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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
10
2016

NOC and 2-year ban will stay in Oman

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The two-year employment ban for expatriates who will leave their jobs without a no objection certificate or NOC will remain until the economic situation in Oman improves.

 

Oman visa

 

 

Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs should remember that the Sultanate of Oman still imposes the rule and should comply to the regulation.

 

An OFW can transfer to a different company if his employer agrees and grant him a no objection certificate or NOC. Without an NOC, the OFW cannot join another company and will result to a two-year employment ban if transferring is pursued.

 

The Minister of Manpower thinks that the rule protects the companies from workers whom they bring and train to work in Oman then leave after a few months only because of a higher offer.

 

OFWs are seen as highly skilled people and in demand to take positions available in different work sectors.

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Apr
4
2016

Changes in Qatar Law for Recruitment of HSWs

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Overseas Filipino workers, particularly the household service workers (HSWs) or domestic helpers, will be affected by the rationalized Qatar Law for hiring them.

 

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs highlights the following when employing a domestic worker.

 

  • A contract with the recruitment agency who will provide the HSW should be signed in advance.

 

  • Employers must read the contract carefully and need to have a copy, as well as copies of bills for any advance payment made.

 

  • The contract must be approved by the department concerned at the Labour of Ministry aside from being signed by the prospective employer and recruitment agency.

 

  • The contract must include a fixed term and guarantee (probation) period, which is three months, and will come into effect once the HSW joins the employer.

 

  • The employer is responsible for the HSW to get a medical check-up done within two weeks from arrival to ensure they are free from any disease.

 

  • If there is a delay in providing the requested HSW, the employer has the right to demand compensation.

 

  • HSWs can be send back home within the probation period if found medically unfit; carry out the duties he or she came to perform; one of the parties fails to fulfill or violate terms of the contract; or the competent authority declined to process the residency permit.

 

Before hiring, a prospective employer must received first the candidate’s curriculum vitae to make a choice. The processing of entry visa will start once the Ministry has approved the contract.

 

The Ministry said the employer has the right to file a complaint in their office if the recruitment agency fails to meet the terms in the written contract signed and approved by them.

 

 

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Mar
31
2016

SSS gives free personalized tags to OFWs

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The Social Security System (SSS) gives free personalized tags for overseas Filipino workers which they can get at SSS foreign representative offices (FRO), on outreach events launch by SSS or local consular offices.

 

Enclosed in leather card holders, the SS# Tags has information printed on it. These includes:

  • OFW’s name
  • OFW’s social security number
  • OFW coverage status, and
  • Date of card issuance

 

SSS tags for OFWs

 

SSS also encrypted the contact information of the issuing SSS FRO and OFW Contact Services Unit (CSU) at the back of the card.

 

These personalized tags is now available in SSS FRO branches in 19 locations abroad for OFWs to claim.

  • Hong Kong
  • Brunei
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Singapore
  • Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait
  • Doha (Qatar)
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Bahrain
  • Muscat (Oman)
  • Rome and Milan (Italy)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Toronto (Canada)
  • San Francisco (United States of America)

 

The tags aims to help OFWs remember their SS number which is needed when making any transactions with SSS. However, this will not replace UMID card so OFWs can still apply to have one if they haven’t been given a biometric SSS ID or UMID card before.

The SS#Tags was first offered at the SSS branch inside the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) office in 2014.

 

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