POEA Orders Total Deployment Ban on Ebola-hit West African Countries

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a total deployment ban in Ebola-hit countries Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said Saturday.

In a press conference, Cacdac explained that the POEA Governing Board Resolution had approved the deployment ban due to the Ebola virus and the Alert Level 3 issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

An earlier July POEA deployment ban on the three West African countries had prohibited the deployment of only newly-hired workers, after the DFA had raised an Alert Level 2 on those countries.

Government records show that there were about 900 OFWs currently deployed in the West African countries.

The World Health Organization reported that there are 19,031 Ebola cases, including 7,373 deaths.

(Source: DVM, GMA News)

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