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Yes! To protection of migrant Filipina domestic workers, No! To GMA’s Super Maids and Labor Export Program

The Alliance of Migrants and Advocates to Amend RA 8042 (AMEND) and the Network Opposed to Violence Against Women Migrants (NOVA) recognize recent efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to protect migrant Filipina domestic workers (FDWs) by issuing stricter rules regulating their deployment. However, the “protection package” of the DOLE may come to nothing if the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) administration continues its aggressive labor export program, which commodifies and therefore dehumanizes the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that it purports to protect. Moreover, as it is, the “protection package” may even be used by unscrupulous recruitment agencies and training centers to extort money from prospective migrant FDWs. We object to the lack of consultation in the process of crafting the policies and reiterate that government adhere to its declaration that it recognizes and guarantees “the right of Filipino migrant workers and all overseas Filipinos to participate in the decision making processes of the State …” (Sec 2(f), RA 8042).

View the full statement: Yes! To protection of migrant Filipina domestic workers, No! To GMA’s Super Maids and Labor Export Program

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MFA is a regional network of non-government organizations (NGOs), associations and trade unions of migrant workers, and individual advocates in Asia who are committed to protect and promote the rights and welfare of migrant workers.

It is guided by a vision of an alternative world system based on respect for human rights and dignity, social justice, and gender equity, particularly for migrant workers.

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