The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a ban on the deployment of newly hired Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Egypt after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised the alert level in Cairo.
According to POEA Board Resolution no. 6-2013, newly hired OFWs will not be allowed to go to Egypt until their safety can be secured.
“The POEA Governing Board resolves to impose a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs bound for Egypt,” the resolution issued on Friday said.
Despite raising the alert level to 2, the administration would permit returning OFWs to go back to their workplace in Egypt.
“Under Alert Level 2, only the processing and deployment of returning OFWs with existing employment contracts shall be allowed,” the POEA clarified.
The Philippine Embassy in Cairo advised the DFA to raise the alert level as political tension mounted in the capital. However, DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said that repatriation is possible if the alert reaches the third level.
POEA records showed that around 6,000 OFWs are currently working in Egypt.