July 27, 2021

オマーンと渡航禁止措置の解除を協議

フィリピンが現在労働者のオマーンへの派遣を一時停止していることについて、シルベスト・ベロ3世労働長官は、両国が渡航禁止措置を相互に解除する可能性について話し合ったことを明らかにしました。
労働長官によると、オマーンのアルマンテリ大使はオンライン会議において、フィリピンへの渡航禁止措置の解除をオマーン政府に提案すると述べたようです。ベロ氏は、オマーン側の禁止令が解除されたら、フィリピンもオマーンへの派遣停止を解除すると答えたと言います。以上はすでに合意の上、署名を終えています。

オマーンには非正規雇用を含めなくとも約20万人のフィリピン人が住んでいます。フィリピンとオマーンの労働者の行き来は両国にとって重要であり、渡航禁止措置は経済にも影響を及ぼします。水際対策を徹底した上で解除へ向かうことが望ましいでしょう。

以下、ABS-CBN NEWSより

Philippines, Oman discuss mutual lifting of travel ban

MANILA – The Philippines’ temporary suspension on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Oman may soon come to an end as both countries have discussed the possibility of a mutual lifting of the travel and deployment ban, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Tuesday.
The labor chief said he and Oman Ambassador Munther Mahfoodh Salem Al-Mantheri held a virtual meeting on Monday where the latter said he will recommend to his government to lift the travel ban on the Philippines.

“Maganda ang nangyari kagabi. Nagkaroon kami ng Zoom meeting ni Ambassador Al-Mantheri ng Oman, at sabi niya, ‘yung kanilang ban, ire-recommend niyang i-lift,” said Bello.
(I had a good meeting last night over Zoom with Ambassador Al-Mantheri of Oman where he said he would recommend that their ban be lifted.)

Bello said he replied that when the ban is lifted, the Philippines will also lift its temporary suspension on OFW deployment to Oman.

“So, nagkaroon kami ng kasulatan. Nagpirmahan na kami kahapon. Ang pangako ni Ambassador Al-Mantheri, kakausapin niya ang gobyerno nila na i-lift na yung ban. Siguro pag ni-lift niya yung ban, i-lift ko na yung suspension,” he said.

(We had an agreement. We signed it already yesterday. Ambassador Al-Mantheri promised to talk to his government to lift the ban. Maybe when the ban is lifted, we will also lift the suspension.)

Last week, the Philippines has imposed a temporary suspension on the deployment of OFWs to Oman after the latter included Filipinos and travelers from the Philippines in its travel ban.

Bello said Oman is home to almost 200,000 Filipinos. The number does not include undocumented Filipinos.