Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Are OFWs now safe in Iraq?

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Enrique Manalo told the Iraq officials that the Philippines is open to send overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the country provided that it is now safe for OFWs to work there again.

Thus, the Philippine government has sent a team to check the status in Iraq and see if the situation there improves and OFWs will be in safe hand working in the oil-rich but war-ravaged country.

“Our vast pool of professionals and skilled workers in the engineering, architecture, construction, energy, transportation, and communications sectors can help in rehabilitating the country’s basic facilities and services,” Manalo said.

According to Esteban Conejos, DFA undersecretary for migrant workers affairs, the periodic assessment of the country’s deployment bans to Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Jordan would be done in March.

Only then could the department decide on whether or not to lift the restrictions.

Mark Joseph Ubalde

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