By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the abolition of restrictive “kafala” system, which ties migrant workers to their employers.
In a recorded message during the virtual forum on labor mobility and human rights, Duterte described the kafala system, practiced in several Middle East countries, as “unjust” and “exploitative.”
The practice places thousands of migrant workers, particularly household workers, in the most situations of vulnerability, and degrades their dignity, according to the chief executive.
“We are all familiar with the very painful stories of abuse – from inhumane working conditions to non payment of wages, from restriction of movements to denial of healthcare, from sexual exploitation to outright murder. For the Philippines and the Filipinos, these tales are realities that hit us hard. This has got to stop,” he added.
Duterte reiterated that no Filipino is a slave to anyone anywhere.
He looks forward to the day when people migrate by choice and not by necessity, the President said.
“My government remains committed to our country’s long term vision of providing stable, comfortable, and secure life for all Filipinos in their own very land.
“But, while this remains a vision, the Philippines strongly advocates, works with all partners to realize the global compact of safe, orderly and regular migration,” he concluded.