Published: Friday 16 June, 2017

OFW Deployment Ban to Qatar Lifted; DOLE Says Conditions have ‘Normalized’

Overseas Filipino workers can now proceed to their jobs in Qatar. This after the OFW deployment ban earlier imposed on Qatar was lifted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) after conditions in the politically beleaguered Middle East country have ‘normalized’.

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The OFW deployment ban to Qatar has been lifted. (AP photo/Bullit Marquez)

DOLE suspended deployment of OFWs to Qatar after a political crisis ensued when seven Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE severed their diplomatic ties with it. As most of Qatar’s food is imported via Saudi Arabia, DOLE feared for the welfare of Filipinos in the country.

Immediately after the political row, panic buying ensued with shop shelves emptied of food stocks as locals braced for shortages. To allay these fears, the Qatari government immediately restocked stores and assured everyone that there will be no shortages.

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The deployment ban not only affected new hires going to Qatar but currently employed OFWs who were on vacation in the Philippines.

“This decision was arrived at on the advise of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano and upon the recommendation of Qatar POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) following their assessment of the situation in the Gulf state,” said DOLE is a statement Thursday.

There are currently around 240,000 Filipinos in Qatar.