PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
DOLE bans deployment of OFWs in South Sudanby Susan G. de Leon
MANILA, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor Employment (DOLE) announced the imposition of total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to South Sudan.
The imposition of the deployment ban came after the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration approved a resolution upon the request of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has raised the crisis alertlevel in South Sudan to Alert Level 3 (voluntary repatriation) due to the deteriorating security situation caused by inter-ethnic violence in the country.
In a statement, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government has to protect not only the welfare and interest of overseas Filipino workers in South Sudan, but also prevent prospective OFWs from going there, hence the processing and deployment of all OFWs shall be deferred while the ban exists.
Baldoz added that the deployment ban of OFWs to South Sudan stays until such time that it has been determined that its political and security situation has normalized.
Meanwhile, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac has issued an advisory requiring all recruitment agencies who deployed workers to South Sudan to submit to the POEA's Pre-Employment Services Office a report containing the name and job category of worker, name, location and contact number of employer, deployment date, status and current whereabouts of deployed workers, and contingency plan/ measures ready in case of emergency repatriation situation. (DOLE/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)