More Jeddah companies express interest to hire undocumented OFWs With the success of the recently concluded jobs fair organized and conducted by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jeddah for undocumented overseas Filipino workers in the region, more companies have expressed desire to participate in the second round of the jobs fair designed to help undocumented overseas Filipino workers find employment that will help them legalize their stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “It’s like hitting two birds with one stone; the OFWs get to be hired and find employment, and, at the same time, they get to have a sponsor who will back their stay in the KSA,” Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said after receiving a report on this development from Labor Attache to Jeddah Atty. Alejandro Padaen. According to Padaen, there were only four companies initially scheduled to participate in the jobs fair held at the premises of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG). However, when the news of the activity circulated, nine additional companies requested to join the jobs fair to offer jobs for the 300 undocumented OFWs who have not yet found a sponsor who will help them legalize their stay. These companies are Aba International, Abdulatif Jameel (Komatsu), Arabian Entertainment, Hill Metals Est., Marriot Hotel, Mesdaaq Furniture, NCT, Pinehill Arabia (Indomie), and Woodroc. Aside from these companies, four other companies are joining 26 July jobs fair, Padaen said, highlighting the participation of Hilton and Ramada Hotel Chain Groups. “The participation of these business entities will be good for the Filipino community since they need women workers. We noticed that approximately 70 percent of the workers who came to the first jobs fair were women looking for jobs as cleaners,” Padaen reported. However, the labor attaché warned undocumented workers against entering into any transaction with a certain Abdul Aziz Khamees, a Saudi national who, according to reports, ordered the removal of the tarpaulin banners announcing the POLO jobs fair. He is apparently recruiting runaway Filipino women to work for his clients as cleaners but will take their passports and make them sign a document stating they will pay him a penalty of 5,000 Saudi Riyals if they decide to withdraw the passports. POLO-Jeddah already received numerous complaints that Mr. Khamees failed to deliver promised jobs and these complaints were already endorsed to Consul Leo Tito Ausan of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah. “Mr. Khamees, by the way, regularly recruits workers from the Philippines by tying up with different private recruitment agencies. He regularly goes to Manila to conduct recruitment,” Padaen said in his report. Baldoz once again reminded Filipinos who are looking for overseas jobs to be very careful with their dealings with foreign recruiters, as well as with suspicious recruitment agencies. “They can always check through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website whether the recruitment agency they are dealing with is licensed and if the overseas job they are applying for really exist,” Baldoz said. End/rhev

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