March 22nd, 2012

Philippines lifts deployment ban in three African Countries

Manila, Philippines – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were repatriated during Libya’s recent civil we can now go back to after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) finally lifted the ban it imposed on the Middle East country last December.

The Philippines has also lifted the ban on the deployment of OFW to other countries such as Nigeria, Libya and South Sudan. According to Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, the POEA have issued three individual resolutions with regards to the lifting of the ban on deployment to the three African countries.

In the POEA records that showed there are 2,152 Filipino migrant workers in Libya; 1,691 in Nigeria, and 1,941 in Sudan.

The labour secretary also said that the POEA lifted the ban for Nigeria and South Sudan after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as the security situation in both countries has already improved. On the other hand, the ban for Libya was lifted after the Office of the President approved the recommendation of the DFA to lower the country’s alert level.

“The gradual processing is no longer in effect as the governing board now allows the resumption of the processing and deployment of Filipino workers to Libya,” said Baldoz.