A Philippines parliamentarian has urged the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to join forces over the ban on sending overseas Filipino workers to 41 countries for lack of bilateral agreements for the protection of OFWs.
The Sun Star reports Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay’s call came after the government recently withdrew its certification for 41 countries that served as basis for a deployment ban issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Apsay says the issuance of the ban last week and its revocation few days after are making the government the butt of jokes.
She earlier praised the deployment ban saying that such prohibition “is consistent with our firm stand to curb the abuses and exploitation being suffered by our OFWs abroad.”
Among the countries named in the ban were East Timor/Timor Leste, Nauru, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Despite the lifting of the ban, Apsay urged the DFA to continue working for the forging of bilateral agreements with the 41 countries to ensure the protection of foreign workers.