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Feb
25
2015

Filipiknow: Applying for A Philippine Passport

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The Philippine passport is one of the important documentary requirements an applicant has to secure to be able to find a job abroad.

Watch this short but helpful video by GMA News’ Filipiknow on how to secure a new passport.

 

 

Prepare and find out how much you have to pay to be able to obtain a Philippine Passport here.

 

 

 

You may also want to read these articles:

Passport Application in the Philippines 

How to Schedule a DFA Passport Appointment Online

Easy Steps: How to Renew Your Philippine Passport

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Jan
27
2015

OFWs, You Have Been Warned Repeatedly

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs have been taking every jobs possible to earn for their family. And many illegal recruiters were taking advantage of this eagerness from OFWs to work abroad.

How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment

For most OFWs, being a household service worker or HSWs is the easiest way for them to work abroad and reach for their dreams. Many of the OFWs working abroad as HSWs were deployed in Middle East, as demand for the service continues to rise.

But when the UAE Ministry of Interior imposed a new standard contract for HSWs to protect both them and their employers rights, the deployment was affected.

OFWs are brought by using fake job position. They are fronted as sales ladies, clerks, cashier, waitress or salon staff just to meet the demands for HSWs. Illegal recruiters not only exposed OFWs to possible abuse by foreign employers, but themselves as well to penalties from the Philippine government.

How to Identify Overseas Job Scams

OFWs are warned over and over again not to accept job offers abroad from recruiters who would give them work visa for jobs they didn’t apply to. They’re also reminded not to sign a new contract upon arriving at their work destination abroad.

Beware of Employment Contract Substitution

Presently, POEA are implementing strict rules regarding HSWs deployment in the Middle East. But this applies only to new hires and does not affect OFWs who’ve been in and out of the Kingdom to work as HSWs.

*source: Gulfnews

 

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Jan
20
2015

Embassy on Wheels 2015 in Saudi Arabia

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OFWs in Saudi Arabia with passport concerns, check this out!

 

Here is the schedule of the Embassy on Wheels (EOW) in KSA for 2015.

But beforehand, kindly set up an appointment via http://www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph/.

# DATE  CITY  VENUE  SERVICES
1 Jan 09-10 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
2 Jan 16-17 (Fri/Sat) Al Khafji TBA Regular EOW
3 Jan 30-31 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
4 Feb 7 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
5 Feb 13-14 (Fri/Sat) Hafr Al Batin Ramada Hotel Regular EOW
6 Feb 20-21 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
7 Feb 27-28 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
8 Mar 6-7 (Fri/Sat) Hail Al Jabalain Hotel Regular EOW
9 Mar 12-15 (Thu-Sun) Sana’a, Yemen Movenpick Hotel
Regular EOW
10 Mar 22-26 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
11 Mar 27-28 (Fri-Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
12 Apr 3-4 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
13 Apr 10-11 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
14 Apr 18 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
15 Apr 24-25 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
16 May 1-2 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
17 May 8-9 (Fri/Sat) Al Jouf Al Lagait Esteraha, Sakaka Regular EOW
18 May 24-28 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
19 May 29-30 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
20 Jun 5-6 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
21 Jun 14-18 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
22 Jun 19-20 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
23 Jul 3-4 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
24 Jul 17-18 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
25 Jul 24-25 (Fri/Sat) Hail Al Jabalain Hotel Regular EOW
26 Aug 1 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
27 Aug 7-8 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
28 Aug 14-15 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
29 Aug 30 – Sep 3
(Sun-Thu)
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Regular EOW
30 Sep 4-5 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
31 Sep 11-12 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
32 Sep 18-19 (Fri/Sat) Al Khafji TBA Regular EOW
33 Sep 20-24 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
34 Sep 25-26 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
35 Oct 3 (Sat) Al Kharj TBA Passport renewal only
36 Oct 9-10 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
37 Oct 18-22 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
38 Oct 23-24 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
39 Nov 5-8 (Thu-Sun) Sana’a, Yemen Movenpick Hotel Regular EOW
40 Nov 13-14 (Fri/Sat) Buraydah Philippine International School, Buraydah Regular EOW
41  Nov 22-26 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
42 Nov 27-28 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW
43 Dec 5 (Sat) Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Passport renewal only
44  Dec 6-10 (Sun-Thu) Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel Al Khobar Passport renewal only
45 Dec 11-12 (Fri/Sat) Al Khobar Al Jazeera International School, Dammam Regular EOW

The Embassy on Wheels or EOW will be catering to the following concerns (Regular EOW):

Passport renewal
New passport for newborn babies
Passport releasing
Lost passport application
Notarial services
Report of Birth registration

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Dec
5
2014

OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.

 

 

Related articles:

OFWs in KSA, Learn This: How to Compute for OT Pay

Breach of Contract in KSA: All You Need to Know

OFWs Transferring Sponsor? Know Your Company’s Category in Saudi

How OFWs can Transfer Sponsorship if in Red Category

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

How Can OFWs Cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

Is this Real? No More Iqama Fee for OFWs in KSA?

Benefits entitled to OFWs in Kuwait

OFWs: No to 2-year Ban in KSA for Exiting Filipinos

Overseas Workers Credit Assistance Act: How will it Benefit OFWs?

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Dec
4
2014

Got A Complaint Against Your Recruitment Agency?

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs who had been violated by the recruitment agency which deployed them for overseas jobs may file an administrative and illegal recruitment case against them. OFWs can go to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA’s main office, particularly to their legal assistance division for assistance.

OFWs must obtain and fill out a verification form from the security guard at the POEA’s office. The legal officer will call the OFW’s name for counselling and legal assistance i the preparation/filling out of a complaint form.

 

Click here for detailed step by step procedure on how to ask for legal assistance and file a complaint in POEA.

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