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Total ban ordered on OFW deployment to Micronesia

07:57 PM September 11, 2018

Overseas Filipino workers. INQUIRER FILE

Filipino workers may no longer be deployed to the Federated States of Micronesia due to reports of abuses and maltreatment of Filipino workers in that nation, the s governing board has recently ordered.

There are reportedly more than 2,000 Filipino workers in FSM. POEA resolution No. 05-2018 said that no Filipino workers, both newly-hired and returning, will be deployed to that country, according to a press release.

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The order was issued at the recommendation of Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs because of reports of maltreatment of Filipino workers, citing as an example, a June 2017 report of maltreatment and abuses that led to the POEA blacklisting the Chuuk State Hospital.

“The DFA strongly recommends the total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to the Federated States of Micronesia unless it settles the unresolved cases and improves the working condition of OFWs,” the agency said.

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It also noted the absence of the required certification from the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam that would allow the deployment of Filipino workers in FSM.

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