Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Deployment ban in Guinea may soon be lifted –POEA chief

The government may soon lift the deployment ban it imposed in Guinea following the noted improvement in the Ebola situation there, according to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac.

“There remains a deployment ban there but I believe it will only just be a matter of time before it’s lifted,” he said in a statement Monday.

At present, the POEA is awaiting the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Health (DoH) regarding the lifting of the ban, Cacdac said.
“We are not the experts on this matter so we have to rely on other government agencies to guide us on how to go about with it,” he added.

In December 2014, the POEA imposed a total deployment ban for OFWs bound for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
In May and December 2015, the POEA lifted the total deployment ban in Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively, after the World Health Organization (WHO) said the two countries are already Ebola-free.
Nevertheless, the POEA said all OFWs bound to Sierra Leone must be provided with the appropriate advice on precautionary measures needed versus the dreaded Ebola virus, which has resulted in deaths.

Earlier, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a pro-OFW non-government organization, has asked the POEA to consider lifting the deployment ban in Guinea as appealed by OFWs there. —KBK, GMA News

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