Friday, January 20, 2017

Ang OFW na walang OEC

Ito ang aking karanasan nang bumalik ako sa Saudi Arabia galing bakasyon sa taong ito. Marami nang nagbago sa NAIA. Hindi lamang ang Terminal 1 ang abala sa mga biyaheng Middle East. Punong-puno na rin ang Terminal 2 ng mga OFW na may destinasyong disyerto. At ang pinakamagandang "upgrade" na ginawa sa mga paliparan ay ang malakas at libreng WIFI signal.
  
Online OEC at Exemption

Screenshot of BM exemption
Napakalaking tulong na naging online ang pagkuha ng Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). Isang araw din kasi ang nasasayang sa bakasyon naming OFW para lamang sa pag-aasikaso nito  sa Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Sa pagkuha ng online OEC, siguraduhin lamang na nakarehistro sa Balik Manggagawa Processing Online System na www.bmonline.ph at kasalukuyang may record sa POEA data base. At dahil may dati nang records at ako ay babalik sa parehong kumpanya, inaplayan ko ang "BM exemption". Kinuha ko ang BM exemption number at isinulat sa e-ticket ko. Samantalang sa cellphone ko ay nakatago ang screenshot na larawan katulad nang nasa itaas kung sakaling hindi papaniwalaan ang numero.

Dumiretso na kaagad ako sa airline checked-in counter. Itinuro ko na lamang sa staff ang exemption number na nakasulat sa e-ticket at ibinigay na rin ang flight boarding pass nang walang hininging dokumento maliban sa pasaporte.

Reduced Travel Tax for OFW's Dependent

Kasama ko palagi ang aking pamilya kaya dumaan muna kami sa Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authoriy (TIEZA) para magbayad ng travel tax. Kasama na kasi sa ticket ang terminal tax na noon ay kasabay na binabayaran sa counter na ito. Kailangan lamang maipresenta ang mga dokumento na nagpapatunay na sila nga ay mga dependent ko.

1. Ticket/boarding pass
2. Original Marriage Certificate (asawa)
3. Original Birth Certificate (anak)
4. OEC

At dahil sa wala akong maipakitang OEC, kailangan kong maipresenta ang dokumento na nagpapakita ng aking kumpanya at ng bansang pinagtatrabahuan katulad ng mga sumusunod;

1. Residence card
2. Employment Certificate
3. Current Payslip
4. Employee ID card
5. Employment Contract
Ipinakita ko ang aking company ID at nagbayad ng travel tax na P300 kada dependent (economy class).

Para sa ibang OFW, lalong lalo na ang nasa Saudi na may pamilya, may ihahanda tayong mga dokumento bago magbakasyon. Siguraduhin lamang na dala natin pauwi sa Pinas ang alin man sa mga dokumentong nabanggit. Ang residence card at employee ID ay kadalasang naiiwan sa mga employer. Maliban sa aming kumpanya na ibinigay na sa amin ang buong pangangalaga ng aming mga dokumento (passport, iqama, ID). Dati kasi kapag nasa poder namin ang iqama at ID card, kukuhanin ng employer ang pasaporte. At sa tuwing magbakasyon, ibabalik sa kanila ang iqama at ID card kapalit ng pasaporte.

Immigration

Maliban sa pasaporte, embarkation card, at boarding pass, ipinakita ko ang isinulat kong OEC exemption number sa immigration officer. Pagkatapos maverify ang kumpanyang babalikan sa system, ay may tatak na ulit na "departure" ang pasaporte ko.

Terminal Fee Refund

Ilang beses na akong umuwi simula nang naimplementa ang batas na ito pero ngayon lamang akong sumubok na kumuha ng refund. Mahaba ang pila pero mabilis ang proseso dahil marami silang counter. Bukod doon, may opisyal pa silang umaalalay sa pila para mabilis na maipakita ng OFW ang mga kakailanganing dokumento.

Ang P550 refund ay nasa pre-departure area. Ipinakita ko lamang ang passport, ang kopya ng boarding pass na kinuha ko sa terminal refund counter, at exit re-entry visa (para sa mga OFW na walang OEC).

Friday, December 2, 2016

UAE: A Free Visa Country for Filipinos (special category)

Ang isang pinoy na kasalukuyang nakatira sa Saudi Arabia at may mataas na propesyon sa kanyang iqama katulad ng engineer, manager, accountant, at doktor ay malayang makakapasok sa United Arab Emirates ng libre. Kailangan lamang dalhin at ipakita ang orihinal na iqama sa immigration counter. 

Ang United Arab Emirates ay miyembro ng GCC o Gulf Cooperation Council na kinumpleto ng bansang Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, at Saudi Arabia.

 "Residents who are not GCC nationals, but, have high professional status, such as business men, company managers, accountants, auditors, engineers, doctors, pharmacists, or employees (and their families) working in the public sector, drivers and personal staff under their sponsorship, are all eligible for non-renewable 30-day visa on arrival, at approved points of entry. However, a valid passport with valid GCC residence stamp, along with proof of employment in the country of residence, may require to be produced for this category." -www.guide2dubai.com


Sa mga Pinoy na may employment status na hindi napabilang sa mga nabanggit ay may maraming paraan para makakuha ng visit visa sa UAE. Dito sa Saudi Arabia, tanging kopya ng pasaporte at iqama lamang ang hinihingi ng mga travel agent para masimulan ang proseso ng tourist visa na makukuha lamang sa loob ng ilang araw.


Isang oras na biyahe sa eroplano mula sa Saudi ay masisilayan ang progresibong siyudad ng Dubai at Abu Dhabi.

Mga OFW sa Dubai

Maraming Pinoy sa UAE lalong lalo na sa Dubai. Halos karamihan sa kanila ay nagtatrabaho sa mga hotel at restaurant. Kung tutuusin, mas maayos ang kalagayan nila kaysa sa amin na nasa Saudi. Mas malaya sila. Mas marami silang lugar na napapasyalan pagkatapos ng trabaho. May mas maraming kainan at pagkaing Pinoy. At higit sa lahat, may night life.

Ganunpaman, ayon sa mga naging kakuwentuhan ko, inaamin nila na mas mahirap mag-ipon sa UAE. Lahat kasi doon ay mahal katulad ng upa sa bahay. Ang standard of living ay mas mataas kung ihahantulad ito sa Saudi Arabia.

Turismo
 
Marami ang mga makabagong imprastraktura ang makikita sa UAE. Nandoon ang pinakamataas na gusali at ang  pinakamabilis na roller coaster sa buong mundo. Meron ding naglalakihang mga shopping mall na may sariling attractions. May snow village, may aquarium, at marami pang iba. Hindi ka rin makakaalis sa Dubai kapag hindi naranasan ang kanilang water parks, safari ride, at night dhow cruise.

Ito ang ilan sa mga magagandang lugar na makikita at may tatak UAE.

Dubai Miracle Garden
Burj Khalifa Visitors Deck
Burj Al Arab
Atlantis , The Palm
Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque
Ferrari World Park

Friday, August 5, 2016

Embassy on Wheels 2016 (Latest Schedule)

Ang bagong petsa at lugar na pagdadausan ng EOW sa Saudi Arabia sa mga natitirang buwan ng taong 2016.
(Source: www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph)

Mangyari po lamang na bisitahin ang website para kumuha ng appointment at sa iba pang karagdagang mga impormasyon.

Paalala: Ang blog na ito ay hindi konektado sa mga transaksyon na ginagawa ng Philippine Embassy o ng mga kinatawan ng embahada dito sa Saudi Arabia.  Walang kinalaman ang blog na ito sa anumang pagbabago sa petsa at lugar na pagdadausan ng EOW.  Mangyari lamang na kumpirmahin sa lihitimong website ng embahada, www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph, ang anumang transaksyong gagawin.

*Special 5-day EOW for passport renewal and releasing services only
JULY
DATE CITY VENUE SERVICES TO BE RENDERED
July 1, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
July 2, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Buraydah Golden Tulip Hotel, Buraydah
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
July 8, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
July 9, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Jouf TBA
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
July 15, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
July 16, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
Jul 22-23 (Fri/Sat)
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Hail Golden Tulip Hotel, Hail
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
Jul 30 (Sat) Riyadh Industrial City Dawah Center, 2nd Industrial City
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing
AUGUST
DATE CITY VENUE SERVICES TO BE RENDERED
August 14, Sunday up to August 18, Thursday
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
*Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing
August 19, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
August 20, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
August 26, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
August 27, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Jubail TBA
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry

SEPTEMBER
September 2, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
September 3, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Buraydah Golden Tulip Hotel, Buraydah
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
September 10, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Dawah Center, 2nd Industrial City
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing
Sept 11-15 (Sun-Thu)
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
*Al Khobar
Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing
September 16, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
September 17, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
September 23, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
September 24, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khafji TBA
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry


OCTOBER
Oct 09-13 (Sun-Thu)
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
* Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Application
  • Passport Releasing
October 14, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
October 15, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
October 21, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
October 22, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hail Golden Tulip, Hail
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry

NOVEMBER
November 11, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
November 12, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Buraydah Golden Tulip Hotel, Buraydah
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
Nov 13-17 (Sun-Thu)
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
*Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing
November 18, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
November 19, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
November 26, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Riyadh 2nd Industrial City Dawah Center, 2nd Industrial City
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing

DECEMBER
December 2, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
December 3, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Jubail TBA
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
Dec 11-15 (Sun-Thu)
2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
* Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Renewal
  • Passport Releasing
December 16, Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
December 17, Saturday:
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Khobar Golden Tulip Hotel, Al Khobar
  • Passport Services (new, renewal, releasing, extension)
  • Notarials, Authentication and Certifications
  • Police clearance Endorsement
  • Civil Registry
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