The Department of Labor and Employment will play host to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Labor Ministers’ Retreat and the 10th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) on February 19 to 22 in Davao City, Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III announced yesterday.

“We are honored to host the ministerial retreat and the ACMW meeting this year. The Philippines, as the chairman of ASEAN 2017, looks forward to the finalization of the instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers,” Bello said.

The retreat aims to engage the ASEAN Labor Ministers and their senior officials in an informal discussion on how to move forward with the finalization of the instrument, which is one of the main outcome documents of the Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship this year.

With support of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), DOLE, together with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), will lead the negotiations on the finalization of the instrument.

The Declaration, which was a ground breaking move to address the issue of migrant workers in the ASEAN region, was signed on January 13, 2007 during the 12th ASEAN Summit held in Cebu.

The Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN 2017, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN regional community, is anchored on the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

END/aldm/with reports from ILAB and POEA

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