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‘OFWs returning from Iraq won’t be punished’


MANILA, Philippines – Job offers, not sanctions, are waiting for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who violated the Philippine government’s deployment ban to Iraq.

This was the assurance made by Carmelita Dimzon, head of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), amid the US government’s order to its subcontractors in Iraq to repatriate Filipino workers.

“I don’t think punishing them or sanctioning them at this point will be done,” Dimzon said in an interview on ANC’s On The Scene on Tuesday.

She said that there are at least 8,000 to 10,000 Filipinos working for US military contractors and subcontractors in Iraq.

In a memorandum issued by the United States Central Command last July 20, Colonel Richard Nolan, senior contracting officer of the Iraq CentCom Contracting Command said: “All contractors in Iraq have 20 days from the date of this letter to ensure their employees comply with US and international law and understood their redeployment responsibilities under the term of their contract.”

The memo added: “It is the contractor’s responsibility to ensure that it is not employing people from countries prohibited from entry to Iraq.”

August 3, 2010 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, KBR, LOGCAP, Private Military Contractors | , , , ,

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