MANILA-- The Philippines is imposing a temporary moratorium on deployment of workers to Qatar amid the Middle East situation.
The Philippine government continues to process documents for employment in Qatar. However, new hires still in the Philippines will be covered by a temporary moratorium on deployment while the situation is being assessed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.
It clarified that persons working in or who have urgent business in Qatar are free to return but should observe usual precautions.
The government renews its call for our Kababayans in the region to exercise prudence given the events of the past days, the DFA said.
It said concerned government agencies, the Philippine Embassies and Philippine Overseas Labor offices in the Gulf Region continue to closely monitor, reassess and coordinate on the situation in the area.
Further, the DFA reiterated the country's readiness to provide all necessary assistance as it remains committed to safeguarding the welfare of overseas Filipinos in the region.
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations with Qatar over alleged terrorism links.
Source: Philippines News Agency