MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is violating the Republic Act 10022 by deploying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to countries not certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), according to a recruitment consultant.
In a press statement, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani said that POEA’s actions violate Section 3 of RA 10022, which states that “the POEA Governing Board shall, in a resolution, allow only the deployment of OFWs to receiving countries which have been certified by the DFA as compliant with the above stated guarantee.”
For a country to be certified, the DFA requires that: it has existing social and labor laws protecting the rights of workers, including migrant workers; it has ratified international declarations on the protection of migrant workers; and it has bilateral agreements with the Philipiines on the protection or rights of OFWs.
POEA recently released a list of 76 countries found to be compliant with DFA’s requirements.
Of the top 10 destinations of OFWs in the year 2009, six countries were not among the list released by POEA.
These countries were: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Singapore and Kuwait.
According to Akbayan Representative Walden Bello, the head of the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, there is no justification for the uninterrupted flow of workers to countries not in compliance with RA 10022.