POEA bans deployment of OFWs to selected Thailand areas

Date Posted: January 30th, 2014 06:50 AM


After the declaration of the state of emergency in Bangkok and other surrounding areas stemming from the series of protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Ying Luck Shinawatra, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's Governing Board yesterday issued a ban on the deployment of newly-hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) intending to work in four specific areas in Thailand. "The POEA Board, in a meeting after consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, has approved a resolution to this effect," announced Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the POEA Governing Board. The members of the board who signed the resolution were Hans Leo J. Cacdac, POEA Administrator and Governing Board Vice-Chair; Felix M. Oca; Estrelita S. Hizon; Alexander E. Asuncion; Milagros Isabel A. Cristobal, Members. Baldoz said R. A. 10022 authorizes the POEA Governing Board, after consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), to impose a ban on the deployment of Filipino migrant workers in pursuit of national interest or when public welfare so requires. The DFA, on23 January 2014, raised the crisis Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) in Bangkok, the Thai capital; Nonthaburi Province; Lad Lum Kaew District (Pathumthani Province); and Bang Phli District (Samutprakan Province), in view of the declaration of a 60-day state of emergency due to the escalating civil unrest and insecurity in the said areas. "In view of this, the Governing Board decided to impose a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs bound for these areas in the Kingdom of Thailand," Baldoz explained. Under Crisis Alert Level 2, only the processing and deployment of returning OFWs with existing employment contracts shall be allowed and the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs shall be suspended. “We strongly advise our OFWs in Thailand to be vigilant and avoid going out as much as possible, especially if they have nothing important to do outside. They should also stay alert and monitor the events in those areas. If they feel that their security and safety is compromised, they can always go to the Philippine Embassy,” Baldoz said. POEA records show the annual deployment of OFWs to Thailand has declined from 9,204 in 2012 to 6,021 in 2013. Of the 6,021 OFWs deployed to Thailand last year, only 252 are new hires, while 5,769 are re-hires. Baldoz said that the Philippine Embassy in Thailand is regularly taking note of the developments in the capital and are on their feet should the situation get worse. END/rhev

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