Report obtained from Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), today November 15, 2006 afternoon Philippine time, the house committee on overseas workers affairs is having a committee meeting in continuation of deliberation on house resolution by Congresswoman Liza Maza regarding cases and extent of trafficking of Filipino women in the middle east with alleged involvement of immigration officials. Pertinent details of House Resolution No. HR01368 are as follows:
FULL TITLE: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS WORKERS’ AFFAIRS TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE CASES AND EXTENT OF TRAFFICKING OF FILIPINO WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH THE ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT OF PHILIPPINE IMMIGRATION STAFF AND OFFICIALS IN THE MODUS OPERANDI OF ILLEGAL RECRUITERS AND TRAFFICKERS, AND RECOMMEND MEASURES TO ADDRESS THE GAPS IN ALL THE POLICIES PERTAINING TO IMMIGRATION AND PLACEMENT OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS WITH THE END VIEW OF CURBING ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT AND TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS. DATE Filed: 2006-08-30
Other Agendas includes initial deliberation of the following house bills on seafarers:
HB 1358- “An act instituting the Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers” by Cong. Barinaga.
HB 1804- “An act creating the National Seafarers Administration, prescribing its powers and functions and appropriating funds therefor” by Cong. Roilo Golez.
HB 1931, HB 2706, HB 4350 by Cong. Ace Barbers, Mauricio Domogan, Imee Marcos “An act to establish a higher standard of promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino overseas seafarers and for other purposes“.
HB 2900, “An act creating the Overseas Seafarers Welfare Fund, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes” by Cong. Catalino Figueroa.
Regarding Bills on seafarers, CMA will share with the committee the outcome of the ILO 2006 Maritime Convention and the discussions from recently concluded National Forum on Seafarers (3rd A.J.G. Forum Series 2006) held in Cebu City last September 26, 2006.