POEA allows redeployment of OFWs to Yemen


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board has issued a resolution allowing the redeployment of overseas Filipino workers who have came home to the Philippines to return to their work in Yemen.
“The POEA Governing Board has issued the resolution after the Office of the President has approved the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs lowering the Alert Level in Yemen from Alert Level 4 in Sana’a and Alert Level 3 for the rest of Yemen to Alert Level 2,” Labor and Employment Secretary and Chairman of the POEA Governing Board Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a statement.
Department of Foreign Affairs (Philippines)Image via Wikipedia“The recommendation was based on the improved political and security situation in the country and in response to the clamor of our OFWs who have returned but would like to go back in Yemen to work. However, the resumption of the deployment does not cover newly-hired workers as the deployment ban for them remains,” Baldoz added.
POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Governing Board Vice Chairman and Leonardo de Ocampo and Guillermina Gabor, Members, also signed the resolution.
The POEA has deferred the processing and deployment of all OFWs bound for Yemen (including Libya and Bahrain) on February 22, 2011 in view of the unstable political and security conditions obtaining in those countries then.
On April 6, 2011, the POEA allowed the processing and deployment of vacationing workers to Yemen, subject to certain requirements, when the DFA lowered the alert Level for that country from alert level 3 to alert level 2.
On May 25, 2011, the POEA again effectively raised the deployment ban on all OFWs to Yemen after the DFA raised Yemen’s alert level to alert level 3.
The latest recommendation of the DFA was issued on January 9, 2012.
To carry out the latest Governing Board Resolution on Yemen, Administrator Cacdac has issued an advisory yesterday resuming the deployment of vacationing workers to their employment in Yemen except, however, for newly hired OFWs.