PNoy: We want OFWs treated with dignity

President Aquino asks for fair treatment for 10 million Filipinos abroad

MANILA, Philippines – Speaking before country representatives of the biggest OFW employers, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday, April 19, called for better treatment of Filipinos abroad.

“What all of us want is clear: we want recruitment for our people to be both fair and efficient; we want workers to be treated with dignity; and we want them to be able to go back home in a convenient manner, and to be successfully reintegrated in their respective societies,” the President said during the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue held in Pasay City.

The Abu Dhabi Dialogue is an international recruitment dialogue involving labor-sending and labor-receiving countries. The biggest employers of OFWs are represented: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, and Yemen.

Last year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a deployment ban on 41 countries certified as “unsafe” for OFWs. It was not implemented and later recalled.

The Abu Dhabi dialogue aims to come up with the best practices for bilateral, unilateral and multilateral government action to provide better protection for migrant workers and address issues like illegal recruitment. – Rappler.com