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Philippines suspends deployment of newly-hired OFWs in Yemen 

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MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / June 30, 2014) – The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday said the deployment of newly-hired overseas Filipino workers remains suspended in Yemen and only those with existing work contracts will be allowed to go back there as the Middle East state remains under the Philippine government’s alert level 2 warning.

Under Alert Level 2 or restriction phase, only Filipinos with existing labor contracts may return to Yemen, the DFA said in a statement.

Manila has banned travel and labor deployment to Yemen in December 2013 after seven Filipinos were killed in deadly attacks in the country’s Defense Ministry complex by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

Manila has banned travel and labor deployment to Yemen in December 2013 after seven Filipinos were killed in deadly attacks in the country’s Defense Ministry complex by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh stressed that Yemen remains under Alert Level 2 because of the current political and security situation in that country.

The DFA said the Philippines has no diplomatic presence in Yemen but its embassy in Saudi Arabia has jurisdiction over the country.

“All Filipinos in Yemen are therefore advised to restrict non-essential movements and avoid public places,” it said, adding due to the volatile security situation in Yemen, Filipinos there are advised to update their registration with the embassy or contact the office of the Philippine Honorary Consul in Sana’a.

“The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh continues to monitor the situation in Yemen and will provide further advisories to the Filipino community as may be necessary,” the DFA said.

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