Mar 162017
Pinoy lead massive coastal cleanup in Al- Khobar

Overseas Filipino workers and their families banded together to hold a massive coastal cleanup drive at the Corinche and along the city’s beach in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. All Filipino Community and Sports Commission [by Edmund B. Cajeras via Facebook] The campaign was lead by four organizations including the umbrella group, All Filipino Community and Sports Commission (AFCSCOM), Bantay at Kasangga ng OFW, the Filipino Association of Beauticians, and the New Start Health Organization as part of their project to keep the Eastern Province beaches clean and safe for the marine life. A hundred garbage bags were collected and disposed with the help of the Al-khobar municipality who provided the trucks that drove away the trash. According to Florante Catanus, AFSCOM Vice President for Sports Affairs, members of the organization were committed to help the local authorities to clean up the venue. “Saudi Arabia is our second home and Corniche is the most visited place where Filipinos with their families spent their leisure time. It is our way of saying thank you to the host country.” Catanus told the Saudi Gazette. AFSCOM and other OFW organizations are conducting similar drives in other parts of the region including Jubail, Qatif and Dammam. Other groups like Alpha Phi Omega Riyadh Alumni Association conducted a blood donation drive at King Fahd Medical City with nationals as beneficiaries.   The post Pinoy lead massive coastal cleanup in Al- Khobar appeared first on Good News Pilipinas. Related posts: Advocacies of Pinoy family heroes hailed by Jollibee Read More …

Jan 122016

ORGANIZATION of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will soon make efforts to convene before the next scheduled meeting in June as the slump in oil prices is hurting producers, including the world’s biggest exporter, Saudi Arabia, said Emmanuel Kachikwu, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources.

Apr 212014
Filipinos in Middle East urged not to panic amid MERS-CoV scare

Department of Foreign Affairs building INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised Filipinos in the Middle East to remain calm and not panic amid the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) as well as false rumors regarding it. The DFA and Department of Health (DOH) issued Monday eight reminders for Filipinos on how they can help stop the spread of the virus and urged them to not believe in rumors. “One rumor alleges that ‘UAE health authorities’ have warned people to stay away for 72 hours from places such as malls, beaches hospitals, parks, and other locations that are believed to be ‘hotspots for the new killing virus’,” DFA said. “The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) subsequently denied issuing this statement,” it said. The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared any outbreak or epidemic of MERS-CoV in the Middle East. There are also no travel restrictions to and from the Middle East. Recently, one Filipino health worker has died in Saudi Arabia, another who returned to the Philippines from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had tested positive for the virus abroad before he tested negative here. The DFA advised Filipinos to follow these eight reminders to prevent the further spread of the virus: 1.    Practice proper hand hygiene always, by washing your hands with soap or hand rubs with alcohol before and after eating; before and after handling, cooking and preparing food; after coughing, sneezing and using the toilets; Read More …

Mar 172014
OFW inflows up 6.8% to $2 B in Jan

MANILA, Philippines – Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) went up 6.8 percent in January from a year ago, driven largely by sustained demand for skilled and professional manpower overseas, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported yesterday. Personal remittances – cash and non-cash – amounted to $2.002 billion in January, 6.8 percent higher than last year’s $1.874 billion. “Remittance flows from overseas Filipinos remained resilient, underpinned by the sustained demand for Filipino manpower overseas, particularly skilled workers,” the BSP said. Cash remittances from both land and sea-based workers went up 5.9 percent to $1.799 billion in January from $1.699 billion a year ago. However, the latest cash inflow was 17 percent lower than the $2.173 billion recorded in December as the level of remittances “typically drops” after the holidays, the central bank said. The central bank, citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said there were 75,348 approved job orders in January of which 32.1 percent or 24,187 were processed. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The processed job orders were for service, production, and professional, technical, and related jobs in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Kuwait, and Qatar. At the same time, the expansion of bank and non-bank remittance service providers abroad supported the growth in remittances. The BSP said remittances from land-based workers increased 4.9 percent to $1.3 billion in January, while those from sea-based workers jumped 9.1 percent to $450 million. “Cash remittances during the month came mostly from the Read More …

Jan 222014
Saudi deports quarter million migrants in 3 months

Associated Press 8:56 pm | Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 The sun sets behind the minarets of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP FILE PHOTO RIYADH — Saudi Arabia says it has deported “more than a quarter million” foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past three months. The Interior Ministry said late Tuesday the foreigners had been residing in the country illegally and were in violation of labor laws. It didn’t elaborate. The deportations began after November 4 with a nationwide campaign targeting many of the kingdom’s 9 million migrant laborers after years of lax law enforcement. Many of those deported were Ethiopians accused of crossing into Saudi Arabia illegally through its southern border with Yemen. Most foreign workers in the kingdom are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as Egypt and Yemen. Saudi authorities say booting out illegal foreign migrants will open more jobs for its own citizens. RELATED STORIES OFWs allege abuse in Saudi immigration crackdown Saudi begins clampdown on illegal foreigners Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Tags: Global Nation , Immigration , Labor , migrant workers , ofws , Overseas employment , Saudi Arabia , Saudization Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk. Believe Read More …

Jan 022014
PH embassy in Riyadh issued a record 72,028 passports in 2013

By Matikas 11:58 am | Friday, January 3rd, 2014 DFA Passports Processed in Riyadh MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has processed a record 72,028 passport applications for 2013, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Friday. “In 2013, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh processed 1,522 new passports for newly born infants; 64,298 renewals, and 6,208 replacement passports for lost passports,” DFA said. “Around 6,000 replacement passports of the 6,208 were issued during the correction period, particularly in May and June. These numbers do not include the passport applications processed by the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah,” it said. The 2013 number of processed passports was at its highest over the past years. In 2007, 31,990 applications were received. According to records of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), Saudi Arabia has the second largest population of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with 1,267,660 as of 2012.   The United States has the largest OFW population with 3,494,281 Filipinos The deployment of OFWs to Saudi Arabia has been on the rise over the past several years with 330,040 new hires and rehires in 2012. The most hires were domestic helpers with 11,582 and in the nursing profession with 8,513. In 2011, 204,088 OFWs were deployed to Saudi Arabia, 173,670 were deployed in 2010, 164,758 were deployed in 2009, and  153,675 were deployed in 2008. Follow Us Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free Read More …

Nov 082013
Saudi assurance: No arrests while OFWs are processed

By Jerome AningPhilippine Daily Inquirer 6:50 am | Saturday, November 9th, 2013 Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday said that Saudi Arabia’s labor authorities have assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who failed to beat the Nov. 3 deadline to fix their status but had started the process that will not be arrested as long as there are no violations. Binay, in a statement, said he raised Manila’s concerns about the stranded OFWs with Bahrain’s labor minister, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, concurrent chair of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Council of Labor Ministers, who was in Manila on official visit. Humaidan, accompanied by the Philippines’ special envoy to the GCC, Amable Aguiluz V, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President on Wednesday. “Upon recommendation of Aguiluz to [me], the minister called Saudi deputy labor minister, Mr. Mufreg Al-Haqbani, appealing not to make arrests nor harm those who are found not having travel documents,” Binay said. “Subsequently, Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzedin Tago received a message from the labor deputy minister Mr. Al-Haqbani giving assurance that Filipinos will be treated well while processing their exit visas,” Binay said. According to Binay, Tago reiterated his appeal to Filipinos in the kingdom to remain calm because the Philippine government was ready to provide appropriate assistance In addition, Filipinos who have not yet enlisted for processing of their exit visas were advised by Tago to contact the embassy or the Philippine Overseas Labor Office Read More …