About 3,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are working in Kingdom of Morocco and to safeguard its rights, the Kingdom and the Philippine government is set to sign a bilateral labor agreement.
The move is part of improving the Filipino-Moroccan cooperation in relation to migration, protection and promotion of rights of the Filipino migrant workers.
Reported by a Filipino media, the Philippines is considering “forging a bilateral labor agreement with Morocco to protect the welfare and rights of Filipino migrant workers in the kingdom from employers’ possible abuses”.
“The agreement seeks to provide a legal framework for the deployment and hiring of Filipino workers in Morocco to curb illegal employment and trafficking in persons,” explained the Philippine Embassy in an email to a local publication.
Currently the Philippines Embassy is only able to extend help if the concerned household service worker or her relative in the Philippines comes forward and seeks help,” the Embassy added.
This matter is now being looked into by the Philippine overseas employment administration, an agency under the department of labor and employment which monitors the departure of migrant workers and regulates recruitment agencies through a licensing system.
The Embassy lauded the Moroccan government’s current amnesty program “that allows overstaying migrants to legalize their stay in the country.”