ILO and DOLE spearhead stakeholders’ consultation on the new Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) in the Philippines, in collaboration with IOM, UN Women and UN Migration Network

The consultation series is supported by the joint ILO-UN Women Safe and Fair Programme, the IOM-ILO-UN Women BRIDGE Programme, and the UN Migration Network in the Philippines.

Press release | Bangkok, Thailand | 03 March 2022
MANILA, Philippines - The International Labour Organization (ILO), together with the Department of Labour and Employment - Institute for Labor Studies (DOLE-ILS), launched the Stakeholders' Consultation Series on the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and Philippine labour migration governance, co-organized with International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (UN Women).

The inaugural session of the series was participated in by more than 160 partners and stakeholders from government, trade unions, employers' organizations, recruitment associations, academe, and migrant groups at the local and national levels; several OFW groups from abroad also joined. The thematic focus of the session is on key provisions of the Republic Act 11641 or the Department of Migrant Workers Act.

The consultation facilitated the sharing of perspectives and getting the recommendations of the tripartite-plus constituents on the salient features of the law, on ensuring the effective and responsive operationalization of the new department consistent with international labour standards, fair migration, gender equality, sustainable development goals , the Global Compact on Migration and international commitments of the Philippines. Potential issues and concerns on DMW operationalization were discussed. The stakeholders’ recommendations will be submitted to the Drafting Committee of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11641.

Prior to the sectoral breakout discussions, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch Director Francis Ron De Guzman presented the key provisions and highlight of the new Department; ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Senior Migration Specialist Mr Nilim Baruah discussed the DMW in the context of international standards, and Labor Attaché Saul de Vries shared the migration and development agenda of the International Labor Affairs Bureau and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

The consultation series is supported by the ILO-UN Women implemented EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Safe and Fair Programme, the IOM-ILO-UN Women BRIDGE Programme, and the UN Migration Network in the Philippines.