Manila, Philippines – OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) in Lebanon and Jordan can finally go home just in time for Christmas to their families without worrying about losing their work after the Philippine government lifted the deployment ban in the 2 countries.
According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) released a resolution allowing the deployment of Filipino workers to Jordan and Lebanon.
Baldoz said in a statement, “The POEA governing board has agreed to lift the temporary suspension of deployment of newly hired household service workers (HSWs) for the Kingdom of Jordan.”
“This means the deployment ban to Jordan is now 100 percent lifted and our workers there can now return home, and we can also send newly hired workers there,” he said. According to POEA, the country deployed close to 6,000 Filipino HSWs to Jordan from 2006 to 2011.
The Philippine government banned the deployment of HSWs to Jordan, years ago, due to high frequency of abuse against Filipino workers. Most of this abuse are underpaid OFWs, maltreatment and so on.
On the other hand, thousands of HSWs resisted the ban and sneaked into Jordan. 90% of the 23,000 OFWs are undocumented.
The ban had prevented a majority of the Filipino HSWs from taking a vacation in the Philippines for fear they would not be able to return to their work and this will be a major problem since this will be a hindrance for them to support their families.
However, Labor secretary Baldoz clarified that the POEA governing board has only partially lifted the deployment ban in Lebanon, permitting only returning workers and not newly hired HSWs.
Baldoz explained that the POEA decided on partial lifting in Lebanon because we are still awaiting the completion of the negotiation for a new standard employment contract for HSWs, workers legally deployed before the ban took effect several years ago can now go home for a vacation.
She added that POEA would also allow the return of OFWs who managed to secure from Lebanese employers a contract that complies with the Philippine reform package for HSWs.