POEA: No deployment ban in Ukraine yet

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Monday, February 24, 2014

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is not yet imposing a deployment ban in Ukraine, which is recently rocked by a series of violent anti-government protests.

According to POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, they will still need an official assessment from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before the board can make a decision on whether there is a need to impose a partial or total deployment ban.

“DFA will still have to assess the situation,” said Cacdac.


For almost a week, Ukraine has been rocked by a series of anti-government protests, where they are calling for the immediate resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych.

But according to DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez, Filipinos in Ukraine are far from the capital of Kiev, where the protests have been escalating in recent days.

There are only about 40 Filipino workers in Ukraine, according to government data.

Under the Philippine government’s crisis alert system, level 2 would result to a deployment ban being imposed on newly-hired OFWs while level 3 means a deployment ban is also imposed among returning workers. (HDT/Sunnex)

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