DOLE lifts ban on OFWs to Gaza Strip, Southern and Central Israel

December 16, 2012 11:24 am 

MANILA, Dec. 15 — Fresh hires or first-time overseas Filipino workers may now be again deployed for work in the Southern and Central Israel cities and towns of Sderot, Beersheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said this Saturday after the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which she chairs, issued a resolution lifting the total deployment ban on OFWs to the Gaza Strip, and the temporary suspension on deployment of newly-hired Filipino workers to Central and Southern Israel.

"We issued the resolution based on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs which had lifted its Alert Level 2 status for Southern and Central Israel, and Alert Level 4 status for the Gaza Strip," Baldoz said.

Aside from Baldoz, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Governing Board chairperson, and Alexander E. Asuncion and Guillermina T. Gabor, members, signed the resolution.

The DFA, on Nov. 20 raised the alert level in the Gaza Strip to Alert Level 4 and in Southern and Central Israel to Alert Level 2 due to the armed conflict between the Hamas and the Israelis, prompting the POEA Governing Board to issue G.B. Resolution No. 14. S. 2012 imposing a total deployment ban on OFWs to the Gaza Strip, and a temporary suspension on the deployment of newly-hired workers to Central and Southern Israel.

"The DFA recommended the lifting of the above Alert Levels in view of reports from the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv that the situation in Israel has stabilized and that the ceasefire agreement announced on Nov. 21, 2012 continues to be observed by both sides," said the governing board in its resolution.

Baldoz said that under Republic Act No. 10022, the POEA Governing Board, after consultations with the Department of Foreign Affairs, is authorized to impose or lift a ban on the deployment of OFWs to any country. (PNA)

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