FAQs on the Latest Amendments to the Saudi Labor Law

Dispute Prevention and Settlement

  • NLRC Proceedings
  • Which administrative body has jurisdiction over monetary claims of OFWs? What is the mode of appeal?
    • Jurisdiction over money claims of OFW is vested with Labor Arbiters of the NLRC and not with POEA (R.A. No. 8042).Decisions of Labor Arbiters in money claims of OFWs are appealable to NLRC.

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Rural and Emergency Employment

  • What is the Social Amelioration Program?
    • The Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is a production scheme instituted in the sugar industry by virtue of Republic Act No. 6982, signed into law on May 1, 1991, from a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1441 and House Bill No. 32359, aimed to:
      • Augment the income of sugar workers;
      • To finance socio-economic programs to develop the livelihood and employment opportunities of the sugar workers; and
      • To promote the welfare of sugar workers.
  • Who are covered by the Social Amelioration Program?
    • Pursuant to Rule II, Section 1 and 2 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 6982, the following are covered by the program:
      • Employers Covered – all millers except non-integrated refineries, and all sugar planters, affiliated or not.
      • Employees/Workers Covered – all mill and field or plantation workers, migratory workers or sacadas employed by the planters, the employees of planters association/cooperatives and employees of national organization of sugar producers, except those working in non-integrated refineries.
  • How frequent is the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program Cash Bonus?
    • The cash bonus shall be distributed directly to mill and field workers not more than twice, in June and December of the fiscal year following the crop year, or at the period usually practiced in the mill district and upon approval of the DOLE-Regional Director.
  • How do the mill and field workers get their Social Amelioration Program Cash Bonus?
    • For workers of Affiliated Planters (members of Planters Associations)
      • The CBF is distributed by the planters or through their authorized representatives within 30 days from the date of turnover by the Planters Association (PA) to the member planter to the workers.
    • For workers of Unaffiliated Planters (independent or free planters, nor member of a PA)
      • The CBF is distributed by the planters or through their authorized representatives within 30 days from the date of turnover by the Mill of the planters.
    • For Mill Workers
      • The CBF is distributed directly by mill management to the covered mill workers within 30 days from the date of approval of the DOLE-Regional Director of the mills written notice to distribute.

Social Protection and Welfare

    • How can one be an OWWA member?
      • There are two (2) ways to become and OWWA member:
        • By enrollment upon processing of contract at POEA
        • By voluntary registration of OFWs at job-sites, also known as Voluntary membership Program or VM
      • In case of the VMP, the next-of-kin of OFWs here in Manila may soon renew OWWA membership in behalf of OFWs at the job-site whose work sites are too far from any Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
    • What is OWWA OFW E-card?Several benefits may be derived upon activation of the E-card at all Equitable banking institutions:OWWA is now in the process of negotiating with other institutions for percentage sales discount/other freebies to cardholders.
      • The OFW Electron Card (E-card) is an identification card issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) through its attached agencies, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The card is a multi-function card containing information about the OFW which he will need in dealing with government institutions, locally and abroad.
      • The card is issued for free. Security features contain the following:
        • Photo card
        • Digital signature on card face with matching signature at the back
        • Tamper proof signature panel
        • Magnetic stripe with security code
        • Serves as proof that cardholder is a legitimate OFW and an OWWA member
        • Provides a permanent ID card number that will link OFW”s information necessary in dealing with various government and private agencies
        • Facilitates availment of OWWA benefits and services
        • Can be used as a remittance card and ATM or a debit card at the option of the OFW
    • What is contracting or subcontracting?
      • Contracting or subcontracting refers to an arrangement whereby a principal agrees to put out or farm out with a contractor or subcontractor the performance or completion of a specific job, work or service within a definite or predetermined period, regardless of whether such job, work or service is to be performed or completed within outside the premises of the principal.
    • What is the basis of compensation for death benefits of OFWs?
      • The basis of compensation for death generally is whichever is greater between Philippine law and foreign law.

    • Where can I view a copy of the Labor Code of the Philippines (P.D. 442)?