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Oct
16
2014

Medical exam needed before Pinoys Can Go Abroad

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A pre-employment medical examination is one of the many requirements before a Filipino can leave the Philippines and work abroad.  POEA said that medical examination is required only after the applicant has been interviewed by the employer, principal or the representative of the recruitment agency and the job offered has a job order from the POEA.

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A medical examination would determine if the applicant is healthy enough to go overseas and be employed abroad.  The main objective of this examination is to secure the deployment of healthy Filipino workers or OFWs so that the scenario of repatriation in the future is less likely to happen.  Medical examinations for Filipinos will help identify any health condition that may affect the OFWs ability to perform the job.  If anything is diagnosed, remedies may be taken to avoid recurrence of such problem for any Filipino who wishes to work abroad.

The medical examination for Filipinos or OFWs varies among each principals or hiring country.  But the goal of each medical exam is to evaluate the overall health and well being of the Filipino or OFWs and know ahead any health condition which may increase the risk of complications and injuries when they work abroad.

Normally, a medical exam for an OFW is composed of the physical exam and laboratory test.  This may include:

  • Urinalysis or Fecalysis
  • Chest x-ray
  • Height and weight
  • Vision, which includes acuity and color test
  • Heart
  • Lungs

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  • ECG for those 40 years and above, and for those with cardiovascular findings
  • Complete blood count
  • Blood chemistries
  • Dental check-up which may include treatment/ filling or extraction.
  • Pregnancy test for women
  • Special tests like Hepatitis B screening, HIV, Drug test and more.

If there are no abnormal findings during the exam, the applicant will be cleared for deployment overseas.  The doctor will sign a form stating that the Filipino or OFW is fit for employment and can work abroad.

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Oct
15
2014

How OFWs can cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

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If an OFW wants to live in Saudi Arabia and his Kafeel also wants to keep him, cancelling the final exit visa should be processed.

How OFWs can cancel Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia

 

These are the requirements and procedures needed to process the cancelling of a OFWs final exit visa.

  1. Fill out the form that is needed to cancel the final exit visa.  The information provided should be the same information an OFW has in the passport.  A copy of the form can be obtained from the Jawazat office.
  2. After the form was completely filled out, OFWs need to bring the form to their Kafeel who processed their final exit visa.  The Kafeel must sign and stamp the form.
  3. OFWs must request a letter from their employer asking the Jawazat to cancel the final exit visa.  The letter should then be brought to and be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce in the city where the OFWs employer is registered.
  4. OFWs employer or representative should be present when processing the documents.
  5. If the OFWs iqama is already expired, fee for its renewal should be paid as well.
  6. Attach 2 photos with white background, a copy of the final exit visa, iqama and passport.
  7. Submit these requirements to the Jawazat office and follow the next instructions given by the officer.

 

 

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How OFWs can Refund the P550 Terminal Fee

How OFWs can Authenticate Documents in Abu Dhabi

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Oct
14
2014

OFWs in Riyadh, Here is Where You Can Seek Help

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The Philippine Embassy office in Riyadh advises overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to hesitate approaching them or any officials if time comes that they need any assistance.  The Philippine Embassy is stationed in many Riyad to facilitate OFWs with documentation services, to protect them with their rights and to continue relationship with the UAE government.

 

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OFWs living and working in any of these six regions – Riyadh, Eastern, Qassim, Hail, Northern border and Al-Jouf – can contact the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh with the following contact information.

 

 

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

 

Address: Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street, Safarat, Riyadh

Postal Address:  P.O. Box 94366 Riyadh 11693

Telephone Nos:  482 3559 / 482 0507 / 482 1577

Fax No: (96611) 488 3945

Email:  rype@riyadhpe.com

 

Consular Section

Telephone Nos: 482 3816

Fax No: 488 3945

Email:  consular@philembassy-riyadh.org

 

Labor Attache- Riyadh

Telephone Nos: 483 2201 to 3

Fax No: (+96611) 483 2204

Mobile No: 053 602 7590

Email: polo_riyadh@philembassy-riyadh.org / polo-riyadh@riyadhpe.com

 

Labor Attache – Eastern

Telephone Nos: (013) 894 1846 / 894 2890

Mobile No:  050 126 9742

Email:     polo_eastern@philembassy-riyadh.org / polo-eastern@riyadhpe.com / polo_alkhobar@yahoo.com

 

Philippine Overseas Labor Office

         

Telephone Nos: (01) 483 2201 to 03

Fax No:  (01) 483 2204

Hotline: 00966 545917834

Filipino Workers’ Rescue Center – Bahay Kalinga: (01) 481 6448

 

We suggest that OFWs assign these important contact numbers on speed dial of their mobile phone so they can contact the embassy and concerned government office quickly whenever they need to.

 

 

Click here for overseas jobs in Riyadh.

 

 

 

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Oct
10
2014

Where to Seek Help for OFWs in Kuwait

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Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs who are facing problems may ask for help at the Philippine Embassy, Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Kuwait.  See their contact details below so you can call them and they can assist you when you need help.

 

 

Philippine Embassy

 

Address:   Block 6, Nouman Bin Basher St., Villa 153, Faiha, State of Kuwait

Postal Address:    P.O. Box 26288 Safat 13123,  State of Kuwait

Telephone No.:     (+965) 2252-8422, 2251-1806

ATN Hotline no.    6500-2612

Fax No.:    (+965) 2251-1805

Email:     kuwait.pe@dfa.gov.ph

Office Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

 

Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)

 

Address:  Block 6, Nouman Bin Basher St. Corner Damascus St. Villa 152 Faiha, Kuwait

Postal Address:  P.O. Box 26288 Safat 13123 Kuwait

Telephone Nos.:  (+965) 2252-8433 / 2252-5082

Fax no.: 22528433 extension 16, then wait after 4 rings.

Email:  polokuwait2012@yahoo.com / polo1jabriya@yahoo.com

Office Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 2 pm,

 

 

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

 

Telephone Nos.: (+965) 22528433 / 22525082 ext. 17

Email:  jabriyaowwakwt2011@gmail.com

 

 

OFWs are advised to contact these Philippine government arm to aide them in difficult situations they may encounter while working in Kuwait.

 

 

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Oct
9
2014

To Serve You Better, DFA Did This

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Imagine this, you came early at the Department of Foreign Affairs main consular office in Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City. You arrived even before the office opens for business to be able to transact early. But unfortunately, the line is already way too long. And you knew, that it would be a long day for you just to have your documents authenticated.

 
Because of scenarios like this, and complaints that DFA receives from Filipinos, they’ve decided to station mall offices. These mall offices in different areas of Metro Manila will cater to Filipinos, especially OFWs, that needs to authenticate or red ribbon their documents to live or work abroad.

DFA announced four mall-based satellite offices in Metro Manila where Filipinos can have their documents authenticated, aside from the main consular office in Macapagal Boulevard. These mall satellite offices would be:

  • DFA NCR-Northeast in Ali Mall.
  • DFA NCR-East in SM Megamall.
  • DFA NCR-West in SM Manila.
  • DFA NCR-South in Metro Gaisano, Alabang.

These DFA satellite offices will process documents for red ribbon from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.

OFWs can wait for their documents to be red ribbon for four days, which is the regular processing day, costing P100/document. But for OFWs in a hurry for the release of their authenticated documents, you can have it after one day, for only P200 per document.

 

Related article:

OFWs Can Red Ribbon These Documents at DFA

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