Philippine Senate Concurred The Ratification Of ILO Convention 189
Migrant Forum in Asia is pleased to announce that on August 6, 2012 the Philippine Senate finally concurred the ratification of ILO Convention 189 (C189) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers with 20 votes and 0 abstentions.
This concurrence means that there is no legal impediment for the Philippine ratification of C189. President Benigno Aquino signed the ratification of C189 on 18 May 2012.
Following the concurrence of the Senate, the instrument will be transmitted to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and to the Office of the President within two to three days. The DFA, on the other hand, will have to deposit the instrument of ratification to the ILO Director General in Geneva, Switzerland. Once the instrument has been deposited to the Director General Office the Philippines would be the second country to ratify the Convention after Uruguay.
This significant step made by the Philippines should also encourage other States in the region to ratify C189. Civil society groups and trade unions did not waver in their advocacy in pressing on stakeholders to take action in the ratification of C189. This milestone further fuels our determination to work in collaboration for the realization of decent work and social justice for all domestic workers.
Let us take this opportunity to call on ILO Member States to ratify C189. Domestic work is work! Domestic work is not slavery! Domestic workers are workers!
Source: Migrant Forum Asia
For further information, please also read Domestic Workers Convention comes into force after ratification by the Philippines