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OFWs Want PH Help for Stay in Afghanistan
More than 6,000 Filipinos working in Afghanistan are still waiting for government action to act on their request to extend their stay inside US bases in the country.
According to recruitment and migration expert, Manny Geslani, the US Military Command has issued a memorandum order to all US and international companies employing Filipinos to submit a demobilization plan by September 9 for the orderly departure of OFWs.
“If the Department of Foreign Affairs does not resolve this matter by August 31, which is the deadline given by the companies to the Filipinos for any positive action that will save their jobs, then the companies will start hiring replacements and definitely all OFWs will be out of the bases by December 31, 2011,” said Geslani.
This is in line with a directive ordering US civilian contractors to terminate and repatriate all third country nationals (TCNs) whose countries have a deployment ban to Afghanistan.
In its memorandum, the US Military Command noted that there have been petitions submitted to the Philippine government requesting an extension to the directive.
“However, measures must be taken to ensure we are prepared to comply with the current policies and laws,” the memorandum stated.
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