MANILA - The 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are poised to sign Tuesday a landmark pact to protect the rights of migrant workers, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello.
There were some 2.2 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2016, with 85 percent working in Asia, according to government data.
Bello said ASEAN governments, under the Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, have agreed to:
- ensure the visitation rights of workers' family;
- prohibit the confiscation of passports;
- prevent violence and sexual harassment in the workplace; and
- crack down on illegal recruiters.
"This agreement will provide protection sa ating overseas workers... pati promotion of their welfare. Ibig sabihin, lahat ng privileges, lahat ng benefits due to the workers should be accorded them," Bello told DZMM.
(The agreement will provide protection to our overseas workers and the promotion of their welfare. This means that all privileges, all benefits due to the workers should be accorded them.)
Among those inking the landmark pact are the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
DZMM, 14 November 2017