DOLE lifts suspension on deployment of Filipino workers to Israel
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday lifted the suspension of deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Israel amid “low-level incidents” between Israel and Palestinian militant groups.
This came in a memorandum sent to Israel Labor Attaché Rodolfo Gabasan and was signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
“In the interest of service and based on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs to withdraw the temporary suspension of departure of OFWs to Israel as there have been low-level incidents between the Israel Defense Force and Palestinian militant groups since the Hamas ceasefire took effect on May 21, 2021,” the memorandum stated
“You are hereby instructed to effect the lifting of the suspension of the temporary departure of [OFWs] to Israel effective immediately,” it added.
DOLE first suspended the OFW deployment to Israel on May 20 due to the Gaza-Israel conflict.
Bello, however, has already expressed plans on lifting the suspension since July 7.
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