'Non-Compliant' OFW Destinations Must Reform

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MANILA, Philippines - The chairman of the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs is still counting on the countries that were banned from hiring Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) following their dismal record of labor abuses to revise their labor codes within the six-month period prescribed by Philippine authorities.Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello said in striking a balance between the safety and financial security of the OFWs who would be affected by the deployment ban on 41 countries, the government has to have faith in these countries to revise their labor laws to ensure the protection of migrant workers."We are not sending our OFWs to a foreign country just to be raped or to be hurt. But, we are giving some countries in the Middle East and other countries a chance to amend their laws to ensure the protection of our OFWs)," Bello said.The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has approved resolutions banning the deployment of Filipino workers to the "non-compliant" countries.Bello's committee earlier agreed to give the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) six months to conclude its negotiations for bilateral labor agreements (BLA) with countries which are partially compliant or with qualified compliance. …