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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Due to 'Unpaid' Debt, OFW Stopped From Leaving Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one country where migrants worker cannot easily come and go if their records are not cleared be it for crimes, violations, or even debt. This is what happened to an Overseas Filipino Worker (WHO) who is supposedly scheduled for vacation last month but barred from leaving the airport due to four-year-old debt that he said he already settled.
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Saudi Arabia is one country where migrants worker cannot easily come and go if their records are not cleared be it for crimes, violations, or even debt. This is what happened to an Overseas Filipino Worker (WHO) who is supposedly scheduled for vacation last month but barred from leaving the airport due to four-year-old debt that he said he already settled.  In GMA News, OFW Ernesto Guillamon from Caloocan City said he has been held in immigration because of his debt way back in 2014. According to Guillamon, he was about to board his flight when he was stopped by an immigration officer who told him that his Iqama or residence permit was "blocked" and that he has to get clearance first before he could be allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.  Guillamon admitted that in 2014, he and his friends loaned from a lending company. He loaned SAR3,000 and use the money for his house construction in the Philippines. But he said, he already paid his debt.   The problem arises when he know very recently that the collector did not remit his payment. He was also surprised that his debt accumulates interest up to SAR15,000 or around P200,000. Worse, he learned from friends that the person in charge of the collection has gone missing.  While clearing his name, the Philippine Consulates allowed him to temporarily stay within its premises while his case was pending. Because of the problem, Consul General Edgar Badajos advised OFWs to avoid debts if they can and cautioned OFWs against swindlers.
In GMA News, OFW Ernesto Guillamon from Caloocan City said he has been held in immigration because of his debt way back in 2014. According to Guillamon, he was about to board his flight when he was stopped by an immigration officer who told him that his Iqama or residence permit was "blocked" and that he has to get clearance first before he could be allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is one country where migrants worker cannot easily come and go if their records are not cleared be it for crimes, violations, or even debt. This is what happened to an Overseas Filipino Worker (WHO) who is supposedly scheduled for vacation last month but barred from leaving the airport due to four-year-old debt that he said he already settled.  In GMA News, OFW Ernesto Guillamon from Caloocan City said he has been held in immigration because of his debt way back in 2014. According to Guillamon, he was about to board his flight when he was stopped by an immigration officer who told him that his Iqama or residence permit was "blocked" and that he has to get clearance first before he could be allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.  Guillamon admitted that in 2014, he and his friends loaned from a lending company. He loaned SAR3,000 and use the money for his house construction in the Philippines. But he said, he already paid his debt.   The problem arises when he know very recently that the collector did not remit his payment. He was also surprised that his debt accumulates interest up to SAR15,000 or around P200,000. Worse, he learned from friends that the person in charge of the collection has gone missing.  While clearing his name, the Philippine Consulates allowed him to temporarily stay within its premises while his case was pending. Because of the problem, Consul General Edgar Badajos advised OFWs to avoid debts if they can and cautioned OFWs against swindlers.

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Guillamon admitted that in 2014, he and his friends loaned from a lending company. He loaned SAR3,000 and use the money for his house construction in the Philippines. But he said, he already paid his debt. 



The problem arises when he know very recently that the collector did not remit his payment. He was also surprised that his debt accumulates interest up to SAR15,000 or around P200,000. Worse, he learned from friends that the person in charge of the collection has gone missing.
Saudi Arabia is one country where migrants worker cannot easily come and go if their records are not cleared be it for crimes, violations, or even debt. This is what happened to an Overseas Filipino Worker (WHO) who is supposedly scheduled for vacation last month but barred from leaving the airport due to four-year-old debt that he said he already settled.  In GMA News, OFW Ernesto Guillamon from Caloocan City said he has been held in immigration because of his debt way back in 2014. According to Guillamon, he was about to board his flight when he was stopped by an immigration officer who told him that his Iqama or residence permit was "blocked" and that he has to get clearance first before he could be allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.  Guillamon admitted that in 2014, he and his friends loaned from a lending company. He loaned SAR3,000 and use the money for his house construction in the Philippines. But he said, he already paid his debt.   The problem arises when he know very recently that the collector did not remit his payment. He was also surprised that his debt accumulates interest up to SAR15,000 or around P200,000. Worse, he learned from friends that the person in charge of the collection has gone missing.  While clearing his name, the Philippine Consulates allowed him to temporarily stay within its premises while his case was pending. Because of the problem, Consul General Edgar Badajos advised OFWs to avoid debts if they can and cautioned OFWs against swindlers.
Saudi Arabia is one country where migrants worker cannot easily come and go if their records are not cleared be it for crimes, violations, or even debt. This is what happened to an Overseas Filipino Worker (WHO) who is supposedly scheduled for vacation last month but barred from leaving the airport due to four-year-old debt that he said he already settled.  In GMA News, OFW Ernesto Guillamon from Caloocan City said he has been held in immigration because of his debt way back in 2014. According to Guillamon, he was about to board his flight when he was stopped by an immigration officer who told him that his Iqama or residence permit was "blocked" and that he has to get clearance first before he could be allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.  Guillamon admitted that in 2014, he and his friends loaned from a lending company. He loaned SAR3,000 and use the money for his house construction in the Philippines. But he said, he already paid his debt.   The problem arises when he know very recently that the collector did not remit his payment. He was also surprised that his debt accumulates interest up to SAR15,000 or around P200,000. Worse, he learned from friends that the person in charge of the collection has gone missing.  While clearing his name, the Philippine Consulates allowed him to temporarily stay within its premises while his case was pending. Because of the problem, Consul General Edgar Badajos advised OFWs to avoid debts if they can and cautioned OFWs against swindlers.
While clearing his name, the Philippine Consulates allowed him to temporarily stay within its premises while his case was pending.

Because of the problem, Consul General Edgar Badajos advised OFWs to avoid debts if they can and cautioned OFWs against swindlers.

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The distribution of unconditional cash transfer program (UCCP) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started. The poor senior citizens from San Fernando, Pampanga are the ones who received first the payout. This is a part of the measure of the government to ease the inflationary impact of the tax reform law (TRAIN Law) on poor families.


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