The Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) announces the 4th Dr. Alfredo J. Ganapin Advocacy Round Table Discussion on the Practical Social and Legal Remedies to Address the Needs of Families Abandoned by Overseas Filipino Workers on December 15, 2006; Friday, 9:00-12:00 noon at the University Hotel, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
For this last forum for the year, the AJG Advocacy will focus on the impact of migration on the families, women and children left behind. The RTD aims:
1) To better understand and address the issue of family abandonment vis a vis labor migration
2) To know how the various government migration-related agencies approach and address the problems
3) To identify the gaps in existing laws, policies and practices vis OFW family abandonment and financial support
4) To come up with concrete practical social and legal remedies to family abandonment by OFWs as well as concrete support programs to woman parents/spouses left behind.
CMA-FES invited various migrant-oriented government agencies to share their responses and approaches to the issue.
CMA/FES invited two resource persons to start off the discussions:
Atty. Farah G. Decano, Chairperson, Committee on Children, Women and Family Relations, Sangguniang Panlunsod, Dagupan City – to expound on existing laws, policies and practices to address family-women- and -children related issues and concerns.
Atty. Henry S. Rojas, CMA Legal Counsel and Founding Member, Lawyers’ League for Liberty (Libertas)- an association of young lawyers committed to judicial and social reforms – to integrate the dimension of migration in the discourse and identify the gaps in the laws vis realities.