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)
11 August 2016 – Consulate officials led by Consul General Imelda Panolong met with Mr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Alolayan, General Director of the Ministry of Labor (MOL) in Makkah region, to discuss the cases of stranded Filipino workers in light of the recent directive of Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, to hasten the resolution of cases of stranded expatriate workers. During the meeting Mr. Alolayan said that the MOL has already dispatched teams to the different camps of Saudi Oger to assist the stranded workers of the company. They have been providing food, water and medical assistance to the workers of Saudi Oger in all its camps in Jeddah.
To resolve the case of the stranded workers in Saudi Oger, Mr. Alolayan said the workers have the option to either go home on final exit or transfer to another company. The Saudi government, through MOL and Immigration (Jawazat), will renew expired residence permits (Iqama), and provide exit visas and plane tickets to the workers who wish to leave. MOL noted that several companies have approached them offering to absorb workers from Saudi Oger. MOL shall facilitate the matching of the job requirements of these companies with those workers who want to be transferred. For workers with unpaid salaries and benefits, they may issue a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) in favor of the Consulate to process the entitlements due them. Workers who are not affected and do not experience delays in their salaries may continue to work. Mr. Alolayan promised to coordinate closely with the Philippine Consulate to facilitate the early resolution of the cases of the stranded Filipino workers.
Also present during the meeting were Consul Rodney Jonas L. Sumague, Labor Attaché Jainal T. Rasul, Jr. and Mr. Muhammad Mahmour S. Qassim (Translator/Interpreter/Conciliator).
Prior to the meeting with MOL, Consul General Panolong, Consul Sumague, Labor Attaché Rasul and Welfare Officer Angel Cruz, Jr., met with officials of the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) to discuss the cases of affected Filipino workers in the company. Present during the meeting representing SBG were Mr. Khaled J. Thabet, HR Support Services Manager; Mr. Abdullah Y. Balkhair, Talent Management and Development Manager; Mr. Abdulrahman Alsurawi, Head of Complaints Unit; and Ms. Rocel Castro-Samillano, Recruitment Coordinator.
Mr. Thabet informed the Consulate officials that 2,429 Filipino workers are presently still working under SBG in the whole of K.S.A. while 1,069 have signified their intention to go home. Their exit visas and final settlement of benefits are expected to be issued in 2-3 weeks. He gave the assurance that SBG is able to facilitate the exit visas, paying remaining salaries and benefits and providing plane tickets to their workers who want to go home. They may execute a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) in favor of the Consulate to follow up their entitlements if they are unable to wait for its release. Mr. Thabet added that SBG continues to regularly provide food to their workers. Nevertheless, they will investigate reports that there are some project camps which have not been given food and water as raised by the Consulate officials.
On the future of SBG, Mr. Thabet said the company is optimistic that it will recover very soon. Consul General Panolong noted that the 2,429 Filipino workers who opted to continue to work is a positive sign that augurs well for the recovery of the company. Mr. Thabet responded that SBG feels fortunate that the Filipino workers are staying and he further assured the Consulate officials of closer coordination to address the concerns of Filipino workers. END
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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July 28th, 2016: The Center for Migrant Advocacy is urging the current administration to look into the still widespread exploitation and abuse of Filipino women migrant workers, in particular those working as domestic workers, as noted by the recently released concluding observations of the 64th Session of CEDAW (UN-Convention On the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women) on the Philippines.
While CMA welcomes President Duterte’s plans to place OFWs as a priority labor agenda, the current plight of OFWs, especially domestic workers, needs urgent action.
Last July 5, the Philippine government, as a state party to the UN Convention, had a constructive dialogue with the CEDAW Committee to report on the state of all human rights of all women in the country, including Filipino women migrants.
The UN Committee welcomes the adoption of the amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 2010 (Republic Act No. 10022) to protect migrant workers working in the State party, but expressed its concerns on the widespread abuse among Filipino domestic workers abroad, and the insufficient support system to reintegrate returning women OFWs. The Committee also added that the protection of migrant workers under the ASEAN migration policies does not cover unskilled migrants, who constitute the majority of Filipino women OFWs.
It recommends that the country enhance its efforts to effectively protect the rights of Filipino women OFWs abroad through bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding with countries and regions to which Filipino women migrate in search of work.
The UN body also encourages the country to strengthen its regulation and inspection of recruitment agencies for migrant workers and the sanctions in case of breaches of relevant regulations, including the prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of exploitation and abuse of women migrant workers under its jurisdiction.
The CMA believes that while providing a significant portion in the annual multibillion dollar remittances, the domestic workers are among the most exploited subgroup within the Filipino migrant workers, hence, the need to provide gender-responsive support to returning women migrant workers for their reintegration.
(Original title: Statement of the Center for Migrant Advocacy on the Concluding Observations of CEDAW on the Philippines and the recent SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte 26 July 2016. Contact: Ms. Ellene Sana Contact No: 0915 178 1308)
Source: Global Nation Inquirer.net
18 July 2016 – Last June 2016, the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) sent a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to assist OFWs stranded in work camps throughout Saudi Arabia. The DFA RRT found that at least 11,000 OFWs in several large Saudi construction and maintenance companies and their sub-contractors were not paid their salaries on time, ranging from 2 to 6 months. Some OFWs were also no longer receiving food allowances and were threatened with eviction from their accommodations. The DFA RRT provided immediate humanitarian assistance to these OFWs, and brought their situation to the attention of the senior officials of these companies, and with the Saudi government authorities.
Saudi Deputy Labor Minister Ziyad Alsaigh and Saudi Foreign Affairs Deputy Undersecretary for Consular Affairs Ambassador Tammim Al Dusairi assured DFA RRT that the Saudi government will look into the situation of the OFWs and provide necessary assistance. The DFA also brought the situation of the OFWs to the attention of the Saudi Embassy in Manila. The DFA, in coordination with DOLE and its attached agencies, will send a high level delegation and composite rapid response teams to Saudi Arabia in the coming days to ensure assistance to the OFWs soonest.
Meanwhile, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. recently approved the release of funds for the repatriation of 171 OFWs stranded in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The DFA will also provide them with legal assistance to pursue their claims for unpaid wages, and other benefits before the Saudi labor courts.
The DFA will continue to closely monitor the situation of OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other countries, and to provide necessary legal, humanitarian and other consular assistance to OFWs in distress. END.
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
CEBU CITY – Engr. Dominico “Doods” Amora, has been chosen by the Professional Regulation Commission as the recipient of the “2016 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award” in the field of Electrical Engineering profession. “Doods” Amora will be honored at the 43rd Anniversary of the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC). The awarding ceremonies will be held on June 22, 2016 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.
The awardee, known as “Doods” in the industry circle, is a Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) with 41 years in the electrical engineering profession. Doods work-life have been deeply rooted in the Industry of various sorts where from the lowest ranks, Doods rose himself to the heights of what he is today.
He graduated Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) in 1974 at the Cebu Institute of Technology, Cebu City (now CIT University). He placed 2nd in the Professional Electrical Engineering board examination in 1983. Doods was awarded in 2003 as CIT’s “Most Outstanding Alumnus in the field of Engineering Consultancy”.
He was also a college instructor in EE Professional Subjects (Power Systems, Power Plant Design, Electrical Systems Design, Mechanical & Electrical Equipment) at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR-Cebu) from 1989 to 1992.
His five years working experience started at Nasipit Lumber Company/Philippine Wallboard Corporation, once a large wood-based manufacturing complex in Northern Mindanao (during the wood processing heydays). It was with this company that Doods learned the rudiments of real-life electrical practice. Starting as Trainee Engineer, Doods scaled to the position of Assistant Shift Operations Electrical Engineer for the Power Plant and Wood Processing Factories before he transferred employment.
He was later employed by the Beer Division of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in 1979, where he spent 15 years in the Mandaue Brewery (Mandaue City, Cebu), and two (2) years in the construction, commissioning and initial operation of the Davao Brewery (Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur). Versatile as he was in various jobs, he did planning, designing and executing projects works, among others. He did as well handle maintenance, operation and asset management as part of his previous function.
In 1994, he was transferred to the SMC Corporate Headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, where he earned his promotion as Manager-Electrical & Instrumentation Engineering of the Corporate Technical Services (CTS), a Division under the Office of the SMC President), a position he held until his retirement in January of 2000. For five years in this position he handled & oversaw electrical operation, maintenance, design and construction of electrical systems covering all Philippine Breweries (Polo, San Fernando, Mandaue, Bacolod & Davao Breweries) & Offshore Plants (Hong Kong, Shundie, Guangzhou, Baoding, Indonesia & Vietnam Breweries).
Along the way while in SMC for 21 years, Doods reaped some 40 awards & citations befitting an outstanding employee. His professional training as well as the application of his experiences revolved not only within the country, but also in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China (Guangzhou, Shundie, Baoding) and Jakarta, Indonesia. Doods also entrusted as a Consultant for Electrical Systems Design, Setting-up Maintenance and Energy Management Systems for other SMC affiliate Plants.
While in SMC, Doods had been a consistent Model Supervisor Awardee, many times a Grand Awardee and, later Hall of Famer in the Corporate innovation Program. He also became a leading personality in the formation, formulation and implementation of best industry practices in Quality, Efficiency and Total Productive Maintenance Programs of the corporation.
In February of Y2000, Doods retired from SMC and joined Lear Corporation, a multinational company, as Plant Manager of Plant 222, located in Mactan Export Processing Zone (Lapulapu City) with corporate offices in Southfield, Michigan, USA. In less than a year, Doods achieved a series of global breakthroughs in automotive wire harness manufacturing, among which was the sought-after ‘World’s Lowest Cost Per Unit Product’ of consistent quality. Leading some 1,350 employees, Doods steered the company to achieve 300% production throughput reckoned from previous plant history’s bests. Doods after a year left Lear Corporation to start his own electrical consulting firm based in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines.
For having his forty one years of exemplary service and dedication to the Electrical Engineering profession in the Industry, Engr. Dominico Amora, versatile in various jobs, is multi-awardee befitting an outstanding electrical engineer. On top of being a Consultant in various fields in electrical engineering, he is also deeply involved in Continuing Professional Education where his mentorship and self-written training books in Electrical Design Practices have helped hundreds of young engineers catapult their competencies. Some of them are now Overseas Filipino Workers gainfully employed around the world, mostly in the Middle East, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Kazakstan, UK, Canada and USA.
His notable accomplishments and contributions to the profession amply demonstrates his highest degree of professionalism and leadership when he earned numerous awards of national scope as the IIEE’s “Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioner in the field of Industry,” an award he received in 1996. In 2002, another IIEE National Award was conferred on him as the “Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioner in the field of Consultancy”.
He had been president of IIEE Cebu Chapter in 1986 and later organized the IIEE-North Cebu Chapter which under his leadership baton had reaped series of honors in IIEE’s “Best Conference Awards.” He was a former Regional Governor of the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers, Region 7 and was cited as “Most Outstanding Regional Governor” in 2003.
In 2009, Doods was nationally elected as Governor-at-Large and became IIEE’s National Auditor. In 2012 the IIEE College of Fellow conferred him “Grade of Fellow”, a distinction coveted amongst the electrical engineering community of the country. Doods then became a Member of IIEE College of Fellows since 2012.
He also served as a member of the IIEE Legislation & Legal Affairs Committee (LELAC) in an active role in the drafting and crafting of the proposed new Electrical Engineering Law, now in Congress (HB 5826) and in Senate (SB 2963).
The prestigious Professional Regulation Commission award is the highest award bestowed by the Commission upon a professional who demonstrated high levels of competency, integrity and significantly contributed to the advancement in their field of their profession, and to the effective discharge of the profession’s social responsibility through meaningful contribution/participation in socio-related activities.
The awardee is married to Merlita Rivas Amora, a registered nurse and blessed with two children, Kristine May Amora Zabala, a Cabin Crew of Qatar Airways and Kristoffer R. Amora, a Sr. Device Firmware Developer at Fortify Technologies Asia, Inc.,Philippines.
(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