The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has temporarily suspended the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Jordan due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) there.
The POEA issued Advisory No. 163, Series of 2020 stating it would not process documents for the deployment of OFWs to Jordan.
“Following the recommendation of Philippine Ambassador to Jordan, His Excellency Akmad Atlah Sakkam on the current pandemic situation in Jordan which poses health, safety and labor risks to new workers to be deployed to the Kingdom, the verification of employment documents of new hires by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Amman, Jordan will temporarily be suspended until further notice,” the POEA advisory said.
However, the POEA clarified that OFWs who were directly hired by Royale Hashemite Court, Jordanian international organizations and diplomatic corps, and government officials with a rank of minister are not covered by the temporary ban.
Based on latest data, Jordan has recorded 257,275 Covid-19 cases with 213,344 recoveries and 3,335 deaths. SOVEREIGNPH