Press Release No. 48-2018
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH RENDERS MOBILE CONSULAR SERVICES AND PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO DISTRESSED FILIPINOS IN THE ASSIR REGION OF SAUDI ARABIA
(Jeddah, 10 July 2018) – The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah successfully rendered a full range of services to Overseas Filipinos (OF) in the Assir Region of Saudi Arabia during its Consular Mobile Services (CMS) in Khamis Mushayt, Assir Region on 06 - 07 July 2018. Assir Region covers the provinces of Al Baha, Abha, Khamis Mushayt, Jizan, and Najran. The estimated total of population in the entire region is 37,200, with around 17,000 residing in Jizan.
Clients in line for passport encoding.
As part of the regular services during the CMS, the Consulate General processed passport renewal, civil registry, notarials and endorsement for police clearance applications. Overseas Voting Registration was also part of the CMS.
Representatives from the Philippine Overseas and Labor Office (POLO)-Jeddah addressed labor concerns of some OFWs aside from processing OWWA membership renewals. The Social Welfare Attaché continued with interviews of employers of household workers to remind them of their responsibilities to their workers. The SSS and PAG-IBIG representatives were also present to process membership renewals and answer queries from existing members.
Representatives from SSS and Pagibig addressing client concerns and Consulate representatives registering voters’ information.
Social Welfare Attache Priscilla N. Razon interviewing the employer of a Filipina Household Service Worker.
Representatives of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration addressing the concerns of clients.
In continuing efforts to strengthen the integration of Assistance to Nationals (ATN) services during the CMS, an ATN team joined the mobile service to receive, document, and address ATN cases. Prior to the actual CMS, the ATN team visited Filipinos under the custody of the Saudi Social Welfare Agency in Abha and document their concerns to facilitate their repatriation to the Philippines. At the end of the CMS, the ATN team also rescued three (3) female household service workers (HSW) who run-away from their employers due to maltreatment. The 3 HSWs will be temporarily sheltered at the Consulate's Bahay Kalinga in Jeddah while awaiting their repatriation.
Further boosting ATN services during the CMS, representatives of the Azzer Law Firm, Jeddah PCG's legal retainer for ATN cases, answered questions about the status of pending cases, court hearings, and other legal matters raised by attendees of the CMS. END