Baldoz to reinforce personnel as alert level 3 looms in Israel

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is looking to bolster its presence in Israel after getting word that the crisis alert level 3 may be raised in the Middle East state in the coming days.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that they are set to send additional personnel in Israel, where the security situation remains volatile.

"We have to assist our Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) for the actual operations there," said Baldoz.

She said the agency received information that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is already poised to raise the present crisis alert level 2 in Israel, wherein there are about 36,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

"Malaki ang volume ng Filipinos doon tapos kung hihilahin na sila for the repatriation ay maapektuhan yung operation natin," said Baldoz.

The possible raising of alert level comes amid the ongoing escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In a related development, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is reiterating that a total deployment ban remains imposed in Syria.

As stated by POEA Advisory 14-2014, the government stressed that Syria remains closed for OFWs as crisis alert level 4 remains in effect.

"Under alert level 4, total deployment ban and mandatory repatriation of the workers onsite is strictly enforced," said the resolution dated July 25.

The advisory was issued on the heels of the statement released by the DFA regarding the status of the Syrian crisis.

Cacdac also echoed calls for OFWs still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation already by asking assistance from the Philippine government.

It was back in December 2011 when the DFA raised alert level 4 in Syria and has not lowered it since then. (HDT/Sunnex)

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