Unscrupulous recruitment agencies in the country have been continuously deploying Filipino workers not only in war-torn Afghanistan but also in Iraq, a migrant rights’ group disclosed.
Migrante-Middle East regional director John Monterona also claimed that overseas Filipino workers are being sent to these countries despite the deployment ban by the Philippine government using the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman as entry points.
“We have been receiving reports that Overseas Employment Certificate have been issued even to those who are using tourist visa and visit visa entering the UAE, Qatar and Oman as entry point going to Afghanistan and Iraq; this is highly irregular,” Monterona said.
As this developed, Monterona has reiterated their call to the government to review the country’s labor export program.
“We reiterate our call to the Aquino government to start creating local jobs with decent pay and benefits, initiate a reasonable across-the-board wage increase for the wage-earners to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the deployment of OFWs in war-torn countries,” he added.