Pinoys can work in Iraq except in 4 areas
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos can now start applying for jobs in Iraq as a bilateral labor agreement has identified restricted zones for the migrant workers, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.
The 4 "no-go zones" are Anbar Province; Ninewah or Nineveh Province; Kirkuk Province also known as Tamim, Al Tamim, At-Tamin; and Salahuddin or Salahaddin Province are "no-go zones."
The areas were identified in the 7th Philippine-Iraq Joint Commission Meeting on March 18-19, POEA said. “The POEA Board resolves to resume the processing and deployment of returning workers or rehires bound for Iraq, except for areas identified as ‘no-go’ zones,” it said in a in a resolution dated April 17.
The Philippine health department said there are 2,000 job vacancies for doctors and nurses in Iraq.
The identification of the restricted areas officially commences the lifting of the 5-year old deployment ban in Iraq. Workers had been prohibited in Iraq since December 2007 due to the “unstable peace and order situation” there.
In 2004, Angelo dela Cruz was abducted by Iraqi insurgents fighting the US-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein. To secure his release, the Arroyo administration withdrew Filipino peacekeeping troops deployed there.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said last February 4 that the Philippine embassy in Baghdad certified Iraq as compliant with the guarantees of the Migrant Workers’ Act. The Department of Foreign Affairs lowered the crisis alert level in Iraq to Level 1. - Rappler.com