13 Jul THE PHILIPPINES: Senator Introduces Legislation to Teach Rights to OPWs.
Leila de Lima, a Philippine senator has introduced legislation to improve the human rights education of overseas Philippine workers (OPWs). Many Filipinos working overseas suffer abuse at the hands of their employers. The bill is expected to strengthen the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in educating OFWs about the full extent of their rights. Senator de Lima said, “We need to strengthen the CHR’s mandate by tasking it with the continuing education and information dissemination among OFWs about human rights before they leave the country, to their actual deployment, and its periodic monitoring.”