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POEA exempts some OFWs from deployment ban in Libya

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MANILA, Philippines—Despite the worsening political and security situation in Libya, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) exempted some Filipinos from the deployment ban in the strife-torn country.

In its latest governing board resolution, the POEA said it would continue to process and deploy Filipino workers in offshore oil rig platforms, provided they would not pass through mainland Libya nor spend their vacation there.

The exemption also covers Filipinos married to Libyan nationals, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) employed by international organizations, but only if such agencies or organizations they work for still maintain a presence in Libya.

However, the POEA said additional documents for the processing of the Overseas Employment Certificates of those working in off-shore oil rig platforms would be required.

These include an employer contingency plan for the evacuation and repatriation of the workers; and employer undertaking guaranteeing the safety of the workers during their stay in Libya, and readiness to immediately repatriate them as may be warranted.

These documents should be verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo), the POEA said.

“The undertaking shall clearly state the exact location of the work site of the workers,” it said, adding that the resolution was based on an advisory submitted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The POEA earlier issued a resolution, exempting the above-mentioned groups, together with Filipinos working in Libyan hospitals, schools and at the Libyan National Oil Company, from the deployment ban upon the recommendation of DFA.

However, the POEA decided to reduce to its current list the number of Filipinos allowed to return to Libya due to the escalating political tension there.

The DFA raised the alert in Libya to the highest level 4 after the kidnapping and beheading of the Filipino construction worker in Benghazi on July 15, reportedly because he was not a Muslim.

Alert level 4 calls for the mandatory evacuation of all Filipinos there.

But the DFA said that there were so far no takers of the government’s offer to repatriate 13,000 OFWs in Libya for free.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they expected a low-turnout of Filipinos to register for the repatriation because many were afraid to lose their high-paying jobs in Libya.

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  • Anonymous

    Mas lalong hahanga ang taong bayan kay Justice secretary De Lima kung mabawasan nya ang “fixcals” sa DOJ sa MetroManila man o sa ibang lugang. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZD7P45LNUPQFGQMBYGT7AMS5ZQ mika

    Grabe talaga ang NBI. Corrupt na corrupt na institution and this, I fear, is but one of those which the brave Mr Tulfo was able to get information about. Certainly its not far fetched that there are more shenanigans going on at the NBI.

    But my problem is, is that the extent of the fallout of this grave scandal? the ‘relief’ of Mr Mario Garcia? What about filing criminal cases against all of these NBI personnel? And what about holding accountable the NBI head?

    As NBI head, either he is in on it or he is an incompetent fool by allowing his subordinates to commit extortion right under his nose. Either way, he must go!

    What say you?

  • Anonymous

    sana naman di lang irelieve itong si garcia at at cabillan dapat merong criminal na kaso  para matanggal ang mga bwesit na yan, kungdi gagawa at gagawa ulit ng kalokohan ang mga bwesit na yan, maliban na lang kung kay gatdula ay paduda laang.,  dapat hanapin kung saan napunta yung perang binigay sa mga yan .KAKAPAL NYO

  • Anonymous

    Yep.  That speech was aggressive alright. Hats off to the man. He needed to be aggressive.  It’s the only language the Glorious Court understands.  Or will they understand? They’re that rhino-skinned.

    I give Aquino an A for Aggressiveness.

  • Anonymous

    I give Aquino a “D” for demagoguery.  Let’s see if the yellow mob can look that up in a dictionary and understand it.  Not only is he proving to be incompetent and undeserving of the job (matagal na namin alam yan) he goes even further to demean his office with behavior that is no better than that of a child with development disorder.

    • Anonymous

      ang yabang mo naman. may alam ka lang na isang hifalutin term nag-aangas ka na. tumakbo ka muna for office kahit barangay level lang, and do some good for your fellowmen, bago ka magyabang ng english vocabulary mo. letse.

      (no I did not vote for P-noy, I voted for Gordon. I support only P-Noy’s ideals for this country, not the President himself.

      incompetent ba na napakulong na nya si GMA, napag-resign si Gutierrez, and now putting the SC in hot water? siguro for you oo, kasi supporter ka ng corrupt politicians mo.

      • Anonymous

        Sinong niloloko mo at binoto mo daw si Gordon? Nagpapanggap ka pa, ha? Kung kilala mo si Gordon hindi siya sang-ayon sa mga kabalbalan na ginagawa ng tunay mong idol.

  • Joan Bao-in

    ‘matuwid na daan’ huh? God save Philippines.

    • Anonymous

      how about doing your part instead of simply calling for God to save your a$$?



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