13,321 Filipinos cast ballots in KSA

Updated 16 May 2013

13,321 Filipinos cast ballots in KSA

The Philippine Embassy yesterday said that the overseas absentee voting (OAV) process held from April 13 through last Monday concluded successfully in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.
“A total of 13,321 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have cast their votes at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Alkhobar,” Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago said in a statement.
The envoy said that 6,851 voted in Riyadh, 2,723 in Jeddah and 3,747 in Alkhobar.
An automated election system (AES) was adopted both at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and at the consulate in Jeddah, while manual voting was done at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Alkhobar.
He added that the Special Board of Canvassers (SBOC), which will count the votes cast in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar, also convened at 1 p.m. on Monday as mandated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
The envoy added that the three-member SBO (with one canvassing and consolidating system operator) will continue to collate the results of the votes from Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar. The SBOC chairman, Vice-Consul Maria Angelica Capili-Genotiva, will proceed immediately to Manila to present the certificate of canvas (COC), statement of votes (SOV), election returns and other election documents, to the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) in Manila as soon as process in Riyadh is concluded.
Tago lauded the smooth conduct of OAV elections in the Kingdom and encouraged more Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to exercise their right to vote during the elections of 2016.
He also praised the men and women at the embassy, Consulate General in Jeddah and in Alkhobar for their efforts during the OAV registration.

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.


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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies