POEA orders recruiters to submit situation report on OFWs in the Middle East

Published January 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Merlina Hernando Malipot

Amid escalating tension in the Middle East, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) urged all manning and recruitment agencies to submit a weekly report on the situation of Filipino workers – both sea and land-based – assigned to the Middle East.

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POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, in separate advisories issued earlier this month, directed manning companies and recruitment agencies to “vigilantly monitor” the status of their deployed workers in view of the tension between the Iran and the United States of America.

All Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRAS), Olalia said, “are directed to monitor and report the condition of their workers” following the prescribed OFW monitoring form issued by the agency.

As cited in POEA advisories no. 2 and no. 3 series of 2020 dated January 10 and January 8 respectively, Olalia directed all concerned licensed manning agencies on the monitoring and reporting on the status of all OFWs – including Filipino seafarers on board vessels transiting in ocean and seas surrounding Middle East countries.

Olalia said that this move is to “further strengthen the protection of our seafarers’ who may be potentially affected by the rising tension involving countries in the Persian Gulf and the United States.”

He added that “all manning agencies which have Filipino seafarers onboard vessels transiting in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and the Indian Ocean” must accomplish and submit the said monitoring form.

In particular, the POEA is asking manning agencies to provide an inventory or list of all seafarers – including the “exact trade routes, type of vessel, contact numbers, information about their respective employers with contact numbers and addresses.” Furthermore, the concerned agencies are also required to provide a “status report on the condition/situation of their seafarers onboard.”

“Manning agencies are further directed to regularly coordinate with their respective principals, closely monitor the condition of their deployed seafarers on board, and ensure proper implementation of their contingency plans in case of escalation of tensions in the aforementioned areas,” Olalia said in the advisory.

Olalia noted that the monitoring reports shall be submitted to the Office of the Director, Welfare Services Branch,“ every Tuesday of the week or immediately as may be necessary.”

Earlier, the POEA imposed a total ban on the deployment of OFWs to Iraq to formalize the Philippine government’s efforts to repatriate Filipinos amid the rising tensions between the US and Iran.