On March 8, representatives from IDWN, Global Network-Asia, Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and Amnesty International in Manila, met with the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines. Elizabeth Tang, International Coordinator of the IDWN submitted a letter calling upon the Government of the Philippines to ratify the C189 within the next three months. In the meeting the Labor Secretary, Ms Baldoz and Administrator of Philippines Overseas Employment Administration, Mr. Hans Cacdac, told our delegation that approval for ratification of C189 has to wait, pending the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
According to the rules of the ILO, a convention adopted at the ILC needs at least two countries to ratify it within the following twelve months in order to bring it into force. It is therefore absolutely crucial that the Filipino Government acts promptly!
How can you help?
Please convey a message immediately to the Government of the Philippines to hasten the process so that the C189 will be ratified within the next three months. You may write or request a meeting to the Filipino Consulate in your country.