A Filipino migrant group in the Middle East today asks the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to clarify if there is a travel ban imposed to vacationing and hired OFWs going to
Earlier, a DFA official announced that the alert level in
“We want to know if raising to alert level 2 status would mean imposition of travel ban for returning OFWs who’ll be back for work in Bahrain,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
Monterona recalled that last week the travel ban imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) sometime on February 21 has been lifted citing the assessment on the peace and order issued by PH embassy in Bahrain.
Few weeks since the travel ban to
“To properly guide our fellow OFWs especially those who are schedule to return to Bahrain for work, the DoLE-POEA must clarify the alert status level 2 raised by the DFA –if returning OFWs will be allowed to leave,” Monterona added.
Meanwhile, Monterona urges the DFA and the DoLE-POEA not to rely on the evacuation plans of OFWs employers and recruiters.
“Like what happened in Libya, there were employers and recruiters who had abandoned their hired OFWs during critical times; OFWs were left at their camp sites struggling how to get out of harm,” Monterona averred.
“During such critical situation, the PH government must take full responsibility securing the safety and well-being of its Filipino workers and such state responsibility could not be passed on to employers and recruiters,” Monterona ended.