Friday, 19 August 2011 13:48
Department of Labor and Employment Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz has directed the Philippine labor office in Syria to convince overseas Filipino workers there to leave the country due to escalating violence there.
Baldoz said labor officials and the Philippine Embassy there have intensified efforts to reach out to 2,287 OFWs in Syria.
She also advised families of Syria-based OFWs to coordinate with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) if they need more information about the present situation in Syria.
Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs raised the crisis alert level in Syria to alert level 3, in light of the continuing political tension there.
Under crisis alert level 3, voluntary repatriation at government's expense will be offered to Filipinos who wish to leave Syria in light of the escalating tensions.
Baldoz said the government had temporarily banned the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Syria.
“The temporary ban covers all workers planning to work in Syria for the first time, or new hires, and those returning workers to Syria, or re-hires,” Baldoz said.
“The alert calls for voluntary repatriation,” she said. (Janice M. Cave-PNA)
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