or Click here>>>> to the Phil. Embassy website
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Saudi Labor Law
Section Four: End-of-Service Award
Upon the end of the work relation, the employer shall pay the worker an end-of-service award of a half-month wage for each of the first five years and a one-month wage for each of the following years. The end-of-service award shall be calculated on the basis of the last wage and the worker shall be entitled to an end-of-service award for the portions of the year in proportion to the time spent on the job.
If the work relation ends due to the worker’s resignation, he shall, in this case, be entitled to one third of the award after a service of not less than two consecutive years and not more than five years, to two thirds if his service is in excess of five successive years but less than ten years and to the full award if his service amounts to ten or more years.
As an exception to the provision of Article (8) of this Law, it may be agreed that the wage used as a basis for calculating the end-of-service award does not include all or some of the commissions, sales percentages, and similar wage components paid to the worker which are by their nature subject to increase or decrease.
As an exception to the provisions of Article (85) of this Law, the worker shall be entitled to the full award if he leaves the work due to a force majeure beyond his control. A female worker shall likewise be entitled to the full award if she ends her contract within six months from the date of her marriage or three months from the date of giving birth.
Upon the end of the worker’s service, the employer shall pay his wages and settle his entitlements within a maximum period of one week from the date of the end of the contractual relation. If the worker ends the contract, the employer shall settle all his entitlements within a period not exceeding two weeks. The employer may deduct any work-related debt due to him from the worker’s entitlements.
Below is the screen shot of the Ministry of Labor, end of service award calculator (please click the screen shot image to the direct link of the Saudi Ministry of Labor ESB calculator). You may fill the details of your employment such as: Type of Contract, Reason for End of Service, Salary and Duration of Service.
Click the “amount” and check the figures of your end of service award on top of the “green calculator.”
For more relevant info about how to compute your End of Service Award or ESB, please click here>>>> to QSaudi.com website. Quintessentially Saudi – QSaudi.com is a multi-portal website dedicated to provide you important and useful information about Saudi Arabia.
There are many kinds of OFW Distress call or information, those in need of immediate assistance through rescue effort and or a formal complaint in form of a letter or email or personal visit to our Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA as may believe proper under such any given circumstances.
In an imminent danger to an OFW in distress, a form of a rescue is sought. But a call or an information from an OFW in distress and or a third-party should be cautiously investigated prior to a plan rescue. Our diplomatic corps or the concerned agencies mentioned above will verify the veracity of any given distress calls. Though a frightening, frantic, desperate or threatening circumstances must be acted immediately.
Some distress calls may also be through a formal letter or email complaint addressed to our Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA. It can be relayed from a representative like friends, wife, husband, brother, sister, relatives or from NGO on behalf of the OFW in distress.
Our Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration are there to assist when OFW distress call or information is receive as mandated by R.A. 10022, the Migrants Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act as amended.
However, may I remind our readers and fellow OFWs that fabricating stories, claims or complaint just to gain sympathy from the concern government agencies could face serious consequences, not only to the so-called OFW in distress but also to the one who give false information. Criminal liability awaits to those OFWs or to the third-party involve who make up accusations against their employer, if proven otherwise.
There are many OFWs out there who are truly in need of an immediate help, therefore misrepresenting and or a mere allegation to make a complaint could hamper other genuine distress calls that our Embassy/POLO/OWWA may attend to.
To those OFWs with marital problems, like non remittance of salaries and philandering OFW spouses, my post “hold departure order” can give you an insight on what to do. But make sure that you have the legal right to file a formal complaint against your spouse. If you and your partner are not legally married, talk to your lover in the lover’s lane, open up with each other, try to solve the issue of lover’s quarrel and close the matter amicably. Lastly, don’t disturb others’ lives because there are more people in desperate and in difficult situation that in need of more attention to deal with. – BongA
Overseas Filipinos in the Asia Pacific (except China and Taiwan), Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa region now have the option of filling up the forms from the comfort of their homes, workplace, internet café, or anywhere they have access to reliable internet connection. The optional appointment feature of the system allows for better time management since it provides them an easy way to schedule their personal appearance at the Embassy, Consulate General, Mission or Mobile/Field registration site.
All Filipino citizens who expect to be in the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa during the 30-day (09 April – 09 May 2016) overseas voting period for the 2016 National Elections, at least 18 years old on 09 May 2016, not otherwise disqualified by law and who would like to be among the first overseas Filipinos to become part of this historical evolution of the Philippine overseas electoral process, may now go to irehistro.comelec.gov.ph/ov or http://www.comelec.gov.ph to access the iREHISTRO System to register as an overseas voter. The voter registration period ends on October 31. END
Source: DFA Website
Philippine Embassy-Riyadh Advisory:
Advisory on the Temporary Suspension of Overseas Voting On-Line Services
(Riyadh, 11 August 2015) – The Philippine Embassy informs the Filipino community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that, per advice from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the following overseas voting services will be unavailable to the public during the period 10–12 and 17–18 August 2015:
The temporary suspension of services is due to the interruption of public utilities in the COMELEC Head Office. (END)
August 4, 2015 : From the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippine Embassy in Muscat has been informed that the Government of the Sultanate of Oman will extend the amnesty program for foreign undocumented workers until October 28.
The amnesty program which originally began on May 03 this year was to end on July 31. With the recent announcement, the Philippine Embassy has stepped up its efforts to encourage undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Oman to avail of the amnesty and avoid paying overstay penalties and other fines.
Philippine Ambassador to Oman Narciso T. Castañeda welcomed this development and views this as an opportunity for undocumented OFWs to return to the Philippines without facing any legal actions.
Media reports have placed around 7,382 undocumented workers of various nationalities as having been deported under the amnesty program. Of this figure, 162 OFWs were among those who have been deported, including all of the 29 distressed OFWs sheltered in the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Muscat (POLO-Muscat). The FWRC has, as of to date, maintained zero ward.
Undocumented OFWs in Oman who may wish to avail of the amnesty under the extended period are advised to contact the POLO-Muscat hotline no. (+968) 9355-7931. Notices and a guide on how to avail of the program have been posted in the Philippine Embassy in Muscat website (www.muscatpe.dfa.gov.ph) and its Facebook page. (taken from Philippine Government Official Gazette)
My collections of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, State of the Nation Addresses or SONA’s that are well said, also truly worth remembering and will stick in my memory longer. Thank you Mr. President for the Job Well Done!
I encourage everyone to take a step towards participation rather than fault-finding. The former takes part in finding a solution; from the latter, never-ending complaints.
Let us make the effort to recognize the good that is being done.
Thank those who have done their share in bringing about positive change in society.
You made this transformation possible.
The transformation we are experiencing now, we can make permanent with the guidance of God.
Last (Sixth) SONA:
The reforms we have sown along the straight path are already bearing fruit, and will bear an even more bountiful harvest in the future. But this will only happen if we nurture and protect what we have already planted.
Maramihang Pagpapauwi ng mga may kasong “Mothers and Children” sinimulan na; Ilan pang mga kaso hinihikayat na makipag-ugnayan sa Embahada
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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.
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
POEA cancels recruitment license of persistent deceiver
6/10/2015: Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac has cancelled the license of Crystal Fallah-Ville International Manpower Services, for submitting fake or double visas and forged documents to the POEA.
In one case filed motu propio against Crystal Fallah-Ville, the agency submitted documents for processing including a visa for a teacher that was found to have been altered. The visa was verified to have been originally issued to another sponsor for the position of a servant or a household service worker.
The agency argued that they never had a hand on the tampered visa and it was an “innocent mistake” by the agency for submitting the visa which was personally acquired by the applicant.
In another case of misrepresentation, Cacdac said the recruitment agency Crystal Fallah-Ville presented a forged request or endorsement for processing of employment documents to the POEA. The liaison officer of Crystal Fallah-Ville said he delivered the said document to the POEA in good faith, not knowing that one signature was falsified.
The third case was about a visa written in Arabic that the agency submitted to the POEA for processing together with documents of a dressmaker bound for Saudi Arabia. The official translator of Arabic visas at the POEA, however, disclosed that the skill category was not for a dressmaker but a domestic helper.
The agency representative declared that it was once again an “innocent mistake” due to clerical error, considering that the visa was in Arabic. He tried to rectify the alleged error by submitting a dressmaker visa, which the agency claimed was the true position of the worker. However, a careful scrutiny of the two visas revealed that except for the skill category, they bore the same entries such as dates, validity and visa number.
Cacdac said the recruitment agency has the responsibility to ensure authenticity and validity of documents submitted to the POEA because they are liable for any irregularity in its issuance.
“Honest mistake, oversight or even good faith, assuming they are true, cannot be considered as an exculpating defense. Such explanation or admission does not change the fact that the recruiter deceived both the government and OFWs, and violated the POEA rules and regulations on misrepresentation,” Cacdac added.
The penalty of cancellation of license is imposed on a recruitment agency with three or more misrepresentation offenses. END
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
OFW representation in Congress
The Philippine Election 2016 is fast approaching. It will be held on May next year and being at home, I can feel and smell the preparation of some politicians in the surrounding community that I belong. Even in TV ads, some Presidentiables are busy making their own “papogi points” to the public. Of course, it’s part of their strategy to win the public sentiment on national issues at hand.
Talking about OFW Political empowerment, the OFWs were able to get a seat in Congress through the OFW Family Party List group who made it in the last 2013 election. Truly, we are proud that OFWs are finally represented in Congress since 14 years when former Congressman Sid Aligada and Omar Fajardo were appointed by former President Fidel Ramos to represent OFWs in the Philippine lower house of Congress.
But frankly, I can’t feel of any changes being made or introduced on the various issues of government policies that concerns our OFWs. I am not against Congressman Roy Seneres and in fairness, the good Congressman filed several bills in Congress since he assumed office yet none of them made it to the President’s desk. Surprisingly, I read an online article that he is eyeing for 2016 Presidential election. That, I have so much doubt that he can even reach number 10 in the list of the highest votes for the Presidency. Well, for me 750 thousand votes are not enough to change the course of history from Congress to Presidency. My sincere apology to the former Ambassador, that’s only my opinion and I am entitled to it. However, if the good former Ambassador will stick to where he is now and ask his colleagues in Congress to prioritize his bills, then Sir, you have my one vote again.
OFW Political Empowerment in barangay level
During the 2013 barangay election there were 53,786,223 registered Filipino voters according to COMELEC website. It means out of 101 Million Philippine population (taken from worldometers) half of our population are registered voters.
How many per cent of OFW family comprised a mere barangay? According to my neighbour who works at the local office of the Philippine Statistics Authority, in one particular barangay in Cebu, OFWs is comprised of 5% of the barangay population. Each family of that 5% population has 4 to 5 family members who are registered voters. Good enough for an OFW (former OFW or OFW family members or relatives) who wants to run as a barangay councilman with a 2,500 votes for a barangay population that consist of 10,000 registered voters.
Perhaps, the continuing saga in our fight for OFW political empowerment must start in barangay level. So, by representing the concerns of OFWs in a barangay or in many barangays around the Philippine archipelago, then the national scene will follow.
According to the April to September 2014 statistical report by Grace Bersales of Philippine Statistics Authority, there was an estimated 2.3 million Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs/OFWs) or those with existing work contract comprised 96.0 per cent (2.2 million) of the total OFWs. The rest (4.0% or 92,000) worked overseas without contract.
The total of 2,392,000 OFWs plus five of their families back home can even move a mountain apart to put a President in Malacanang with a total of 11,960,000 votes; near enough to what President Aquino garnered in 2010 presidential election.
Well that’s only a simple presumption, nonetheless Benjamin Banneker, an African American scientist once said “presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.”
That’s the reason why I am advocating Overseas Absentee Voting registration and requesting those 975,263 Overseas Absentee Voters worldwide to update your voting status, especially to those 237,504 registered voters who failed to vote in the previous Philippine national election.
To my fellow OFWs, talk to your families back home, ask them to participate in the October 2016 barangay election and through them, we can now empower by representing our OFW sector in the barangay level. – BongA