MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has announced yesterday, June 23, that the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has approved and issued a resolution allowing the resumption of the processing and deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), both vacationing and new hires, to Thailand.

This comes after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) lowered the crisis alert level in Thailand after the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok reported that the situation there has “returned mostly to normal” from Alert Level 2 (Restriction Phase) to Alert Level 1 (Precautionary Phase).

It can be recalled that on January 23, the DFA raised the crisis alert on Thailand to Level 2, specifically in Bangkok, Nonthaburi Province, Lad LunKaew District and Bang Phli District, after the declaration of a 60-day state of emergency due to the escalating civil unrest and insecurities.

The deployment ban was once again issued on May 21 after the DFA raised the Crisis Alert Level 1 to Crisis Alert Level 2 due to the declaration of Martial Law by the Thai army.

“The DOLE continuously works closely with the DFA in monitoring the situation in Thailand, and in all OFW-countries of destination which are having conflicts to ensure the welfare and protection of our OFWs. We are not taking any chances when OFW safety and welfare are at stake,” Baldoz said via ABS-CBN.

-Klyte Faye Veloso

LNU, ABCom Intern

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