POEA Governing Board allows exemptions of OFWs returning to Libya under certain skills

Date Posted: July 25th, 2014 01:22 AM


POEA Governing Board allows exemptions of OFWs returning to Libya under certain skills Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, yesterday announced that the country will continue to allow the processing and deployment of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Libya under certain skill categories. "The POEA Governing Board has approved Board Resolution No, 17 Series of 2014 allowing the processing and redeployment of OFWs under certain skill categories, based on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs," said Baldoz. The resolution was signed last 22 July 2014 by POEA Governing Board Chairperson and DOLE Secretary Baldoz, together with Governing Board members Milagros Isabel Cristobal, Alexander Asuncion, Estrelita Hizon, Felix Rofolfo Oca, and POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, the Governing Board's Vice Chairman. Baldoz said the resolution would allow the gradual processing of returning workers only in the following categories: OFWs working off-shore in oil rig platforms, provided that they will not pass through or spend their vacation in mainland Libya; Filipinos who are married to Libyan nationals; and OFWs employed in international organizations, only if such agencies maintain a presence in Libya. “Workers under these categories are allowed to return to Libya provided that their employers will issue a letter guaranteeing their safety, security, and repatriation, in case the situation in Libya worsens and there is imminent danger to their lives and well-being,” Baldoz emphasized. To further ensure the safety of those OFWs working in oil rig platforms, they are required to secure a POLO-verified employer contingency plan for evacuation and repatriation of workers, and a POLO-verified employer undertaking which guarantees their safety and readiness for immediate repatriation with clear work site location. On 18 July, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the security Alert Level in Libya from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 4 (mandatory repatriation) due to the continuous deterioration of the peace and order situation in the conflict-stricken country. Under Alert Level 4, a total ban on the processing and deployment of all workers is imposed and the DOLE Quick Response Team, chaired by POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, is directed to closely coordinate with the DFA on the immediate and safe repatriation of OFWs in Libya. Further, Baldoz has decided to augment the POLO team in Libya headed by Labor Attaches Mel Dizon and Nasser Mustaffa by ordering the deployment of Labor Attaches David Des Dicang to Dubai and fast-track the deployment to Abu Dhabi of Labor Attache Ofelia Almenario to assist in the repatriation of OFWs based in Libya. "From experience, OFWs from Libya transit through Dubai and Abu Dhabi in coming home to the Philippines. The presence of Labor Attaches Dicang and Almenario will greatly help the POLOs in these areas facilitate the smooth transit of returning workers to the country," Baldoz said. End/KRS

Created Aug 26th 2014, 13:30


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