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DFA Moves to Save Jobs in Afghanistan

By MADEL R. SABATER  MB.com Phillipines
October 2, 2010, 1:55pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has recommended that President Aquino convene a high-level committee to address a recent directive issued by a United States (US) government agency that would affect Filipinos working for US interests in Afghanistan.

The DFA was referring to the memorandum issued by Centcom on the termination of certain foreign workers in Afghanistan, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In its recommendation to President Aquino, the DFA proposed that the committee be headed by the Executive Secretary with the secretaries of the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Labor and Employment as members.

The committee will be mandated to assess the security situation in Afghanistan, the implications of the Centcom order, and make recommendations to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipino workers currently employed by the US government or its sub-contractors in Afghanistan.

A Centcom memorandum issued on September 17, 2010 ordered the termination of employment of all foreign workers whose domestic laws prohibit them from traveling to, or working in, Afghanistan.

The Philippines has an existing travel and deployment ban to Afghanistan since 2005.

However, there are an estimated 2,500 to 4,000 Filipinos working in US military facilities in Afghanistan, mostly on Third Country National (TCN) basis.

TCN refers to workers that are of separate nationality to both the contracting government or private contractor or the host country or area of operations

October 3, 2010 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors | , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Hoping that the phil. govt. will take action this month. Mag pa ramdam naman sana ang amin Pangulo @ DFA…

    Comment by PNOY in Afghanistan | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. Xe Services (formerly known as Blackwater) is once again in the news, thanks to charges made by two former employees. Blackwater officials kept a Filipino prostitute on the company payroll for a US State Department contract in Afghanistan, and billed the government for her time working for Blackwater male employees in Kabul. The alleged prostitute’s salary was categorized as part of the company’s “Morale Welfare Recreation” expenses. The Davis’ charges have not yet been proved or disproved.
    It may be sad to say but, given the history of sexual activities and some private contractors, the use of a female prostitutes in Afghanistan is rampant. The males are acting as Papasangs and forcing the females into sex acts. Someone needs to help thes girls.

    Comment by What's Going on? | October 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Okay, this is a tragedy of the highest magnitude and I want to know who’s going to pay for this. These deaths could have been prevented if only for the fact these Pinoys should have never been in the country in the first place. Yes, we all know the risks but unfortunately people from a Third World Country don’t have the same concepts of values at do the Westerners when it comes to risk management. We lost several people who but all rights, should not have been in the country. I hope they sue the Karzai Government and the USG. We did nothing about it because of the bottom dollar.

      “A cargo plane contracted by a US-based company crashed into mountains east of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, with initial reports saying all eight people aboard were killed, an Afghan airport official said. In the Philippines, a radio report said that six of the eight people aboard were Filipinos. The other two are Kenyan and Indian. But the Department of Foreign Affairs is still verifying the report.

      The plane was flying from Bagram Air Field, the main US military base in Afghanistan, when it went down east of the capital Tuesday about 8 p.m. (1530 GMT), Kabul Airport Director Mohammad Yaqub Rassuli told The Associated Press.

      An Associated Press photographer near the scene saw wreckage ablaze on a hillside. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. Weather conditions were clear Tuesday evening. Rassuli said all eight crew members were believed dead, although North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Afghan troops were continuing with their search-and-rescue mission. “We’re still hoping to find survivors,” said NATO spokesman James Judge. “We’re still searching.” The aircraft took off from Bagram, which lies about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Kabul, but its destination was unclear.

      The plane owned by United Arab Emirates-based TransAfrik was under contract by the US-based company National Air Cargo, Judge said.
      “The company has confirmed that a TransAfrik L-100 aircraft flying from Bagram to Kabul went down shortly before 8 p.m.,” National Air Cargo said in a statement. “There were eight personnel onboard including one National employee. The status of the personnel on board and cause of the crash are unknown at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew and their families.” NATO said the crash occurred about 16 miles (30 kilometers) east of the Kabul International Airport.”

      Again, why were these people on the plane in the first place. Why? They were being smuggled out of the country for a vacation on an unsafe aircraft. Because they are Filipinos they don’t have the same safeguards as other people. Some people are speculating they were actually being brought in the country to get in before the contracting ban. How does the USG justify the deaths of innocents who should not have been in the country in the first place? This is just a horrible tragedy and I think someone needs to answer some questions.

      Comment by What's Going on? | October 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. I am professional long range experience as supervisor in civil work, therefore kindly give me chance to serve,Thanks

    Comment by Abdul majid | November 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. I am pakistani resident of NWFP Distt; nowshera professional supervisor qualified with15years work experience, I am jobless, kindly give a chance to serve ngo jobs in Afghanistan.

    Comment by Abdul majid | November 8, 2010 | Reply

  5. how i wish to be a core member of your company with my utmost willful desire.I’m a member of PNP for more than 10yrs., undergone a rigid 45 days schooling in a Special Counter insurgency Operation Unit Training PNP SCOUT, a graduated of associate in marine engineering course,experienced as a helper mechanic/welder with my father, certified 4wheel light vehicle and a single motorcycle driver, took up a vocational course in refrigeration and air conditioning. ready to admit/suffer consequences whatsoever that I’d rather to bleed and die in combat than to starve oneself because I couldn’t even dare to attest my family who suffer extreme hunger that I want them to lifted up from a hard luck situation that my salary here is inconvenient to support them that I couldn’t able to send my 3 siblings to a good university for their good future because they are the one who motivated me most and also being my inspiration in life. I would gladly appreciate if you send me any proper information on how to coordinate in your services. Thank you for considering my application in advance! my email add alvaandre@rocketmail.com

    Comment by andre' | February 19, 2011 | Reply


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