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Saturday, June 25, 2011

What is Your Company Color and Status?

There are 4 certain categories and colors in the Nitaqat system - Excellent, Green, Yellow and Red. As per the data shown below, you can find out your company status depending on the number of total employees and the number of Saudi's your company employ.

Image courtesy of the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Labor


ENLARGE THE IMAGES BELOW as per company categorization.

The data below was from the Saudi Ministry of Labor and using Google Chrome and Google Translate, PEBA was able to come up with this table.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Symposium on Saudization in Manila

Ms. Susan Ople of the Blas Ople Foreign Policy Ceter lead the Symposium on Saudization today June 23, 2011 at Midas Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Atty. Koko Pimentel welcomed participants from the OFW Families, Recruitment Agency and the NGOs.

Mr. Lito Soriano presented a powerpoint showing statistics emphasizing on the nature of the deployment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) where only 36% are new hires and the majority at 64% are rehires. And of the total 2008 data from CFO (Comm. of Filipino Overseas), of the 2.2M deployed abroad 53% (47% the rest of the world) are found in the Middle East (ME) where 1.3 (regular and irregular/undocumented) Filipinos work in KSA. He stressed that the biggest challenge for OFWs in the Middle East is downsizing. It was re-echoed by a participant from a recruitment agency that once KSA implemented a successful Saudization it would follow that other countries in the ME would follow suit.

The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affair (OUMWA) Executive Director Eric Endaya offered several suggestions in addressing and counteracting Saudization like expanding TESDA training, providing more consular offices and labor officials abroad, revisit and analyze

RA 10022 Amendatory Law on Magna Carta for Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (provision on mandatory insurance for migrants deployed by recruitment and/or manning agencies. ). He proposed the need to include the private sector in reviewing the law and encouraged the symposium participants to submit their policy proposal to address Saudization.

In the forum PEBA founder Kenji Solis’s was presented together with a video from Patnubay ng Riyadh. It was seen from the interviewed that some are not familiar about Saudization or still confused with it. Only few of them are aware of the color coding system of Nitaqat.

Mr. Jun Aguilar, Jr. of the Filipino Migrant Workers Group presented the Nitaqat System. The Saudization law which is aimed at placing skilled and qualified Saudis in a career field and creating business growth was already put forward since 1994 but this year in 2011 September 10; the Saudi government will fully implement the law. So only three months are given to those companies in the yellow (partially satisfied Saudization requirement, their employees going on 6 years will not be rehired if the company will not fully comply to reach the green category) and red (contravened or ignored Saudization) categories to comply with the law. OFW who are in the household work (domestic helper, gardener, etc) and those who work in companies with less than 10 workers are exempted from the law. Platinum (company with exceptional record) and green (company that complies with Saudization) categories are the safe companies that OFW should belong to.

According to Mr. Aguilar the Saudi government is keen to implement Saudization this time given that they have already outlined concrete process to implement it and providing penal provisions for those who will not comply. Several ministries are also linked on this effort that includes the Ministry of Labor, the Minsitry of Interior (that issues Iqama/Jawazat) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This action from the government of providing jobs for Saudis is seen as their answer in preventing revolts in the Kingdom like those that happened in other Gulf countries where youth are asking for jobs.

Although considered as an adversity but there is also opportunities that await OFWs like possible of being upgraded to a better paying and more stable job. The speaker suggested that OFWs be provided information in finding out companies in the platinum and green category; OFW families be prepared of the possible implication of Saudization; and for the government to come-up with a comprehensive reintegration plan for OFWs.

In the symposium the government representatives from OWWA and POEA were at the receiving end of several tough questions they managed to answer with their best. One of the contentions raised by recruitment agency is RA 10022 where they foresee themselves going bankrupt if they will be the ones to cover for repatriation of OFWs (deployed and covered under RA 10022) who will be affected by Saudization law.

©2011 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tweet ni Rizal sa mga OFW Contest

Maligayang bati sa ika-150 taong Anibersaryo ng Kaarawan, Gat Jose Rizal!

So, here goes our twitter contest to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary.

Simple lang ang rule:

1)pen to all Filipino citizens, 12 years old and above with twitter account and mobile phone.)

2) Follow us on twitter -

3) Tweet on your own twitter status your answer to this:
Sa kaarawan ni Jose Rizal ano ang kaniyang mensahe sa mga Bagong Bayani?

4) Include in your answer this hash tag #pebawards

5) Example - Mga Bagong Bayani tuloy ang laban walang iwanan! #pebawards

6) We will post all tweets on our blog and FB page.

7) Winners will be selected after 24 June 2011 and judges' decision will be final.

8) The three most creative and interesting tweets will receive a mobile phone load of 300, 200 and 100 pesos respectively.

Contest starts 18 June and ends 24 June 2011 at 11pm. Sali na!

©2011 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Independence Day Philippines!

CLICK TO ENLARGE THE PHOTOS. The following are taken from the photo entries of the entrants of the PEBA 2010 International Photo Contest!

by: Russellamiel
Location Paju South Korea
Profession/Job: OFW Factory worker
Short Explanation/Interpretation: PATRIOTISM waves on a foreign land

by: fdeasis
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Profession/Job: writer/artist
Interpretations/Short Explanation: OFWs raising of the Philippine flag. Love
of country, never to forget.
Independence day 2010.

by analindenhann
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Profession/Job: Full time Mom & Student
Interpretations/Short Explanation:"Proud to be Filipino" My son shouted upon stepping on the frozen lake in Copenhagen.

©2011 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The PEBA 2011 "WHERE THE HEART IS" Photo Contest

Hello everyone, we're The Pink Tarha and we're proud to be a part of this year's PEBA and by Globe Telecom Photo Contest! We'll put the girly, light factor in this competition, lol. Let's start with this:

Rain, clouds, more colors, vintage effect? What happened? Don't fret, it's still the PEBA 2011 Photo Contest. We just added a fun, very colorful side to it. Of course, it's hand-in-hand with the theme of the PEBA 2011 Blogging Contest. This is our first major project as a blog, and the first tie-up we have of PEBA Inc... please support us! Grab your cameras and shoot!

Here's the gist: All Filipinos living and residing abroad and of legal age are eligible to join this photo contest. Think of a subject/subjects that will show us where your heart is, what you consider "home." A home is not just a place, right? Capture your interpretation of the theme with the use of your cameras! We don't discriminate so you can use whatever camera you have, as long as you pour lots of creativity and mix in passion. :) Submit your photos (a maximum of 2) at starting today until August 1, 2011. Worthy judges will be taking a look at your photographs and your family and friend can support you through the Facebook pages of PEBA, The Pink Tarha, and the Globe Kababayan. Winners will be receiving electronic gadgets and more prizes from our wonderful sponsors. For more information, please read THIS. (If that doesn't work because sometimes Google Docs is choosy aka nagiinarte, haha, then you can also click here. ;)

We'll be giving away Globe TipIDD cards worth P300 each for the first 50 participants. We'll be awaiting, rather eagerly, your wonderful photos! :)

Again, don't forget to read the full mechanics and rules HERE (It's a must!). It's just four pages and font 12 so it won't be stressful to read. If you have more questions such as why there are clouds and rain in the poster above or who's that guy holding the camera or why you should join, don't hesitate to email us at or . Don't be shy now. :)

Kindly share this to your family, friends, and fellow photographers. More photos, more happiness shared. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Me@Work Photo Contest Winners are...

We are thankful for our sponsor, 
Nokia Philippines
as well our entrants for this simple Liking contest. 
A bigger project is about to begin, and we encourage many others to join in the 2011 PEBA International Photo Contest. We are so excited  to announce it!

We understand and we know you do too that this is just a "liking" contest. The real contest is about to begin with, of course, much bigger prizes. We thank you again, for your support by joining our contest. Each of you, entrants, will receive a T-Shirt from PEBA, and we will announce in our  where can you claim the shirt.

"Like a motherly love and Care"

Jay-Ann Santos a baby sitter from Milan, Italy.

"That's Gen.. our big baby girl.. and I am her little Ate taken last April 01, 2011 in Pacific Palm Corp office"

By Leila Las-ay, a Sr. Admin Assistant from Mabini, Manila, Philippines.

 "Aspiring Writer/Blogger"
I admit writing is not my field, the reason why I was criticized before on my writing outputs.... Mistakes? A lot!, but I believe they are part of the learning process.... So at this point, as my journey of being a writer continues, I am well certain that I am already immune of criticisms and ready to face challenges in the future.
By Jose Peñas Jr., a Freelance Article Writer/Full Time Blogger
from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Are you seeing two beautiful mobile phone in black and pink color? Yes, that's yours. Yup, you are right, three of you winners will receive each of this special thank you prize from our sponsor Nokia, and of course, from PEBA!

This Nokia C3 Nokia mobile device is equipped with a Wifi, a camera, a Bluetooth, a 2.4 inch screen and a support for up to 8GB storage on an SD Card.

"Designed to put messaging and social networking in the palm of your hand this tiny tyke comes packing access to your favourite Instant Messaging, social networking and email accounts, all courtesy of Nokia Messaging."

* * Create a Nokia application for your own Blogand get a chance to win in a raffle, an LCD TV, Netbook, Nokia phones, etc. Click here!

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