Philippines suspends departure of Israel-bound Filipino workers

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Philippines suspends departure of Israel-bound OFWs

 

MANILA – The Philippine government supports a decision to suspend the departure of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Israel amid an escalation of conflict there.

Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III made the decision amid reports of intensified air strikes and rocket fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the presidential palace Malacañang supports Bello’s decision.

Roque clarified, however, that there is no deployment ban and that “the processing of those who already qualified continues.”

He said that the departure of Filipino workers who are bound for Israel is suspended while the tension and violence are still high.

“This is to protect the safety of our countrymen. Of course, as we prepare to evacuate and repatriate our citizens there, why should we send new OFWs there?” Roque said in Filipino.

There are an estimated 30,000 Filipinos working and residing in Israel. The Philippine government has said it is preparing for possible repatriation should the conflict escalate further. CAM/Expat Media


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