Philippines lifts suspension of deployment of workers to Qatar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 June 2017 13:33

By ROY RAMOS

Philippines has lifted the suspension of deployment of overseas Filipinos workers to Qatar, country’s Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Thursday.

According to Bello, the decision to lift the moratorium was arrived after consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the endorsement of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

“This decision was arrived at on the advice of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano and upon the recommendation of Qatar POLO following their assessment of the situation in the Gulf State, “Bello was quoted by GMA News as saying.

Bello added that the Qatari government has guaranteed the safety of around 240,000 Filipinos in Qatar and affirmed that they have the ability to withstand any possible economic shocks out of the diplomatic impasse with its neighbouring Arab countries.

Philippine’s labor Attaché David Dicang was also quoted by the news outlet as saying that the situation in Qatar has normalized.

The Philippine government imposed a temporary deployment ban of Filipino workers to Qatar on June 6 after its neighbouring countries severed ties and closed their borders with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorists.

Following criticisms that the decision was not carefully thought out, the suspension was partially lifted a day after it was imposed - allowing returning workers and those with overseas employment certificates to leave for Qatar.

Despite the lifting of the moratorium, the Qatar POLO is continuously coordinating with Qatari authorities for assistance to Filipino workers, including household service workers of non-Qatari employers who will be left in the country or will be forced to travel with their employers.