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3,500 OFW stranded due to travel ban, could rise to 15,000 by adding Taiwan to the ban

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said that as of Monday (Feb 10), there are about 3,500 returning OFWs stranded in the Philippines due to the travel ban to China, Hong Kong, Macau.

He said that the number could rise to as high as 10,000 to 15,000 with the Department of Health includes Taiwan on the travel ban list.

Even those OFWs who are just transiting through the four countries are not allowed to travel.

Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said labor officials will reach out to the employers of the affected Filipinos to explain the government's ban.

"The consulates through POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) will contact their employers and explain the situation to them," Abella said.

DOLE assures enough government measures to assist those who will be affected in the event that the Philippines decides to impose a travel ban on the Asian state.

1 comment:

  1. Why would you even include Taiwan in the travel Ban? just because you believe in one china policy? oh come on... have you even consider how many cases or nCoV taiwan have, and how have they dealt with the control of the epidemic disease, NO you didn't and you just decided to BAN Taiwan because you believe Taiwan is a part of China.


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