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Six Filipinos killed in cargo plane crash near Kabul

The official refused to name the fatalities pending confirmation of their identities

Manila: The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that six Filipinos were among the eight fatalities in Wednesday’s cargo plane crash near the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Ed Malaya said they received information from the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan confirming that six Filipinos were among the dead in Wednesday’s crash of a C-130 cargo aircraft operated by PAE Justice Support.

PAE Justice Support is a private contractor operating in Afghanistan which provides logisitical support and security services at the Bagram Air Base, a facility operated by the United States military.

Identities withheld

The official refused to name the fatalities pending confirmation of their identities and upon notification of their next of kin.

Aside from the six Filipinos an Indian and a Kenyan national, were also killed in the crash.

The eight were passengers of a cargo plane owned by Trans Afrique a Ghana firm contracted by a US firm. The plane was en route from Bagram Air Base to Kabul Airport when it crashed in the vicinity of Kabul.

Malaya said a joint Afghan-international security force is conducting a search and retrieval mission.

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs has directed the Embassy to provide assistance and to coordinate with their employers for the repatriation of the remains and entitlement to benefits.

October 14, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Africa, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , | Leave a comment

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