Duterte urged to create more jobs, make workers stay in the country


Posted at Jan 25 2017 05:57 PM

MANILA — Following the execution of a Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait, Gabriela Women's Party urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his promise to create more jobs in the Philippines to discourage Filipinos from going overseas.

In a statement, Rep. Emmi de Jesus said the government should learn from Jakatia Pawa's death, a "grim reminder" of the price of its labor export policy.

"We in Gabriela Women's Party (GWP) express grief over the execution of overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait today, and convey our deep condolences to Pawa's family," De Jesus said.

"Her execution is a grim reminder of the price of the government's labor export policy, which vulnerable migrant Filipino workers have to pay."

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She called on Duterte to give local jobseekers more employment options here as an incentive to remain in the country.

"Let Pawa's death be a wakeup call to President Duterte to fulfill his promise of creating sufficient jobs in the country so that working abroad will not be a necessity," De Jesus said.

De Jesus appealed to the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to forge a deal that will generate enough jobs.

"We reiterate our call for both the GPH and National Democratic Front of the Philippines to forge a deal on comprehensive social and economic reforms that will generate enough jobs for Filipinos through genuine land reform and national industrialization," she said.