Govt halts deployment of workers to Thailand

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THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has banned the processing of documents and deployment of newly hired Filipino workers to Thailand because of the escalating civil unrest there.

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the suspension order was issued after consultations with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

She said the POEA board approved a resolution temporarily suspending the processing of documents and the deployment of Filipino workers to Bangkok,
Nonthaburi Province, Lad Lum Kaew District (Pathumthani Province); and Bang Phli District (Samutprakan Province).

On January 23, the DFA raised the crisis Alert Level 2 to the four affected areas in
Thailand after the declaration of a 60-day state of emergency.

The POEA explained that under alert level 2, “only processing and deployment of returning OFWs with existing employment contracts shall be allowed.”

Baldoz urged Filipino workers in Thailand to be more vigilant and “avoid going out as much as possible, especially if they have nothing important to do outside.”

“They should also stay alert and monitor the events in those areas. If they feel that their security and safety is compromised, they can always go to the Philippine Embassy,” she added.

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