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PR-059-2014
3 May 2014

Philippine Embassy and POLO Staff Take Seminars on
the Saudi Labor Law and the New Regulations for HSWs

 

01Labor Attaché Rustico Dela Fuente Lectures to Embassy and Attached Services on the PHL-KSA Domestic Workers Agreement.

(Riyadh, 3 May 2014) Leading up to the Labor Day on 1 May 2014, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh held refresher courses and seminars over the past month for all Embassy and attached services personnel on various laws and regulations affecting Filipinos in the Kingdom.

Ambassador Ezzedin Tago said “the seminars are part of our efforts to ensure our Embassy personnel are fully equipped to help our nationals within the framework of the local laws. We must constantly and regularly update our personnel on changes in laws and regulations that affect our nationals especially on the international level, and within the Kingdom and the Philippines. We are doing this first at the level of our personnel before our officials embark on some outreach missions to update our nationals on laws that affect them.”

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The lectures and seminars were conducted by Labor Attaché Rustico Dela Fuente, and spanned three days focusing on the Saudi Labor Law and its recent amendments, changes in the residency regulations and penalties for violations, the PHL-KSA agreement on domestic workers, and Royal Decree 310 dated 7-9-1434H approving the regulations on domestic workers which codifies a framework for the protection of domestic workers.

Labor Attaché Dela Fuente reminded personnel about the recently launched website (www.musaned.gov.sa) by the Saudi Ministry of Labor that focuses on domestic workers, which has a comprehensive brochure in various languages including Tagalog. The Embassy had earlier circulated the brochures, and has posted copies around the Embassy.

Labor Attaché Dela Fuente also explained that, with the Saudi regulations on domestic workers (HSWs, drivers, gardeners, and other categories working in private homes) household workers in all categories are now entitled to file their complaints through Grievance Committees with the Saudi Ministry of Labor.

The Embassy will soon conduct similar courses for community members, and will strengthen its online presence with such advisories and regulations. END

 

PR-057-2014
3 May 2014

Philippine Ambassador Conveys Appreciation to
MFA Vice Minister HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah for Support to Peace Process

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(Riyadh, 3 May 2014) During a meeting on 29 April 2014 in Jeddah with HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia delivered a letter from Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs H.E. Alberto Del Rosario thanking the Vice Minister for witnessing on 27 March the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro in Manila, Philippines.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the International Contact Group that observed the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and it is also the Vice Chair of the Peace Committee in the Southern Philippines in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which observes the implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front.

 

PR-056-2014
28 April 2014

520 ePassport Renewal Applicants Served during
"Embassy on Wheels" (EOW) in Al-Khobar on 25-26 April 2014

(Riyadh, 28 April 2014) – The "Embassy on Wheels" mobile consular activity in Al-Khobar held on 25-26 April 2014 served a total of 520 ePassport renewal applicants. In addition to the ePassport renewal applications, the two-day activity was able to provide consular services to 227 other clients.

Also processed by the mobile consular team were 39 passport extensions, 12 Reports of Birth (ROB), 6 Lost Passports, 169 notarial applications and authentication, and 1 Travel Document issuance.

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The next “Embassy on Wheels” in Al-Khobar is scheduled on 09-10 May 2104, also at the Al Jazeera International School in Dammam.

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Those who were able to avail themselves of consular services during the EOW accomplished 283 Client Feedback forms, out of 424 forms distributed. The client feedback mechanism is part of the Embassy’s program to improve customer service. The following were the results of the survey:

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No. PR-055-2014

PHL Tourism Officials Promote Tourism
Investment Opportunities to Saudi Businesses

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Above: PHL tourism representatives with CSC Chairman Mohammed Al-Mojel

(Riyadh, 24 April 2014) – PHL tourism representatives recently met with the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) in an effort to promote tourism investment opportunities to Saudi business.

The delegation, which was led by Chief Tourism Operations Officer Mr. Raymond Glen Agustin of the Department of Tourism (DOT), met with CSC National Tourism Committee Chairman Mohammed Al Mojel in Riyadh on 16 April 2014. The delegation included DOT’s marketing representative for the Middle East, AVIAREPS, and Shangri-La Hotel’s Middle East representative.

The group informed Chairman Al-Mojel of the Philippine Government’s thrust to increase awareness of the Philippines as a top-quality tourism destination among Saudi tourists through more visible marketing on print and electronic media, and collaborating on attractive tour packages with local travel agencies and airlines.

For his part, Chairman Al-Mojel urged the delegation to focus on promoting the Philippines as a family-friendly destination, with a preference for attractions in the provinces.

Participation in the 2014 Riyadh Travel Fair, which was held at the Kingdom Tower’s Four Seasons Hotel on 15-18 April 2014.

At the fair, the delegation was able to meet with Mr. Hussain Bin Mushayt, Tourism Department Manager of the Riyadh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), and discussed the DOT’s promotion plans in Riyadh and the Eastern Province.

Mr. Mushayt expressed his “excitement” about the intensified PHL tourism promotion in the Kingdom, and pledged that the RCCI will cooperate and assist the Philippines on its promotion efforts in Riyadh. (END)

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Above: RCCI Mr. Hussain Bin Mushayt with PHL tourism officials and PHL Embassy cultural officer Ms. Gloria Jean Zafra.

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