Philippines bans OFW deployment to Korea

Posted at 11/27/10 12:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has ordered a ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to the Korean peninsula, radio dzMM reported Saturday.

The ban was prompted by the ongoing tension between the North and the South Korean governments.

According to Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, the implementation of the deployment ban was a decision of the government team that included the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Department of Labor and Employment, among others.

The team was tasked by President Benigno Aquino III to continuously assess the situation in Korea.

Valte said there are 46,000 Filipinos, including undocumented workers, in the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, Special Envoy Roy Cimatu arrived in Seoul, Korea on Saturday morning to conduct an assessment on the looming war between the 2 Koreas.

Cimatu heads the 6-man rapid response team dispatched by the Philippine government amid growing tensions between the two countries.

He is also tasked to make necessary recommendations whether to repatriate Filipinos working in the peninsula. With Ruby Bernardo Tayag, dzMM