KASAMA Vol. 22 No. 4 / October-November-December 2008 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

Philippine Migrants’ Rights Watch

Ten–Point Agenda for the Protection and Empowerment of the Migrant Sector

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For more than three decades, the Philippines has witnessed the migration of hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to take up work in other countries. While there are economic benefits from overseas employment, there are attendant social costs such as the abuse, maltreatment, and discrimination of Filipino migrant workers and the psycho–social impacts of the separation of family members.

In view of President Gloria Macapagal–Arroyo’s commitment to “good governance,” we, the members of the Philippine Migrants’ Rights Watch, call on the Macapagal–Arroyo administration to define its policy and outline its programs to promote the protection and empowerment of the migrant sector. Towards this end, we strongly recommend the Administration to consider the following areas for action:


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