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  12/14/2012, Tevet 1, 5773

The Philippines Frees Workers to Come to Israel


The Philippines is to resume sending workers to Israel as the situation there returns to normal after last month's Pillar of Defense counter-terror operation in Gaza, revolving around the firing of missiles at Israel from the Hamas-ruled area, according to Agence France Presse. AFP cited a statement by the Philippine foreign ministry which said, Friday, "In view of improved security conditions in Israel and Gaza as a result of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, the (foreign department) travel advisory... is now lifted."

The government in Manila evacuated some Filipinos living in Gaza after the escalation of violenceAbout 41,000 Filipinos work in Israel, many as caregivers, and the travel ban had raised fears that they would not be allowed to return if they left. Roughly nine million Filipinos work around the world earning more than they could in their poverty-stricken home country. The money they send home is a major pillar of the economy, but they are often exposed to danger overseas. At the beginning of September, the Philippines evacuated more than a thousand Filipinos working in war-torn Syria.