DOLE suspends OFW deployment to 3 Mideast countries involving protests

By on Feb 22, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Middle East Comments

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the suspension of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) deployment to three countries in the Middle East where huge protests are going on.

As posted at official website of DOLE on Tuesday, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that deployment of OFW has been suspended in three Middle East countries encountering street protests.

“I have ordered the suspension of the processing and deployment of OFWs to Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen.” Secretary Baldoz said on the report.

“The Labor Department is willing to re-deploy OFWs from Libya to be dislocated to countries where they have employers.” She added.

Baldoz also noted the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has already set aside a P25-million budget for contingency expenses for OFWs in Libya.

However, the government is willing to re-deploy OFWs from Libya to be transferred to countries where they have employers.

Meanwhile, a Task Force team composed of Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa, Robert Bassig and Orlando Nadora of the OWWA was created to immediately travel to Libya to assess and monitor the country’s situation, as well as the OFWs.

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