PH temporarily suspends sending OFWs to Oman

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) — Authorities have temporarily suspended the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Oman effective Friday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Bernard Olalia said the agency’s governing board issued a resolution ordering this after a recent Oman government travel advisory banned the entry of all OFWs and travelers from the Philippines.

“[The] condition for the lifting will be when the Oman government will allow the entry of our OFWs and Filipinos to Oman,” said Olalia.

The POEA administrator said the country sends an average of 25,000 workers to Oman annually before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bulk of which are household service workers. This figure dwindled to 5,000 amid the current health crisis.

Olalia said the Oman government has no feedback yet on the Philippines’ decision.

CNN Philippines correspondent Tristan Nodalo contributed to this report.