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JV files reso banning deployment of OFWs to countries with abusive employers

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Senator JV Ejercito on Friday appealed to the government to heed the sentiment of the Senate against deploying household workers in countries where their rights “are violated.”

He made the call after the upper house on Wednesday adopted Resolution No. 676 which expressed the sense of the Senate to “totally ban” the deployment of overseas Filipino household service workers to countries that do not afford migrants the same rights and work conditions as their nationals.

The senators also deplored reports that some employers of Filipino household workers in some countries in the Middle East withhold that their passport.

“It’s like feeding them (Filipino household workers) to the dogs once they leave our country. And this kind of deployment must end today,” said Ejercito.

“Our women will never be fully protected for as long as they are viewed upon as ‘properties’ by their employers and treated as aliens without rights,” Ejercito said in a manifestation of support for the resolution.

He also sought for a review, with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait, which is currently under negotiation.

“Let us not only review our labor policies with Kuwait,” the senator said.

He added, “But more so with our countries in the Middle East like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Dubai, and other countries where human rights violations on the Filipino workers have been monitored.”

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