Domestic workers and advocates celebrate another first in Philippine history as President Benigno Aquino III called on Congress to prioritize the enactment of a law that will provide fair wages and benefits for domestic workers during his second State of the Nation Address, a press release from the Visayan Forum Foundation said.
“We are very happy that the president himself acknowledges the problem of the slave-like conditions of domestic workers, and is pushing for a stronger law that will give fair treatment and just benefits to us,” Lilibeth Masamloc, president of the Samahan at Ugnayan ng Manggagawang Pantahanan sa Pilipinas, said.
“This SONA is historic for us since domestic workers have long been ignored in policy discussions,” Masamloc added.
1st int’l seafarers’ confab set
The Philippines will host the first-ever International Seafarers Family Convention on August 4 and 5 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, a press release from organizers said.
Marissa Oca, chief organizer of the event, is inviting seafarers and their families in the Visayas and Mindanao to join the two-day convention, the press release said.
The convention, with the theme: “The Bonds of Families, the Success of the World,” is aimed at strengthening the ties among seafarers’ families and heralding the contribution of the maritime industry to the Philippine economy, Oca said.
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