang po na ayosin ito. Well, dahil wala nga tayong “divorce” sa Pinas wala kang katibayan na hiwalay na kayo. Kung meron kayong “legal separation” issued by our court baka puwedeng gamitin. Hindi kita masagot ng eksakto. All you have to do is to visit a lawyer the first day you arrive sa Pinas upang maayos mo ang lahat na ito, okey! Cheers!

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