POEA governing board lifts deployment ban to Venezuela

Date Posted: September 23rd, 2014 03:28 AM


POEA governing board lifts deployment ban to Venezuela Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, chairman of the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), yesterday announced that the Governing Board has lifted the deployment ban on OFWs to Venezuela after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officially notified the DOLE and the POEA that it had lowered the Crisis Alert Level in that oil-rich South American country from Crisis Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) to Crisis Alert Level 1(Precautionary Phase). "The POEA Governing Board has decided to lift the deployment ban to Venezuela and to allow the processing and deployment thereto of all Filipino workers to include both returning/vacationing and new-hire workers," said Baldoz, who signed the resolution together with POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, the Governing Board's Vice Chairman, and Governing Board members Milagros Isabel Cristobal, Alexander Asuncion, Estrelita Hizon, and Felix Rodolfo Oca. It can be recalled that the POEA Governing Board, under GB Resolution No. 4 Series of 2014, imposed a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs to Venezuela after the DFA raised the Crisis Alert Level in that country to Crisis Alert Level 2, in view of the security situation obtaining there. In the government's crisis alert level system, Crisis Alert Level 1 is issued where there are valid signs of internal disturbance, instability, and external threat to the host country, while Crisis Alert Level 2 is issued if there are real threats to life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance, instability, and external threat to the country of destination. Republic Act 10022 authorizes the POEA Governing Board, after consultation with the DFA, to impose a ban on the deployment of Filipino migrant workers in pursuit of national interest, or when public welfare so requires. With the lifting of the ban, OFWs who intend to work in Venezuela, may now continue the process of their deployment. Total deployment of OFWs to Venezuela reached only 43 in 2013, mostly civil, geodetic, chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineers; plumbers and pipe fitters; ship deck ratings, barge crew and boatmen; structural and metal preparers; surveyors; and production supervisors and general foremen. END

Created Oct 23rd 2014, 15:10


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