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OFW deployment to India is halted
According to Bernard Olalia, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Undersecretary for Licensing and Adjudication, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has delayed the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) headed for India.
In a Tuesday interview with a news outlet, Olalia stated that they had begun to halt deployments to India as of Monday (Dec. 5), following the official release of the information.
Olalia stated that the information provided to them by the Philippine Embassy in New Delhi indicated that India is a non-compliant destination country for OFWs, which is why the deployment had been suspended.
He outlined the three requirements that must be met by a destination country in order for it to be deemed compliant.
“The DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] must meet three requirements before it can certify a particular destination country as compliant. Isa rito na napaka importante, dapat may mga batas sila, tinatawag nating domestic o local laws that protects the rights of Filipino migrant workers; regrettably, napag alaman ng DFA na wala silang ganon (One of them that is very important, they must have laws, or what we call domestic or local laws, that protect the rights of Filipino migrant workers; regrettably
The second prerequisite is that the country of destination must have ratified the 1990 UN-adopted International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CRMW).
Olalia stated that although India supports the abovementioned convention, they are not in compliance because they have not signed or ratified it.
“Pangatlo, pinaka immigrant din that will benefit our citizens, and you need to have a bilateral labor agreement (BLA) with the country of destination. Unfortunately, there isn’t one at this time (third, it’s also crucial for the public to be aware that we need a bilateral labor agreement with the country of destination). We do not, sadly, have a BLA with India, he said.
Olalia clarified that the BLA is a mutual agreement that is either started by the labor-sending country or by the country of destination.
For the Philippine government to be confident that OFWs in the destination country are covered by their labor laws, he asserted that, in addition to the BLA, the destination country must have legislation that protects its foreign workers.
Olalia estimated that there are about 2,000 Filipinos living and working in India right now, most of whom are professionals and skilled laborers.
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