THE Department of Labor and Employment has called for better protection of migrant workers amid
the rampant cases of maltreatment and abuse on overseas Filipino workers in the Middle East.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reiterated the call and urged member countries of the
Gulf Cooperating Council to promote decent work.
This was the message of the labor secretary at the conclusion of the first round of
Negotiations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration held recently in New
“With the recent issues surrounding the deaths of our kababayans in Kuwait as well as the
unfair treatment of some of our domestic workers overseas, the GCM is a good platform to tell the
world that labor migration is a serious business and that every member country of the United
Nations particularly the receiving/host countries should create an environment that promotes
decent work to migrant workers regardless of their status,” Bello said.
During the negotiations, DoLE proposed to specify domestic workers/household service
workers as one of the vulnerable groups in labor migration framework, as well as to enhance every
host country’s legislations to protect originally regular migrants whose status became irregular
by the reason of employment related disputes.
DoLE has also proposed to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention (ILO C189) and the UN
Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of
their Families to ensure comprehensive protection to all migrant workers, both land-based and
The labor department also encouraged strengthened bilateral cooperation and mechanism
between the countries of origin and destination to better protect the rights and welfare of the
overseas Filipinos, particularly those in the vulnerable sector.
The global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which will be adopted by the
UN Member States in September, will set out a framework for comprehensive cooperation on migrants
and human mobility.
DoLE, together with Department of Foreign Affairs, has been actively participating in the
preparatory process of the GCM with recommendations in safeguarding the interests of the Filipino
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