Filipinos banned from working in nine countries

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POEAThe Philippine labour department stopped the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to nine countries that have not forged bilateral agreements with the Philippines with regards to proper salaries for OFWs and ample protection for them, according to administrator Hans Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The countries are Afghanistan, Chad, Cuba, Haiti, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Somalia and Zimbabwe. The suspension is temporary.

The nine countries have opened their labour market to OFWS, but they have failed to comply with a Philippine law that calls for protection of OFWs, Cacdac said, adding the Migrants Workers and Overseas Filipino Act, which was implemented in 2011, calls on the Philippine government to ensure the safety of OFWs sent abroad.

The countries that host OFWs must pass the certification process of Manila’s department of foreign affairs, said Cacdac, adding they must have concrete evidence to show they can protect OFWs with their own laws and bilateral agreements with the Philippine government. It will help if these counties are signatories of labour conventions on decent job and rights protection, he said.

At present, 194 countries are certified as compliant to the provisions of the Amended Migrant Workers Act. As of December 10, the POEA also lifted the deployment ban for OFWs bound for Sierra Leone. The decision comes after the World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone free from Ebola last month.

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The Philippine labour department stopped the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to nine countries that have not forged bilateral agreements with the Philippines with regards to proper salaries for OFWs and ample protection for them, according to administrator Hans Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

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POEAThe Philippine labour department stopped the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to nine countries that have not forged bilateral agreements with the Philippines with regards to proper salaries for OFWs and ample protection for them, according to administrator Hans Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The countries are Afghanistan, Chad, Cuba, Haiti, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Somalia and Zimbabwe. The suspension is temporary.

The nine countries have opened their labour market to OFWS, but they have failed to comply with a Philippine law that calls for protection of OFWs, Cacdac said, adding the Migrants Workers and Overseas Filipino Act, which was implemented in 2011, calls on the Philippine government to ensure the safety of OFWs sent abroad.

The countries that host OFWs must pass the certification process of Manila’s department of foreign affairs, said Cacdac, adding they must have concrete evidence to show they can protect OFWs with their own laws and bilateral agreements with the Philippine government. It will help if these counties are signatories of labour conventions on decent job and rights protection, he said.

At present, 194 countries are certified as compliant to the provisions of the Amended Migrant Workers Act. As of December 10, the POEA also lifted the deployment ban for OFWs bound for Sierra Leone. The decision comes after the World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone free from Ebola last month.

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