DMW to publish names of blacklisted foreign employers, recruiters to protect OFWs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 18) — The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) will be rolling out a number of measures to further protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly domestic helpers.

“Safeguarding the rights and welfare of our migrant workers is at the heart of the DMW’s programs, services, and agreements. We will always strive to do our best amid so many challenges in the world we live in,” Migrant Workers Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople said in a statement on Thursday.

Ople added that the department will take into account the objectives set by the United Nations Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in negotiating bilateral labor agreements with other countries.

Among the initiatives that the DMW will be rolling out in the coming weeks would be the publication of names of foreign employers and recruitment agencies that are blacklisted or those with records of abuse toward OFWs.

Ople eyes to release the list of blacklisted employers and agencies next week.

The DMW is also planning to come up with a “white list” of recruitment agencies that have shown consistent and strict adherence to fair and ethical recruitment standards and principles.

The department said that this will serve as a guide for OFWs and foreign employers.

The DMW will also have a performance review and assessment of licensed recruitment agencies and their foreign counterparts based on deployment numbers and the capacity to monitor and act on welfare cases.

Here are the other initiatives that will be rolled out by the DMW to further protect OFWs:

- Issuance of country-specific employment contracts, taking into account prevailing labor laws and migration policies, as well as contents of bilateral labor agreements, if any, with labor-destination countries;

- Strict department guidelines to ensure that only qualified and fully trained domestic workers are deployed abroad; and

- Mandatory viewing by all new employers of a video on OFW rights and welfare before any employment contracts are signed.

Migrant Workers Undersecretary and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Officer-in-Charge Bernard Olalia will be drafting the necessary policy issuances for the stakeholders for some of the initiatives.