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Apr
1
2014

POEA lifts deployment ban in Thailand

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Things are will now be back to normal for aspiring OFWs who plan to work in Thailand as the temporary deployment ban announced weeks ago has now been lifted by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The POEA Governing board has announced through a resolution that processing and deployment of new hires and vacationing Filipino workers may now continue as the Department of Foreign Affairs has lowered the alert level in 4 areas in Thailand, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi Province, Lad Lun Kaew District (Pathum Thani Province) and Bang Phli District (Samut Prakan Province).

At present, crisis alert level in Thailand is at alert level 1 (precautionary phase).

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Published in: OFW Warnings
Aug
1
2013

POEA Opens OFW Deployment in Iraq

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The POEA believes that Iraq is now a safe destination for OFWs, as Admin Hans Cacdac lifted the deployment ban that has been in effect for nine years.

Cacdac cites a report from the DFA saying that the security situation is good enough to have overseas Filipino workers in Iraq.”

He expects that the lifting of the ban would open opportunities for Filipino workers as they would be needed in the rebuilding of Iraq’s oil and gas, construction, medical and hotel industries.

The ban-lifting though has exemptions as Iraq is still not open to household service workers (HSWs). There are also four Iraq provinces where OFWs are not allowed to be deployed because it is till considered dangerous.

Filipina HSWs are still not allowed to work in Iraq because there is “no adequate protection in place” for them.

The “no-go” provinces are Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk and Salahuddin, Cacdac said.

Meanwhile, Filipinos who will be deployed in Iraq are advised to take precautionary measures.

 

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Published in: Hot Destinations, OFW News
Mar
5
2013

POEA Lifts Deployment Ban in Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board stated in three separate resolutions that the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Iraq, Yemen and Eretria is now allowed.

The Labor Secretary said in a press statement, “The Department of Foreign Affairs has included Iraq in the list of compliant countries under Republic Act 10022, effectively lifting the five-year old ban to the said country.”

The Crisis Alert Level in Iraq was lowered to Level 1 (Precautionary Phase) by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) with mandatory travel restriction to “no-go” zones to be determined by the host country.

The deployment ban for rehires or returning workers was lifted after the Iraqui government submitted the list of areas identified as “no-go” zones. The processing of applications for newly hired (except HSWs) will resume upon the conclusion of a Bilateral Labor Agreement with Iraq and the identification of the restricted zones.”

Meanwhile OFWs can now be deployed in Yemen since the DFA lowered its Alert Level from  2 to Alert Level 1 last January. The POEA Board also allowed the deployment of OFWs in Eritrea because of a certification issued by the DFA on December 21, 2012, that included it in the list of compliant countries.

 

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Published in: OFW News
Oct
25
2012

Deployment Ban Lifted in Lebanon and Jordan

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Labor Secretary, Rosalinda Baldoz, announced that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a resolution that lifts the deployment ban of Filipino workers in Lebanon and Jordan.

Baldoz said, “The POEA governing board has agreed to lift the temporary suspension of deployment of newly hired household service workers (HSWs) for the Kingdom of Jordan.”

She added, “This means the deployment ban to Jordan is now 100 percent lifted and our workers there can now return home, and we can also send newly hired workers there,” Baldoz said.

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Published in: OFW News
Jan
11
2012

OFW News: Alert Level 3 is On in South Sudan

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 The worsening violence in South Sudan prompts the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to raise the crisis alert level to 3 calling for OFW deployment ban. The DFA also announced that they would assist in the repatriation of willing OFWs in Sudan.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said, “For prudence’s sake, we have raised crisis alert level 3 in South Sudan in light of escalating violence in the capital where most of our nationals are located. We are ready to move our people out, should they wish to leave.”

According to the statement, “The DFA has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, which has jurisdiction over South Sudan, to implement the voluntary repatriation program.”

Data from the DFA said that there are a minimum of 150 Filipinos in Sudan and most of them are employed in construction companies, the United Nations and some non-government organizations.

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