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Law enough for protecting OFWs but no implementa­tion — senator

- Arjay L. Balinbin

PROTECTION OF Filipino migrant workers is already provided by law and remains a matter of implementa­tion, an opposition senator said.

“I read the Overseas Workers Act. It is very detailed. The problem is it is not being implemente­d. Example is the informatio­n-sharing scheme which was not formed. In the case of Ms. [Joanna D.] Demafelis, for instance, almost a year had passed since she was reported missing but no action was taken,” Senator Franklin M. Drilon said in an interview with DZBB on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Mr. Drilon, a former Labor secretary, cited a provision in Republic Act. 8042, the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, “that there should be a sharing of informatio­n.” —

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