Xinhua reports that the Philippine government has decided to partially lift the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Rosalinda Baldoz, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary, said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board, which she also chairs, has issued a resolution for the partial lifting of the ban.
The move was recommended by 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,” Baldoz said.
Under the resolution, the POEA now allows those with existing contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan and those working inside American military camps and facilities to finish their contracts. Those contracts can also be extended or renewed on site.
Should the overseas Filipino workers come back to the Philippines before the contract’s expiration, they shall also be allowed to be redeployed to finish their contracts.
The POEA Governing Board, under a resolution in 2007, had suspended the processing and deployment of all workers bound for Iraq and Afghanistan because of the unstable situation in the two countries.