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Gov't to continue working with countries affected by POEA deployment ban

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The Philippine government will continue to work with countries affected by the deployment ban imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for the benefit of overseas Filipino workers, Malacanang said on Saturday.

“We will continue to consult the stakeholders and coordinate with our friends, yung mga countries that will be the subject of the list (ban),” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

“It’s not a judgment on the country; it’s not a judgment on the friendship but we would like to work with them, to continue to work with them kung papaano yung magiging sitwasyon dahil doon sa batas na R.A. 10022,” Valte said, reiterating a previous statement by the Foreign Affairs department.

Valte also made an assurance that OFWs working in some of the countries affected by the ban will be permitted to complete their contracts following the POEA’s decision.

“Sa mga OFW natin na nandiyan, mag-abang lang po tayo ng mga magiging balita pa dahil patuloy po talaga yung pakikipag-coordinate natin sa mga employer, sa mga kompanya, sa mga bansang ito,” she said.

The Labor department said the ban will have minimal impact and just over 200 OFWs will be affected. Those who have opted to come home can avail of the government’s integration program. It also said that the 41 countries affected by the ban are not considered major receiving countries for OFWs.

The POEA ordered the deployment ban on 41 countries for the lack of guarantees ensuring the welfare of OFWs, saying the receiving countries must have labor laws or conventions related to the protection of migrant workers.

At present, the Philippines has an existing deployment ban on conflict-affected countries like Somalia, Syria, Nigeria, Lebanon and also imposes partial ban on Iraq and Afghanistan.

By PIA9-ZBST




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