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Philippine government bans OFW deployment to Micronesia

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The Philippine government imposed a total deployment ban of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the Federated States of Micronesia due to reports of abuses and maltreatment.

The Philippines’ Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ordered through POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 05-2018 on September 4, 2018, upon the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the prohibition of newly-hired and returning OFW deployment to the island-nation.

“The POEA Governing Board resolves to impose a total ban on the processing and deployment of workers to the Federated States of Micronesia,” the resolution said.

The resolution cited the June 2017 reports of OFW maltreatment and abuses at Chuuk State Hospital, Micronesia. The said hospital was eventually blacklisted by POEA.

“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,” POEA said in a statement.

Prior to the deployment ban, there are more than 2,000 documented OFWs are employed in Micronesia.

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