DOLE lifts OFW deployment ban to Qatar

DOLE lifts OFW deployment ban to Qatar

DOLE lifts OFW deployment ban to Qatar

The Philippine government on Thursday lifted a suspension on overseas Filipino laborers travelling to Qatar for work.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III consulted with the Foreign Affairs Department concerning the lifting of the suspension, the DOLE said in a statement.

DOLE last week imposed the ban after 7 Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar and accused the kingdom it of supporting extremism.

The moratorium was partially lifted a day later, covering returning OFWs and those already holding an Overseas Employment Certificate.

The Philippine's labor attache, David Dicang, was also quoted by the news outlet as saying that the situation in Qatar had normalized.

The resumption of deployment was needed so Philippine schools in Qatar could continue their operations, Dicang said in the statement.

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A total of 28 new teachers and 20 bus drivers of PSD and 51 new teachers of PISQ have pending applications with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The Philippine Embassy and POLO also recommended the deployment of an assessment team composed of DOLE, POEA, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the undersecretary for migrant workers affairs of the DFA to Qatar to meet with the government authorities and companies providing employment to Filipino workers.

Bello said the POLO is discussing with the Qatari government the repatriation of distressed OFWs temporarily accommodated at the Migrant Workers and other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center and the plight of household service workers of non-Qatari employers, who may be left in the country or will be forced to travel with their employers.

The Labor chief said the Qatari authorities guaranteed the safety of around 240,000 Filipinos there and affirmed that they have the ability to withstand any possible economic shocks out of the diplomatic impasse with its neighboring Arab countries.

"OFWs in Qatar have expressed confidence for their safety with the strengthened efforts of the Labor Department and other concerned government agencies in ensuring their basic welfare and security amid the diplomatic crisis", the labor department said.

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