By: Christie Chen
Taipei, May 11 (CNA) Filipino workers in Taiwan are calling on Philippines President-elect
Rodrigo Duterte to seek justice and better rights for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), after he claimed victory in his country’s election on Tuesday.
“As OFWs, we don’t have any protection abroad. The previous presidents in the Philippines did not care about the migrant workers, OFW situation or victims of illegal human trafficking,” Gilda Banugan, chairperson of Migrante International’s Taiwan Chapter told CNA by telephone on Wednesday.
Banugan said her organization, which is allied with OFWs in Taiwan, is drafting a statement to send to Migrante International headquarters with the hope that it will inform the president-elect’s decisions on policies to improve the lives of the approximately 124,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan.
The priority is to prosecute brokers and recruitment agencies that violate the law by requesting illegal placement fees and to ensure that workers are employed through a direct hiring service, said Banugan, a Filipino caretaker who has been working in Taiwan for two years. [FULL STORY]