Task force for migrants

Ilocos Sur to Set Up Task Force for Migrants

Ilocos Sur Vice Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano expressed his support to setup a provincial task force that will deal with issues affecting migrant workers in the province. The task force will essentially provide assistance on return and reintegration of migrant workers.

The support to set up a provincial task force was a result of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Batis Centre for Women meeting with Mr Ferdinand Concepcion, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) and other local stakeholders on 16 February 2011 at the provincial capitol.

While the provincial government has programmes for migrants such as referral services for repatriation and emergency financial assistance on return, the PSWDO has recognized the need to systematize the referral procedures and expand the network of service providers in the province.

The meeting discussed cooperation among local stakeholders including partnering with ILO and Batis to assist return migrants, especially the exploited and trafficked. The ILO is implementing a European Union funded project on social and economic reintegration assistance for migrants including victims of trafficking. Batis is one of its partner organizations.

For further information please contact:

Mr Robert Larga
National Project Coordinator
ILO-EC Economic and Social Empowerment of Migrants
including Victims of Trafficking returned from the EU countries
ILO Country Office for the Philippines
Tel: + 63 2 580 9903