“This decision was arrived at on the advice of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and upon the recommendation of the Qatar Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) following their assessment of the situation in the Gulf state,” `~ Bello
Bello said the decision was made based on recommendations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Qatar. Attache to Qatar, David Des Dicang, said the situation in the country has “normalized” and that the Qatari government is committed to protecting Filipinos there. Authorities will however continue monitoring the status of OFWs in Qatar, especially those employed by non-Qatari employers. DOLE temporarily banned OFWs from leaving for Qatar after several Arab states cut diplomatic ties with the country over alleged links with terror groups. The Philippine government estimates there are around 240,000 Filipinos living and working in Qatar.