Health frontliners now have the option to serve abroad where the pay can be higher after President Rodrigo Duterte eased a deployment ban that was put in place at the height of the coronavirus lockdown, Malacañang said Monday.
Health professionals with complete documents as of Aug. 31 can leave for work abroad, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. Before the announcement, only those with contracts as of March 8 can leave, effectively grounding all those who secured work during the quarantine.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello earlier pushed for the exemption of nurses and health workers from the deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers. The Philippines has been under COVID-19 quarantine for six months and counting and leaving the country for work abroad is subject to restrictions here and in the OFW destination.
"Yung mga health professionals na kumpleto po ang documentation as of Aug. 31, 2020 pinayagan na po kayo ni Presidente makaalis para sa inyong mga trabaho abroad (Health professionals with complete documentation as of Aug. 31, 2020, the President is allowing you to work abroad)," Roque said.