Binay talks OFW at CRC conference

Binay talks OFW at CRC conference

by Camille Diola on May 2, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay returned to his alma mater to speak at the Center for Research and Communication’s conference on the overseas employment program last March 26 that brought together key stakeholders in the migration sector.

Binay, a graduate of the Strategic Business Economics Program in the University, joined government officials, business leaders, educators and representatives from non-government organizations to find solutions for challenges facing Filipino workers abroad who make up 10 percent of the current Philippine population.

“UA&P has brought us together in this noble quest and I look forward to the synergies and advocacies that you shall propose,” he said.

Binay also said that the government and collaborators concerned with migrant workers have already achieve much for the cause, such as their efforts in protecting the rights of workers to humane conditions and just wages.

They have also extended standrad government-issued benefits such as PAG-IBIG to OFWs, and promoted the rights of Filipinos abroad “to live and practice their faith without risk of discrimination or persecution,” Binay said.

However, for Binay, “there is still much room for innovation” in the area, and CRC’s conference is one venue to address this need.

CRC, that hallmark center in the University tasked to promote a research culture, has migration as one of the areas in its research agenda.

University co-founder and trustee Dr. Bernardo Villegas said that the purpose of “deepening our understanding of the OFW phenomenon by scientific research” is to contribute to global Filipinos’ economic, social, cultural and spiritual growth.

For Dr. Villegas, migration for employment us here to stay even with the country’s growing economy in the years to come. One reason he cited is the global community’s  preference for Filipinos, known worldwide to be outstanding professionals and workers.

CRC Associate Director Dr. Veronica Ramirez said that the University has partnered with migration practitioners to craft policies to improve the lives of migrant workers.

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