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Gov't permits OFWs deployment abroad except for healthcare workers

The Malacañang announced on Thursday (May 14), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now allowed to work abroad except for healthcare professionals who are still covered by the ban. 

The decision made was aligned among the approved guidelines under the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) Resolution 36. 

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, land-based and sea-based OFWs shall be allowed to be deployed abroad upon the execution of a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Roque added, under the deployment ban issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), medical professionals are still banned from leaving the country.

Only healthcare workers who have signed employment contracts as of March 8 will be allowed to leave the country based on the guidelines released by the government’s coronavirus task force last April.

Roque also announced recruitment and placement agencies will be allowed to operate in areas under general and modified enhanced community quarantine as agreed by the IATF-EID.

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