Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to South Sudan due to escalating violence in the North African country.
Bello said the ban was imposed by Philippine Overseas Employment Agency after the Department of Foreign Affairs raised alert level 4 in the conflict-striken country, forcing government to repatriate Filipino ctizens working in South Sudan.
Bello, who sits as head of the POEA board, said POEA passed a resolution imposing “total ban on the processing and deployment of all OFWs bound for South Sudan, until further notice.”
According to a Reuters report, the country plunged into conflict late 2013 after President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar as vice president.
The two signed an agreement last year to end a civil war that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people while displacing a third of the country’s population.
Various delegates across South Sudan recently came together for a forum seeking to ensure inclusive and active participation of communities in the nation’s peacebuilding efforts.
— Ralph Hernandez / JMF
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UNSTABLE SITUATION | Philippines implements deployment ban to South Sudan