Tuesday, September 2, 2008

DFA: Stop sending OFWs to Somalia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) proposed that deployment of land and sea-based overseas Filipino workers to Somalia should be ban due to the increasing number of ships being hijacked by pirates in the boundaries of Somalia and Nigeria.

The proposal was made by DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Esteban Conejos Jr. during the inter-agency meeting of DFA with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Office of the Vice-President, and the four manning agencies of the Filipino crew hijacked in Somalia.

The DFA Undersecretary also proposed that the contract of Filipino crews should not be allowed to be on ships that are vulnerable with the attack of the pirates and raiders, just like what happened to the recent attack of pirates in Somalia. Aside from that, OFWs should be restricted by contract to the safe sea lanes identified and certified by the Coalition of Naval Forces operating in the area.

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