The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the highest number of OFW population in the entire Middle Eastern region. It is as a matter of fact home to several thousands of Kabayans who have been living in the country in order to try their luck and help their families living back home. Being a Filipino living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you might wonder where you need to go in order to process documents which are related to the Philippine Government. You may choose to go to Riyadh directly where you will see the Philippines Consulate. This is where you will process your passport applications, clearances, notaries, and certificates etc. The Philippines Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is also located in the same vicinity and is also open for any inquiries.[irp]
THE PHILIPPINES EMBASSY RIYADH: If you are looking to get your passport renews, report your marriage or for any clearances, you will directly go to the Philippines Embassy. Below you will find some of the services provided by the Philippines embassy which you could find useful. Services Offered;
1-Re Acquisition or Retention of Philippine Citizenship
2-Notarial Services such as Authentication of documents, special power of attorney and certification.
4-Civil registry such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, and death certificate.
5-Foreign nationals applying for a visa of the Philippines.
6-Passport application, extension, replacement, and renewal.
Philippines Overseas Labor Office Services: The POLO office is always completely ready to help out anybody in regard to any and all labor related issue. These are the services provided by the POLO office in Saudi Arabia. SERVICES offered;
1-Workers Protection – the POLO office will help you in regards to any labor complaints such as salary issues, sexual harassment, maltreatment, issuance of Iqama or Exit Visa and unfavorable working conditions.
2-Employment Promotion – the verification of the employment documents which are submitted by those Saudi employers who are hiring Filipino workers.
3-Issuance of OECs – The POLO office will issue you an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) for your travel requirements.
4-Community networking – the POLO office will help you to become involved with the activities held for or by the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia.
Contact Information for the Philippines Embassy located in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Address: Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu as Salat Street, P.O. Box number 94366, Riyadh 11693 Office Hours: Sunday thru Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm. Website www.riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph Contact number: 482 – 3559, 482 – 0507, 482 – 1577 Fax: 96611- 488 – 3945[irp]
Important contact numbers at the POLO office: POLO Hotline; 00966 – 545917834 Landline; (01) 483-2201, (01) 483-2202, (01)483-2203 FAX: (01) 483-2204 (FAX NUMBER)
The Filipino Workers Resource Center – Bahay Kalinga; (01) 481- 6448. Labor Attaché for the Eastern Region Telephone; (013) 894-1846, (013) 894-2890 Mobile: 0501269742 Email; [email protected]/ [email protected]/ [email protected]