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Coming home: Fears, prayers and hope

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THE MAYOR FAMILYThe author, his daughter Maria and wife Marilyn are preparing for their final homecoming.

We are coming home for good after more than a decade of working in Saudi Arabia. Like many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) getting ready for their final homecoming, we have worries and fears. How do we start life anew in a country which has become more of a place to furlough than home? For the past 14 years, my family and I have adopted Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s trading capital, as our second home where we have been living in financial comfort and enjoying living standards we sorely lacked when we were in Manila.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Male OFW waiting for Saudi exit visa dies in Jeddah tent city

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DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

A 41-year-old Filipino in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who was almost on his way home to the Philippines, died from asthma complications Monday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA sets up shelters for Jeddah tent city dwellers

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Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Albert del Rosario  AP FILE PHOTO

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has appealed to more than a thousand undocumented Filipinos camping outside the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah to cooperate by moving out of their tents and transferring to the facilities prepared for them by Philippine officials there.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Photos & Videos | Read More »

No need to crowd ‘tent city’

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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

There is no need for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to flock to the “tent city” outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, amid the approaching crackdown against migrant laborers without work permits, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Friday.

Posted: April 20th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

Astig and Alagad help Filipinos in Saudi Arabia

astig group

Representative of Astig and Alagad in Saudi Arabia donated food and baby diapers to stranded Filipino workers in Jeddah recently. Don’t be turned off by their tough-sounding gang-like names. Astig is the name of Batch 27 of a Computer Literacy Program, while Alagad refers to members of Batch 28. The overseas Pinoys had become close [...]

Posted: August 7th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFW: Overstaying Filipino Worker

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Being an Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) connotes legality with corresponding responsibilities. The problem is when an OFW violates the basic requirement of his contract—the tenure—and becomes an “overstaying” Filipino worker (the other version of OFW). Unfortunately, some OFWs decide to violate the law and stay on illegally.  Are they willing to face the consequences? Conrado [...]

Posted: June 19th, 2011 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

27 overstaying Filipinos in Saudi Arabia arrive in Manila

Twenty-seven overstaying Filipinos in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia arrived Wednesday in Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Posted: June 15th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

85 Filipino workers, kids from Jeddah to arrive in Manila

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MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) A fresh batch of 85 overseas Filipino workers and their children were scheduled to fly in late Thursday night from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Manila International Airport Authority said. The repatriated Filipinos were set to arrive at around 11:10 p.m. Thursday from Jeddah via Etihad Airlines flight EY 428, according to an advisory [...]

Posted: June 10th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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