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DMW bans deployment of OFWs to Haiti

Mayen Jaymalin - The Freeman

CEBU , Philippines —  Deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Haiti is temporarily suspended, according to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

“The processing and deployment of both new hires and returning OFWs is temporarily suspended,” the DMW announced in an advisory.

DMW noted that Haiti is now under Crisis Alert Level 3 due to an unstable security situation.

With Alert Level 3, Filipinos in Haiti are encouraged to contact the Philippine Embassy for voluntary repatriation.

Due to the unstable security situation, DMW advised Filipinos in Haiti to remain vigilant and restrict non-essential movement.

Meanwhile, over 700 Filipinos were hired on-the-spot (HOTS) to work in Taiwan, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office reported Sunday.

MECO chairman Silvestre Bello said the Filipino workers were hired during the job fair and Career Expo held in Ilagan City, Cagayan last week.

Most of the HOTS, Bello said, will be working in factories in Taiwan.

“We thank the participating Taiwanese companies and universities for taking the extra mile in providing employment and scholarship opportunities to Filipino jobseekers and our young people,” Bello said.

About 3,500 job seekers and potential scholars participated in the job matching activity initiated by Taiwanese companies in the Philippines.

The companies were represented by six Taiwanese recruitment agencies under the Responsible Business Alliance which will hire the workers without charging placement and deployment fees.

For the career expo, three universities offered scholarships to 20 pre-qualified students who will undergo further evaluation to be conducted by the Mingshin University of Science and Technology, Taipei University of Science and Technology, and Kunshan University.Bello said a similar activity, jointly undertaken by MECO and the Department of Migrant Workers, will also be held in Metro Manila before the end of the year. (CEBU NEWS)

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