Angara asks DOLE, DFA to look into plight of OFWs in HK

May 3, 2013 11:46 pm 

MANILA, April 4 — Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Friday urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to address alleged human rights violations committed against thousands of Filipino domestic workers by their employers in Hong Kong.

Angara was reacting to reports that said foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, including Filipinos, are in a worse situation 10 years after their mandatory live-in employment arrangement was enforced there.

“I’m worried about the alleged abuses committed by foreign employers in Hong Kong and I call on the DOLE and the DFA to address the complaints. We should always protect and promote the welfare of our kababayans (countrymen) wherever they are,” Angara said.

A survey on the impact of the mandatory live-in requirement to more than 3,000 foreign domestic workers (FDWs), including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), conducted recently by the Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW) showed that the live-in employment arrangement failed in addressing the issue of moonlighting or illegal work.

The MFMW, a migrant rights group, along with the women’s group Her-Fund, conducted the survey because of the significant number of female clients who were victims of abuse by employers.

In the survey, 30 percent of the respondents claimed they were provided with unsuitable sleeping spaces while 46 percent claimed they were made to work for long hours.

The study further revealed that live-in employment arrangement exposed FDWs to various types of abuses and also made them insecure of their safety.

“This is not the way to treat our OFWs, our modern-day heroes, who contribute a lot in saving our economy from sinking through their remittances,” Angara said. (PNA)

DSP/JFM

Comments

One Response to “Angara asks DOLE, DFA to look into plight of OFWs in HK”

  1. jackbean on May 4th, 2013 3:00 am

    DFA must monitor the stance of our kababayan in Hk, and DOLE must protect the them and check Its employers. para wala ng magkakaron na trahedya at pang aabuso sa ating kapwa pinoy sa hongkong