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Name: Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 (No. 8042).
Country: Philippines
Subject(s): Migrant workers
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1995-06-07
Entry into force:
Published on: Official Gazette, 1995-08-07, Vol. 91, No. 32, pp. 4994-5005
ISN: PHL-1995-L-43183
Bibliography: Official Gazette, 1995-08-07, Vol. 91, No. 32, pp. 4994-5005
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Abstract/Citation: Provides comprehensive measures for the increased protection of Filipino migrant workers. Section 2 states that the Philippines does not promote overseas employment as a means to sustain economic growth and national development, and recognizes the particular vulnerability of women migrant workers. As a result, the State will only seek to deploy Filipinos abroad who are skilled, and who will work in countries where existing labour laws protect the rights of migrant workers. Such countries must also be signatories to multilateral conventions on the protection of migrant workers, and have concluded a bilateral agreement with the Philippines on such matters. Nevertheless, the government encourages the deployment of Filipinos by local service contractors and managing agencies (2)(i). Part II defines and sets forth penalties for illegal recruitment of Filipinos for work overseas. Part III establishes government services to assist migrant workers, including an Emergency Repatriation Fund; a Re-placement and Monitoring Center with the function of reintegrating returning Filipinos into the economy; a Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center, and a Shared Government Information System for Migration. Part V creates a position within the Department of Foreign Affairs of a Legal Assistant for Migrant Workers and establishes a Legal Assistance Fund, both with the purpose of rendering aid to Filipinos in distress abroad.
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