Sunday, July 12, 2009

POEA partially lifts work ban in Lebanon

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have active contracts from their Lebanese employer can go back and work in the country under the new resolution to be issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

According to POEA Administrator Jennifer J. Manalili resolution allows workers to return to Lebanon provided that they have a valid contract and if they are household service workers the contracts should reflect the minimum wage of $400.

Only a few thousand Filipino workers have existing contracts in Lebanon.

The deployment ban to Lebanon was implemented in 2006 due to intense fighting between Hezbollah and Israeli forces. The Palace endorsed the ban’s lifting in March due to improving security, but it is still the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) who has the final say.


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