That was the first question that caught my attention when I started going through the pages of the Essential OFW Guide to UAE by Atty. Barney Almazar. I have posted an earlier blog about this book and how to avail a FREE copy of The Essential OFW Guide to UAE
I hope you were able to reserved and already collected your copy, but in case you haven’t and you still want to have one, you may request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get in touch with you on how and where to collect it. Alternatively, a mobile app is planned to be launched by August. You may check their website for update.
In this book, Atty. Almazar underlined five main perennial issues from which most OFWs landed in problems; indebtedness, intoxication, immorality, illegal recruitment and improper or fake documents. I have not finished reading the whole content as yet, but I’m sure the information given will be beneficial and helpful especially to the new Filipino contract workers here in UAE. It is always good to know the workers’ rights and limitations when employed in a foreign land. Atty. Almazar did mention during one of his interviews, that there were some 6,000 OFWs whom they have already given free legal assistance since January this year, and most of their reasons for being involved in a conflict were “it wasn’t their intention to break the law, or they simply didn’t know”.
As always, understanding our environment plays a major role to stay out of trouble, so if something like this is made available to us for free, why not seize the opportunity. The author himself is the head of the legal aid clinic at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai hence, I am certain that he did study on his forte. Anyhow, I am not saying that this book is our only source of information but can definitely be considered as an additional tool to broaden our awareness while living in UAE.
Quoting from one of the books I’ve read, “Assumption is the lowest form of knowledge”. In a layman’s language, ‘it is better to be safe than sorry’.
Stay safe! 🙂