The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced the temporary postponement of the implementation of the deployment ban in 41 countries. The postponement follows after the DFA withdrew the negative certifications in countries that reportedly failed to comply with the migrant policies that would provide sufficient protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) under the amended Migrant Workers Act.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, Raul Hernandez said, "This deferment will give us time to revisit the 41 countries so that we can move forward."
The previous news of deployment ban to 41 countries was met with negative criticism and disapproval from various OFW organizations. Even the DFA admitted that the ban could have adverse effects on OFWs.
On the other hand, various sectors that have been requesting the DFA to withdraw the negative certifications expressed approval with the news of deferment.
The DFA plans to hold a dialogue with labor officials of the concerned countries so they can revise the list.