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Lifting of the deployment prohibition to India: DMW

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The country’s deployment prohibition on foreign migrant workers to India has been abolished by the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and the processing of both new hiring and rehires may now resume.

According to the Advisory No. 2 series of 2023, dated January 19 and signed by Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, the DMW requested the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opinion in response to many requests from worried employees.

According to the advisory, the DFA stated the following as justifications for considering the appeals in response to the DMW’s request.

First, India has passed laws protecting the rights of workers, including migrants, under its labor and social laws.

The second is that India is a signatory to fundamental labor agreements, and the third is that “despite the absence of a bilateral labor agreement between the Philippines and India, negotiations on extending social security coverage to Filipino migrant workers are already underway.”

When the deployment prohibition was lifted, the DMW stated that employment contract processing may resume as long as it received the proper authentication from the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi, India.

The guidance makes it clear that home service employees will not be allowed to be deployed until India has received complete certification as a compliant nation under Republic Act 8402 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, as amended by Republic Act 10022.

DMW Communications Director Toby Nebrida stated, “May kulang (Something is missing), there are sets of prerequisites and there are one or two elements missing to the link, therefore the deployment of the domestic workers to the abovementioned country is still on hold.

According to information provided to them by the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi, the DMW started suspending worker deployments to India on December 5, 2022, through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Advisory No. 77, Series of 2022. This was done in response to India being listed as a non-compliant destination country for overseas Filipino workers.

According to information currently available, there are about 2,000 Filipinos living and working in India, most of them are professionals and skilled employees.

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