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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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Jan
9
2015

Be Ready To Face Risks in Investing in Stock Market

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs will not forever be OFWs. With such reality, OFWs must look for other investment options to put their hard-earned money from working abroad. Aside from bank accounts, bonds, and business, stock market is another option for OFWs.

Of course, like any other investment, the stock market is not for everyone. The following are just some of the reasons why you might consider putting your money in other assets instead:

 

The Risk Is High

When investing in stocks, remember that the higher the return, the higher the risk of losing money will be. Why? Share prices are linked to the earnings of the issuing company. When a company is facing difficulties, share prices can slide down rapidly. Economic factors can also affect your investment. When the overall market or economy is experiencing loss, for example, stock prices generally decline too, and you might find it difficult to sell your shares and get your cash back.

 

It Requires Time

Stock market investing is not just some lottery game where OFWs can win by chance or by using your gut feeling. If an OFW wants to succeed, he needs to do his homework to find potentially profitable stocks. And even after an OFW find a stock to buy, you must allot time monitoring the share prices to know whether you should hold it or head to the exit door. This, for many people, is a very time-consuming, complex task.

 

OFWs must be keen on where to put their money for investments.  It may likely to grow with the right choice and chances to take, or it may flunk and disappear in a blink of an eye. There are many options as to where OFWs can invest. Planning and learning the background is the key for successful money growth.

 

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Jan
5
2015

SSS Flexi-Fund Program for OFWs

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According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 2013 survey on Overseas Filipinos, only two in every five OFWs are able to save from their cash remittances. A small number of only 40 percent compare to the almost 2 million OFWs sending their remittances.

OFWs will not forever be strong enough to work abroad, so it is advisable for them to save a part of their salary as early as possible.  It is also a good habit so they can retire early from being an OFW.

For an additional amount of P200 in their maximum contribution, OFWs can start saving for a fund, which they could use upon retirement and add on to their existing benefits in Social Security System or SSS.

 

What is the SSS Flexi-Fund Program?

The SSS Flexi-Fund Program is a voluntary provident fund program for OFWs that provides a mechanism for them to save more for the future, complimenting the benefits under the regular SSS programs.

SSS Benefits for OFWs

OFWs also have the option to withdraw their fund early for their emergencies. However, for those OFWs who will maintain their savings will have an annual incentive benefit which will be credited to their Flexi-fund account.

Membership for the program is open to all OFWs who fall under these categories:

  • recruited in the Philippines by a foreign-based employer for employment abroad;

  • having a source of income in a foreign country; or

  • residing permanently in a foreign country.

SSS Benefits and Privileges for OFWs

OFWs can also enjoy retirement, death and disability, and early withdrawal benefits from the SSS Flexi-Fund Program aiming to implant the habit of saving to the members.

SSS related articles:

SSS Contribution as of January 2014

SSS Salary Loan for OFWs

How OFWs can Apply for SSS Salary Loan

SSS Maternity Benefit

SSS Unified Multi-Purpose Identification Card

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Jan
2
2015

Modified Pag-IBIG II: OFW’s Saving Option

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs have been working abroad to provide well for their families left in the Philippines. They sacrifice their happiness, health and even safety for their job abroad to earn for a secure future for their loved-ones.

 

But OFWs are not forever OFWs. Eventually, they will retire and stay in the Philippines for good, with their family. Others who were unlucky enough, were forced to stop from being an OFW because of financial issues, homesickness, accidents or maltreatment from foreign employers.

 

These reasons should be valid enough for OFWs to start the habit of saving early so that when the time comes that they want to rest, they can retire without being broke.

 

The Home Development Mutual Fund, or what is commonly known as Pag-IBIG, is established to provide an affordable financing for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs.  Membership in Pag-IBIG is a requirement for all OFWs before they can obtain an  Overseas Employment Certificate or OECs. Being a member, OFWs have the right to such benefits like housing loan.

 

However, OFWs also have another option to save a part of their earnings from overseas employment. The Modified Pag-IBIG II is created to provide OFWs a new saving scheme that would have a higher return of their investments.

 

The minimum contribution for the modified Pag-IBIG II OFWs can pay is 500 pesos monthly for five consecutive years, which will give them a P34, 921.79 profit for a 6% interest (based on the sample computation from Pag-IBIG).

 

With this program, OFWs now have another alternative where to invest the hard-earned money from their work abroad.

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Steps on How OFWs can Apply for a Pag-IBIG Housing Loan

How to Avail the OFW Pag-IBIG Overseas Program

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Dec
30
2014

Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.

 

The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.

 

Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.

 

Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.

 

Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.

 

OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.

 

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