Rules on Hiring OFWs

A migrant workers’ rights group on Tuesday said relaxing the rules on hiring of Filipino workers abroad will worsen human trafficking and illegal recruitment.

Migrante is reacting to Department of Labor and Employment’s plan to ease the rules on the hiring of OFWs.

“Easing the rules on the hiring of OFWs would certainly make human trafficking, illegal recruitment, and OFWs rights violations at its worst. It’s like pushing our OFWs and would-be OFWs into the hands of unscrupulous recruiters and heartless human traffickers,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) last year declared 41 countries non-compliant on the ‘protection’ provision of the amended Migrant Workers Act of 2010 that require the inking of a bilateral agreement guaranteeing OFWs protection between the Philippines and the migrant-host country, among others.

Citing records from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Monterona said illegal recruitment cases from year 2004 to 2010 steadily increased from 1,462 to 1,648.

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