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POEA lifts deployment ban in Egypt

by Samuel Medenilla

Manila, Philippines – As the security situation in Egypt continues to improve, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a resolution yesterday lifting its deployment ban.

In a governing board resolution issued last Thursday, Labor and Employment secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will now be allowed to return to Egypt.

“The POEA Governing Board resolves to lift the deployment ban in Egypt and to resume the processing and deployment thereto of all Filipino workers, to include both vacationing and new hires,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz, who heads the POEA governing board, cited the Department for Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) lowering of the security alert level in Egypt from 2 to 1 last Dec. 11 due to the “continued improvement in its political and security situation.”

Under an alert level 1 or the precautionary phase, DFA will advise OFWs to be wary from the political developments in a specified country.

POEA issued a full deployment ban in Egypt last Sept.10 amid its escalating political tension. It later downgraded this into a partial deployment ban last Nov. 4 as security situation in Egypt begins to normalize.