DFA Sends Rapid Response Team to Assist OFWs Stranded in KSA


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.

Stranded OFWs

Stranded OFWs in KSA

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.

Source:  http://www.dfa.gov.ph/

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

IIEE Fellow named PRC’s “2016 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award”


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.

Engr. Dominico Amora (PEE)

Engr. Dominico Amora (PEE, FIIEE)

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).

Engr. Doods Amora w/ Hon. Francis V. Mapile (BEE-PRC)

Engr. Doods Amora with Hon. Francis V. Mapile (BEE-PRC)

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.

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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Go online… Don’t Fall in Line…


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Starting November 2, 2015, counter transaction at Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center at POEA Ortigas is by appointment only.

Maari din po kayong kumuha ng OEC sa ibang POEA Offices sa probinsiya:

POEA Regional Center for Luzon
3rd – 4th Floor, Shania Building, Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union
poea_rcl@yahoo.com.ph

POEA Satellite Office. Region II
13 Dalan na Pagayayya
Regional Government Center
Tuguegarao City
poea_so2@yahoo.com

POEA Regional Ext. Unit-CAR
Benitez Court Compound
Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(074) 442-9478
(074) 445-4209 (telefax)
poea_reu_car@yahoo.com

POEA Satellite Office – Region III
SM City Pampanga
Bgy. San Jose, Gapan- Olongapo Road corner NLEX, San Fernando City Pampanga
poea_region3@yahoo.com

POEA Satellite Office – Region IV
Unit D. Ground Floor, Milan Prestige Building
National Highway, Brgy. Halang Calamba City
(049) 502-2798 (telefax)
poea_calamba@yahoo.com, poea.calamba@gmail.com

POEA Satellite Office No. V
Ground Floor, Unit 102-103, ANST Bldg. Washington Drive
Legaspi City
(052) 480-0144
poealegaspi@yahoo.com

POEA Regional Center for Visayas
Ground Flr. DOLE Building (old Insular Building)
corner General Maxilom Ave and Gorordo Ave
Cebu City
(032) 231-1016, (032) 231-1007, (032) 231-1003
poea7_cebu@yahoo.com

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region VI
3rd Floor, Robinson’s Place – Iloilo
Ledesma corner Mabini Streets, Iloilo City
(033) 336-8611, (033) 335-1058
poea.iloilo@yahoo.com

POEA Satellite Office
2nd Floor, Old City Hall
Araneta-Luzuriaga St.
Bacolod City
(034) 434-7391 (telefax)
bacolod_poea@yahoo.com.ph

POEA Satellite Office
DOLE Compound, Trece Martirez
Tacloban City
(053) 321-7134 (telefax)
(053) 520-8350
poea_tacloban08@yahoo.com

POEA Regional Center for Mindanao
2nd Flr., AMYA II Bldg.
Quimpo Blvd. cor. Tulip Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
(082) 297-7429 (telefax)
(082) 297-7428, (082) 297-7650
poearcm@yahoo.com.ph

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region IX
2nd Floor, Goodwill Center
Mator Jaldon St., Canelar, Zamboanga City
(062) 992-5523
poea_zam@yahoo.com.ph

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region X
Ground Floor Trinidad Bldg.
Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City
(08822) 724-824 (telefax)
(08822) 729-465
poea_reu10@yahoo.com.sg

POEA Satellite Office XII
Ground Floor, Nearby Executive Suites
Zulueta St., Koronadal City
(083) 520-9991 Telefax
poeakoronadal@yahoo.com.ph

Satellite Office- CARAGA
Door 2, Nimfa Tiu Bldg 7 JP Rosales Avenue
Butuan City
(085) 815-1708
poeacaraga@gmail.com

POEA Satellite Office – Tawi-Tawi
Initiative for Tawi Tawi Area Devt. Foundation Bldg.
Old Housing Proj., Tubig Boh
Bongao, Tawi Tawi
0906-3416142
amerhassandoro@yahoo.com

Phil. Embassy-Riyadh Press Release # 089-2015


Maramihang Pagpapauwi ng mga may kasong “Mothers and Children” sinimulan na; Ilan pang mga kaso hinihikayat na makipag-ugnayan sa Embahada

mother and child(Riyadh, 30 June 2015) – Ipinababatid ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na kasalukuyan pong nagsasagawa ng maramihang pagpapauwi ang Embahada ng mga Mothers/Fathers and Children Cases na sumailalim sa DNA Testing noong ika-17 hanggang ika-25 ng Agosto, 2014.

Ngayong Hunyo, nakapagpauwi na ang Embahada ng 179 na katao, kabilang na rito ang 68 na mga ina, 4 na mga ama, 1 guardian, 81 na mga bata at 25 na mga sanggol.

Kaugnay nito, meron pang mga ilang indibidwal na magulang na hindi ma-kontak ng Embahada.

Muling nananawagan ang Embahada sa mga sumusunod na lumapit, tumawag o mag-email sa lalong madaling panahon upang mabigyan ng kaukulang tulong sa pagpapauwi sa Pilipinas:

1. Abas, Jehan Tuansi 35. Hilario, Maria Luisa P.
2. Abdul, Rahima Pasagi 36. Jabunan, Yasmeen
3. Abdula, Zakiah Abo 37. Kad, Arbaya Nasa
4. Abdullah, Jasmin Wahab 38. Katua, Aida Adam
5. Ablayan, Nurmelyn Tulawie 39. Kusain, Norma M.
6. Adel, Ferhana 40. Lagayan, Zainab A.
7. Albaracin, Rodrina 41. Lais, Marites Lapitan
8. Ali, Minah Piang 42. Mamadra, Janeth L.
9. Aljas, Perlita L. 43. Mawanay, Maricel
10. Anas, Mary Jane 44. Miguel, Marsima
11. Annudin, Elma 45. Muhajili, Sakur
12. Arnaldo, Alelyn A. 46. Nadjala, Harida
13. Askalani, Sharhata Hassan 47. Nicanor, Farhana
14. Atong, Akrima 48. Orteza, Jane
15. Anuddin, Elma Arakani 49. Palma, Joanne A.
16. Aldea, Wella 50. Pangcoga, Fatmah Amor
17. Basilio, Hardiolyn G. 51. Polwa, Norma M.
18. Barra, Naima Comadug 52. Rahman, Norhata
19. Biason, Elsie Cobal 53. Radzak, Heria U.
20. Bornales, Rowena 54. Radzak, Sally F.
21. Compania, Suraida Usman 55. Salim, Sapia U.
22. Dela Cruz, Analisa Sampayan 56. Sandron, Aniza Benito
23. Delos Santos, Francia 57. Sansaluna, Fatima
24. De Sales Apple Arnieden Ros 58. Siena, Jennifer
25. De Chavez, Ronnie 59. Sumagka, Asnah
26. Druog, Jelyn D. 60. Sunggay, Hyra Alon
27. Enter, Haniah Api 61. Tadaya, Pepito M.
28. Flores, Katherine Joy Cadorna 62. Tasil, Sarita Muslimin
29. Gacula, Kristy Joy Estrada 63. Trono, Lorena P.
30. Gampar, Analyn Mohammed 64. Tuliao, Emelita
31. Gonatice, Annie 65. Utto, Salima A.
32. Granada, Irene A. 66. Wahab, Sittie Galmak
33. Hajan, Mudzrifa Amih 67. Wallahu, Nur-in Ibrahim
34. Hataya, Hayria Odiang 68. Yaun, Maria Rodita

Mangyari lang tumawag kaagad kay Mr. Donald Fermin sa mga numerong 0509778651, 0114803662 at 0114801918, o di kaya’y mag-email sa rype@riyadhpe.com

Ang mga nabanggit na Mothers/ Fathers and Children cases ay kailangang makipag-ugnayan sa Embahada upang maisaayos ang kanilang exit visa at agarang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas.

Ang mga Mothers/Fathers and Children cases na wala sa talaan ngunit maaaring hindi pa natatawagan ng Embahada ay inaanyayahan ding agad na tumawag sa mga nabanggit na numero.   (WAKAS)

3 OFWs charged with murder in Saudi Arabia freed in the past month


23 June 2015: The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh announced in their website the released of three (3) OFWs charged with murder for the past month.

The embassy facilitated the release of two male and one female OFWs in a span of thirty-three days. The male OFWs were convicted of killing fellow Filipino and the other a Saudi national. The female OFW for killing her own child upon delivery, according to the report.  

The Philippine Embassy usually withheld the identities of Filipinos convicted of murders on the request of the OFWs family for personal and privacy reasons.

Talks between the two countries in terms of cases like murder conviction of their nationals are a very sensitive issue that needs diplomatic efforts.  

Embassies around the world would make sure that diplomacy is being observed more particularly when murder cases of their nationals went through the appeals process.   

The two male OFWs were repatriated to the Philippines on May 14 and June 17, 2015 respectively.

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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness, King Salman bin Abdulaziz

The female OFW was assisted in court by the Embassy-hired lawyer and received royal clemency prior to the completion of her sentence and implementation of lashes. The Embassy repatriated her to the Philippines on 11 June 2015.

The Saudi government grants pardon during the holy month of Ramadan to convicted offenders. The Philippine Embassy is now reviewing all OFWs in death rows and those with light offenses and come up a list for submission, requesting a royal prerogative clemency addressed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The Philippine government through the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Philippine Consulate in Jeddah are exerting their best efforts to gain royal pardon in Ramadan after the families of the victim refused to accept blood money. – BongA      

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-

Philippine Embassy hosts Diplomatic Reception to celebrate 116th Anniversary of Philippine Independence


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The Philippine Embassy celebrated the 116th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence on 27 May 2014 with a diplomatic reception at the Al Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh. Around 200 distinguished guests attended, officials from the different Saudi government offices, Saudi businessmen and Ambassadors and representatives from the various diplomatic missions in Riyadh.

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This year’s theme is “Kalayaan 2014: Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago,” calling on a new generation of Filipinos to take inspiration from the lives of the Philippine revolutionary heroes and emulate their nationalistic fervor to bring about positive and lasting change in the Philippines.

The celebration was honored by the attendance of His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the new Emir of Riyadh. The Emir congratulated Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago, who in turn thanked the Emir for gracing the occasion and personally invited him to visit the Philippines.

The partnership between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia has remained strong and productive through the years, and bodes well for the warm friendship sure to endure between their two peoples for generations to come.

Bilaterally, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia continue to build on their economic ties. Saudi Arabia is the Philippines’ 12th top trading partner and ranked 32nd among the latter’s export markets. Saudi Arabia has also remained the Philippines’ 8th largest source of investments.

In terms of tourism, there has been an increasing trend in the arrival of Saudi visitors to the Philippines since 2009. A total of 38,969 Saudi visitors came to the Philippines in 2013 compared to only 19,101 in 2009, buoyed largely by the Embassy’s active tourism promotion in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with local travel agencies.

Another landmark was set in May 2013, when the two countries signed the bilateral agreement on the recruitment of domestic workers. (Press Release: PR- 075 -2014 11 June 2014)

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 Philippine Embassy Entertains Filipino Community in Riyadh on Independence Day

(RIYADH, 13 June 2014) – Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago gathered the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino community on 13 June 2014 to celebrate the 116th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.

Reversing the usual practice of community members presenting entertainment and cultural numbers in past national day celebrations, this year the Embassy officers and staff, their spouses and their children prepared song and dance numbers for the delight of the Filipino community.

The program started with the video message of President Benigno S. Aquino which was delivered in Naga City in the morning of 12 June 2014. This was followed by the message of Ambassador Tago.

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In his message, Ambassador Tago conveyed his appreciation to the Filipino community for taking time-out from their busy scheduled to attend the celebration. He conveyed to the community the importance of the sacrifices of our heroes for us to gain the freedom and democracy we all enjoy today.

The Filipino community was entertained by the Embassy children’s rendition of the song “I Am But a Small Voice”; followed by a ballet number, “Dalagang Pilipina” performed by Ms. Farrah D. Dingal, nationalistic song “Tagumpay Nating Lahat” by the Philippine Embassy choir, traditional “Pandango sa Ilaw” led by Social Welfare Attache By Ms. Perlita V. Panganiban and Embassy Spouses.

A Filipiniana Fashion Show showcasing traditional/classic, ethnic and contemporary Philippine fashion was participated in by Embassy personnel, spouses and their children.

This was followed by back-to-back song numbers by Minister and Consul General Marshall Louis M. Alferez who sang “Kahit Isang Saglit” and Second Secretary and Consul Mary Jennifer D. Dingal who sang “Ikaw.” For the finale, Ms. Mae I. Galvez, spouse of Attache Emmanuel P. Galvez, sang “Dakilang Lahi”.

During the program, Ambassador Tago took the opportunity to welcome and introduce to the Filipino community the new officers and staff of the Embassy and also bid farewell to its personnel whose tours of duty will be ending in June 2014.

The program was hosted by Second Secretary and Consul Winston Dean S. Almeda. (END)

Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia Urged to Heed Saudi Ministry of Health Guidance on MERS Coronavirus


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(Riyadh, 15 April 2014) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia to take necessary precautions and follow the guidance of the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) with regard to the Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The Embassy continues to advise Filipino nationals in Saudi Arabia to remain calm and follow existing guidelines given by Saudi MOH (as shown in the infographic below), particularly on regular and thorough washing of hands, frequent use of hand sanitizers, and observing other general hygiene practices. Those who experience any of the disease’s symptoms are urged to immediately seek medical attention.

If you have specific queries, the MOH Hotline can be reached at 800-249-4444.

On 9 April 2014, Saudi Health Minister Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah stated that “the rate of incidence is still low, and doesn’t represent an epidemic … according to the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the relevant scientific committees.”

On 12 April 2014, the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed one Filipino worker died on April 10 due to MERS-CoV, while five other Filipinos who were infected remain in quarantine as a precaution but are recovering.

The WHO has identified the symptoms of MERS-CoV, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and even diarrhea. Human cases of MERS-CoV have also been reported in other Middle Eastern countries, such as Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. (END)

PhilEmb PR-053-2014 dated 15 April 2014

 

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