At the 2nd UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration, Secretary Baldoz bats for inclusion of migration in the post-2015 UN development agenda

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, who is heading the Philippine delegation to the 2nd United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development being held in New York, yesterday said the Philippines fully supports the inclusion of migration in the post-2015 UN development agenda with the goal of achieving decent work for migrants and their families.

In her plenary statement at the Dialogue, Baldoz said the Philippines’s support for the inclusion of migration in the post-2015 UN development agenda is “in recognition of the positive contributions of migrants to both countries of origin and countries of destinations and in pursuit of the goal of protection of their rights”.

“The Philippines, based on its long experience as a major country of migrant origin, supports a post 2015 migration and sustainable development agenda which may be pursued through national, bipartite, and multilateral arrangements,” she said in her statement.

The labor and employment chief explained that such arrangements should have as objectives the following: respect for universally-recognized rights of migrants and their families; promotion of legal, ethical, and orderly migration; measures to address the gender dimension and migration’s impact on women and children, particularly those in domestic work; effective access to fast and fair complaint mechanisms and  judicial remedies; labor mobility through mutual recognition of skills and professions; regulation and monitoring of recruitment agencies; access to social security and health care and portability of social security and pension rights; ‘return home’ programs for effective reintegration; faster, safer, and less costly transfer of remittances; and international action against trafficking and human smuggling.

“We also need a UN-led multilateral action involving countries of origin, transit, and destination to address the plight of migrants caught in conflict and crisis situations to keep them from harm’s way and ensure their fast and safe return,” Baldoz said.

In her statement, Secretary Baldoz expressed desire that the Dialogue be re-convened every five years to assess progress, and that taking stock of developments consider the results and outcomes of dialogue processes, such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Colombo Process, and the Abu Dhabi Dialogue. Baldoz is chairman of the latter for the years 2013-2014.

The 2nd UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development is an important milestone to the follow-up to the Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development and in the discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. It’s theme, “Making Migration Work”, seeks to identify “concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important links to development while reducing its negative implications.”

The first UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, held in September 2006, led to the creation of the voluntary, State-led, and non-binding Global Forum on Migration and Development, a platform for informal dialogue and cooperation.

Baldoz is accompanied to the Dialogue by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Deputy Executive Director Grace Riguer of the DOLE’s Institute for Labor Studies; and Washington, D.C.-based Welfare Officer Saul De Vries.

Other members of the Philippine delegation included Secretary Imelda Nicolas of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas; Undersecretary Jesus Yabes, Assistant Secretary Jesus Domingo, and Executive Director Reynaldo catapang of the Department of Foreign Affairs; Deputy Director General Emmanuel F. Esguerra of the National Economic Development Authority; and Undersecretary Leah Tanodra-Armamento of the Department of Justice.


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