Philippines to stop deploying workers to 15 countries on concerns of safety requirements
Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News NetworkMANILA -- The Philippine government will ban the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to 15 countries for failing to meet the safety requirements of the amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act, the head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Tuesday.
July 5, 2012, 12:36 am TWN
POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac made the announcement on Tuesday as he emphasized that the Vatican and Monaco were not among the list of countries considered “unsafe” for OFW deployment.
“The deployment will be stopped (for the 15 countries) once the GBR (POEA governing board resolution) takes effect 15 days after publication,” Cacdac said in an interview.
The 15 countries were Afghanistan, Chad, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea/North Korea, Eritrea, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.
The Philippines already has an existing deployment ban to Lebanon and Afghanistan due to safety concerns for OFWs working there.