Wednesday, November 2, 2011

POEA bares 41 Non-compliant Countries

The Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has issued Governing Board (GB) Resolution No. 7, Series of 2011 on 28 October 2011. The text of GB 7 are as follows:

"WHEREAS, Section  3 of RA 10022 provides that "the State shall allow the deployment of overseas Filipino Workers only in countries  where the rights of Filipino migrant workers are protected";

WHEREAS, Section  3 of RA 10022 further states that  "the government recognizes  any of the following as a guarantee  on the part of the  receiving country for the protection of the  rights of migrant workers:
a . It has existing labor laws and social laws protecting  the rights of workers, including  migrant workers  ;
b. It is a signatory to and/or ratifier of multilateral  conventions, declarations  or resolutions  relating to the protection of workers, including migrant workers;
c. It has concluded a bilateral agreement or affangement on the protection of the rights of overseas Filipino  workers; and
Provided, that the receiving country is taking positive, concrete measures to protect the rights of migrant workers  in furtherance  of any of the guarantees  under sub-paragraphs  (a), (b) and (c) hereof";

WHEREAS,  RA 10022 mandates  that the Department  of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through its foreign posts, shall issue a certification  to the POEA, specifying therein the pertinent  provisions  of the receiving  country's
labor/social  law, or the convention/declaration/resolution,  or the bilateral agreement /arrangement which protect  the  rights of the migrant  workers;

WHEREAS,  the Philippine  Embassies/Philippine  Missions  have certified that the following  host countries  are not compliant with the guarantees  provided  under the aforesaid law:

1. Afghanistan
2. Antigua and Barbuda
3. Barbados
4. Cambodia
5. Cayman  Islands
6. Chad
7. Croatia
8. Cuba
9. Democratic People's Republic of Korea / North Korea
10. Dominica
11. East Tinor /Timor  Leste
12. Eritrea
13. Haiti
14. India
15. Iraq
16. Kyrgyzstanf/ Kyrgyz Republic
17. Lebanon
18. Lesotho
19. Libya
20. Mali
21. Mauritania
22. Montenegro
23. Mozambique
24. Nauru
25. Nepal
26. Niger
27. Pakistan
28. Palestine
29. Serbia
30. St. Kitts and Nevis
31. St. Lucia
32. 5t. Vincent and the Grenadines
33. Sudan
34. Swaziland
35. Tajikistan
36. Tonga
37. Turks and Caicos
38. Tuvalu
39. US Virgin Islands
40. Vanuatu
41.. Zimbabwe

NOW, THEREFORE,  the POEA Governing Board RESOLVES,  AS IT IS HEREBY  RESOLVED,  to stop the deployment of OFWs to the abovementioned  countries for non-compliance  with the guarantees  required  under RA 10022.

Done in the City  of Mandaluyong this 28th day  of October 2011."

The Resolution was signed by:

1. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz = Secretary of DOLE & Chairperson the the Gioverning Board
2. Carlos S, Cao, Jr = POEA Administrator
3. Leonardo B. De Ocampo = Member
4. Guillerma T. Gabor = Member

Kung susuriin ang mga bansang nasa itaas na hindi maaaring puntahan ng mga manggagawang Pilipino, iilan lang naman ang kaaya-ayang puntahan. Ang mga ito ay ang Lebanon, Iraq, Libya at Afghanistan. Ang mga bansang natira ay kokonti lang ang maaaring gustong pumunta kaya hindi ito malaking kawalan. Magkagayunman, may mga OFW ang nagsasabing nais nilang makita ang ilang bansa sa Gitnang Silangan na gusto nilang mapabilang sa mga iba-ban, lalung-lalo na yaong may pinakamalaking poryento ng mga problemang  nauukol sa mga kasambahay o domestic workers.

Sana, ang resolusyong ito ay hindi lang pambango kundi isang kautusang susundin ng POEA at DAF.,

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