Palace downplays OFW ban to 41 countries

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 03 2011 03:49 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2011 03:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañan downplayed the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to 41 countries around the world.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said, despite the ban, government can still allow deployment to countries with companies and contractors with international operations.

“So, out of the 41 on the list, 22 po doon mayroong mga companies and contractors with international operations. So tuloy po ‘yung deployment doon sa mga companies and mga contractors na ‘yon. ‘Yung 15 out of 41 countries naman po, ito po ‘yung mga bansang hindi po compliant doon sa standards po natin and wala hong contractors and corporations or companies with international operations.”

Quoting POEA data, Valte expects the impact to be minimal. 

Valte said OFWs in countries affected by the ban will be allowed to finish their existing contracts.

Valte added that government’s assessment of the situation in these countries is a continuing effort.

“Kapag nag-certify naman po—for example, you end up on the list—continuous ‘yung assessment po natin dito; na kung nakita po nang ma-certify po ng DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] na ito na po ‘yung…they are exerting efforts to comply with our standards, pwede na po sila—ia-assess na po ‘yan ng Governing Board ng POEA at pwede po silang matanggal doon sa list na may deployment ban.”

The deployment ban covers countries with not enough mechanisms to protect the welfare of OFWs.