Guide book in the making for Filipino expats in UAE
DUBAI: A detailed guide book on various issues pertaining to overseas employment, visa requirements, etc., will soon be released by the Philippine Embassy for Filipino expatriates to equip them in the future and prevent them from getting involved in any unlawful activities due to lack of awareness.
Gulf Law, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, plans to hand out the 150-page guide for free to Filipino expatriates in the UAE this year itself, reported Gulf News.
The book will provide practical answers to common questions and detail step-by-step processes that have to be followed to meet various requirements whether they be for overseas employment, financial literacy, obtaining proper documents, or in case people get into trouble, among others, the report said.
“The book will provide essential information starting from pre-migration to the pre-departure orientation seminar to arrival in the host country to their return to their country,” Grace Princesa, Philippine ambassador to the UAE, reportedly said.
Princesa said she wants the book to be part of her legacy to the Filipinos in the UAE before she leaves her post in October this year.
The guide book also supports her advocacies on migration, development, financial literacy, reintegration, and “knowing the life and shadows of overseas labor migration.”
Meanwhile, Attorney Barney Almazar, UAE legal consultant and partner at Gulf Law and co-author of the book, was quoted as saying that many of the questions addressed in the book were collated from their free legal aid sessions and seminars held in the Philippine Embassy and consulate-general throughout 2014 that were attended by 4,000 Filipinos.
It will specifically address the five major issues Filipinos face in the UAE— indebtedness, intoxication, immorality or illegal affairs, illegal recruitment, and improper documents, Almazar was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
“It addresses concerns like what to do if you have a police case, it tackles the main difference between a limited and unlimited contract, how to get help from the Central Bank, how to get a birth certificate, to name a few,” said Almazar.
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