Bilang ng mga migrant worker na biktima ng human trafficking, posible pang tumaas – Office of the Vice President

admin   •   June 25, 2014   •   4438

OVP Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns Head atty. Deogracias Grafil (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Nasa pito hanggang sampung milyong Pilipino ang nagtatrabaho bilang migrant workers sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo, base sa datos ng Office of the Vice President (OVP) subalit sa bilang na ito, walang eksaktong datos o statistics ang OVP kung ilang migrant worker ang biktima rin ng human trafficking.

Sa isinagawang GO-NGO forum sa tanggapan ng Commission on Human Rights kanina, sinabi ni OVP Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns Head atty. Deogracias Grafil na ang kakulangan sa dokumentasyon at data-gathering ay bunsod ng hindi pakikipagkooperasyon ng mga host country.

Pinangangambahan rin ni Grafil na posible pang tumaas ang bilang ng mga migrant worker na inaabuso ng kanilang mga foreign employer.

Paliwanag ni Grafil, mayroong iba’t ibang klase ng pang-aabuso sa mga migrant worker. Kabilang rito ang walang day off, kulang na pasahod, long working hours, restriction of freedom of movement and association, at physical and sexual violations.

Dahil dito, lalong paiigtingin ng pamahalaan ang pagprotekta sa karapatan ng mga migrant worker, sa pamamagitan ng isang multilateral framework.

“Pakikipag-usap sa iba-ibang sangay ng gobyerno, kasama na ang NGOs at iba-ibang bansa para mapaigting ang security ng ating OFWs sa ibang bansa.”
Iminungkahi ng OVP ang hakbang na ito dahil na rin sa optional na pagpapatupad ng mga host country ng migrant laborers’ rights at iba pang mga batas.

Maging sa pamilya ng mga foreign worker ay may nakahanda ring mga programa ang pamahalaan. Kabilang rito ang financial literacy, pagtatayo ng sariling negosyo at investments.

“Ang focus ni VP Binay, financial literacy, para anuman ang mangyari sa labas, makabalik ka dito sa Pinas, at least stable financially ang family”, dagdag ni Grafil.

Mahigit sa walong daang libong migrant worker ang ipinapadala ng Pilipinas sa ibang bansa taun-taon, at malaki ang naitutulong ng kanilang remittances sa paglago ng ating ekonomiya.

Nilinaw naman ni Grafil na hindi pa kasama sa statistics ng OVP ang mga undocumented overseas Filipino worker. (Bianca Dava, UNTV News)

OVP launches online job platform for displaced Filipino workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has launched an online job platform for Filipino workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under its ‘Bayanihanapbuhay’ initiative, displaced Filipino workers can visit sikap.ph which offers job openings for Customer Service Representatives, Graphic Artists, Program Editor, Merchandiser, Online Tutors, Operation Managers, and others.

There are currently 6,444 job postings available in the website.

Vice President Leni Robredo said they have been receiving numerous requests from job seekers who are asking for assistance. She said the program aims to help these job seekers to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Robredo is also urging business establishments to cooperate with them and post a job listing on their website. To post for job vacancies, business establishments can submit information to bayanihanapbuhay@ovp.gov.ph. -AAC

Office of the Vice President suspends operation after 4 staffers contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) confirmed that four members of its staff has contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Following the confirmation, the OVP immediately suspended operations and proceeded with testing all its personnel including Vice President Leni Robredo.

According to OVP Spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez, VP Robredo tested negative for COVID-19.

“The office has already started contact tracing procedures to identify all those who have interacted with the four staffers that tested positive,” Gutierrez said.

Atty. Gutierrez said office operations at the OVP will temporarily be suspended to make way for a full disinfection procedure.

OVP to provide free shuttle service for Cebu City frontliners

Maris Federez   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will be providing free shuttle service for frontliners and healthcare workers in Cebu City, a statement released on Sunday (July 5) said.

The statement read that the OVP Free Shuttle Service for Cebu health workers and frontliners will start Monday, July 6, as part of #BayanihanSugbuanon — the Vice President’s COVID-19 Response Operations in Cebu.

“Our pilot run will have initial three routes, with two trips each for morning and afternoon. Kindly refer to the individual cards for the full schedule for AM, AM reverse, PM, and PM reverse trips,” the statement further read.

“We are grateful to our partners, UBE Express, Seaoil, and Genergex Petroleum, whose support made this initiative possible,” it added.

The schedules and routes may be subject to adjustments, based on the needs that will be seen during the pilot run.  

Meanwhile, the OVP and its partners will also start opening free dormitories for Cebu frontliners.

The first dormitory is located at Brgy. Banilad, Cebu City, near the North General Hospital. 

The statement said that the dorm is open for health workers, medical practitioners, and other frontliners involved in offering essential services amid the COVID-19 crisis on a first come, first served basis. —/mbmf

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