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Jun
17
2014

OFWs BANNED IN IRAQ BY POEA Except in Kurdistan Region

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With the heightening of crisis alert to level three in Iraq, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) implemented a ban for deployment of Filipino Workers.

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that voluntary repatriation at government’s expense is strictly imposed on most parts of Iraq, but with exception to Kurdistan region because the area is under alert level 1 or the precautionary phase only.

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A large part of northern Iraq had been conquered by the Jihadist group of Islamic State of Iraq that had also advise on advancing to Baghdad. An estimated number of 500 Filipino workers are in Iraq, mostly stationed in United States military facilities in Baghdad.

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA had also suggested that Filipinos in Iraq voluntarily return to the Philippines because of the situation there. POEA also said that the agencies and employers of the OFWs had the same responsibility in extraditing them for their safety.

Filipino workers bound to Iraq should cancel departure for the said country. It is better to wait for further advisories or announcement from the government since they are closely monitoring the situation in Iraq.

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May
22
2014

Recruitment of Pinoys for Thailand deployment stopped

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Due to the declaration of Martial law in Thailand, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has announced a deployment ban in Thailand, thus not allowing  Philippine recruitment agencies to deploy and process newly hired Filipinos and applicants for Thailand-based overseas jobs.
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Through a resolution, the POEA governing board said that Filipinos with existing contract may return to Thailand to fulfill their contracts. In addition to the deployment ban, the Department of Foreign Affairs has also imposed Crisis Alert Level #2 in Thailand and advising Filipinos there to avoid going to public places where hostilities may occur.

 Deployment ban was also imposed months ago in Thailand due to continuous political hostilities occurring in certain areas, and the Philippine embassy in Thailand has advised Filipinos to keep a list of emergency numbers to be called in case they need assistance when the situation worsens.

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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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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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