The Philippines was cited as a “model” for other countries for its care and engagement with its nationals overseas.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said International Organization of Migration (IOM) Director General Antonio Vitorino made the remark during a meeting with DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola.
The two met on the sides of the International Dialogue for Migration in Geneva.
“The Philippines is known for its excellent relationship with the diaspora. Building capacities is the target of the new United Nation’s migration network that will be formed after the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is adopted,” Vitorino said.
“There will be invitations for working on projects that link the county of origin and the diaspora and the Philippines is a model for that,” he added.
Vitorino noted the evolution of the Philippine government’s policies on taking care of its migrant workers.
There are about 10 million Filipino migrants all over the world.
“I was working in Hong Kong and I saw the evolution of your policy, one of the very good examples of migration policy,” Vitorino said.
For her part, Arriola said the Philippines harnessed the power of social media in engaging its migrants, noting that social media “are the tool of migrants” to reach out to their loved ones and keep informed of developments back home.
“The Philippine diaspora is a migrant community that has found its political voice in national politics. Apart from using social media to reach out to their loved ones, they are harnessing platforms such as Facebook to be informed of the situation in the Philippines, as well as advocate for their concerns and issues,” she said.