DOLE urges illegal OFWs to make use of Saudi’s guidelines to correct stay

May 20, 2013 10:51 pm 

MANILA, May 20 -– Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has advised undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia to take advantage of the Saudi government’s issuance of the Procedures and Exemptions for Grace Period to Rectify Status.

She said the guidelines will further facilitate the process for the correction of illegal OFWs' situation in the Saudi.

Baldoz urged all illegal OFWs in Saudi Arabia, particularly those camping out in a vacant lot beside the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, to take advantage of the guidelines and immediately correct their stay for their welfare, benefit, and interest.

Baldoz also lauded the Saudi government for its leniency to the illegal OFWs.

"I warmly welcome the guidelines and express my gratitude to the Saudi government for its timely issuance. This demonstrates the commitment of the government of Saudi Arabia to assist the government of the Philippines in its effort to promote and protect the welfare of OFWs,” Baldoz said.

"We recognize and are grateful for the support being extended by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to our OFWs who are going to be affected by their Saudization law," she added.

On May 8, the Saudi government issued The Procedures and Exemptions for Grace Period to Rectify Status, which apply to all OFWs whose continued stay in Saudi, is deemed illegal and provides them with two options to legalize their stay: (1) go home to the Philippines; or (2) stay and transfer and find new employer. The guidelines will be in effect until 3 July when the grace period for illegal OFWs to correct their stay also expires.

Baldoz said affected OFWs in Saudi who need assistance or inquiry may contact POLO-Riyadh at 054-591-7834 or email at polo_riyadhpe.com; POLO-Eastern Region at 050-126-9742 or email at polo_eastern@riyadhpe.com; POLO-Central Region at 050-753-7997 or email at polo_central@riyadhpe.com; POLO-Jeddah at 056-195-6142 or email at polo_jeddah@yahoo.com.

They may also contact the Philippine Embassy's Assistance to Nationals Unit for police cases, detention, death, and other emergencies, at 056-989-3301 or email at help-atn@riyadhpe.com. (PNA)

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