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OFW deployment ban to Jordan stays

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that deployment of Filipino workers to Jordan remains restricted.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said the Philippine government has no plan to lift the ban on deployment of workers to Jordan and other countries with prevailing peace and order problems.

“The situation is in status quo, the ban stays,” Roque said in an interview.

Roque noted that negotiations between the Philippines and the government of Jordan concerning the lifting of the freeze on the deployment of Filipino workers have not prospered.

While the government of Jordan has expressed the desire for the Philippine government to lift the ban, Roque said the two governments have not reached any agreement.

In January 2008, the Philippine government has restricted the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Jordan due to rising cases of abuses among Filipino workers there. Then Labor Secretary Arturo Brion ordered a partial deployment ban upon receiving reports of increasing number of distressed Filipino workers there.

Roque said the Philippines is unlikely to lift the ban until the government of Jordan could ensure the welfare of Filipino workers.

“If the government of Jordan can come out with a policy that could ensure protection and lessening of welfare cases, we may consider the lifting of the ban,” Roque said, adding that the government is not inclined to lift the ban in Iraq, and Nigeria as well despite the prevailing global economic slump.

Roque stressed that the government’s top priority is still the welfare and protection of Filipino workers.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?ArticleId=411349