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OFW deployment to Libya,
Bahrain, Yemen suspended

The Philippine government has suspended the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to strife-torn middle-eastern countries amid the escalating political tension there.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she has ordered the suspension of the processing and deployment of OFWs to Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.

Baldoz said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has already set aside a P25-million contingency fund for affected OFWs in Libya.

She also said labor officials recently met with licensed recruitment agency executives to discuss and update each other on the current situation concerning OFWs in Libya.

Civil disturbance and protests mar the streets of Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.

The DOLE will resume deployment once the Department of Foreign Affairs has lifted the travel advisory in those countries.*



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