Gov't seeks stakeholders support for ratification of domestic workers convention

October 11, 2011 10:58 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 11 — The government is seeking the support of stakeholders for the ratification of the domestic workers' convention No. 189.

Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz said upon ratification, the Convention 189 would promote decent work for Filipino domestic workers, both local and overseas.

Baldoz said the Philippines, being one of the member-states that voted for the adoption of the Convention, has to implement provisions of the Convention in consultation with tripartite groups.

"We're faced with the challenge of having this ratified," she said.

“The Philippines takes on this responsibility by being at the forefront of ensuring that Filipino domestic workers in the country, as well as those in other countries, enjoy the same protection that all other Filipino workers enjoy," she said.

Baldoz said Convention 189 is binding to member states.

Once ratified, the government commits to implement the convention and report periodically to the International Labor Organization.

In June this year, the 100th session of the International Labor Conference adopted the domestic workers' convention 189.

It is the "first international instrument" on domestic workers.

Baldoz said the Philippine tripartite team in the conference all voted in support of the Convention.

"We champion the cause of household workers by chairing the committee twice," she said.

Latest data from the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics show that there are about 1.93 million private households with employed persons in the Philippines.

Filipino migrant domestic workers comprise 22 percent of total deployment in 2009. The top five destination countries of Filipino domestic workers are Hong Kong (35 percent); Kuwait (20 percent); United Arab Emirates (15 percent); Saudi Arabia (10 percent); and Qatar (9 percent). (PNA) RMA/jmc

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