Filipinos in Saudi told: Have papers in order


DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday reminded Filipino migrant workers in Saudi Arabia to make sure their work and residence documents were in order after the kingdom, one of the largest employers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), launched a crackdown against illegal aliens.

DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez likewise issued a general reminder to Filipinos seeking employment overseas to “go through the proper recruitment process and abide by the laws of the respective countries at all times.”

He said the Philippine embassy in Riyadh and the consulate in Jeddah were closely following the Saudi government’s drive against illegal workers and employers, a sweep that started on Monday under Saudi labor laws.

“The Philippine embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine consulate general in Jeddah are closely monitoring the implementation by the Saudi government of its ongoing drive to go after erring employers and illegal workers, as mandated by Saudi labor laws,” said Hernandez in a statement.

“The embassy has told Filipino workers to ensure that their residence and work status were in accordance with the regulations for work and residency permits of Saudi Arabia,” he said.

The DFA said Philippine missions in Saudi Arabia were prepared to provide consular assistance to Filipinos who may be taken into custody.

“The embassy and consulate are ready to extend the appropriate assistance to Filipinos who are arrested during this drive,” said Hernandez.

There are roughly two million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, according to government estimates.

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  • David Millon

    Saudis a little worry now of Kiram styled claim might happen on their oil rich desert.

  • David Millon

    Since many Filupinos were there, they might as well claim the Kingdom belong to them.

    • Poypoy Tala

      were not like malaysian cat

    • $5699914

      Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalis, Sri Lankans in KSA, more than 10MIliion.

      Indonesians, more than or less 1Million (yes, even though Indonesia is far better than Philippines, economic and military-wise, there are STILL many Indons working abroad). Isama mo pa riyan yung mga Turkish, Syrians, Egyptians, Sudanese, Yemenis etc!

    • shane oy

      get lost. you are bringing shame to your people and your country.

  • MC M

    Unlike the UAE and a few other destinations in the Arabian Gulf, KSA is extremely difficult to enter without having the proper documents pre-prepared. If many Pinoy’s are to be deported or detained due to expired or improper documents, it will most likely be due to the irresponsibility of the employers.

  • Abdul Malek

    Most of “illegal” OFWs here in Saudi are not their onw doing. There are a lot of reasons why these OFWs became “illegals”. We don’t have the right to judge them if they became “illegal” migrants here. Our government thru the embassy here in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah must extend all the help they can provide.

  • shane oy

    let me educate you a little Mr. Hernandez :”“The embassy has told Filipino workers to ensure that their residence and work status were in accordance with the regulations for work and residency permits of Saudi Arabia,” he said.

    this statement is spreading ignorance. The worker has no way to do it himself. ensuring these things to be in order lies with the sponsor.

    Pilitin mo man yun sponsor mo na ayusin yung status ng kompanya nyo (as in, red or yellow) kung ayaw nya ay wala kang magagawa isa ka lamang hampas lupa na alipin sa bansang banyaga.

    • $5699914

      Alipin ang mga OFW?

      Iyan ba ang tingin mo, brod?
      Ang alam ko, ang OFW, katulad ng isang manggagawa sa Pilipinas, ay nakipagkasundo na iukol ang talento at kakayanan niya sa oras na itinakda, kapalit ng sahod/benepisyo mula sa taong nangangailanagn ng ganitong talento.
      Nasaan ang ‘alipin’ roon?

      Siguro, kung may kasambahay ka, alipin rin ang turing mo sa kanya….

      • BongCastaneda

        Di mo na-gets.
        Maraming pilipino workers na pag dating sa Saudi, yung papers and documentation nila hawak ng employers.
        A portion of these employers dont even follow the law in their own countries regarding proper documentation of their workers.
        pag nahuli itong mga pilipino, pinababayaan ng employers.
        Kaya sila nagiging alipin.
        Tinatrato silang alipin ng ibang bansa.

      • $5699914

        That is the general unwritten rule ng mga employers dun, except for holders of passports from western countries. Pero hindi pa rin iyon sapat para sabihan na ‘alipin’ ang mga OFW.

        Kung ganyan ang pananaw ninyo, hindi ako magtataka na kung umunlad na ang pamumuhay ninyo, alipin rin ang magiging tingin sa mga magtatrabaho under sa inyo.

  • misuari playboy

    soon the PH press will start spinning stories of how the KSA policemen ask these illegal pilipinos to run and then shooting at them. what else is new with these pilipin people?

    • Pinoy Bodoh

      No. You are wrong. They will instead start petitioning the US, UN, UNICEF, WWF and whomever the heck they can think off to attack the KSA on their behalf because even after many years of independence they still think that the yanks love them and that they are the 51st state of America. ROTFL


    Libre ng umuwi ang mga illegal workers ……. yeheyyyyyyyy…… uwian na … boom…tara…tarat…. boom…boom….boom…. magdala ng pasalubong >>>>>

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