POEA Governing Board allows re-deployment of returning workers to Yemen

February 3, 2012 10:49 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 3 — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz on Friday said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board has issued a resolution allowing the re-deployment of overseas Filipino workers who have come home to the Philippines to return to their work in Yemen.

"The POEA Governing Board has issued the resolution after the Office of the President approved the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs lowering the Alert Level in Yemen from Alert Level 4 in Sana'a and Alert Level 3 for the rest of Yemen to Alert Level 2," Baldoz, who is the Chairman of the POEA Governing Board, said in a statement.

"The recommendation was based on the improved political and security situation in the country and in response to the clamor of our OFWs who have returned but would like to go back to Yemen to work. However, the resumption of the deployment does not cover newly-hired workers as the deployment ban for them remains," Baldoz added.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Governing Board Vice Chairman and Leonardo de Ocampo and Guillermina Gabor, Members, also signed the resolution.

The POEA has deferred the processing and deployment of all OFWs bound for Yemen (including Libya and Bahrain) on 22 February 2011 in view of the unstable political and security conditions obtaining in those countries then.

On 06 April 2011, the POEA allowed the processing and deployment of vacationing workers to Yemen, subject to certain requirements, when the DFA lowered the Alert Level for that country from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2.

On 25 May 2011, the POEA again effectively raised the deployment ban on all OFWs to Yemen after the DFA raised Yemen's Alert Level to Alert Level 3.

The latest recommendation of the DFA was issued on 09 January 2012.

To carry out the latest Governing Board Resolution on Yemen, Administrator Cacdac has issued an advisory, also Friday, resuming the deployment of vacationing workers to their employment in Yemen except, however, for newly-hired OFWs. (PNA) DCT/PR/utb


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