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Diplomat warns Filipinos against working illegally

Lily B. Libo-on / 19 July 2011

Philippine Consul-General in Dubai Benito Valeriano has cautioned all Filipinos against working illegally or going to places where they can be suspected of working illegally.

Philippine Consul-General in Dubai Benito Valeriano has cautioned all Filipinos, especially visit visa-holders, runaways and those who are overstaying, against working illegally or going to places where they can be suspected of working illegally.

The Consul-General issued this warning following the recent detention of 120 Filipinos for allegedly trying to work part time in a mall in Dubai.

He advised them that if they have been offered a job, they have to go to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) to have their work contract verified and get proper advice.

They should always consider that if they are caught working illegally and jailed, it would put them in a very difficult situation. “They should be very careful and conscious about the rules regarding employment in the UAE and should refrain from seeking employment,” Valeriano said

According to Lelita Pangilinan, Philippine attaché and head of the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Section, the 120 Filipinos were detained after buses sent to bring them to a mall for an alleged part-time job in shops reached the mall premises.

The three busloads of Filipinos, several of whom on visit visas and overstaying, are now languishing in the immigration detention cell in Al Aweer following their detention upon arrival at a popular mall parking area at 1pm last Wednesday on alleged attempt to work illegally there.

“By the time we reached the mall, seven CID officers came up the buses and took us to the Immigration (office) in Al Aweer and interrogated us about our intention to work,” the detained Filipinos claimed. Many of them came from Satwa while the others took the bus from Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.

lily@khaleejtimes.com

 
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