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POEA bans deployment to Myanmar

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday imposed a total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Myanmar due to several reasons.

In a statement posted on the agency’s Facebook account, POEA said the ban covers all OFWs, including crew changes and shore leaves of Filipino seafarers.

The POEA Governing Board, chaired by Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, issued the order after the Philippine Embassy in Yangon and the Department of Foreign Affairs raised the alert status for Myanmar to Alert Level 4 (evacuation/mandatory repatriation phase) due to the threat of Covid-19 and probable non-provision of healthcare services to OFWs.

On Wednesday, Myanmar logged 6,093 new infections due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, pushing its active cases to over 70,000.*PNA

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