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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ban on Deployment of OFWs to Non-Compliant Host Countries Must Level Up to Creating Decent Jobs At Home

“The government decision to ban the deployment of OFWs to non-compliant host countries is only a half-step forward in protecting overseas Filipino workers. Critical to the protection of our workers is to ensure that enough jobs with decent wages are generated right here at home,” reminded Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus.

The POEA listed 41 countries that violate the requirements set forth in Republic Act No. 10022. The law states that OFW host countries must have adequate laws to protect migrant workers. The host countries should also have “existing labor and social laws that protect the rights of migrant workers; a signatory to multilateral conventions and declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of workers; and have concluded a bilateral agreement with the government on the protection of the rights of OFWs.

“I am wary of the possible increase in human trafficking and illegal recruitment, especially among our unemployed women, as their way of ensuring their family’s survival amid massive unemployment locally. People who have no hope for just living wages from decent jobs at home may resort to illegal alternatives to go abroad out of desperation,” Rep. Emmi De Jesus ended. Representative EMMI DE JESUS, Gabriela Women's Party

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