Overseas Filipino Workers can once again work in the Federated States of Micronesia.
In a press conference on Thursday, September 27, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello III announced the lifting of the total deployment ban implemented on September 4.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) enforced the ban on the processing and deployment of workers to the island nation due to reports of OFWs being maltreated and abused.
Among the reports cited by POEA in explaining the ban was the blacklisting of Chuuk State Hospital on 2017 for allegedly not paying their Filipino employees.
On Tuesday, September 25, Bello has already revealed that he is meeting with POEA and the Department of Foreign Affairs in connection with the lifting of the deployment ban after receiving messages from Filipino workers in Micronesia that they are fine.