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Senate lauded for approval
of domestic workers int’l treaty

The Visayan Forum lauded the Senate for the approval of the International Labor Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers during its August 6 session, a government press release said.

VF Visayas coordinator Romualdo Señeris said the move signified the start of better protection and improved working and living conditions for more than three million Filipino domestic workers in the country and abroad.

With the Senate decision, the Philippines became the second country to formally ratify ILO Convention 189 after Uruguay. The Convention mandates ratifying ILO member-countries to establish standards for decent wages, employment conditions, social protection coverage, and effective protection against forced labor, debt bondage, and other forms of abuse, the press release said.

The petition for the Philippine ratification garnered more than 50,000 signatures from all over the world, through the efforts of anti-slavery group “Walk Free”, the press release added.*

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