THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has lifted the deployment ban in Egypt and has begun processing the documents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), those wanting to have their vacations there and new hires.
The ban against deployment has been removed because of the continues improvement in the political and security conditions in that country, as pointed out by the resolution signed by the governing body of the POEA on December 26.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recommended on November 4, 2013 the lowering of the crisis alert level in said country to alert level 3 [or voluntary repatriation],” the resolution said.
From alert level 3, the DFA further lowered to alert level2, which means that processing and deployment of workers can be allowed for OFWs returning to their current employers and those with existing employment contracts.
On December 10, the board approved the redeployment of returning Filipino workers to Egypt, but “subject to proof of existing employment as determined by the POEA.”
Among those government officials who signed the resolution were Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac, and members Felix Oca, Estrelita Hizon, Alexander Asuncion and Milagros Isabel Cristobal.
The POEA imposed a deployment ban to Egypt when political tensions mounted in Cairo in August.