Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Philippines seeks labor pact with Haiti

The Philippines is seeking a bilateral labor agreement with Haiti to ensure that Filipinos working in the Caribbean nation would enjoy adequate protection.

In a statement, the Philippine Embassy said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. discussed the bilateral labor agreement when he presented his credentials to President Michael Joseph Martelly as Manila’s non-resident envoy to Haiti on March 14.

“The Philippine Government has a strong desire for a bilateral labor agreement to be concluded at the earliest possible time to enable more of our nationals to help in building Haiti's economy under the protection of the law,” said Cuisia in his meeting with Martelly.

While in Haiti, Cuisia also met with leaders of the more than 350 Filipinos there, most of whom hold supervisory or managerial positions, and visited the headquarters of the 17th Philippine Contingent that is serving as the Force Headquarters Support Unit for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

The 157-strong unit made up of officers and sailors from the Philippine Navy is headed by Capt. Luzviminda Camacho, the first woman to command a national peacekeeping contingent.

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