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PH spent P70.6M to assist Filipinos in Saudi Arabia in 2013—DFA

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Filipina domestic helper Amor Roxas (C), 46, weeps upon arriving at the Philippines' main international airport on Nov 4, 2013 as she recounts her ordeal after being expelled from Saudi Arabia, where an amnesty for illegal workers expired at the weekend. She is among 30 Filipinos who were deported from Riyadh a day after the amnesty ended, while thousands more without proper working permits remained trapped there, officials say. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) described 2013 as “a crisis period” as the agency spent almost P70.6 million to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia affected by the country’s “Saudization” policy.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines | Read More »

Saudi deports quarter million migrants in 3 months

The sun sets behind the minarets of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP FILE PHOTO

Saudi Arabia says it has deported “more than a quarter million” foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past three months.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFW saved from death asks for Binay’s help

Rodelio Dondon Lanuza FILE PHOTO

Pardoned death convict and former overseas Filipino worker Rodelio “Dondon” Lanuza on Sunday asked Vice President Jejomar Binay for financial assistance and help in getting a job.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Saudi extends amnesty period for illegals

Undocumented foreign workers in Saudi Arabia who were not able to correct their legal status during the seven-month amnesty period were given another two months by the Saudi government to complete the rectification procedures at the Passport Department (Jawazat), according to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Undocumented OFWs in Saudi given 2-month grace period

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Filipina domestic helper Amor Roxas (C), 46, weeps upon arriving at the Philippines' main international airport on Nov 4, 2013 as she recounts her ordeal after being expelled from Saudi Arabia, where an amnesty for illegal workers expired at the weekend. She is among 30 Filipinos who were deported from Riyadh a day after the amnesty ended, while thousands more without proper working permits remained trapped there, officials say. AFP FILE PHOTO

Undocumented migrant workers in Saudi Arabia whose papers are already being processed have been given a two-month grace period by the Ministry of the Interior to correct their status.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa | Read More »

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

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DFA Passports Processed in Riyadh

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.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Middle East & Africa,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Unless help comes, OFW may be executed this month, says Binay

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Vice President Jejomar Binay   INQUIRER.net file photo

Jailed Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta in Saudi Arabia could be executed in January as the blood money has yet to be paid and the deadline has long passed, Vice President Jejomar Binay said in a renewed appeal for help.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Legislator unhappy with response to OFW plaints of exploitation

Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello. PHOTO TAKEN FROM FACEBOOK.COM

The chair of the House committee on overseas workers affairs is banking on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue the criminal prosecution of the Philippine labor and embassy officials accused of involvement in the sexual exploitation of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Female OFWs attack fellow Filipina in Saudi

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Siblings Shaie and Claire were in tears when they reported to Inquirer Radio dzIQ that their sister Princess Ann was behind bars in Saudi Arabia. As the story is told, Princess had problems in her work place. She was reportedly locked inside the stock room and beaten black and blue by three Filipino women, along with another female janitor. Princess fought back, grabbed a scissor and stabbed one of her attackers.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Saudi gov’t facilitates repatriation of 537 Filipinos

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Ambassador Ezzedin Tago speaks with a group of 58 Filipinos about to be repatriated to the Philippines.  DFA PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday that 537 out of 644 Filipinos staying at a deportation facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have been repatriated to the Philippines.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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