Legarda: Welfare of OFWs a top priority

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Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Promoting the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and seafarers will continue to top Sen. Loren Legarda’s Senate legislative agenda even as the Senator reminded them that they are adequately protected under various laws and treaties passed by Congress.

”Patuloy kong ipaglalaban ang karapatan ng ating mga OFWs sa loob at labas ng Senado. Sa katunayan may mga batas at international treaty na akong itinulak para sa kapakanan nilang naghahanapbunay sa ibang bansa (I will continue to fight for the rights of OFWs inside and outside of the Senate. The truth is I have already pushed for laws and international treaty for the benefit of those working overseas) ,” Legarda said in a statement issued to media.

She said the Senate has concurred in the ratification of at least 19 treaties protecting overseas Filipinos, including the ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, the  Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) for the protection of the rights of seafarers; and the Convention on Social Security between the Philippines and Spain. As chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, Legarda had defended
the various treaties on the Senate floor.

Legarda added that she will immediately refile her bill institutionalizing welfare programs for OFWs and their families through a new charter for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

According to Legarda, the ILO Convention 189, which came into force this year, dramatically improves the employment conditions of domestic workers in the Philippines and worldwide.The Philippine ratification of the ILO Convention 189 was formally registered last September 5, with the Philippines as the second country to ratify the Convention.

The treaty will benefit the 3.4 million Filipino domestic workers in the Philippines and abroad by ensuring that, first and foremost, domestic workers, like other workers, enjoy the same mantle of basic rights, such as
reasonable hours of work, weekly rest, clear information on terms and conditions of employment, and freedom of association.

The treaty was fleshed out with the recent signing into law of the Kasambahay Act — with Legarda as among the authors — which mandates employers to provide benefits to domestic workers, including Social
Security, Philhealth and a minimum wage.

Legarda, who sponsored the Senate’s concurrence in the ratification of the Maritime Labor Convention, said that the MLC, which also takes effect this year, is the seafarers’ bill of rights. It covers such basic rights as
freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor; effective abolition of child labor, and elimination of discrimination with respect to employment and occupation.

Legarda said, “Sea-worthy, safe, efficient, and hopefully, environment-friendly ships will become the norm more than the exception. Governments are called upon by the Convention to effectively enforce its regulatory role in ensuring safer and secure shipping, in preventing marine pollution, and in ensuring decent work for seafarers.”

The Senator added that the MLC erases ambiguity on the definition of seafarer as the Convention covers not just the crew involved in navigating or operating the ship but also other workers, including cleaning personnel,
bar staff, waiters, entertainers, singers, kitchen staff, and casino personnel — positions occupied by thousands of Filipinos in foreign vessels.

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  • berong es

    ho-huumm….wala na bang iba?nabenta na yan…sa susunod,yung mga magsasaka naman,katulong,mga mangingisda at senior citizens—-yun bang klase na medaling utuhin.

    • ARIKUTIK

      Si Legarda puro pang uuto ang laman ng bibig. Eh kung diyan mismo sa Pilipinas ay wala siyang nagawang naka buti sa Pilipino, doon pa kaya sa mga nasa labas ng bansa. Bakit may kapangyarihan ba siyang magpa tupad ng batas sa ibang bansa ? Si Legarda puro pambobola, kaya naman author siya ng Katatawanang “Kasambahay bill”.
      Dump Legarda the Clown.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    and pray tell Loren…what are you going to do that enforces this in PH and makes it effective?

  • Palparan

    hoy Loren! lumang tugtugin na yan!… mabuti pa kumuha ka nlang ng talong at isak-sak mo sa pookey mo….

  • phantomofhope

    kanya-kanyang sakay na sa isyu ng OFW…pwe!

  • Mr Moonlight

    This c*cksucking loren is full of shiiiit!

  • Mr Moonlight

    and her mouth is stuffed with seeemeeens from different men

  • $5699914

    Kapag nagawa ninyo na hindi na i-surrender ng mga OFW sa Middle East ang kanilang mga passport sa kanilang mga employers, saka pa lang ako bibilib sa inyo, Madam Loren.

  • hu_yu

    loren, eh yung tubattha reef na pinagdaungan ng mga tsekwa, ano masasabi mo don?

  • StephenHalili

    Yan ang gusto ko kay Sen Loren,hindi lang nagmamalasakit sa kalikasan pati sa mga bagong bayani naTIN.

  • MarieUntalan

    Minsan mo na kaming natulungan ng mister ko senator Legarda,Kahit anung mangyari iboboto kita,napatunayan na namin at ng buong pamilya namin na karpatdapat kang iboto…..

  • RogerLerma

    ang galing tlaga ni Loren,hndi lng pala sa environment ang ngaw mong batas para din sa aming mga seaman.maraming slamat po,asahan nyo ang boto ko,,

    • PlumberfromCanada

      utouto ka…

  • DingGalang

    MAGANDANG BALITA ITO PARA SA MGA OFW

    • PlumberfromCanada

      isa pa itong uto-uto

  • JohnBernabe

    Sana nga ay matupad ito……..dapat lang na bigyang prayoridad ang mga OFW.Salamat at may nagbigay ng atensyon sa bagay na ito

  • boybakal

    Dati Climate Change ngayon naman OFWs.
    Which is which?

  • david

    talaga lang ha? sige nga pass ka ng bill na nag aalis ng pagkarami raming bayarin ng ofw. mga sapilitang membership at exit fees. letsugas de pastillas, ung OEC valid lang ng 2 months so if uuwi ang ofw ng ilang beses sa isang taon laging me bayaring 100 pesos. sige nga legarda. patunayan mong maka OFW ka. sige nga

    • tagaDumantay

      Wag mong problemahin ang mga OFW na uwi ng uwi; ibig sabihin non malaki ang sweldo at kayang magbayad ng P1,200 para sa 1 year OEC.

  • staad

    daming ofw nasa kulungan ng ibang bansa. tapos ofw daw unahin. tangina nyo! panay kayo mga plastic at remittance money lang habol nyo sa ofw.

  • hustlergalore

    tapos na si loren bilang green warrior kaya ofw warrior na siya. nailipat na kasi ang korona kay migz bilang eco-warrior. LOL

  • JenicaLee

    Salamat at may mga katulad ni senadora na handang tumulong sa mga katulad naming ofw

  • PaulynTayag

    Malaking tulong sa aming mga seaman at mga nagttrabaho sa barko ang mga ito…..

  • RobertVelez

    Environmentalist na, tumutulong pa sa mga ofw.ang dami tlagang kayang gawin ni Loren,considering na babae pa siya

    • PlumberfromCanada

      staff ka ni Loren??

  • PlumberfromCanada

    once again, garbage truckload of election PROMISES!!…….hay, kailan kaya kayo magigising sa pang UUTO ng mga ito…

  • JasonBieber

    Welfare of the OFW’s is definitely a top priority especially for PNoy and his Administration. The OFW’s and their remittances is what caused growth in the PH economy.

    PNoy would like to take credit for the growth but the only thing he can take credit for is that he’s allowed unemployment to get so high that Filipinos have to leave the country and find jobs abroad.

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