Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul S. Hernandez and Minister Kim Heejung of South Korea’s Ministry on Gender Equality and Family exchange tokens after the meeting. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs
MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in South Korea brought to fore the issues affecting the welfare of Filipina marriage migrants in the country.
Philippine Ambassador Raul Hernandez met on Thursday with Minister Kim Heejung of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) on the issue.
While Hernandez thanked MOGEF for instituting reforms in marriage procedures and in taking care of marriage immigrants in South Korea, he also highlighted the recurring problem of Korean marriage brokers illegally operating in the Philippines.
He also shared that the embassy processed and attended to a total of 44 cases of Filipina marriage immigrants in 2014, all of whom encountered difficulties with married life in South Korea, including some who were physically abused by their South Korean husbands or relatives of their husbands.
“It should be made clear to the marriage brokers registered in Korea that their operations in the Philippines is illegal and constitutes trafficking of Filipino women into Korea,” said Hernandez.
Hernandez and Minister Kim agreed to exert joint cooperative efforts in assisting distressed Filipinas in South Korea and to share information on erring marriage brokers for possible legal action or blacklisting in South Korea.
Minister Kim said that taking care of marriage immigrants is among the primary tasks of MOGEF and that they will do their best, not only in attending to crimes against, and violation of rights of, marriage immigrants, but also in helping the spouses of South Koreans adapt to married life in South Korea.