Notice about Financial Assistance for Stranded OFWs


Notice about Financial Assistance for Stranded OFWs specified in OWWA MOI No. 008, Series of 2016 dated 25 July 2016

640_2014_06_06_12_58_07According to OWWA MOI No. 008, the recipient of financial assistance are only to those stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia from the following companies: Saudi Bin Laden Group, Saudi Oger, Mohammad Al Mojil Group, Mohammad Hameed Al Barghash & Bros. Trading & Construction Co. , ALUMCO L.L.L.C, Rajeh H. Al Merri Contracting and Trading Company, Fawzi Al Salah- Nairani Contracting Company, Arabtec Construction L.L.C, and Real Estate Development and Investment Company.

The Financial Assistance Application Form must come from POLO. Forms must have POLO stamps and signed/with a signature of the OWWA Officer. Other forms that comes or obtained from different origins are not accepted.

Only designated or authorized employees of POLO (Riyadh, Jeddah or Riyadh) are permitted to list the names of the stranded OFWs and provide them with application forms for financial assistance.

The Application Forms will be brought by POLO-OWWA Officers to the camps mentioned companies. They also get the application forms from the camp. There will be a validation procedure to be conducted by POLO. The releasing of the financial assistance will be released in the same camp by the POLO-OWWA assistance officers. The Coordinators in each camp who regularly interact with the POLO will be informed on the schedule for the release of the assistance fund.

The live-out staffs of such companies are advised to await the announcement of the selected Coordinators at each site about the POLO schedules intended for them. The POLO office will provide transportation or transportation expenses will be provided to the designated coordinators who facilitated the application and any required documents from POLO.  

Recipient stranded OFWs must show their company IDs, and submit copies of iqama/work permit even expired, or a copy of the passport before receiving financial assistance.

Proxy or Representative is not allowed to apply or receive financial assistance on behalf of the stranded OFWs.

The financial assistance funds are coming from the OWWA Funds and the OWWA Welfare Officers are accountable for the funds.

The above mentioned requirements or procedures are necessary as regulatory compliance of the Commission on Audit. (July 31, 2016)

For the official Pilipino or tagalog version of the Philippine Embassy Advisory,  please click here >>>>>>>

List of Passport Applicants for EOW in Al Khobar, 15-16 July 2016


The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announces the list of passport applicants for the “Embassy on Wheels” (EOW) in Al Khobar on 15-16 July 2016 to be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Al Khobar.

EOW List of Appointments for 15-16 July 2016 Al Khobar
# Date Start End Name
1 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Felindo Artiaga
2 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Jeanifer Eufre Eraste
3 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Rudy Tumamac
4 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Henry Yamsuan
5 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Arnelio Bayan Tiglao
6 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Ruben Guevarra Mabilang
7 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Tristan John De Leon
8 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Gilbert Cunanan
9 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Ernie Gavica
10 15-Jul 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Noel Daliva Perante

To view the full list of applicants for the above mentioned dates, please click here>>>>>>>>.  

On how to avail the “Embassy On Wheels Consular Outreach Services,” kindly click here>>>>>>>.   

philippine-passport-philippines-map-background-26782512.jpgAccording to the Philippine Embassy  PR-112-2016 dated June 10, 2016,  the embassy implements a Passport Appointment System for all passport applicants, except for:

a. Infants who are aged six (6) months and below;
b. Pregnant women;
c. Senior citizens who are aged 60 years old and above;
d. Physically-challenged applicants; and,
e. Applicants whose passports have been declared lost, damaged or mutilated.

Applicants who require assistance will be allowed to bring one (1) companion inside the venue. Those who do not have any appointment or transaction during the consular outreach mission will not also be allowed inside the venue.

All passport applicants must also bring their old passport and a photocopy of their passport’s data page as well as the passport appointment confirmation. Passport application fee is SR240.00

All those claiming their new passport should also bring their old passports for cancellation, including the receipt. Those who cannot personally claim their passport must provide an Authorization Letter to the one who will claim their passport, aside from bringing along the other required documents.

For other consular services, applicants will be entertained on a “first come, first serve” basis. Priority, however, will be given to the following:

  1. Pregnant women;
  2. Senior citizens who are aged 60 years old and above;
  3. Physically-challenged applicants; and,

Applicants for other consular services must bring a photocopy of their valid passport and other relevant documents.

Phil. Emb. Statement on the recent bombings in KSA


Press Release
PR-110-2016

Statement Following the Recent Suicide Bombings in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

philemb5 July 2016- The Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh expresses deep sorrow for the victims of the suicide bombings which happened in Jeddah, Qatif and Madinah on 4 July 2016.

Saudi authorities are conducting their investigation and security measures have been heightened for the protection of the citizens and residents in the Kingdom. The situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains calm as the whole nation prepare for the Eid celebrations. Nonetheless, Filipinos in the Kingdom are advised to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.

Organizers of special events where gathering of large number of Filipinos will take place are requested to re-assess the security situation in your area and decide whether it is advisable to hold your event or to postpone it to a more appropriate time. Please coordinate with the police authorities in your locale.

For Filipinos in distress and in need of assistance, you may contact the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh at (011)-4823559 or the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah (0555-219-613) or (0555-219-614).

The Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh also takes this opportunity to greet everyone Eid Mubarak! May this special day bring you peace, happiness and prosperity. END

Automated Overseas Voting Successfully Starts in Riyadh and Al Khobar


OFW Libao, the first to Vote

OFW Libao, the first to Vote

(Riyadh, 09 April 2016) – The Philippine Embassy successfully started today the first day of automated elections for Overseas Voters (OVs) at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the International Philippine School in Al Khobar. Over 1000 overseas voters cast their votes on the first day of automated elections in Riyadh.

Overseas voting began as scheduled today at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the International Philippine School in Al Khobar (IPSA). Men, women and their families came early at the designated voting venues in Riyadh and in Al Khobar to cast their votes.

Mr. Romel P. Libao, 28 years old, and an OFW from Buraidah, Qassim was the first voter to cast his vote at the Embassy. “Nag-biyahe po ako nang maaga upang makaboto sa unang araw ng eleksyon. Mahalaga po ang bawat boto,” said Mr. Libao.

Buraidah in Qassim is located around 400km north of Riyadh.

Over 1000 overseas voters cast their votes on the first day of automated elections in Riyadh.

Ambassador Ezz Tago

Ambassador Ezz Tago

Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ezzedin H. Tago, also cast his vote on the first day of automated elections. He urged all registered Filipino in Saudi Arabia to exercise their right to vote. “I invite all kababayans to come to the Embassy in Riyadh or IPSA in Al Khobar, cast their votes and let their voices be heard. Kasali po tayong lahat dito,” said Ambassador Tago.

Saudi Arabia accounts for 216,662 out of the 1.376 million registered Filipino overseas voters for 2016. There are three voting venues in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh has 113,985 registered voters under its Certified List of Overseas Voters (CLOV) while Jeddah has 68,751 and Al Khobar with 33,926.

The following are important details regarding overseas voting:

Venue:

A) Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh

B) International Philippine School in Al Khobar (IPSA), Al Khobar, Eastern Province

Who may vote:

Registered overseas voters whose names appear in the CLOV under Riyadh PE; registered seafarers
See  http://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/component/content/article/114-overseas-voting/2325

Registered overseas voters whose names appear in the CLOV under POLO Al Khobar; registered seafarers

See http://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/component/content/article/114-overseas-voting/2326

Period: 09 April to 09 May 2016 (Daily including weekends and holidays)

Daily schedule: Daily 8:00AM to 5:00PM Weekdays: 12:00NN to 8:00PM

Weekends: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Last day: 09 May 2016 from 8:00AM to 12:00NN*

*Per COMELEC Res. 10087, the requirements:

ANY of the following may be presented to the SBEI:

1)Original PHL passport
2)Voter’s ID
3)Any PHL-issued ID
4)Iqama
5) Seaman’s book (if seafarer)

Reminders:

  1. Inspect your voter receipt and drop it in the receipt receptacle. Do not leave voting area with the voter receipt. 
  2. Taking photographs of the ballot or the voter receipt is an election offense.
  3. CAMPAIGNING INSIDE THE EMBASSY IS PROHIBITED

The Philippine Embassy  wishes to remind the voting public that the conduct of any political or partisan campaigning or propaganda for or against any candidate at polling areas at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh or the International Philippine School in Al Khobar within the voting period is strictly prohibited .

The Embassy invites the voting public’s attention to the following provisions under Article X of COMELEC Resolution No. 10052 on election offenses and prohibited acts:

Under Section 261 of Batas Pambansa 881

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“k. Unlawful electioneering – It is unlawful to solicit votes or undertake any propaganda on the day…of election, for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling place and with a radius of thirty meters thereof.”

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“2) On candidacy and campaign:

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f. Any person who solicits votes or undertakes any propaganda, on the day of election, for or against any candidate or any political party within the polling area or within a radius of thirty meters thereof”

The wearing of T-shirts, ballcaps, jackets, wristbands, bandanas or any other campaign-related material or paraphernalia, or, possession of said materials, is strictly prohibited inside the Embassy in Riyadh or the International Philippine School in Al Khobar within the voting period from 09 April to 09 May 2016.

Any person or group who wishes to enter the premises of the Embassy or IPSA, to cast their votes or avail of any services of the Embassy, will only be accommodated once they remove such items from their person, change into other clothes or have the prohibited clothing worn inside out.

Recorded CCTV footage may be submitted to COMELEC by the Embassy if required by law. END

Work Demonstrations for any reason are prohibited in KSA


PUBLIC REMINDED THAT GATHERINGS AND WORK DEMONSTRATIONS FOR ANY REASON ARE PROHIBITED IN SAUDI ARABIA

ann(RIYADH, 4 October 2015) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reminds the public that the Saudi government prohibits gatherings and / or work demonstrations for any reason. All demands for benefits and rights should be coursed through official channels.

For concerns on the following, please contact the Embassy or the Philippine Labor Office at:

Assistance to Nationals Section (Police Cases, Detention, Remains, and other non-labor cases)

482-4354, 480-1918
rype@riyadhpe.com

Labor Attaché RIYADH (Welfare Cases related to Employment, Recruitment and Hiring Filipinos, and other matters related to employment or welfare and concerns with companies and employers including unpaid salaries, delays in salary, issuance of iqama by employer, etc)

FAX (+96611) 483-2204 Tel 483-2201 to 3

polo_riyadh@philembassy-riyadh.org

polo-riyadh@riyadhpe.com

Labor Attaché Eastern

TEL (013) 894-1846, 894-2890

Mobile: 0501269742

polo-eastern@riyadhpe.com

polo_eastern@philembassy-riyadh.org

The Embassy is open from Sunday through Thursday, 8AM to 5PM

Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street

P.O. 94366, Riyadh 11693

Fax (96611) 488-3945

TEL 482-3559 , 482-0507, 482-1577

rype@riyadhpe.com

Website: http://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph
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Philippine Embassy-Riyadh Advisories


ABISO UKOL SA OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE (OEC)
AT OWWA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

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UPDATE :  (Riyadh, ika-24 ng Hunyo 2015) – Nais ipa-alam ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na ang serbisyo ng POLO para sa pag-isyu ng Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) at pag-renew ng OWWA Membership ay maaari na muling makuha sa orihinal na opisina ng POLO-Riyadh sa Umm Al Hammam, Riyadh, sa may bandang likod ng Hyper Panda Supermarket.

Ang POLO-Riyadh ay mananatili sa kanilang orihinal na opisina hanggang matapos ang pag-ayos at paglipat sa kanilang bagong lokasyon sa ibang parte ng Riyadh.

Maglalabas ng abiso ang Embahada ukol sa bagong lokasyon ng POLO sa lalong madaling panahon. (WAKAS)

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(Philippine Embassy, Riyadh/27 ng Mayo 2015) – Bilang pansamantalang lunas sa pagsasara ng opisina ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) sa Riyadh, ipinapag-alam ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na ang serbisyo ng POLO para sa pag-isyu ng Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) at pag-renew ng OWWA Membership ay maaaring makuha sa Embahada sa Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh.

Simula sa darating na Linggo, ika-31 ng Mayo 2015, ang mga representatibo ng POLO ay magpro-proseso ng OEC at OWWA membership renewal, araw-araw, Linggo hanggang Huwebes, mula alas-9 ng umaga hanggang alas-4 ng hapon.

Pinapaalala ng Embahada na ito ay isang pansamantalang paraan lamang upang maihatid ang serbisyo ng POLO sa mga Pilipinong manggagawa. Puspusan pa rin ang POLO sa Riyadh sa paghahanap ng bagong lokasyon. Maglalabas ng abiso ang Embahada ukol sa bagong lokasyon ng POLO sa lalong madaling panahon. (WAKAS): Press Release No. PR-075-2015

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OFWs Have the Right to Keep Their Own Passports

(Philippine Embassy/Riyadh, 21 May 2015) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reiterates to all Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia that, under Saudi and Philippine law, they have the right to keep and hold on to their Philippine passports while working in Saudi Arabia.

The Philippine passport is considered to be the property of the Republic of the Philippines and only the bearer has the right to keep it in his custody.

The Embassy firmly reminds companies and employers in Saudi Arabia who continue to keep their foreign workers’ passports, as a matter of practice and against the workers’ will, that they are violating Saudi law, specifically Council of Ministers Resolution No. 166 dated 12/04/1421H (14 July 2000) which clearly states that “every employee has the right to keep his passport in his custody.”

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated to the Embassy this week that this rule remains in effect and that any OFW whose passport has been kept by their employer has a right to complain to the Ministry of Labor or the police. (END) : Press Release No. PR-074-2015

PhilEmb Advisory: Bringing Medicines with Narcotic Properties In and Out of the Kingdom


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Philippine Embassy Advisory Saudi Arabia’s Procedures and Measures on Bringing Medicines with Narcotic Properties In and Out of the Kingdom

philemb(Riyadh, 20 November 2014) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh recently received from the concerned Saudi authorities a copy of regulations and measures in bringing medicines with narcotics properties in and out of the Kingdom for personal use.he Embassy requests all Filipinos who may be bringing into the Kingdom their medicines to carefully read, understand and comply with the requirements, in order not to be inconvenienced or questioned during entry into the Kingdom.

The rationale for the procedures and measures in releasing regulated medicines, which contain narcotic/psychotropic substances, brought by a patient arriving in and leaving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for personal use, or by a Hajj Mission or concerned government authorities accompanying the Mission is as follows:

  1. It prevents the release of regulated medicines considered restricted/banned from being used internationally and domestically;

  1. It prevents the release of medicines as stated in Category (D) of Table I and Group (A) of Table II on the System on Anti-Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, as well as substances stated in Paragraph IV in the System on Anti-Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

  1. The request for the release of medicines should pass through the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch at the customs port or at the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration, in the absence of a branch in the area or region.

  1. It allows the release of the medicines brought in by patients into the Kingdom for personal use, in accordance with the following conditions:

MEDICAL REPORT

  1. Attached detailed medical report from the medical institution/hospital which treated the patient;

  2. Date of the medical report shall not exceed six (6) months period; and

  3. Medical report should contain the following information:

    -Personal information about the patient

    -Medical diagnosis

    -Medical application and duration

    -Medical recommendations

    -Scientific name of the medicine and pharmaceutical brands and dosage prescriptions or,

DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION

    1. Attached accredited doctor’s prescription of the patient from the hospital;

      The date in the doctor’s prescription shall not exceeds six (6) months from date of issuance thereof; and

    1. The doctor’s prescription should contain the following information:

      -Diagnosis of the patient

      -Scientific name of the medicine and pharmaceutical brands and prescriptions

      -Usage of the medicine and the duration of the treatment

      -Official dry seal of the hospital that treated the patient

    1. Assurance and responsibility of the patient to limit his use of medicines for medicinal purposes only.

    1. Attached copy of patient’s identity card.

  1. The amount of medicine for approval and release should be sufficient for a period of thirty (30) days or for the duration of the patient’s stay in the Kingdom, whichever is lesser, and that such medicines are still valid for consumption, with the following considerations:

    1. In case the medicine is already consumed, the patient should visit a hospital/ medical specialist to ensure the continuation of his medication.

    1. In case the physician has confirmed the need for the patient to continue similar medication, the hospital shall require the patient to fill up an application prior to the issuance of a prescription on an appropriate medicine from a local pharmacy/market; the said patient is required to continue visiting the hospital for his therapeutic treatment, as may be required by his medical condition.

    1. In case of non-availability of medicines or its alternative brands in the local market, the designated hospital could shall secure the required medicines from medical distributors after securing approval from the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration.

  1. For injectable medicines, the approval for its release may be facilitated through the supervision of a local hospital on behalf of the patient, with the precondition that the medicines should be registered under the said hospital for personal use in accordance with existing medical regulations.

  1. If the amount of medicine to be released exceeds the required amount needed by the patient, the excess must be confiscated.

  1. Patients leaving the Kingdom shall abide with the same procedures as those patients arriving in the Kingdom under Paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of this Article, and the amount of medicine which may be released must cover a maximum period of three (3) consecutive months.

  1. If the patient’s medicines are not in his possession but in the possession of one of his relatives (parents, children, brothers and husband), the patient’s identity card is required. However, if the medicines are in the possession of his representative, an Affidavit of Consent of the patient to bring the medicines is required, including a copy of his identity card.

  1. In the event that the medicines containing narcotic substances are in the possession of Hajj Missions or concerned government authorities arriving in the Kingdom, and will be used by patients accompanying the Mission, the said medicines will be subject to the following procedures:

    1. The Mission should submit a Request for Release of such medicines to the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch at the customs port area, which will receive the medicines.

    1. Specify the name of the Head of Mission as well as the name of the pharmacist or pharmaceutical technician accompanying the Mission who is responsible for the custody of the narcotic substances and, if there is no Head of Mission, the name of the doctor accompanying the Mission, is sufficient.

    1. Limit the number of personnel of the Mission.

    1. Request must attached the following:

      -List of requested medicines certified by the competent government authority of the Mission showing the scientific name of the narcotic medicines, and pharmaceutical brands, concentration, and quantity.

      -Assurance and responsibility to limit the use of the medicines to the members of the Mission only, and it will not be sold to or disposed of by any means, and that the used/consumed, damaged and unused medicines should be brought back by the Mission when leaving the Kingdom. A list of medicines used, consumed, or damaged by the Mission should be provided to the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch located at the customs area before leaving the Kingdom.

    1. The Mission should have medical doctor but all the medicines are under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission.

    1. The requested medicine is free from banned substances, recognized internationally or locally, in the Kingdom.

    1. Importation of medicines with narcotic substances are allowed through airplanes.

  1. Upon the approval of the request, a permit will be released to the General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch through the supervisor who is in charge of the Cargo Section at the customs area.

  1. The General Authority for Food and Drugs Administration’s Branch in the municipality or in the region receiving the medicines has the right to either accept, reject and/or amend the request for reasonable grounds.

  1. When the Mission leaves the Kingdom, they are required to submit a copy of the list of medicines that were used/consumed, damaged, and unused. – END-

Saudi Ministry of Labor within our reach at 920001173


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Saudi Ministry of Labor Call Center
920001173

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh informs the public that the Saudi Ministry of Labor call center number is 92-000-1173.

Saudi-Ministry-of-Labour-Logo-e1308919211190The number provides information in Arabic and English for the following, which can be accessed by pressing first 2 for English and then the number for the service as indicated below:

  1. Nitaqat program inquiry
  2. Technical support for Ministry of Labor e-Services
  3. Labor dispute settlement
  4. Wage protection system
  5. Complaints related to labor offices
  6. Female labor services
  7. Information on domestic labor (HSW) regulations

The number of the call center was provided to the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine delegation that recently concluded the Second Joint Commission Meeting in implementation of the bilateral agreement on domestic workers.

The Embassy urges all Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia to call the number in case of any inquiries on the Saudi labor law, Nitaqat, labor dispute settlement and complaints against employers or recruitment offices.###

PR-030-2014: 26 February 2014

Philippine Embassy URGENT Advisory


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Philippine Embassy URGENT Advisory – Filipinos Qualified Under Amnesty but with no documents or fingerprint should contact and register with POLO immediately

philembThe Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advises all Filipinos who are qualify under the guidelines for amnesty but do not have the originals of their iqama and passport and have never submitted themselves for fingerprinting to contact the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh (POLO Riyadh) to register in preparation for procedures at the Wafideen/Jawazat and processing of your final exit.

Those requested to register with POLO are those qualified under the amnesty satisfy all of following conditions:
• Expatriates who absconded from work before the start of the amnesty period or 6 April 2013 and whose previous sponsors filed absconding reports against them, and
 • Those with expired iqama and not working with an employer/sponsor, and
• Those who did not file or have no existing labor complaint filed with the Saudi Labor Office,
 • Those with no original iqama, no original passport used during entry or with entry number, and those with no fingerprint on the system.

For those who contact POLO and register, the Philippine Embassy will endorse them to the Wafeedin / Jawazat at Shumeisy District for fingerprinting and processing of their final exit.

On Wednesday 13 November, the Embassy and POLO assisted 106 Filipinos who qualify and registered, and 99 (52 women and 47 men) were fingerprinted at the Riyadh Jawazat and granted their final exit visa on the same day. The authorities have not required their detention at the Deportation Center in Shumeisy District in Riyadh.

The Embassy reminds those who absconded or have labor cases after the start of the amnesty period or after 6 April 2013 that they are not covered by the amnesty guidelines, and their cases will have to be resolved through regular procedures in accordance with existing rules and regulations.  -end-

Philippine Embassy-Riyadh  (URGENT ADVISORY) #  PR-210-2013 /  16 November 2013

157,494 Filipinos Regularize Status During Correction Period


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157,494 Filipinos Regularize
Status During Correction Period

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago, in a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Consular Affairs Ambassador Usamah Al-Senousi, expressed gratitude of the Philippine government and the Filipinos in the Kingdom for the 7-month correction period granted by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz which allowed more than 150,000 Filipinos to correct their status in the Kingdom, either through transfer of employment or correction of profession.

Statistics on Filipinos Benefiting From Correction

Region Transfer of employment Left on Final exit Change profession
Riyadh 21838 16427 46647
Eastern 13982 13638 31286
Makkah 13133 5784 17178
Qassim 1050 812 2050
Al-Madinah 635 585 1233
Asir 1074 675 2080
Jazan 266 220 440
Najran 385 194 870
Hail 413 192 1319
Tabuk 209 149 536
Jouf 158 110 367
Baha 107 109 173
Northern Border 80 44 185
Total 53330 38939 104364

Ambassador Tago cited statistics received from the Saudi Ministry of Labor that 53,330 Filipino transferred employment to a new employer, and 104,364 changed or corrected their professions in the work permit and residence card or iqama.

“I thank the Saudi Ministry of Labor which sent the Embassy these official statistics on the number of Filipinos who corrected their status in the Kingdom during the 7 month period from 25/5/1434H to 12/12/1434H,” said Ambassador Tago.

During the meeting with Undersecretary Senousi, Ambassador Tago added, “the statistics were very detailed, and categorized by profession, activity and region. They reveal that Filipinos benefited greatly from the correction period and a large number were able to regularize their status in the Kingdom. More importantly, the statistics reveal that the majority corrected their status across the Kingdom through the initiative of their existing or new employer.”

According to the MOL statistics, 38,939 Filipinos left on final exit during the 7 month period. They include those who left after the end of their contract. Significantly, those who left on final exit during the correction period will be able to return to the Kingdom in the future if they wish to do so, except for a few who may have a derogatory record. As of 5 November, the Philippine government shouldered the repatriation of 2018 from Jeddah, 2332 from Riyadh, and 141 from the Eastern Region. The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah continue to repatriate Filipinos, and 81 are currently being booked on flights to the Philippines.

Special Procedures for Mothers with Children

 Ambassador Tago also thanked the Ministry of Interior and the Office of the Emir as well as the Jawazat officials who helped in the cases of Filipino women who needed documentation for their children. With the approval of the Interior Ministry and the Office of the Emir of Riyadh, an interagency committee processed the birth documentation of 477 women and their 602 children. Of the total number, 401 completed their both the DNA testing and fingerprinting while some opted not to continue with the procedure. 347 mothers with their children have left, while 45 are in the final step either for booking of flights or issuance of final exit.

“We are very thankful for the Interior Ministry and Emir’s approval for the mechanism providing for DNA testing and final exit of the mothers and their children. This has helped many mothers. We regret that there are 191 who did not show up during the procedure, although 29 have now returned and asked for assistance. In addition, we have 103 new cases who have asked for repatriation. The DNA testing procedure ended on 15 July after the Embassy issued several advisories and called all those on the list several times. The 132 cases that are now seeking help have been listed, and the Embassy will try to seek approval for a similar procedure that would facilitate their documentation and the processing of their final exit” stated Ambassador Tago.

In addition to the processing and the DNA testing conducted in a Philippine Embassy rented villa in Um Al-District, the Jawazat accommodated the women for fingerprinting or the basma during a special time, dedicated only for the mothers and their children, which facilitated the process.

Procedures for Pending Cases 

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has received information from the Passports Directorate General that there will be procedures and a schedule for the processing of males and females who have not completed the procedures to obtain their final exit. The Embassy will inform those who have enlisted seeking final exit once the procedure and the timetable is finalized. The advisory will also be posted on the Embassy’s website and Facebook page.

The Embassy expects the processing to resume next week.###

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh / Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Press Release PR-200-2013 dated 6 November 2013

New Rules Governing the Foreign Workers Violating Labor and Residency Rules After the Correction Period


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New Rules Governing the Foreign Workers Violating Labor and Residency Rules After the Correction Period

philemb(RIYADH, 4 November 2013) – The Saudi Government has informed the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, through a formal diplomatic Note, of the new rules that will govern foreign workers violating the labor and residency laws following the end of the correction period.

Following is a summary of the most salient provisions of the new rules:

 Foreign workers who work illegally for their own account, absconded from their sponsors, and overstayers will be apprehended, penalized and deported;

 Those who employ illegal or absconded workers, provide cover, harbor or transport them, or “aids them by any means” will also be pursued;

Employers will bear the cost of deportation of illegal workers, except where the foreign worker works for himself in which case he will bear the cost of his own deportation;

Illegal workers who are unable to afford the travel ticket will be deported at the cost of the Saudi Government;

Overstayers will deported at the expense of the employer, or, if he works for himself, the company or person who sponsored his visit will bear the cost of deportation;

All companies and individual employers, including government agencies, shall ensure that their workers obtain and renew their iqamas in due time;

Deported foreign workers shall be prohibited from returning to the Kingdom;

Offending foreigners will be accommodated in Saudi Government centers pending deportation.

The Embassy urges all Filipino nationals in the Kingdom to familiarize themselves with the new rules.

In the meantime, the Philippine Embassy and the Consulate advises all those who have taken steps to process their final exit and repatriation to remain calm and not panic. The Embassy and the Consulate continue to coordinate with the concerned authorities for the processing of the final exit of those waiting to be repatriated. The Embassy is currently confirming the procedures and timeframe for those who have no original copy of their residence card or iqama, their passport with the border number, or those who have not encoded their fingerprint. The Embassy in Riyadh has already received advice on procedures for the females, and is coordinating for the procedures for males.

The Embassy and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah have also created special roving teams that will go around jails, prisons and detention centers around the Kingdom to any violators that have been detained and provide them with Travel Documents to facilitate their early deportation.

The Embassy assures the Filipino community all over the Kingdom that the Philippine Government is ready to provide appropriate assistance to Filipinos.

Further queries may be made thru the following existing 24-hour hotlines in addition to the landlines posted on the Embassy’s website:

Embassy’s Assistance to Nationals Section
056 9893301
Consulate’s Assistance to Nationals Section
055 5219613
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Riyadh)
054 5917834 / 050 7537997
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Eastern Province)
050 126 9742
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Press Release: PR-199-2013: DATED 4 November 2013