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No. PR-047-2014
8 April 2014

Philippine Embassy Commends Ministry of Labor for HSW Portal



The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh commends the Saudi Ministry of Labor for its recent launching of its portal website on the domestic labor program with address at which is in both the English and Arabic languages.

“The news on the portal was conveyed to the Philippine delegation attending the 2nd Joint Committee Meeting on the bilateral agreement on domestic workers back in February 2014, and we have found the portal after its actual launching to be very informative and useful, especially the sections on the rights and obligations of employees and employers and the process on how a worker may file a complaint to the Saudi Labor Grievance Committee which is now possible after the issuance of Royal Decree 310 as of 09/09/1434H,” commented Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago.

The portal website also contains for downloading in various languages brochures on the Saudi domestic labor regulations passed in late 2013.

The Embassy invites Filipinos especially household workers in various categories to visit the website. The information is useful for the general public in order to be fully aware of the regulations for domestic workers in Saudi Arabia.

The Embassy attaches with this press release the brochure in Arabic, English and Tagalog.###

pdficon Brochure English

pdficon Brochure Tagalog

pdficon Brochure Arabic



No. PR-046-2014
8 April 2014

Philippine Ambassador Conveys Appreciation to
Reconciliation Committee in Dammam



Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago and other Embassy officials were in Dammam on 17 March to personally convey appreciation and gratitude to the Reconciliation Committee in Dammam headed by Judge Sheikh Ahmad Al-Osaimeen and the other members of the Committee, citing the help of the Committee in resolving the case of Filipino detainee Mr. Rodelio Lanusa who was freed and repatriated in September 2013.

Ambassador Tago presented simple plaques of appreciation to the Chairman, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Osaimeen, to Sheikh Ali bin Ali, and to the Committee.

After the visit to the SRC, Ambassador Tago commented, “I recall in 2011 I received a call from the SRC in Dammam about the breakthrough in the case, and the meeting with the victim’s family that was arranged by the SRC. Since then, the Embassy officials on various levels had been closely coordinating with the SRC Chairman Judge Al-Osaimeen and Sheikh Ali bin Ali until the case of Mr. Lanusa was resolved. I reiterated to the Committee the gratitude of Mr. Lanusa and the appreciation of the Embassy for this great work they had done.”

Before the simple ceremony at the Reconciliation Committee Headquarters in Dammam, Ambassador Tago and the Committee members discussed general impressions on the status of Filipinos in the Kingdom and especially in the Eastern Region. Judge Al-Osaimeen noted that Filipinos are generally law-abiding and respect the laws in the Kingdom, but he noted that there is still a small number who violate the norms, culture and Islamic Sharia laws by committing minor offences.

To address this issue, the Philippine Embassy officials and the Committee members discussed ways to further improve awareness among the community on the norms, culture, Saudi and Islamic Sharia including post-arrival orientation seminars.

The Philippine Ambassador was joined by Vice Consul Winston Almeda, and Mr. Jerome Friaz and Mr. Jamel Haris who were assisting with the case of Mr. Rodelio Lanuza.###


No. PR-045-2014
7 April 2014

Philippine Ambassador Meets Yemeni
Foreign Ministry Officials in Sana’a

MissingAmb. Ezzedin Tago with Yemeni Chief of Protocol Amb. Abdul Malik Al-Eryani (1 April 2014 in Sanaa)

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago, who is based in Riyadh but is accredited to the Republic of Yemen, recently visited Sana’a from 31 March to 3 April 2014 and met with several officials of the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss various initiatives that would benefits both countries and their nationals.

During the trip to Sana’a, Ambassador Ezzedin Tago met with Amb. Abdul Malik Al-Eryani, the MFA Chief of Protocol. Ambassador Tago thanked the Chief of Protol for the assistance extended by the Ministry to the Embassy officials who regularly visit Yemen, and for the assistance extended to the Philippine Consulate in Sana’a headed by the Honoracy Consul Mr. Mohamad Al-Jamal.

Ambassador Tago also met with the Director General for Consular and Migrants Affairs, Ambassador Mohamad Al-Omar. During the meeting lasting an hour, both officials exchanged information on various consular matters including the reporting of civil registry information for Filipinos in Yemen, the regulation of entry of Filipinos to Yemen who enter on various visas. They also exchanged information on issues such as passports and visa matters.

MissingAmb. Tago meets Amb. Al-Omar, the Director General for Consular and Expatriate Affairs in Sanaa.

The Philippine Ambassador to Yemen (non-resident) also met with Amb. Mekhlafi the Deputy Director General for Asia and Pacific. During the meeting, both discussed various proposed bilateral agreements as well as developments in both regions. Amb. Mekhlafi congratulated the Philippines for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro, which was signed in Manila on 27 March 2014.

MissingAmb. Tago meets with Yemeni DG for Asia and Pacific Amb. Mekhlafi.


No. PR-044-2014

Philippine Embassy donates kids' artwork
to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh



Above: Consul-General Alferez with some of the artists and their mothers, and the management and staff of KFSHRC.


(Riyadh, 1 April 2014) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh donated artwork made by 21 young children of embassy personnel to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) on 1 April 2014.

Entitled, “Mga Bagay na Gusto Ko sa Saudi Arabia” (The Things I Like About Saudi Arabia), the artwork consisted of a collection of felt fabric art set in two large frames that were imagined and created by 5-11 year olds, with the help of their mothers.

The artwork was an illustration of what Filipino children like most about living in Saudi Arabia, and an expression of their solidarity with their young Saudi friends.

The project was the brainchild of Madame Jasmine Alferez, spouse of Minister and Consul-General Marshall Louis Alferez, and the Philippine Embassy Ladies Group that she leads.

Consul-General Alferez formally turned over the artwork to the hospital. Senior hospital management officials, led by Mr. Fahd Al-Shair, Head of the Public and Media Affairs Department, received the artwork on behalf of the hospital.

“We Filipinos recognize the power of art to inspire and heal, and it is our sincere hope that the young patients and the medical staff of King Faisal Specialist Hospital will enjoy looking at the artwork as much as our young artists enjoyed making them,” Consul-General Alferez remarked during the turnover program.


Above: Consul-General Alferez handing over one of the art frames to hospital officials.


Hospital officials also took the opportunity to praise the creativity of the young artists and their mothers, and thanked the Embassy for its generous donation. They gave a briefing on the history of the hospital, particularly its long association with Filipino medical and technical staff, many of whom have worked decades there.  Four of these decades-long Filipino medical veterans were present at the turnover.

The hospital officials, including the various ward supervisors present, likewise hailed the competence and work ethic of all the Filipino staff.

The artwork will be displayed in the hospital’s pediatric ward.   (END)