Philippines stops deployment of workers to Thailand

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Filipino OFWThe Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) imposed a ban on January 27 on the deployment of newly hired Filipino workers to three places in Thailand in light of the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

“The POEA Board, in a meeting after consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, has approved a resolution to this effect,” Labour Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, chair of the POEA governing board, said in a news release.

On January 23, 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs raised Crisis Alert Level 2 (restriction phase) in Bangkok, Nonthaburi Province, Lad Lum Kaew District (Pathumthani Province) and Bang Phli District (Samutprakan Province) in light of the declaration of a 60-day state of emergency due to the escalating civil unrest and insecurity in the said areas.

“In view of this, the Governing Board decided to impose a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly hired Oversea Filipino Workers (OFWs) bound for these areas in the Kingdom of Thailand,” Baldoz said.

Under Crisis Alert Level 2, only the deployment of returning OFWs with existing employment contracts is allowed in the restricted areas while the deployment of newly hired OFWs is temporarily suspended.

“We strongly advise our OFWs in Thailand to be vigilant and avoid going out as much as possible, especially if they have nothing important to do outside. They should also stay alert and monitor the events in those areas,” Baldoz said.

She told the overseas workers that if they feel  their security and safety is compromised, they should try to reach the Philippine Embassy in Thailand which is closely monitoring developments in the Thai capital.

POEA records show the annual deployment of Filipino workers to Thailand has declined from 9,204 in 2012 to 6,021 in 2013. Of the 6,021 OFWs deployed to Thailand in 2013, only 252 were new hires, while 5,769 were re-hires.

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) imposed a ban on January 27 on the deployment of newly hired Filipino workers to three places in Thailand in light of the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Filipino OFWThe Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) imposed a ban on January 27 on the deployment of newly hired Filipino workers to three places in Thailand in light of the declaration of a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas.

“The POEA Board, in a meeting after consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, has approved a resolution to this effect,” Labour Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, chair of the POEA governing board, said in a news release.

On January 23, 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs raised Crisis Alert Level 2 (restriction phase) in Bangkok, Nonthaburi Province, Lad Lum Kaew District (Pathumthani Province) and Bang Phli District (Samutprakan Province) in light of the declaration of a 60-day state of emergency due to the escalating civil unrest and insecurity in the said areas.

“In view of this, the Governing Board decided to impose a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly hired Oversea Filipino Workers (OFWs) bound for these areas in the Kingdom of Thailand,” Baldoz said.

Under Crisis Alert Level 2, only the deployment of returning OFWs with existing employment contracts is allowed in the restricted areas while the deployment of newly hired OFWs is temporarily suspended.

“We strongly advise our OFWs in Thailand to be vigilant and avoid going out as much as possible, especially if they have nothing important to do outside. They should also stay alert and monitor the events in those areas,” Baldoz said.

She told the overseas workers that if they feel  their security and safety is compromised, they should try to reach the Philippine Embassy in Thailand which is closely monitoring developments in the Thai capital.

POEA records show the annual deployment of Filipino workers to Thailand has declined from 9,204 in 2012 to 6,021 in 2013. Of the 6,021 OFWs deployed to Thailand in 2013, only 252 were new hires, while 5,769 were re-hires.

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