THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday lifted the moratorium on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Qatar amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued the lifting order upon consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and recommendation of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.
“This decision was arrived at on the advice of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and upon the recommendation of Qatar POLO following their assessment of the situation in the Gulf state,” Bello said.
Saying the situation has normalized, Labor Attache David Des Dicang and the Philippine Embassy even requested the deployment of newly-hired workers to Qatar, particularly to the Philippine School Doha and Philippine International School-Qatar.
“We respectfully request to allow the deployment so as not to hamper the operations of our Philippine schools and to allay fears of the revocation of their school permits issued by the Qatar government,” he said.
A total of 28 new teachers and 20 bus drivers of PSD and 51 new teachers of PISQ have pending applications with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
The Philippine Embassy and POLO also recommended the deployment of an Assessment Team composed of DOLE, POEA, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs of DFA to Qatar to meet with the government authorities and companies providing employment to Filipino workers.
POLO is also continuously coordinating with the Qatari authorities to discuss possible difficulties regarding the repatriation of distressed OFWs temporarily accommodated at the Migrant Workers and other Overseas Filipinos Resource Centers and are looking into the possible situation of Household Service Worker of non-Qatari employers, who will be left in the country or will be forced to travel with their employers.