Deployment of workers to Russia eyed

Date Posted: April 25th, 2018 01:35 PM


The labor department has started looking into the labor market regulations and policies in Russia in preparation for the deployment of Filipino workers.


In line with the ongoing talks with the Russian Republic, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has created a technical working group (TWG) tasked to conduct discussions and meetings leading to the formulation of an agreement for possible deployment to Russian state.


“Negotiations with Russian Federation are ongoing and Russia is one of our alternative markets for our Filipino workers who still wish to be deployed overseas. There is a demand for construction and household service workers in Russia,” Bello said.


The TWG was tasked to establish a program of activities for series of policy consultation between the Philippines and Russia, and meet with the DOLE and POEA counterparts in Russia to further discuss policies for the protection and welfare of Filipino workers.


Also, the task group will lead the orientation of Russian employers and recruitment agencies about Philippine laws governing the deployment of OFWs.


The TWG is headed by the Undersecretary for Legal and International Affairs and supported by the POEA Administrator as Vice-Chairperson. Members include OWWA Administrator, the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), and DOLE Legal Service.


The group will also provide inputs and recommendations relative to the deployment of workers in Russia and bilateral labor agreement negotiations for consideration of the DOLE BLA Steering Committee.


END/Abegail De Vega
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