In a recent announcement, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has officially confirmed that the country has lifted the deployment ban to Guinea.
This, of course, comes as a welcome news for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) looking for new opportunities in the West Africa region. On its governing board (GB) resolution no. 2, series of 2016, the administration stated that OFWs can now be deployed to Guinea following the decision made by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to decrease the crisis alert level from 3 (which means voluntary repatriation phase) down to 1 (monitoring phase).
The ban was previously placed in May 16, 2015, after Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia were reported to have had ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks in their respective countries.
The resolution stated:
“The POEA Governing Board, in a meeting duly convened, resolves as it is hereby resolved, to lift deployment thereto of all Filipino workers, to include both vacationing and new hires, subject to the issuance of appropriate advice to Filipino workers therein to take precautionary measures during their stay in the said country, which is under alert level 1.”
Crisis Alert Level for Pakistan
On the other hand, the POEA has issued a warning for those thinking of going to Pakistan following the attack by Taliban forces in one of the universities in the country. The alleged attack claimed 20 lives. As of the moment, Pakistan is at crisis alert level 1 which means people are still allowed to travel there but should take necessary precautions.
POEA said “Filipino workers…are advised to take necessary precautions during their stay in Pakistan particularly in the concerned areas such as Balochistan Province, Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Khybere Pakhtunwa, and Kashmir-Jammu.”
If you or your loved ones are seeking to be employed abroad soon, you should give heed to advisories such as this.
via: Manila Bulletin image credit to: metrocebu