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: email@example.com 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”
Notice about Financial Assistance for Stranded OFWs specified in OWWA MOI No. 008, Series of 2016 dated 25 July 2016
According 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)
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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|
|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>>>>>>>.
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:
- Pregnant women;
- Senior citizens who are aged 60 years old and above;
- Physically-challenged applicants; and,
Applicants for other consular services must bring a photocopy of their valid passport and other relevant documents.
Statement Following the Recent Suicide Bombings in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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
(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.
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:
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
Registered overseas voters whose names appear in the CLOV under POLO Al Khobar; registered seafarers
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
3)Any PHL-issued ID
5) Seaman’s book (if seafarer)
- Inspect your voter receipt and drop it in the receipt receptacle. Do not leave voting area with the voter receipt.
- Taking photographs of the ballot or the voter receipt is an election offense.
- 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
“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.”
“2) On candidacy and campaign:
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
PUBLIC REMINDED THAT GATHERINGS AND WORK DEMONSTRATIONS FOR ANY REASON ARE PROHIBITED IN SAUDI ARABIA
(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)
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
Labor Attaché Eastern
TEL (013) 894-1846, 894-2890
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
or Click here>>>> to the Phil. Embassy website
ABISO UKOL SA OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE (OEC)
AT OWWA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
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)
(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
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
Philippine Embassy Advisory Saudi Arabia’s Procedures and Measures on Bringing Medicines with Narcotic Properties In and Out of the Kingdom
(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:
It prevents the release of regulated medicines considered restricted/banned from being used internationally and domestically;
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.
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.
It allows the release of the medicines brought in by patients into the Kingdom for personal use, in accordance with the following conditions:
Attached detailed medical report from the medical institution/hospital which treated the patient;
Date of the medical report shall not exceed six (6) months period; and
Medical report should contain the following information:
-Personal information about the patient
-Medical application and duration
-Scientific name of the medicine and pharmaceutical brands and dosage prescriptions or,
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
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
Assurance and responsibility of the patient to limit his use of medicines for medicinal purposes only.
Attached copy of patient’s identity card.
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:
In case the medicine is already consumed, the patient should visit a hospital/ medical specialist to ensure the continuation of his medication.
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.
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.
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.
If the amount of medicine to be released exceeds the required amount needed by the patient, the excess must be confiscated.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Limit the number of personnel of the Mission.
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.
The Mission should have medical doctor but all the medicines are under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission.
The requested medicine is free from banned substances, recognized internationally or locally, in the Kingdom.
Importation of medicines with narcotic substances are allowed through airplanes.
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.
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.
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-