In the 100th International Labor Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland last June 17, 2011, the passage of the Domestic Workers Convention was said to be a great success for the Philippines, as well as for the treaty’s main proponent, Acting Labor Secretary Danilo Cruz.
For a country that is known to send out thousands of Filipino maids abroad to work every year, the Philippines counts the treaty as a huge leap for the rights of the kasambahays, as it gives protection to domestic household workers all over the world.
Cruz told reporters that the Philippines have been battling to include the passage of a convention that would provide a “mantle of protection” to OFWs working as domestic helpers. According to reports from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “The promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers has been a priority objective of the Philippine government,” noted Assistant Secretary Eduardo Malaya, the spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
To read more, go to the Inquirer report at http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/15870/landmark-treaty-protects-household-workers.