De Castro: OFW ban in Nigeria stays

By Cynthia Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Posted date: April 03, 2009

Mr. Nestor Derpo, VP Noli de Castro, Esper Derpo, HE Pres Gloria Arroyo, DFA Sec Alberto Romulo, Amb. Roy Cimatu

Mr. Nestor Derpo, VP Noli de Castro, Esper Derpo, HE Pres Gloria Arroyo, DFA Sec Alberto Romulo, Amb. Roy Cimatu

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Noli De Castro Thursday said the government will maintain the ban on labor deployment to Nigeria, citing the existence of “real dangers and threats” to the safety of Filipino workers.

De Castro, who is presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), made the announcement after his meeting with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and Esper Derpo, president of the Filipino Community in Nigeria, in Malacañang on Tuesday.

He, however, clarified that for those land-based Filipino workers who have been working for more than 10 years in Nigeria, particularly in the capital Lagos, a special travel permit may be issued.

De Castro noted that this group of Filipino workers who may be issued with special travel permit is employed in safer areas, not in the Niger Delta where there is high incidence of hijacking.

“This is good news to those OFW professionals in Nigeria who have been wishing to take a vacation back home. Their problem before was that once they go home, they cannot go back to Nigeria because of the ban. Now this has been resolved,” De Castro said.

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One Response to De Castro: OFW ban in Nigeria stays

  1. adrian tan says:

    Mga Kasama,
    Ano nga ga kaya ang tunay na napag-usapan ng mga pinuno doon sa ating bayan at nagkaroon sila ng pagbabasehan na ang nararapat lamang na bigyan ng ‘special travel permit’ ay yaong mga nakapag-lagi na dito ng mahigit sa 10 taon? Hindi ko ga lubos na maisip ang pagkaka-iba ng 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 o 10 taon na pananatili dito. Hindi ko mawari na paano ba kung sakali na mas magiging ligtas at malayo sa ano mang panganib ang mga kasama natin dito na naglagi na ng 10 taon o higit pa, sa mga kasamahan natin dito na mga 1, 2 o 3 taon pa lamang nandirito.
    Ang mga may masasamang adhikain ba o mga di kanais-nais na mga pangyayari ay magtatanong muna kung ilang taon na ang isang pinoy dito bago nila isakatuparan ang kanilang gagawin? Kapag kanila bang nalaman na ang pinoy na ito ay tumagal na dito ng 10 taon o mas higit pa, ito ay kanilang paliligtasin at bibigyan ng special privilege, at kung ito ay kanila namang napagtanto na siya ay kulang pa ng 10 taon, ay kanilang isasakatuparan ang kanilang mithiin?
    Ito po ay isa lamang katanungan para sa bawat isa sa atin at sa mga kinauuukulan na rin, na hangad nating mabigyan ng isang maganda, kaaya-aya at kapani-paniwalang kasagutan.
    Magandang araw sa bawat isa, ikaw man ay 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 o 10 taon ng nagpapakahirap dito para sa magandang kinabukasn at hinaharap ng ating mga mahal sa buhay sa bansang pilipinas.

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