The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has lowered the crisis alert level for overseas Filipino workers in Libya after the recommendation of a Security Assessment Team (SAT).
From alert level 4, DFA downgrade it to level 2 after the SAT confirm the prevailing security situation. An alert level 2 means there are still threats to life, security and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbances, instability and/or external threat. It also instruct OFWs to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and be prepared for evacuation.
New deployment of OFWs to Libya is still prohibited by the DFA, but OFWs with valid and existing contracts can return if they want to.
DFA raised alert level 4 in Libya last 2014 when the country was deemed unsafe for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs after the fight between rival militia groups escalated.
Christmas is in the air once more. Just a few months before December comes, many overseas Filipino workers are getting ready to fill their balikbayan boxes to be sent home.
Balikbayan boxes were sent by OFWs to their families here in the Philippines as a gift and a way of saying all the sacrifices by working abroad are for them.
Unfortunately, many of these balikbayan boxes were either tampered or half opened when delivered to the recipient. Some boxes even failed to reach the intended receiver.
To avoid these from happening, here are tips for OFWs when sending their balikbayan boxes:
- Check first the list of Foreign Freight Forwarders and their Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accredited Philippine counterparts/agents at http://www.dti.gov.ph/dti/index.php/resources/listings.
- OFWs must make sure it does not have any item not allowed to be sent through the balikbayan boxes.
- Declare all the contents of your balikbayan box and its corresponding value, if possible.
- OFWs can request for a proper or much better packing, wrapping, strapping, sealing, and labeling of the balikbayan box.
- Keep all the shipping documents such as official receipt, cargo receipt, invoice, house Bill of Lading, shippers’ declaration or waybill.
- Get the name and contact details of the consolidator’s Philippine counterpart or agent. Make sure that this information is also indicated in the shipping documents you have.
- Monitor the movement of your cargo from origin to destination. OFWs can do this by asking details of the shipment like name of shipping line, vessel’s name, vessel’s voyage number, container number and the expected time of departure and arrival of your balikbayan box.
- OFWs can also get an insurance for their balkbayan box. Simply ask the freight forwarder on how to have one.
- Call your family to check on the balikbayan box with the Philippine agent even before it arrives. This way, they can also track your package.
- OFWs must inform their family to inspect the seal and wrapping of the balikbayan box. Tell them not to accept the package if it seems to have been opened. Ask the delivery agent to double checked it if they doubt it has been tampered.
OFWs should also be careful of fake representatives from freight forwarding companies. Ask for proper identification and validate first with the mentioned forwarding company if they are indeed an authorized personnel to transact business with.
OFWs or their family in the Philippines can file a complaint for any loss, non-delivery or damage in their balikbayan box to DTI – Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) at Ground Floor, UPRC Building, 315 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City. You can also reach them by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling DTI – Direct at 751-3330 or 0917-8343330 for assistance.
* Items not allowed to be sent through the balikbayan box.
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia announced that they’ll be conducting “Embassy on Wheels” for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on September 11 to 15, 2016 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Prince Turkey Street, Al Khobar.
The special outreach mission will focus on passport renewal services only and still implements the appointment system except for the following:
- pregnant women
- senior citizens aged 60 years old and above
- physically-challenged OFWs, and
- OFWs whose passports have been declared lost, damaged or mutilated
OFWs must first book an appointment thru the Embassy’s website at riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph using their personal e-mail address wherein a confirmation of the passport appointment will be sent.
Appointments for the scheduled Embassy on Wheels will be available 5 days before the actual schedule.
Only one (1) appointment booking per OFW per e-mail address will be allowed. Appointments made under the same name, email address or alias/fictitious name will be invalidated.
OFWs are advised to bring their old passport and a photocopy of the passport’s data page together with the passport appointment confirmation on the scheduled date. Passport renewal fee is SR240.
Good news for our overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Saudi.
The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will be having a Consular Mobile Services (CMS) for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Jizan and nearby areas.
A team from the PCG will be conducting CMS at the Adnan Hotel on September 3, 2016 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Services available for the OFWs will be:
- Passport renewal and extension
- Endorsement for Police Clearance
- Report of Birth
- Labor Assistance
- SSS services
- PAG-IBIG services
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with machine readable passports (passport number starting with “XX”) and green passports need to submit the following documents for renewal:
- Actual passports
- Original Birth Certificate of the OFW issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (NSO)
- At least one (1) valid identification document (SSS ID, Philippine Driver’s License, Voter’s ID, PRC ID etc.)
- Other supporting document as necessary (ie. Authenticated Marriage Certificate if OFW is married and using married surname)
OFWs can call the Consular’s hotline 0555219614 or the Consulate’s Area Coordinator, Ms. Rose Camacho through mobile number 0502712243 for any questions or clarifications about CMS.
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