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Jan
23,
2015

Saudi Arabia’s King Dies

King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia state TV reported that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud died on Friday at the age of 90. His half-brother Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz will succeed him as the new ruler.

 

Born in Riyadh in 1924, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was the sixth King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to the Saudi Embassy’s official website, the late King Abdullah has sought to resolve conflicts in the Arab and Islamic world.

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Jan
23,
2015

At Last, the Long Wait Will be Over for OFWs

Most of the time, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) complain about the long wait for the processing of their documents from recruitment agencies. The recruitment agencies’ reply would be turned to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)’s slow processing of papers.

 

Good news, not only for OFWs, but for the recruitment agencies as well! POEA now has a solution to this problem. They now offer two online services, the e-payment and the Recruitment Authority Issuance systems.

 

POEA-licensed recruitment agencies can now request for processing of contracts (RFP) online  for their hired workers.  And the moment it was approved, they can now pay the fees through POEA-accredited banks via the ePayment system. Recruitment agencies can also print the overseas employment certificate (OEC) of the hired worker.

 

The Recruitment Authority Issuance System on the other hand, allows application for the approval and issuance of special recruitment authority or SRA and letter of acknowledgement. It also grant agencies to upload documentary requirements and view their application status.

 

SRA and letter of acknowledgement are issued for agencies to be able to conduct activities inside or outside their premises.

 

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac has also encouraged all recruitment agencies to use the online services which aims to promote a culture of efficiency, accountability and transparency.

 

But POEA clarified that these online services will be for processing documents of OFWs that are skilled and professional workers only. Contracts for household service workers or HSWs will still pass close examination and evaluation like before.

* source here.

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Jan
22,
2015

Formerly Maltreated DH in Saudi, Now A Millionaire

Salmiya Makasait, single mother, once worked in Saudi Arabia as a domestic helper and was accordingly maltreated, is now a millionaire.

Laban O Bawi, a segment of the Philippine’s longest running noon-time show Eat Bulaga, paved the way for Salmiya Makasait to winning a million peso instantly.  Makasait is the first millionaire since the popular game segment of Eat Bulaga was reintroduced last year.

Congratulations, kabayan!

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Jan
21,
2015

OFWs in Oman, Be Careful!

Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Oman should be extra careful with their health while working abroad, as it comes with the possibility of being sick and infected with spreading diseases.

 

OFWs are warned to avoid eating camel meat and drinking its milk as the animal is thought to be a carrier and transmits the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus or MERS-CoV.

 

An article from Gulfnews.com reported of the first death in Oman because of MERS-CoV.

 

Though scientists are not sure of the origin of MERS-CoV, several studies have linked the virus to camel. Consumption of its meat and milk were presumed as a way to transmit the virus from the animal.

 

Aside from avoiding eating camel meat or drinking its milk, OFWs must always practice the following as precautions:

 

  • good personal hygiene

  • frequent hand washing

  • wearing of facial mask

 

OFWs work abroad may bring their dreams closer to reality with the money they’ll earn, but it is a must that taking care of their health should be a priority, too.

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Jan
20,
2015

Embassy on Wheels 2015 in Saudi Arabia

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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