BREAKING NEWS: The Inter-Agency Task For (IATF) has retracted its decision of imposing total ban on deployment of health workers abroad.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that IATF agreed to now allow nurses who were able to secure employment and travel documents no later than March 8, 2020 to be deployed overseas.
Also, Balik-Manggagawa or returning nurses who are simply on vacation and have contracts abroad will also be allowed to leave the country.
However, the temporary deployment ban stays for those who are still processing their documents abroad.
On Monday, IATF issued Resoution No. 64 on which reimposed the total ban on the deployment of these health workers without any exemption. Even those who are only in the country for vacation and have existing contracts abroad would be barred from leaving.
“Considering the continuing State of Public Health Emergency, the overseas deployment of the medical and allied health workers is hereby temporarily suspended pursuant to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Governing Board Resolution No. 09, series of 2020,” the resolution read.
The resolution also urged the Department of Health (DOH) and government hospitals to hire healthcare workers to augment the workforce as cases soared to over 160,000.
This is a developing story.