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Total ban ordered on Filipino workers to Micronesia

MANILA (Inquirer/Pacnews) — Filipino workers may no longer be deployed to the Federated States of Micronesia due to reports of abuses and maltreatment of Filipino workers in that nation.

There are reportedly more than 2,000 Filipino workers in the FSM. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or POEA said no Filipino workers, both newly hired and returning, will be deployed to that country.

The POEA order was issued at the recommendation of Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs because of reports of maltreatment of Filipino workers, citing as an example, a June 2017 report of maltreatment and abuses that led to the POEA blacklisting the Chuuk State Hospital.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it “strongly recommends the total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to the Federated States of Micronesia unless it settles the unresolved cases and improves the working condition of overseas foreign workers.”

It also noted the absence of the required certification from the Philippine Consulate General on Guam that would allow the deployment of Filipino workers in FSM.