Lifting of ban on Filipino workers in the FSM only includes workers with current contracts

By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
October 3, 2018
FSM—On September 28, 2018, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration issued a governing board resolution saying that the lifting of the ban on overseas foreign workers (OFWs) in the FSM applies only to those who already have an employment contract in the FSM.
It says that the lifting of the ban applies only to “Balik Manggawa”, rehires of land based workers who renewed their employment contracts with the same principal. What the resolution means is that Filipino workers with current contracts in the FSM who have returned home to the Philippines can return to the FSM as long as they are not changing employers.
The resolution still imposes a temporary suspension on the processing and deployment of newly-hired OFWs bound for Federated States of Micronesia. The temporary suspension for new workers is “subject to continuing coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs in the monitoring of the status and welfare of the OFWs in the FSM.”
It was further resolved that the ban does not cover the deployment, port of call, embarkation and disembarkation of seafarers to the FSM.

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