POEA Bans OFWs from Working in Yemen

December 10, 2013

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is safeguarding the Filipinos workforce by banning them from working in Yemen. The said country is rife with danger at this present time especially with the terrorist attack that happened recently. Seven Filipino died along with 49 others in the suicide attack.

According to POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac the agency will be releasing a resolution to halt the deployment of OFWs to Yemen. He also encourages OFWs in Yemen to avail of the voluntary repatriation program of the Philippine government. There are more than 2,000 OFWs who are working as nurses and in construction in Yemen.

Yemen is now under Alert Level 3 after last week’s bombing Defense Ministry Complex hospital in Sanaa. Of the seven OFWs killed, one is a doctor and six were medical workers. Twenty-two other workers were also injured. OWWA promised to provide financial assistance to the families of those who died and compensation for those injured.

Yemeni investigation revealed that 12 terrorists had a hand in the suicide attack in Sanaa.

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