Philippines Labor Minister Silvestre Bello announced on Saturday that the Philippines has lifted its ban on sending workers to Saudi Arabia.
Labor Minister Bello said, “Our employees in Saudi Arabia will no longer be disadvantaged.”
The Philippines’ ban decision was taken after the detection of reports that Filipino workers were asked to bear the costs of Covid-19 testing and quarantine in Saudi Arabia.
The ban was lifted after Saudi employers announced that they would bear the costs of testing and 10-day quarantine for Filipino citizens, AP reported.
REACT TO THE PROHIBITION
Thursday’s ban lasted only two days, with more than 400 Filipino workers unable to board flights operated by Philippine Airlines. Citizens stranded at Manila Airport Philippine hükûmetHe called for the government to immediately lift the ban.
Philippine Airlines also stated that it will bear the rebooking costs of passengers who cannot board the plane.
Addressing citizens who called out with tears, Bello said, “I apologize for the inconvenience and instant suffering that may have caused our dear overseas Filipino workers. He added that he understands that the decision “creates confusion and discomfort” for Filipino employees going to Saudi Arabia.