Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Report: After 1-week delay, 154 OFWs leave for Korea

Now that the government has given its go-signal, a total of 154 overseas Filipino workers left Monday night for South Korea.

Radio dzXL reported Tuesday the workers were allowed to go after Special Envoy Roy Cimatu affirmed the situation there was safe enough for the OFWs.

The report said the government has deemed the situation stable in Seoul, Inchon and Daiko in South Korea, where Monday night's batch of OFWs was headed.

On the other hand, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they will continue monitoring the situation in South Korea.

She said the government has put proper measures in place if the situation worsens.

The government earlier postponed for one week the deployment of OFWs to South Korea shortly before the start of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. 

North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on November 23 along their disputed frontier, raising tensions between the rivals to their highest level in more than a decade, said an Associated Press report on November 24. 

The communist nation warned of more military strikes if the South encroaches on the maritime border by "even 0.001 millimeter." — LBG/RSJ, GMANews.TV

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