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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DOLE bans deployment of OFWs in South Sudan

by 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)

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