PHILIPPINE EMBASSY BULLETIN
ON THE 2017 KSA AMNESTY PROGRAMME:
“A NATION WITHOUT VIOLATORS”
Bulletin No. 003
Today 17 April 2017, Saudi Immigration (Jawasat) Officials informed the Philippine Embassy that there will be some changes in the guidelines and procedures for the 2017 KSA Amnesty.
Starting this week Jawasat will implement the following:
- Amnesty applicants are no longer required to schedule an online appointment, and may directly proceed to the nearest Jawasat Processing Center during operating hours from 7 am to 2 pm. Applicants who lined up during the day but who are not able to finish their application will be given priority the following day. Those who have already secured their online appointment may still come on the day of their appointment, or may choose to proceed directly to the Jawasat on any day.
- In order to help decongest the Jawasat Processing Center in Riyadh, applicants may opt to visit other Jawasat Processing Centers in regions outside of Riyadh.
For Mothers/Fathers and Children Cases (i.e. children born out of wedlock), please take note of the following procedures:
- For Mothers/Fathers whose children have a valid passport/travel document, and have a copy of the child’s Birth Notification from the Saudi Hospital where the child was born, you may proceed directly to the Jawasat Processing Center to apply for your final exit visas. Those with expired passports/travel documents should proceed to the Philippine Embassy to have their passport/travel documents extended prior to proceeding to the Jawasat Processing Center.
- For Mothers/Fathers whose children were never issued a passport/travel document and whose births were not registered at the Philippine Embassy, proceed to the Philippine Embassy to register the birth of your child so that he/she may be issued a travel document for the amnesty.
- For Mothers/Fathers whose children do not have a birth notification from the hospital, please proceed to the Philippine Embassy for scheduling of DNA Testing at the Jawasat. Requirements for DNA testing is a xerox copy of the parent and child’s passports/travel documents. – END
Registered Filipino Community Groups in Saudi Arabia for the Visit of President Duterte in Riyadh on April 2017
(Riyadh, 22 March 2017) – Further to the Embassy’s Press Release No. 028-2017 dated 6 March 2017, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh wishes to inform the Filipino community of the following list of 194 Filipino community groups have registered with the Embassy.
In line with the upcoming visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 10 – 13 April 2017, the Philippine Embassy informs the following groups to provide a list of their members, with a maximum of ten (10), who will be representing their group during the Filipino community meeting with the President which will be held on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 at 7:00 p. m. – 8:30 p. m. at the Marriot Hotel Riyadh, Makarim Grand Ballroom, King Saud Road, Riyadh.
The list of group representatives should include the following information: Complete Name, Passport Number, and Saudi Iqama Number. This should be submitted to the Embassy using the attached form and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org with filename: NAME OF ORGANIZATION_REGION IN KSA_FINAL (Ex. PHILIPPINEEMBASSY_RIYADH_FINAL) on or before 2 April 2017.
The Embassy will then provide the above-named groups the names of their members who have been cleared and approved by the concerned authorities to attend the meeting. – End –
To view the list of Filipino Community Groups in Saudi Arabia and the attached form mentioned, please click here >>>>> Philippine Embassy Advisory.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY BULLETIN ON THE 2017 KSA AMNESTY PROGRAMME:
“A NATION WITHOUT VIOLATORS”
Philippine Foreign Secretary visits Kingdom ahead of Duterte
| Published — Monday 23 January 2017
RIYADH: Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay Jr. visited Saudi Arabia on Saturday in preparation for a visit by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Yasay Jr. “came to Saudi Arabia to meet the Filipino community and to listen to their concerns, issues and aspirations, which he will relay to President Duterte before he comes,” Philippine Embassy Charge d’Affaires Iric C. Arribas told Arab News on Sunday.
Yasay Jr. headed a delegation that included Assistant Secretary Hajceleen Quintana and Director Germinia Usudan, top officials at the Office of Middle East and African Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Voltaire Pingol and Rene Montebon, special assistants to the foreign secretary.
Arribas said Yasay Jr. expressed his appreciation to the Filipino community for the warm welcome extended to him and his delegation.
During the meeting, Yasay Jr. reminded the community to be responsible to the host government, which welcomed them to help the Kingdom’s development.
The embassy estimated the number of Filipino workers in the Kingdom at close to a million.
Arribas said the Filipino community is looking forward to the visit of Duterte, and the embassy will ensure his visit is memorable.
Consul General Imelda Panolong joined Yasay Jr. and his delegation, and Philippine Embassy officials, in meeting with the community. Panolong was accompanied by Consul Rodney Jonas Sumague and Vice Consul Alex Estomo.
In a joint hearing, the Committee on Government Reorganization represented by its vice chairman, Manila Teachers Party-list Representative Virgilio Lacson, and the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs led by its chairman, Buhay Party-list Representative Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr., approved the motion of Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin to create the working group.
Lacson said the creation of a DOFW aims to promote the overall welfare, rights and needs of OFWs, which is a fitting recognition of the significant contribution of OFWs to national economic progress.
The members of the working group are Lacson, ACTS OFW Party-list Representative Aniceto Bertiz III, Kabayan Party-list Representaive Ron Salo and PBA Party-list Representative Mark Aeron Sambar.
The six proposals to establish a DOFW, defining its powers and functions are: House Bill 227 authored by Deputy Speaker Eric Singson; House Bill 288 by 1-PACMAN Party-list Representative Michael Romero; House Bill 543 by Pangasinan 3rd District Representative Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas; House Bill 822 by Bohol 3rd District Representative Arthur Yap ; House Bill 1936 by Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar and House Bill 2334 by Tarlac 1st District Representative Carlos Cojuangco.
The two committees also discussed House Bill 192 authored by Bertiz and House Bill 3255 by DIWA Party-list Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, both seeking to create the Department of Migration and Development (DMD), which aims to implement and promote programs for the protection, safety, and development of all Filipino migrants and families.
To my fellow OFWs, please note of the following Memorandum Circulars Nos. 3 and 4 respectively issued by the POEA to Licensed Recruitment Agencies in the Philippines.
OFWs should be aware that the recruitment agencies that deployed OFWs have an obligation to assist and monitor the welfare of their deployed overseas Filipino workers. Therefore, be reminded that recruitment agencies cannot just ignore a call or complaint from an OFW in distress against their foreign principals/employers.
Likewise, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office should always be ready to serve and hear the grievances of our fellow OFWs and proper coordination with the recruitment agencies must be made at all times.
One-stop service center for OFWs opens August 15
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is launching a one-stop shop on Monday, August 15, where all government frontline services are made accessible to Filipinos who are currently working or planning to work overseas.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said this is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to make it easier for OFWs to avail the services of the government.
Bello said the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) is located at the ground floor of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s main office at Blas F. Ople Building in Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City.
He said the one-stop service center is seen to reduce transportation expenses of OFWs and shorten the processing time of their documents.
Aside from making available to OFWs information on their respective programs and services and responding to queries of clients, the various government offices’ services to OFWs are as follows:
1. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
– Passport Services
– Passport Validity Extension for Balik-Manggagawa (vacationing Workers)
2. Overseas Welfare Workers Administration (OWWA)
– Processing of OWWA Membership/Renewal of Membership
3. Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA)
– Assistance for Competency Assessment
– Verification of Certificates and Special Order
– Assistance for Replacement of National Certificates (NC)/ Certificates of Competency (COC)
– Training Assistance and Scholarship Program
4. Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
– Issuance of Professional License
5. Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
– Issuance/ Revalidation of Seaman’s Book
6. Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
– Processing of Pag-ibig Membership
7. Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)
– Payment of Philhealth Contribution
– Member registration and updating
8. Social Security System (SSS)
– Registration and Membership Data Amendment
– Acceptance of Loan and Benefits Claim Applications
– Loan Verification and Status
– UMID Capturing and Card Releasing
– Response to Queries
9. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
– Processing and Copy Issuance of
* Certificate of Live Birth
* Certificate of Marriage
* Certificate of Death
* Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
10. Bureau of Immigration (BI)
– Departure Clearance Information
11. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
– Issuance of NBI Clearance
12. Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
– Verification and Authentication of School Credentials
13. Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)
– Travel Tax Payment
– Processing of Travel Tax Exemption and Reduced Travel Tax
– Response to Queries
14. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
– Documentation of Workers
(Landbased and Seabased)
– Documentation of Workers-On-Leave/Balik-Manggagawa
– Registration of Landbased Worker-Applicants
– Verification/Certification of OFW Records
– Provision of Legal Assistance
– Response to Queries
Bello said one-stop centers will be set up also in all regions spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Offices in coordination with the regional offices of the agencies cited above, local government units, and other partners and stakeholders.
The OSSCO in Ortigas and the regional offices will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Friday, or in its discretion, with prior approval of the POEA or DOLE Regional Office, may extend the services during weekends and holidays.
The POEA has established a similar one-stop OFW processing center at its premises in 2003 as required by the 2002 POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers (Part III, Rule III, Section 10). /END
POEA News Release (August 14, 2016)