NEWLY hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may once again be deployed to Sri Lanka as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) lifted the partial deployment ban in the South Asian nation.

Based on Advisory No. 74-2022, POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said all types of OFWs may already be deployed to Sri Lanka amid the improving situation in the country.

“Filipino workers are now allowed to be deployed to Sri Lanka,” said Olalia.

He said the move comes after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) lowered the Alert Level in Sri Lanka from Level 2 (Restriction Phase) to Level 1 (Precautionary Phase).

It was back in July 2022 when the DFA raised Alert Level 2 in Sri Lanka due to deteriorating security situation there.

Destination countries under Alert Level 2 are only allowed to employ returning OFWs, while deployment of new hires are prohibited.

Nevertheless, the POEA advised Sri Lanka-bound OFWs to maintain vigilance.

“They are alerted to take necessary precaution on any signs of internal disturbance, instability, or external threat that might affect their welfare and safety during their stay in the said country,” said Olalia. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)