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Filipinos can now Work in Iraq


By John Lee.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can be deployed again to Iraq and Yemen.

Philippines Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board has approved a resolution allowing deployment to the two Arab countries, reports Peninsula Qatar.

(Source: Peninsula Qatar)

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Philippines Considers Partial Lifting of Ban on Workers


The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reportedly recommended the partial lifting of the ban on deployment of workers to Iraq.

According to GMA News, DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said the agency has proposed to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) that the ban be lifted for the Kurdistan region.

The DFA has yet to receive a response from the POEA.

“Kurdistan region is relatively safe and therefore because of the demands of jobs in the area, (we will) allow our workers to work and stay in that region,” Hernandez said during a press briefing.

Around 4,000 Filipinos worked in Iraq when the US maintained a military presence in the country, and when the Americans left in December, some Filipinos stayed behind to work for foreign contractors.

In February the DFA raised the alert level for all regions of Iraq except Kurdistan to “3″, offering to cover the cost of evacuating Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines.

(Source: GMA News)

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Philippine Govt Bans Worker Deployment to Iraq


The government of the Philippines has reportedly re-imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Iraq.

According to the Philippine Star, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Cacdac said the agency’s governing board has approved a resolution halting the deployment to Iraq.

“Until the security conditions have normalized, a total ban is imposed and thus processing and deployment to Iraq is hereby suspended”.

With the re-imposition of total ban, he said, the POEA would stop processing and deployment of Filipino workers, including those already employed in US military facilities in Iraq.

Late last year, the POEA allowed OFWs working in US military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan to finish their employment contracts and take a vacation back home and return to their jobs.

Cacdac said the POEA governing board re-imposed a total ban following the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to raise the alert level in Iraq to 3 due to escalating hostilities there.

Labor Undersecretary Danilo Cruz said the POEA automatically imposes a total deployment to countries placed under alert level 3.

The ban does not cover the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said there are about 2,000 Filipinos currently employed in Iraq, and they are being encouraged to avail of the government’s voluntary repatriation.

(Source: Philippine Star)

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