MANILA, Philippines - Recruitment groups have thrown their support behind the decision of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to review the deployment ban in Iraq.
Emmanuel Geslani, recruitment consultant, said recruitment industries particularly those deploying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East had been drumming up for the lifting of the ban that the government imposed in 2004 following the abduction of truck driver Angelo de la Cruz in Iraq.
“The legalization of our workers in that country will give them high salaries, proper protection and welfare measures like war risk insurance and bigger death benefits," Geslani said.
Labor Secretary Marianito Roque in a separate interview admitted that since the deployment ban, the number of OFWs entering the war-torn country continue to increase.
Roque said that based on reports they received the number has now climbed to 15,000.
He said his office is asking the Department of Foreign Affairs to re-assess the situation in Iraq in order for him to determine if he should lift the ban or not.
According to Roque, the reports of the Middle East Preparedness Team indicated that the incidence of violence in Iraq is already dwindling and this is why they requested for the DFA re-assessment. - GMANews.TV