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Statement Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz Department of Labor and Employment On the PH ratification of ILO Convention 189

"We are very much elated with the official acceptance today by International Labor Organization Director-General Juan Somavia of the Philippine instrument of ratification of ILO Convention No. 189 or the Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention.

"With the registration at the ILO of the Philippines's ratification of this important international instrument, we, including our tripartite partners, demonstrate our full alignment with the struggle for social justice for domestic workers worldwide. We express our gratitude to President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Senate of the Philippines for their unwavering and unequivocal support that led to the Philippine ratification of Convention 189.

"The Philippines has always been--and continues to be--on the forefront of global efforts to promote decent and productive work for domestic workers. As it has shown, it has always been willing to exercise an active and leading role in ensuring the achievement of the ILO's decent work agenda, especially for vulnerable workers such as domestic workers.

"As of its entry into force, Convention 189 will ultimately raise the bar of protection for all Filipino domestic workers, local and overseas, and imbue them the dignity they deserve, but have been denied them for quite a long time.

"We in the Philippines look forward to the entry into force of Convention 189 so that decent work and the benefits we envision the Convention to provide, such as better salaries, safe and healthy working conditions, protection from abuse and exploitation, and other benefits, will already accrue to the estimated 2 million to 2.5 million Filipino domestic workers who have been contributing heroically to our national development.

"We also note that as we completed the process of ratification of Convention 189, our national legislature has at the same time laid the groundwork for the enactment of a national law in compliance with the Convention and its accompanying Recommendation.

"The Lower House of the Philippine Congress has just passed on third reading House Bill No. 1815, or the Kasambahay bill, after 16 years in legislative history. Earlier, or in December 2011, the Senate has approved its own version of the legislative measure. The two version will soon be reconciled in a bicameral conference committee. For this, we thank the leadership of Congress for demonstrating resolve and commitment to the ideals of the ILO's decent work agenda."

View/Download: ILO Convention No. 189

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