Latest Stories

OFW ban to Israel lifted–DFA


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday lifted its temporary ban on the deployment of new hires to Israel, citing improved security conditions following the ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas forces.

In its statement, the DFA also clarified that its advisories against traveling to Gaza, and to Central and Southern Israel, had also been lifted.

“In view of improved security conditions in Israel and Gaza as a result of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, the DFA Travel Advisory issued on 23 November 2012, which advised Filipinos to defer travel to Gaza and central and southern Israel in view of the Israel-Hamas conflict, is now lifted,” the DFA said.

The DFA placed parts of Israel on alert levels that barred the deployment of new hires. Alert level 2, or the restriction phase, was placed over central and southern Israel, while alert level 4, or mandatory repatriation, was called over Hamas-controlled Gaza.

On November 21, warring sides agreed on a ceasefire that ended a week of violence in and around the Gaza Strip that killed more than 150 people.

Israeli Ambassador to Manila Menashe Bar-on asked the Philippine government to remove the ban, saying the situation in Israel was returning to normal after the ceasefire agreement.

The Philippine government had said that more than 40,000 Filipinos, mostly employed as caregivers, live in Israel, while there are about 120 Filipinos in Gaza.

The Israeli embassy in Manila, in an emailed statement, said that it welcomed the DFA’s move to lift the ban.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: DFA , Israel , OFW ban , ofws

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

    The problem with Israel is not just security issues but also human rights issues.  Filipinos would be well advised to avoid the place.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      I am not aware of any human rights issues, would you mind to cite some?

      If PH is to ban deployment of migrant workers in Israel, they might as well ban deployment elsewhere if human rights issues are to be considered.

  • riccisan

    I received a news na nahihirapan ang mga ex Syrian OFW’s na papalitan ang kanilang Syrian money sa Peso. let us check this out if it is really stable and worth it going back there. very tempting pa naman offers diyan kasi malalaki sahod dahil post war rehab.  

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Scientists eye iceberg bigger than Guam
  • Drilon: I’m not on Napoles’ list
  • Sonar finds 1888 San Francisco shipwreck
  • Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  • Poe, Cayetano to colleagues: Shun formalities, let’s hear Napoles’ tell-all ASAP
  • Sports

  • Promoters Dela Hoya, Arum in talks for Pacquiao-Alvarez—report
  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern
  • Suns’ Goran Dragic win NBA’s Most Improved Player award
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Lifestyle

  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Embassy advisory: Filipinos still need visas to enter US
  • No travel restriction to Mideast, DFA clarifies
  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • Marketplace