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Partial lifting of deployment ban to Iraq, Afghanistan hailed -- www.abs-cbnnews.com

MANILA, Philippines - Over 7,000 overseas Filipinos working inside United States facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan hailed a government decision stating they are not covered by a deployment ban.

Filipinos in Afghanistan (FIA) spokesman Emmanuel Geslani said that this will free vacationing workers returning to their jobs sites in Iraq and Afghanistan from the clutches of over-eager airport officials from off-loading them and harassing them before they are allowed to board their flights.

He said that when the ban was in place, some off-loaded workers needed to purchase several tickets and try to board their airplanes on different occasions.

"After making an assessment of the conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq based on input from Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), we have recommended that Filipino workers who are already employed in US military bases and installations in these countries be allowed to remain there to continue their employment," Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. earlier said.

This was made formal under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board Resolution No. 5, dated September 2, 2011.

Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com, 4 September 2011
Link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/09/04/11/partial-lifting-deployment-ban-iraq-afghanistan-hailed

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