Deployment ban to Israel lifted

Posted at 12/14/12 4:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government has lifted the ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Israel.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the situation there has improved following the ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militant group, Hamas.

“The DFA Travel Advisory issued on November 23, 2012, which advised Filipinos to defer travel to Gaza and central and southern Israel in view of the Israel-Hamas conflict, is now lifted,” the DFA said in an advisory.

The Alert Level 2 (restriction phase) for central and southern Israel, and the Alert Level 4 which called for mandatory evacuation for Gaza raised last November 20, were likewise lifted.

The Israeli Embassy in Manila welcomes the development.

There are more than 40,000 Filipinos in Israel, most of them are caregivers, while about 120 Filipinos live or work in Gaza. ANC