President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11227 or “The Handbook for Overseas Filipino Workers of 2018” mandating the government to publish a handbook about the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers.
Duterte signed the law last February 22 and was released to the media on March 2.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is tasked to publish the handbook and distribute it free of charge.
It will also be translated to different dialects for all OFWs to fully understand their rights as well as the labor and living conditions in the country of their destination.
Through this handbook, workers can be aware of the benefits and drawbacks of working overseas as well as to help them understand their responsibilities as a migrant worker in the country they will be working in.
It also aims to complement the worker education program of various agencies.
The POEA will implement the law along with the Department of Labor and Employment in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs, Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, Commission on Filipinos Overseas and Maritime Industry Authority. —Aileen Cerrudo