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Invest In Safe Places for OFWs
« on: August 13, 2020, 08:20:29 PM »
REP. LAWRENCE “LAW” H. FORTUN
Agusan del Norte 1st District
Member for the Minority
One of the Authors, (House Bill 5832) Department of OFW
A lawyer by profession | 09177292437 |https://www.facebook.com/LawigKatawhan/

DFA, DOLE NEGOTIATORS SHOULD DEMAND BLOOD MONEY ASIDE FROM ARREST, PROSECUTION OF OFW’S KILLER IN KUWAIT

INVEST IN SAFE SPACES FOR OFWS IN SINGAPORE; EXIT NOW FROM HSW MARKET

I am deeply saddened by the death of two Filipinas very recently in Singapore in a car crash and the killing of another Filipina household service worker in Kuwait at the hands of her employer. My sincerest condolences to their grieving families and friends.

For our domestics in Singapore, our embassy must work with other institutions to find suitable safe spaces where thousands of Pinoys can spend their days off at no cost to the OFWs.

Certainly, there are still some suitable open spaces in Singapore where our embassy can facilitate some kind of a weekly Pinoy fiesta where cleanliness and orderliness shall be observed in keeping with Singapore’s laws and regulations. The point is our OFWs in Singapore should not spend their day-offs on sidewalks,  walkways, and corridors.

For the sensitive situation in Kuwait, applying the principle of reciprocity, our country should demand blood money from the Kuwaiti employer’s family aside from the expeditious prosecution and conviction of the killer. 

Blood money they understand.  The bilateral agreement, that they do not understand. We should communicate with them in ways they can understand.

We should put an end to this continued disrespect of our so-called bilateral agreement which only our side has been religiously observing. This agreement has failed, time and again, to protect Filipino household service workers from being subjected to slave treatment by cruel employers.

EXIT OF OFWs FROM HOUSEHOLD SERVICES SECTOR

Our country should already depart from the HSW market. This practice and policy have created a very wrong impression for our OFWs. Household services overseas have been regarded as jobs for the unskilled and most of those employed in this sector are Filipinos. This we cannot allow to continue.

Most of our HSWs are skilled or very trainable and the DOLE, in cooperation with TESDA, should implement government-subsidized training programs to upgrade their skills for jobs in the hotel and tourism markets worldwide where work is dignified and decently compensated. Our HSWs deserve to be treated with dignity and humanely. It is time for our country to stop sending domestic workers abroad.

Also, many of the domestic workers are victims of illegal recruiters, most of whom now use social media.

Our appeal to the anti-cybercrime agencies, mayors, and governors is to do an all-out crack down on these human traffickers. Shut them down permanently. Arrest and prosecute them. The blood of our OFWs who suffered cry out for justice.

DEPT OF OFW

These latest tragedies in Kuwait and Singapore also remind us in Congress that we must swiftly approve HB 5832 creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment as soon as session resumes later this month.

The establishment of the department is for purposes of instituting bureaucratic efficiency by combining and streamlining the functions of different agencies to ensure the effective protection of the rights and welfare of OFWs and their deployment only for decent jobs abroad. (END)

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