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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