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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

DOLE Partially Lifts Suspension On OFW Deployment To Qatar

Suspension of deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Qatar is partially lifted.  This was announced by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a press conference.  The suspension was lifted only for workers with Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC), direct hires, and those under the Balik Manggagawa system or returning employees.  It means that Filipino workers with existing contracts may now return to Qatar.


(Watch: DOLE Presscon regarding the status of deployment of OFWs in Qatar)


Suspension of deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Qatar is partially lifted.

This was announced by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a press conference.

The suspension was lifted only for workers with Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC), direct hires, and those under the Balik Manggagawa system or returning employees.

It means that Filipino workers with existing contracts may now return to Qatar.

However, deployment of newly-hired OFWs to Qatar is still suspended and those undergoing processing are still not allowed to be deployed.

Bello also clarifies that what the government has imposed is a temporary suspension of deployment OFWs to Qatar and it is not a ban.

(DOLE at DFA, pinaghahanda ng contigency plan para sa mga OFW sa Qatar)
Earlier the government implemented the suspension following the decision of Saudi Arabia together with several Arab countries to cut ties with Qatar over the accusation that the country is supporting militant group.

Just like Wednesday, there are some 300 OFWs were allowed to fly to Qatar.


DOLE Chief said they lift the suspension after Qatari government gives assurance that Filipino workers are safe in their country.

(DFA, patuloy na binabantayan ang mga OFW sa Qatar)

“They guarantee the safety of our OFWs that there will be no food shortage,” “That is the instruction to our labor attaché, to give us an hourly report,” he said.
Bello added that contingency plans are already in place in Qatar in case tensions rise and there would be a need to repatriate Filipino workers.


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