June 18, 2021

The Philippines has temporarily halted the deployment of OFWs to Oman

On Friday, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) halted the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Oman.

The suspension of the deployment of Filipino employees to the host nation was ordered by POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 05, Series of 2021, signed by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary and chairman of the board Silvestre Bello III.

“Now, therefore, the POEA Governing Board, in a duly convened meeting, resolves, as it is hereby resolved, to impose a temporary suspension of deployment of Filipino workers to Oman until the Oman government allows entry of our OFWs and Filipino travelers to the said country,” the order dated June 18 stated.

The resolution was issued in response to Oman’s order prohibiting tourists from the Philippines and other nations from entering the country.

In a letter to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) dated June 14, 2021, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) referred to a directive issued on May 4, 2021 by the Sultanate of Oman’s Supreme Committee on Covid-19, which imposed a ban on the entry of travelers from the Philippines or travelers who passed through the Philippines less than 14 days prior to the application for entry, except in exceptional circumstances.

Travelers from the Republic of Sudan, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, as well as those who transited through these countries 14 days prior to the request to enter the sultanate, have been barred from entering indefinitely.

The DFA also suggested that the DOLE consider imposing a temporary halt on Filipino worker deployments to Oman in the same letter.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, 5,000 OFWs were deployed to the host nation between January and May of this year.

On Friday evening, Bello and his Omani colleague would meet to address the situation.

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