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May. 12, 19 | 11:40 am

A new advisory on Saudization will affect thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers in 35 skill categories in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to reports, the new advisory will prevent OFWs from renewing their residency visa permits. Filipinos applying for positions under the skill categories will also be affected as permits will not be issued.

Among those affected are OFWs working as pharmacists, security guards, and human resources employees, 24 Oras reported.

In addition to the OFWs in the 35 skill categories, OFWs in the 35 to 54-year-old age bracket will also be affected by the directive.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is still confirming if the advisory involving the age bracket will affect OFWs in all skill categories, according to reports.

The Saudization program is an initiative of the Kingdom’s labor ministry which requires companies to limit the number of foreign workers  to give more opportunities to Saudi nationals.

The Department of Labor and Employment, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, told GMA News Online that it is ready to help those who will lose their jobs, including financial and livelihood assistance and a referral program to another country.

Filipino workers are also advised not to stay in Saudi Arabia illegally, as it would lead to blacklisting and other complications for the OFW and for the Philippine government.

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