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1 Dec 2023

By Manila Bulletin (Philippines)

Philippines: Proposed legislation protecting migrant workers overwhelmingly supported by private & public stakeholders

“Support for proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Migrant Workers snowballs”

… The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Migrant Workers received overwhelming support from private and public stakeholders during a recent House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs hearing.

Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo, who chairs the committee, said the proposed legislation will further promote the rights of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), consistent with international conventions, existing laws, and the Constitution.

Salo is the principal author of House Bill (HB) No. 8951, which seeks to institutionalize the Magna Carta of Filipino Migrant Workers.

"The proposed measure marks a significant stride in fortifying the protection afforded to our [OFWs]…

“Through this legislation, we aim to fortify their rights, elevate their welfare, and ensure their safe and dignified journey, ultimately empowering them to navigate their roles abroad with security and confidence,” added Salo…

Salo explained that the magna carta will include provisions on the obligations of recruitment agencies. This is to ensure fair and ethical practices, just and humane working conditions, and the protection of the rights of OFWs to receive adequate wages, benefits, and social protection…