The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippine government yesterday lifted a temporary deployment ban – imposed on June 6 and partially lifted a day later – on overseas Filipino workers travelling to Qatar for work, aljazeera.com reported.
Labour secretary Silvestre Bello III said the decision to fully lift the moratorium was made after consultations with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the endorsement of the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO).
Bello also said the Qatari government had guaranteed the safety of the approximately 240,000 Filipinos in the country.
The decision means that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) can resume the processing of new applications and issuance of overseas employment certificates for Qatar-bound workers, according to The Manila Times.
Bello said labour attaché David Des Dicang requested the immediate deployment of teachers and drivers hired by the Philippine School Doha (PSD) and Philippine International School-Qatar.
A total of 28 new teachers and 20 bus drivers for PSD and 51 new teachers for PISQ have pending applications with the POEA.
The Philippine embassy and POLO also recommended the deployment of an assessment team composed of officials from DOLE, POEA, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the undersecretary for migrant workers affairs of the DFA to Qatar. (Source)
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