The secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Rosalinda Baldoz orders the strict implementation of deployment ban to 5 Middle Eastern countries. As of this writing, employment contracts of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound to Lebanon, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Jordan will not be processed.
The government agency deemed it necessary to guarantee the safety and welfare of OFWs. In an article that appeared in the DOLE website, Baldoz said, “As far as the DOLE is concerned, there remain in effect restrictions on the processing and deployment of OFWs in view of the peace and order situation in those areas. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is tasked to implement these restrictions imposed on both legitimate recruitment agencies and OFWs.”