The Gulf Today 16 February 2014
Lawyers offer legal seminars to expat Filipinos
By Mariecar Jara-Puyod February 16, 2014 Print Send to Friend
SHARJAH: The Philippine diplomatic mission in the UAE has partnered with a group of Filipino volunteer lawyers to empower and make responsible citizens out of the nearly one million Filipinos across the seven emirates.
The empowerment goes through a series of legal seminars scheduled so far until June this year under the Gulf Law firm with offices in Metro Manila, Dubai and Aberdeen.
The lead lecturer is Atty Barney Almazar.
In a response to an email from The Gulf Today, Consul Giovanni Palec said: “One of the goals of having these seminars is to make our kababayans (countrymen) be aware of their rights and obligations under the UAE laws.”
“Hopefully, the information that the participants obtain from these seminars will be able to guide them in their actions while working and living (here) and avoid getting into complications with the authorities or their employers,” the senior official from the Philippine Consulate General-Dubai said.
Palec added it is best to know rules and regulations first hand vis-à-vis “Hearsay from other Filipinos.”
“Most often, our kababayans (countrymen) do not get accurate information, and based on this inaccurate information, proceed to act and end up with complications later due to the wrong information given them,” he also said.
From the calendar forwarded to the media and posted at the PCG premises in Al Qusais, the Gulf Law would conduct seminars on Employment Laws in the UAE on March 14 (Friday) from 2:30 to 4:30pm, Visa and Immigration Rules on May 2 (Friday) from 2:30 to 4:30pm, and Marriage and Family Laws on June 20 (Friday), also from 2:30 to 4:30pm.
The Employment Laws Seminar would discuss limited and unlimited contracts, offer letters, probationary period, labour case, absconding, employment benefits, wage protection system, gratuity pay, resignation and termination, and labour ban.
The Visa and Immigration Rules Seminar, will discuss types of visa, entry permit, free zone visa, change status, immigration penalties, extension, sponsoring families, immigration ban, visa renewal and cancellation, and travel documents.
The Marriage and Family Laws Seminar will discuss illicit affair, annulment, legal separation, divorce, child custody and support, UAE Family Courts, application for marriage license, wills and inheritance, inter-racial marriage, and domestic violence.
Seminar schedules to be held at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi would have yet to be calendared.