POEA to allow OFWS to leave PH

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it would implement the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on relaxing the deployment ban on healthcare workers.

POEA Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said the IATF-EID affirmed POEA Governing Board Resolution No. 9, series of 2020, subject to the exception that healthcare workers with perfected and signed contract as of March 8 will be allowed to leave.

In a statement, Olalia also said Balik-manggagawa or workers resuming their jobs overseas may now leave the country.

“Healthcare workers with existing contracts to fulfill can now go back to their present jobs provided that on top of existing POEA processes in the issuance of OECs, they shall be further subjected to comply with social distancing measures as well as departure and immigration procedures currently in place.

Olalia added that workers, however, are not allowed to go to countries where there are travel restrictions.

He added the POEA will issue the corresponding guidelines to implement the resolution.