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Protecting Overseas Filipino Workers

Last week, media outlets reported a World Bank study which praised the Philippines’ governance framework with respect to migrant workers. The report of the World Bank Group which was contained in their 2017 study entitled, “Migration to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Labor Mobility in Southeast Asia” considered the Philippines as a model for policies concerning overseas workers.

The Bureau of Customs has pledged to implement a “no-opening policy” of balikbayan boxes sent by Filipinos abroad to ensure their speedy release to their recipients this holiday season.

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Our hope is that one day, working and living abroad will be “a choice, more than a need” for Filipinos. Vice President Leni Robredo restated this hope in a talk before members of the University of the Philippines Association and other members of the Filipino-American community at the Philippine Center in San Francisco, California, last week.

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