Migrant group hits govt. deployment ban, as Philippines sends envoy to Iraq
By Nora O. Gamolo, allvoices.com
Even as the Philippine government dispatched an envoy to Iraq, a Middle East-based alliance of Filipino migrants rights group said the RP government deployment ban is ineffective and is “like a risky practical joke that runs counter to and inimical to OFWs (overseas Filipino workers’) well being and interests.”
The Philippine Government has dispatched Special Envoy Ambassador Roy Cimatu to assess the security situation in Iraq and the security measures in place for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there.
Cimatu left after the United States government announced a phased withdrawal of its troops from said country, including a major pullout of combat troops by end of August.
To date, there are around 6,000 Filipinos working in Iraq despite the Philippine Government’s travel and labor deployment ban to Iraq. The limited US troop pull-out from will mean a cutback in the number of contract workers servicing US-funded projects in Iraq.