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POEA may soon resume deployment of OFWs to Oman–POEA chief

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) may soon lift the temporary deployment suspension for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) bound for Oman.

This after the Omani government agreed last week that it would once again be allowing the entry of OFWs in Oman.

“We had an undertaking, wherein the Omani government said they will lift the travel restrictions for OFWs. In exchange, secretary
[Silvestre H.] Bello III instructed the lifting of the temporary deployment suspension,” POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said in a television interview last Tuesday.

He said they are now just waiting for the Omani government to implement its end on the agreed upon undertaking before they could start sending OFWs to Oman again.

Last Friday, the POEA governing board led by Bello imposed a temporary deployment suspension in Oman to protest against the “unfair” travel restriction from the Omani government.

On the same day, representatives from the Oman Embassy met with labor officials to address the matter, which resulted into the undertaking.

Olalia said they have yet to determine the exact number of OFWs, who were affected by the temporary deployment suspension. But he said POEA previously registered about 1,000 deployed OFWs to Oman per month. Samuel P. Medenilla

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