There are still 22 countries that are considered dangerous to Overseas Filipino Workers, particularly those who will be working as household workers.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) sent a reminder to OFWs that there are still 22 countries tagged as unsafe for Filipino workers. This is amidst the recent lifting of the deployment ban to Libya.
According to POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, OFWs working as household helpers are mostly subjected to these types of abuses.
“We are not deploying OFWs to countries where there is high risk on the security of our OFWs, particularly where the alert level is big as certified by the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs),” says Olalia.
Currently, the government banned the deployment of OFWs to these countries:
- Sudan (except Khartoum and the Kenana Sugar Plantation)
- Iraq Kurdistan region
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
- Haiti Mali
Filipino workers are prohibited from working in these countries because it is highly risky and to avoid all sort of bad environment as well. Though the ban is lifted in Libya, OFWs planning to work in the country especially those who will be working as household workers are advised to go to accredited POEA recruitment agency to avoid becoming a victim of illegal recruiters.