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OFWs in Afghanistan seek Binay’s help

By Mayen Jaymalin The Philippine Star Updated May 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Manila, Philippines – After trying to save lives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) facing death penalty, Vice President Jejomar Binay may soon take the task of saving jobs of Filipinos employed in Afghanistan.

A group of Filipino workers in Afghanistan yesterday sought the help of Binay to prevent the displacement of about 5,000 OFWs employed in a US military base there.

The OFWs said there are still opportunities for Filipinos to work and earn money for their families since US troops are projected to operate there until 2014.

However, the workers said they stand to lose the employment opportunity simply because the Philippine government refuses to lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Afghanistan.

Earlier, the US government ordered all contractors to stop hiring foreign workers from countries restricting deployment of workers to Afghanistan.

Since the issuance of the order, a number of Filipinos have been terminated each month by their US and international contractors working in US bases all over Afghanistan.

OFWs whose employment contracts have expired were immediately repatriated back to the Philippines with the US contractor shouldering the cost.

Because of this, the Filipinos in Afghanistan (FIA), an organization of more than 1,000 Filipinos working in high-level and supervisory positions with international organizations and skilled workers from 64 US bases in the war-torn country, was forced to seek the help of Binay.  Please read the entire article here

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , | Leave a comment

Phillipine Gov’t retains OFW ban in 6 countries

MANILA, PhilippinesThe government is retaining the ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Nigeria, and Somalia, mainly because of the unstable and volatile security situation in these countries, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) groups in Afghanistan and Iraq earlier appealed to the government to lift the labor deployment ban.

But an interagency committee which periodically reviews the policy recommended against the lifting of the ban because of the unstable security situation in these war-torn countries.

According to DFA spokesman J. Eduardo Malaya, adequate terms of employment and the overall safety and security of OFWs cannot be assured in these countries, as required by the Migrant Workers Act, or Republic Act 8042.

The law mandates that the government adhere to strict guidelines in allowing the deployment of OFWs to other countries. It also imposes heavy penalties on government officials who allow the deployment of migrant workers without the guarantees required by law.

The committee, led by the DFA, also includes the Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

The DFA has yet to comment on reports that foreign civilian contractors in Afghanistan have started terminating Filipino workers in line with a September 17 order issued by the US Central Command (Centcom). Please read the entire story here

January 19, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment