Correct working status, Filipinos in Saudi Arabia urged

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday urged Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to take advantage of the three-month reprieve granted by Saudi King Abdullah for foreign workers to fix their working status in the kingdom.

“I call on our ‘kababayan’ in Saudi to grab this opportunity to correct your status. Follow the labor laws of your host country and resolve any work violations you might have committed,” Binay said in statement.

He said the government was grateful to the Saudi king for the reprieve and urged Philippine Embassy officials in Saudi Arabia to extend assistance to Filipinos needing to correct their status.

There are 1.5 million Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia and some 20,000 are undocumented.

“Given this number, it is important for our diplomatic offices to work double time to make the most of the three-month grace period,” Binay said.—Christine O. Avendaño

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  • UrHONOR

    KUNG di lang kasi NINANAW ng mga pukitekero ang dapat na mapunta sa pangkaraniwang manggagawa, wala na sana yang mga kabayang nagpapa-alila sa mga banyaga. Di ba, Abalos, Pichay, Bnay, Arroyo & arroyo, Suarez, ampb?

  • jgl414567

    Ang hilig pumapel ng dwendeng maligno na maitim pweh!

  • guest1500

    Saudinization has long been a policy of Saudi Arabia and the salaries of foreign workers are being lowered. That is why the Philippine government should start preparing for their eventual return although it will be hard because I think there are around 1.5 million Filipinos there.

  • axe musk

    This is just politicking by BInay!!! Saudi Arabia’s Program is not just against illegals but rather a program to let their locals get employment. Kaya ito ang dapat na pagtuunan ng mga PUlitiko sa Pilipinas, kasi po VP Binay hindi lang po sa Saudi ang may ganitong programa…. maging sa Kuwait at Singapore man din…. Papaano ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas na ipinagmamalaki ng mga pulitiko, kung ang lahat ngmga bansa e mag implement ng ganitong programa???

    Maunlad na sana Pinas kung di lang dahil sa mga Political Dynasty (tulad ni VP Binay, et al) na puro pagnanakaw/pangungurakot ang ginagawa sa pwesto kaya gusto buong angkan nila ang pumasok sa pulitika pra di makita ang kanilang mga ninakaw sa taong bayan…

  • CmdrAdobo

    Id be happy if Binay create jobs for filipnos in the philippines.

  • Neo Bourne

    Pumapapel palagi ang malignong ito…pwee! Kapag nanalo ang anak niya pagka senador, masasabi ko tlga na mga tanga tlga tao sa pilipinas…

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