After this year’s issue and resolution to the deployment ban to Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued a statement and a deployment ban to Libya for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). After hearing what the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) statement about foreigners being kidnapped, the Labor Department actioned immediately to suppress the situation.
News TV Live reported that three (3) Filipino engineers along with a South Korean, were kidnapped by armed men off of a water project site last 6th of July 2018. The DFA raised the alarm after this incident and the country is currently under investigation now.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said that OFWs currently have a deployment ban to Libya because of this incident. Why? Because when an alarm reaches level three, a deployment ban to that country will automatically renounce.
Before that, the DOLE also had a deployment ban to Micronesia after Filipino nurses reported that they were not being paid their agreed salaries and allowances. By looking at this, we can see that DOLE is acting early and fast whenever our countrymen are being aggravated even when they’re outside our country.
To add to that, the deployment ban to Kuwait was also lifted around the middle of this current year after Labor Secretary Silvestre Belo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano met with the leaders of the kingdom to sort and have a resolution to the problem.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment are currently investigating and validating the reports that were sent about the three engineers in Libya. No reports were sent out whether or not this deployment ban to Libya will continue until the end of this year.
Stay tuned to know more information and updates about current situations of overseas Filipino workers in other countries.
News source: GMA