[Philippines] Workers’ rights handbook for Filipinos overseas [Philippines] Workers’ rights handbook for Filipinos overseas

[Philippines] Workers’ rights handbook for Filipinos overseas
06 Mar 2019

A new law obliges the Philippine government to safeguard its workers overseas by providing them with a handbook detailing their rights.

Gulf News reports on a new law - The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Handbook Law, also known as Republic Act No. 11227 - signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, and its value for overseas workers. The high number of OFWs working across the world have a huge impact on the country’s economy as hundreds of millions of dollars are returned to the Philippines monthly via workers’ families.

The bill is sponsored by Joel Villanueva - chairman of the senate committee on labour, employment and human resources development - who believes the handbook will empower citizens. He said, “In the face of increasing number of abuses against OFWs, perhaps, we can go back to the basics by equipping our workers abroad with the right information at the right time and in the right way.”

The handbook also helps workers understand how to reintegrate, when they come back to the Philippines. Senator Manny Pacquiao - the bill’s main author - said the government were obliged to ensure the safety and welfare of the millions of  OFWs around the world. The handbook will be translated into languages and dialects common to OFWs to ensure that they are equipped with the information they need.

Senator Pacquiao, quoted in Gulf News, thought efforts by government agencies to provide workers with such handbooks had been limited and the information they offered was not consistent. “We want to equip our OFWs with the necessary information they can access once they are out there in the global marketplace,” Pacquiao said

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A new law obliges the Philippine government to safeguard its workers overseas by providing them with a handbook detailing their rights.

Gulf News reports on a new law - The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Handbook Law, also known as Republic Act No. 11227 - signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, and its value for overseas workers. The high number of OFWs working across the world have a huge impact on the country’s economy as hundreds of millions of dollars are returned to the Philippines monthly via workers’ families.

The bill is sponsored by Joel Villanueva - chairman of the senate committee on labour, employment and human resources development - who believes the handbook will empower citizens. He said, “In the face of increasing number of abuses against OFWs, perhaps, we can go back to the basics by equipping our workers abroad with the right information at the right time and in the right way.”

The handbook also helps workers understand how to reintegrate, when they come back to the Philippines. Senator Manny Pacquiao - the bill’s main author - said the government were obliged to ensure the safety and welfare of the millions of  OFWs around the world. The handbook will be translated into languages and dialects common to OFWs to ensure that they are equipped with the information they need.

Senator Pacquiao, quoted in Gulf News, thought efforts by government agencies to provide workers with such handbooks had been limited and the information they offered was not consistent. “We want to equip our OFWs with the necessary information they can access once they are out there in the global marketplace,” Pacquiao said

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