As the Chairperson of the Committee on Labor, we welcome the recent signing of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. It is a testament to the commitment of the region to improve the labor standards and protect the legal rights of our workers especially in line with ASEAN integration. This agreement will definitely benefit our OFWs. Truly, there is a need to do so especially since we are in an era where our countrymen have increasingly chosen to work abroad.
The agreement will complement and strengthen our pending bills in the Senate to improve the benefits and protection of our OFWs. One such example is the creation of a separate department for migrant workers which will cater to all their concerns and thereby reduce or eliminate bureaucracy in OFW assistance.
With the recently signed ASEAN concensus, we are confident that our efforts and advocacies in the legislative department would be given adequate attention for the sake of providing sustainable future for our citizens here and abroad.
Source: Senate of the Philippines