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OFWs seek lifting of ban on Afghan deployment By Michaela P. del Callar 01/06/2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

OFWs seek lifting of ban on Afghan deployment

By Michaela P. del Callar 01/06/2011

Hundreds of Filipino workers in Afghanistan have appealed anew to President Aquino to lift the Philippine deployment ban there as the deadline nears for the expulsion of foreign workers from countries that impose a travel ban to the strife-torn state.

Lifting the ban, they said, would allow more Filipino workers “to be employed gainfully in the safe and secure conditions in US bases.”

In a statement, the Filipinos in Afghanistan (FIA), an organization of more than 1,000 Filipinos working in high-level and supervisory positions with international organizations and skilled workers from 64 US bases all over Afghanistan, said the ban would render hundreds of Filipinos jobless once they return to the Philippines.
More than 6,000 Filipino workers in Afghanistan are in danger of being sent back to the Philippines by the end of this year as the US Central Command ordered all contractors in that country against Third Country Nationals (TCN)whose domestic laws prohibit their citizens from traveling and working in Afghanistan..... MORE

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