Qatar – Think hard before applying for loans, RP Emb advises OFWs

before applying for loans. consul Melvin Almonguera.

A Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS), which will be held at 9am today at the church complex in Abu Hamour, will discuss this issue as well. Some 300 OFWs are expected to attend the activity aimed at creating awareness about some of the laws that have to be followed in the country. It also aims to inform the attendees about the services offered by the embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO).

Almonguera cited some cases of OFWs who have been jailed after failing to settle their bank loans. One of the reasons is termination from work and the company refuses to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) even to those who have been locally hired. consul stressed. He believes that the PAOS will help educate many OFWs about the pros and cons of securing a bank loan.

It is learnt that a number of expatriates (even other nationalities) in the country are facing different kinds of problems arising from non-payment of financial liabilities.
One source disclosed that many of them are already serving their respective sentences in the Central Jail. He cited a case where an expatriate was expecting to be repatriated after serving his sentence for a certain period of time. However, he was told that he still has to pay the loans before being allowed to go back to his country.

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