Iraq–Philippines relations

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Iraq–Philippine relations
Map indicating locations of Iraq and Philippines



Iraq–Philippines relations refers to the bilateral ties between Iraq and the Philippines. Formal relations were established on January 12, 1975.[citation needed]

Diplomatic mission[edit]

The Philippines and Iraq formally established diplomatic relations on January 12, 1975, with the opening of the Iraqi Embassy in Manila. This was followed by the opening of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad on September 9, 1980. Due to security concerns, the Philippines moved its embassy to Amman in Jordan in 2004 while Iraq closed its embassy in Manila in September 2003. The Philippine Embassy returned to its chancery in Baghdad in November 2011.[1]

Iraq War[edit]

The Philippines contributed troops to the United States-led Multi-National Force in Iraq in 2003. After an Overseas Filipino Worker by the name of Angelo dela Cruz was kidnapped and threatened with death by militants, the Philippine Government decided to move the scheduled end of the tour of duty of its contingent a few weeks early. Iraq and the United States expressed their disapproval for the withdrawal and described it as "giving in to terrorist demands" despite respecting the Philippines decision on the matter.[2]

Labor relations[edit]

Due to security concerns, the Philippines banned the deployment of workers to Iraq in December 2007. The Philippines partially lifted its ban in 2012 by sending workers to Iraqi Kurdistan.[3] In 2013, The Philippines lifted the ban on the deployment of workers to Iraq except to the Iraqi provinces of Anbar, Ninewah, Nineveh and Kirkuk. The Deployment of household services workers is still in effect.[4][5][6]

In 2012, it is estimated that there are 10,000 Filipinos in Iraq despite of a ban imposed during that period.[3] By 2014, 10,000 Filipinos are expected to be deployed to Iraq.[7]


  1. ^ "The history of the relations between Iraq and the Philippines started in 1975 when the Iraqi embassy in Manila opened on 12/1/1975 , and the Philippine Mission began its work in Baghdad on 19/9/1980". Embassy of The Republic of Iraq in Manila. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Middle East | Philippines complete Iraq pullout". BBC News. 2004-07-19. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Philippine workers free to go to Iraqi Kurdistan | Inquirer Global Nation". 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  4. ^ "POEA ends six-year deployment ban to Iraq | Pinoy Abroad | GMA News Online". 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  5. ^ Vito Barcelo. "Deployment ban on Iraq now lifted". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Pinoys can work in Iraq except in 4 areas". 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  7. ^ Today Date &Amp; Time (2013-10-16). "Over 10,000 Filipinos will be employed in Iraq by the mid-2014". Retrieved 2013-11-12.