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article imagePhilippine government bans workers from working in 41 countries

By Leo Reyes     Nov 2, 2011 in Politics
The Philippine government has banned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from working in at least 41 countries as listed in the Philippine Overseas Employment administration (POEA) board resolution No.7 dated November 2, 2011.
POEA has just released a list of Board Resolution No. 7 banning Filipino workers from working in at least 41 countries.
The POEA resolution is based on section 3 of RA No.10022 which provides, among others that "the State shall allow the deployment of overseas Filipino Workers only in countries where the rights of Filipino migrant workers are protected"
The resolution further states among others that "the government recognizes any of the following as a guarantee on the part of the receiving country for the protection of the rights of migrant workers:
a. It has existing labor laws and social laws protecting the rights of workers, including migrant workers ;
b. It is a signatory to and/or ratifier of multilateral conventions,declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of workers, including migrant workers;
c. It has concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement on the protection of the rights of overseas Filipino workers.
The POEA resolution which was released November 2, can be viewed here. The resolution was signed by Rosalinda Baldoz, POEA Chair and Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment.
“The governing board has thoroughly discussed and considered the (Department of Foreign Affairs) certifications and, in accordance with the law, issued the resolutions,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz said countries that are not compliant could initiate negotiations based on the provisions of the Philippine Migrant Workers Act.
"Included in the list were strife-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, Chad and Pakistan', AFP reports.
The Philippines is one of the world's largest labor exporters with around 10% of the 95 million population working abroad.
The worker's huge foreign exchange remittance keeps the economy afloat.
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