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Jan
26
2015

OFWs, You Know You Shouldn’t Do This

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are constantly reminded not to make illegal acts abroad to avoid consequences.

 

Earlier this month, six Filipinos were arrested for smuggling diesel from Saudi Arabia to another Gulf country.

 

In a news report from Arab News, the OFWs, together with an Egyptian and a Pakistani, were to face 10-years jail term and to pay large amount for stealing diesel from the kingdom.

 

The Filipino community in Saudi Arabia were embarrassed about the news and appeal to all OFWs submit to the kingdom’s existing laws. OFWs must limit their activities to their work abroad and basic lifestyle requirements to survive in Saudi Arabia.

 

Saidy Malic, a Filipino community leader,  appeal to OFWs to be loyal to their employers and exercise professional conduct.

 

Before leaving the Philippines for their overseas jobs, OFWs undergo pre-departure orientation seminar or PDOS to give them an overview about their destination country’s culture, laws and other informations.

 

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OFWs represent the Philippines as they work abroad, and so committing such crimes will define not only them but all other OFWs and the whole country as well.

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Dec
30
2014

Employment Contract Replacement, A Threat to OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are advised to be aware of employment contract substitution that is becoming a normal scenario for Filipinos who are to work abroad.

 

The Philippine government is taking up all measures to ensure the safety and welfare of OFWs in foreign countries by creating a standard employment contract. The standard employment contract stipulates various terms and conditions to be agreed upon by the hired OFW and the foreign employer.

 

Informations like job position, contract duration, salary rates, benefits, overtime pay, just causes for termination and other important matters should be included in an OFWs employment contract.

 

Most OFWs in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries encounter this replacement of employment contract. Upon arrival in the kingdom, OFWs are once again asked to sign a new contract which has a big difference from what they’ve signed before.

 

Contract substitution is one of the most common problems of OFWs and it usually leaves them underpaid and with extended contract duration. This will also be a mean for foreign employers to abuse and violate OFWs abroad.

 

OFWs should seek first the assistance of the Philippine Embassy in such cases of employment contract substitution.

 

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Dec
22
2014

Saudi Arabia Wants Filipino Safety Officers

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Saudi Arabia is home to thousands of construction jobs where overseas Filipino workers or OFWs are in demand employees. With the hazards of working in construction companies, OFWs and other expatriate workers must be ensured of their safety.

 

This arise the need for safety officers, whose main job is to monitor workplace activities to make sure that policies of the company and the government regarding safety is followed.

Safety officers are responsible for the policy development, safety inspections, safety training and compliance with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

 

According to statistics by WorkAbroad.ph, safety officer is the top 8th job position searched by most Filipino applicants who are looking for overseas jobs this December 2014. Collated below are the job openings for safety officers in Saudi Arabia for Filipinos from POEA-licensed recruitment agencies.

 

50 Safety Officers (Free Placement Fee) – Open for male, 30 to 54 years old, engineering graduate, with OSHA certificate  and with 5-years work experience.

 

45 Safety Officers – Open for male, 21 to 45 years old, at least with high school diploma and with 3-years work experience.

 

10 Fire and Safety Officers (No Placement Fee) – Open for male, 28 to 45 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 3-years work experience.

 

10 Safety Officers (No Placement Fee) – Open for male, not more than 50 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 8-years work experience.

 

15 Safety Officers – Open for male and female, 25 to 40 years old, and with 2-years work experience.

 

5 Safety Risk Officers – Open for male, 25 to 45 years old, at least with vocational diploma/short course certificate and with 5-years work experience.

 

5 Safety Officers - Open for male, 25 to 48 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 5-years work experience.

 

5 Safety Officers – Open for male, 27 to 47 years old, at least with bachelor’s/college degree and with 4-year work experience.

** For manpower pooling only. No fees to be collected during the application process. Mag-ingat sa illegal recruiter. **

Job openings abroad for Filipinos.

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Dec
5
2014

OFWs Must Comply: No fingerprints, No Iqama

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Overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must obey the final calling of the Jawazat or Passport department.

The Jawazat office emphasized on their warning that they will not issue any new or even renew residents permits or iqama unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 years old have registered their fingerprints.

The department, assigned to gather all the residents of KSA’s fingerprints, have also started their responsibility when issuing iqama to arriving expatriates at the airports.

They have gradually introduced the system for the past years, not wanting to interrupt the residents and expatriates, including OFWs daily lives.

The fingerprinting system was introduced and implemented at the same time, dividing it into four stages.

First stage: Enforced more than six years ago when fingerprinting was applied at airports and land and sea inlets.

Second stage: Made mandatory for issuance of new iqama, their transfer, amendments and replacement.

Third stage: When fingerprinting became part of exit, re-entry and final exit visas.

Last stage: Implementing it for iqama renewals.

It is perceived that OFWs will comply to register their fingerprints until the given deadline which is on January 21, 2015.  Everyone in the KSA had been given enough time to obey this fingerprinting system.

Fingerprinting every person in the kingdom, which also includes expatriates like OFWs, is part of the Saudi governments’ efforts to improve protection for foreigners and citizens.

 

 

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Nov
28
2014

How Can OFWs 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.

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.  OFW’s employer or representative should be present when processing the documents.
  5.  If the OFW’s iqama is already expired, fee for its renewal should be paid as well.
  6.  Attach two 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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