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Jun
20
2016

PCG in Jeddah close in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr

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The Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced that it will be closed for Consular, Assistance to Nationals and Labor services for OFWs from July 3 to 7, 2016 in celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.

 

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Jun
16
2016

Saudi imposes mid-day work ban for workers

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Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who works under the heat of the sun will benefit to the new memorandum issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.

 

The Ministry announced that midday work under the sun will be banned between 12 pm and 3 pm.

 

Employers have been advised to make sure that workers will stay out of the sun for three hours for the next three months which will end on September 15.

 

But exceptions will be given for oil and gas workers and maintenance workers who do emergency duty. There will also be exemptions for outdoor work ban in some regions of the kingdom where there is low temperature.

 

OFW can contact the ministry’s customer service No. 19911 for any queries or filing  complaints or visit the ‘Rasd’ portal (https://rasd.ma3an.gov.sa).

 

 

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May
30
2016

No nationality yet for OFWs child born in KSA

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The Civil Affairs Department of the Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia clear out the issue on an expatriate born in the kingdom’s nationality.

 

They said that an expatriate, including OFWs child, born in the KSA will not get Saudi nationality.

 

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This is in oppose to the fake circular that went viral on the social media wherein an introduction similar to those of the royal decrees were impersonated and stated that a decision has been issued by the supreme authorities to nationalize the expatriates born in the kingdom.

 

Mohammad Al-Jassir, the department’s spokesman said that a statement would only be issued through official channels represented by the Council of Ministers.

 

OFWs children born in Saudi Arabia have the right to choose whether to be a Saudi national or not, following the legal procedures.

 

 

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May
24
2016

OFWs in Oman: Report Mid-day break violations

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The Ministry of Manpower in Oman announced that mid-day break violation can now be reported via a hotline number.

 

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Report mid-day break violation

 

Mid-day break were granted to those working in open and elevated areas starting this June until August.

 

A provision of Article 16 of the occupational safety and health regulations in Oman states that workers must not work in construction or in open and elevated areas from 12:30 to 3:30 pm on the months of June, July and August in which establishments and private sector institutions must follow.

 

Overseas Filipino workers can report violation of this mid-day break at 80077000, the Ministry’s hotline number.

 

 

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May
19
2016

OFWs to benefit more as new OWWA bill signed into law

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A law creating a new charter for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) was signed by President Aquino.

 

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Republic Act 10801 or the OWWA Act will define the functions of the agency, its board of trustees and its secretariat and the uses of its trust fund. It will also protect the interest and welfare of OFWs from providing assistance to emergency situations to financing projects for overseas workers and their families.

 

The new law will enact the following which will benefit the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families:

 

  • Enhances the reintegration program of the government for displaced OFWs who chooses to return home.
  • Establish clear-cut guidelines for the procedure for OWWA membership registration and renewal.
  • Ensure transparency in the utilization and management of OWWA funds.
  • Mandates the agency to maintain an interactive website to gather OFW feedback, comments, suggestions and complaints on existing programs and services.
  • Ensure the agency’s operative budget to support full protection of OFW welfare.

 

Overseas Filipino workers will also have more representation in the board as there will be 7 seats for them to be comprised of two nominated and appointed representatives each from land-based and sea-based OFWs, and one each from the women, land-based recruitment, and sea-based manning sectors.  

 

An OFW automatically becomes a member upon payment of the $25 contribution, either compulsary or voluntarily, and will be active until the OFW’s existing contract expires or after two years from contract effectivity, whichever comes first.

 

The law also orders that contributions to OWWA fund must be paid by the employer or by the recruitment agency in case of new hires. Failure to comply will result to cancellation of license and banned from recruitment of overseas workers.

 

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