Myanmar coup d’etat, not the main reason why overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are departing Myanmar but COVID-19, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) clarified on Tuesday.
In an interview, POEA Administrator Atty. Bernard Olalia said that the agency is continuously monitoring the situation of OFWs in Myanmar through the respective manpower agencies that sent the respective OFWs in the said country.
As of today, the government official stressed that no one has so far asked POEA for a repatriation due to the coup d’etat, unlike those who seek repatriation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, Olalia advised Filipinos to avoid going in areas where protests frequently happens. Aside from this, he also told the relatives of OFWs in Myanmar to contact the respective recruitment agencies of their loved ones if they have concerns on their safety and welfare.
Olalia also warned that if a recruitment agency failed to respond or cater an inquiry, asking for updates concerning the current situation of an OFW in Myanmar, the POEA would intervene and this would mean suspension for the recruitment agency.
Meanwhile, if their relatives were hired directly, they were instructed to go to the nearest DOLE for assistance on their concerns.