Filipino expats seek to resolve salary dues

Updated 17 July 2016

Filipino expats seek to resolve salary dues

RIYADH: Around 7,100 Filipino workers at Saudi Oger are desperately appealing to both local officials and their country’s embassy to help them resolve their escalating labor problem in terms of eight months’ salary dues.
“I want to respectfully ask our beloved President Rodrigo R. Duterte to kindly intervene and solve this problem and, if possible, send his representative who can talk to the concerned government officials of Saudi Arabia,” a Filipino engineer anonymously told Arab News.
“With due respect to our officials at the Philippine Embassy, who are tasked to help and facilitate the welfare of OFWs in KSA, I sense that something must be done to help us. We are in a critical financial situation,” he said.
He observed that the problem of these OFWs working at Saudi Oger needs immediate attention from their government.
“We have not been paid salaries for the last eight months since November, 2015.”
He said: “It is a very difficult situation for all of us, especially for those who have children studying here. Our children have not been enrolled in school. We would send them back to the Philippines, but the problem is that the company cannot give us air tickets, while we don’t have the money to buy them,” he said.
Those who have applied for final exit visas are still desperately waiting for their end-of-service benefits and pending dues. So far, they see no light at the end of the tunnel.
“I have been working at Saudi Oger Ltd. for almost 24 years. It would be a long story to tell how good the company was until, unfortunately, I found myself among thousands of employees who did not receive a salary for almost nine months,” said another Filipino engineer who suffers from a malignant cancer.
He said, “I am already huge in debt to pay house rental, car installments, house in the Philippines, loan amortization, and a lot more for my daughter’s school tuition fees and more for basic needs.”
According to him, he has had to stop taking his medicine, as his medical insurance was cut off because of the financial crises of the company. “I have no choice but bend my knees before God and entrust my life to him.”


38k people register with Saudi national distance learning platform in 10 days

Updated 27 min 33 sec ago

38k people register with Saudi national distance learning platform in 10 days

  • The quality of the programs had contributed to increasing the number of enrollees, says director

JEDDAH: The number of people who registered with the Saudi e-training platform (Doroob) between March 16 and 26, across 365 various programs, has reached 38,000.

The director for the development of training programs at the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) and supervisor of Doroob, Mohammed Al-Shuwaier, said the training programs had been designed to promote distance learning and provide needed experience in all fields and specializations required by the labor market, in line with the governmental precautionary and preventive measures to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Al-Shuwaier noted that the quality of the programs had contributed to increasing the number of enrollees, with more than 3,500 people befitting from the interactive training sessions broadcast last week on Doroob.

Nahla Abul-ula, an HR expert, said companies in Saudi Arabia had been encouraging employees to benefit from online training opportunities for a long time through state-supported platforms like Doroob or through independent educational platforms.

“However, the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has made people more accepting of such modern means in order to keep pace with the accelerating life events,” the HR business partner at IKEA said.

“We will definitely see an increasing reliance on e-learning options in the coming period if the crisis continues,” she said.

E-learning is an individual effort, where learners seek to obtain information by themselves and employ the acquired skills to develop their abilities and experiences. Abul-ula considers virtual learning no less effective than classroom learning.

She said that employees and job seekers’ focus on development in this critical time will not only allow them to grow and take advantage of free time in their schedule but “will also give them better opportunities after the crisis is over.”

Doroob was launched by HADAF as part of the training and qualification programs aimed at developing the skills of students, job seekers and those wishing to be promoted in their jobs, to increase participation in the private sector and help job seekers find suitable opportunities. 

Doroob is an integrated program that provides e-training programs and certification upon completion of requirements.

To register for the e-training courses, interested people can log on to doroob.sa.