EDSA 25: Bahrain travel ban up for review — Aquino

February 26, 2011 6:07 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 — President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he will have the ban on travel to Bahrain reviewed.

In a teleconference, a Filipino worker in Bahrain said that the Filipino community there was surprised that the ban included travel to Bahrain.

“We are okay here sir. There are no problems,” the OFW from Bahrain said.

“We are just concerned with the Filipinos' safety there considering the recent developments in the Middle East but I’ll have that studied,” the President replied.

The teleconference with three OFWs, (one each from Hong Kong, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) was held at the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority. It was part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the 1986 People Power Revolution and the government’s way of listening to the concerns and needs of the so-called modern-day heroes.

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday urged Filipinos to postpone non-essential travels to Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.

The DFA also said it was studying whether to defer the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in those troubled countries.

The Aquino administration made the move in the wake of the unrest that recently toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and spread to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

At the POEA, the President unveiled the historical marker at the exact location where former President Corazon Aquino delivered her speech during the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

The President also visited the Jobs Fair where 28 employment agencies committed some 25,000 jobs both local and abroad. (PNA)

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