VP Binay meets OFWs in Seoul on way to scouts jamboree

August 4, 2010 10:51 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Aug. 2 — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Tuesday met with the Filipino community in Seoul, South Korea, learning about their living and employment condition to determine how best the Philippine Government could help them, his media office said.

The Vice President is in Seoul on his way to the 27th Asia Pacific Jamboree and 3rd International Patrol Jamboree in Suncheon City, southwest of the capital, which are scheduled from August 4 to 9. Binay is the national president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

While at the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, the Vice President also awarded Certificates of Appreciation to 11 Filipino community members for their donations to victims of typhoon Ondoy.

He presented Medals of Excellence to Jomar Marco, Jayson Ibarra, Felix Jumarang, Benjamin Vinluan, Larry Bayasen and Rizalino Tawagen who helped rescue a Korean high school student from being raped. Details of this incident were not revealed.

Binay praised the gentlemen for the fact that Filipinos are naturally helpful and are mindful of their civic duties wherever they may be.

“Ang inyong ginawa ay patunay na kahit saan man tayo naroroon, tayong mga Pilipino ay hindi lang likas na matulungin kundi kumikilala ng ating mga tungkulin bilang mamamayan,” he said.

At the meeting, Binay assured the Filipino community that the Aquino administration, through appropriate government agencies, will intensify efforts to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families. There are about 47,000 Filipino workers in South Korea.

He also mentioned that the government is keen on creating new jobs that will give Filipinos an opportunity to decide whether to work abroad or not, saying in Filipino that the administration’s primordial concern is the welfare of OFWs and their families.

“Ang kapakanan ninyo at ng inyong mga mahal sa buhay ay pangunahing prayoridad ng ating bagong administrasyon,” Binay said.

According to the Office of the Vice President, Binay is also scheduled to meet ranking South Korean government officials, led by Prime Minister Chung Un-chan, possibly to discuss strengthening trade and investments.

The OVP quoted the embassy as expressing that “while working conditions in the professional/high skilled sector and of domestic helpers are fairly satisfactory, those of blue collar workers are found wanting.”

Most Filipinos now in the construction and manufacturing sectors entered Korea through the Employment Permit System (EPS).

Under EPS, deployed migrant Filipino workers are assured of labor rights such as minimum wage and working hour conditions, insurance benefits and support programs.

It is expected that Binay would also be named Presidential Adviser on OFW affairs, a post held concurrently by his predecessor. (PNA)

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