The following is the statement of Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
After receipt of the official communication from the Saudi government this morning which ensures us that the foreign employers and agencies will shoulder the costs of institutional quarantine and other Covid protocols upon arrival in the KSA, the temporary suspension of deployment to the Kingdom is hereby lifted.
I have advised the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to immediately implement this directive and provide the necessary clearance to all our departing Filipino workers to facilitate their travel to the KSA.
I understand that the suspension order drew confusion and irritation among our affected departing OFWs.
Again, I apologise for the inconvenience and momentary anguish that it may have caused our dear OFWs. It was to the best interest of our OFWs that such decision had to be made.
I thank the government of KSA for acting with dispatch and giving us reassurance. Our Saudi-bound workers will no longer be disadvantaged.