01 February 2011


Possible Deployment of OFWs to Iraq and Afghanistan

The Philippine government responded to the call of lifting the ban traveling to Iraq as the Philippine embassy in Baghdad favors it. The Department of Foreign Affairs heads the inter -agency committee in assessing the situation and the possibility of worker deployment. 

The Philippines values opportunities for Filipino worker  anywhere in the  world  however, under Republic Act No. 8042 also known as "Migrant workers Act", the Philippine government has to ensure the safety, security and welfare of the overseas Filipino workers

Possible deployment will be considered as the inter -agency committee evaluates the situation in countries like Iraq  

The government said they will follow a strict guidelines in allowing deployment of OFWs' and a heavy penalty will be imposed to government officials allowing the deployment of migrant workers without guarantees required by law.

The committee includes the Department of Labor and Employment , the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration  and  the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
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