Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Ambassador Enrique Manalo reiterated the country’s steadfast support for the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and promotion of migrants’ rights at a UN side event held 8 July.
Together with Portugal, the UN Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific and the UN Network on Migration, the Philippines co-hosted the virtual forum which discussed the migrants’ need for social protection and measures for inclusion during crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
Measures such as voluntary repatriation of distressed citizens, extension of stay and work permits, and increased consular assistance were highlighted.
Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said that the Philippines has always lobbied for the inclusion of decent work, fair and ethical recruitment provisions as inspired by Target 8.8 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Undersecretary Arriola added that the effort was successful as “decent work and fair and ethical recruitment provisions are now codified under Objective 6 of the GCM.”
In 2020, the DFA facilitated the repatriation of 327,511 overseas Filipinos.