US Orders Pullout of Filipino Workers in Iraq
|July 28, 2010||Filled under Uncategorized|
Filipinos who were hired by American contractors to work in military installations in war-torn Iraq may have to return to the Philippines soon after the US government ordered all its military contractors to send home all foreign workers coming from countries that have imposed a deployment ban to Iraq.
A July 20, 2010 memorandum issued by Richard E. Nolan, senior contracting officer of CENTCOM Contracting Command in Iraq, said all contractors operating in Iraq have 20 days or until August 9 to move out expatriate workers covered by the travel ban.
“Of specific interest, individuals from countries that prohibit travel to Iraq, for example, the Philippines, currently in Iraq must be identified and plans made by their employer to get them out of Iraq,” the memo said.
It also said that employing individuals with passports that state “not valid in Iraq” violates both host nation and country laws.
The memo added that it is the contractor’s responsibility to ensure that it is not employing people from countries with a deployment ban to Iraq.
An inspection of all the camps in Iraq where the foreign workers are housed will be conducted after the 20-day period expires to ensure compliance to the memo. Violators may be blacklisted for future US government contracts.
The CENTCOM said it is “aware” that the Philippine government prohibits its citizens from traveling to Iraq.
Despite the ban, a total of 10,000 to 15,000 Filipinos are believed to be working in Iraq, mostly inside heavily fortified US facilities. – KBK, GMANews.TV
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