POEA moves to ban deployment to Ukraine

Date Posted: March 4th, 2014 10:07 AM


POEA moves to ban deployment to Ukraine Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, yesterday said she will convene the members of the Governing Board today to deliberate on a resolution that will temporarily ban the deployment of OFWs intending to work in Ukraine. "In view of the move of the Department of Foreign Affairs raising the crisis alert level in Ukraine to Alert Level 2, we will already deliberate on a resolution while awaiting the official transmission of DFA recommendation on the situation in Ukraine," said Baldoz. The POEA Governing Board is composed of Felix Rodolfo M. Oca, Estrelita S. Hizon, Alexander E. Asuncion, and Milagros Isabel Cristobal as members, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac as Vice Chairman, and Secretary Baldoz as Chairman. The DFA's Alert Level System is prescribed in the Crisis Management and Security Manual, which principally guides government action in times of crisis. In the Alert Level System, Alert Level 2 calls for “Restriction” where there are visible signs of unrest and, therefore, a temporary ban in the deployment of new workers in a restive country may be imposed. With the raising of the crisis alert level, the DFA has strongly advised all Filipinos in Ukraine to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation. POEA data show that only 115 OFWs were deployed to Ukraine in 2013 and 57 in 2012, or a total of 172. Forty one of the OFWs deployed were administrative and managerial workers, while 30 are service workers. END

Created Aug 18th 2014, 16:04


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