Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Use workers’ remittances to start new industries, Noynoy told
Monday, 24 May 2010 23:08
FILIPINOS lobbying for migrant workers’ rights says presidential front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III can wield the trust given by overseas Filipino workers to him to help the country ride over a “migration hump.”
Citing experiences of former labor-exporting countries, the group Overseas Filipinos Worldwide said the incoming Aquino administration can consciously harness migrant workers’ remittances and invest these to develop local infrastructure, shipyards, factories and other industries.
“Other nations like South Korea, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Taiwan, which once were labor-exporting countries, have been able to get over their migration hump,” the group said in its open letter to Aquino.
Led by Leila Rispens-Noel of the Hong Kong-based Wimler Partnership for Social Progress, the group said migrant workers of these countries were “convinced of the effectiveness of government programs and [were] also trustful of their leaders’ sincerity.” Read more