POEA partially lifts ban on deployment of OFWs to Afghanistan, Iraq

September 6, 2011 10:01 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 6 — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) partially lifted the ban on the deployment of Filipino overseas workers to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Upon the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Board has already directed the POEA to issue an advisory for the information and guidance of all concerned on the matter,” Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz said.

Under a resolution, the POEA now allows those with existing contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan and working inside American military camps and facilities to finish their contracts.

These contracts can also be extended or renewed onsite. Should these OFWs go home to the Philippines before its expiration, they shall also be allowed to be redeployed to finish their contracts.

Earlier, POEA Governing Board had suspended the processing and deployment of all workers bound for Iraq and Afghanistan because of the unstable peace and order situation in the said countries. (PNA) RMA/jmc

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