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27/12/2012: Commission on Filipinos Overseas supports the implementation of ILO Conventions on Domestic and Maritime Workers

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) expresses its support in the implementation of the International Labour Organization Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (ILO Convention 189) and the Maritime Labour Convention as both enter into force in 2013.

The Philippines became the second country to ratify ILO Convention 189 on August 6, 2012, while it is the 30th member to have its ratification registered and joined the group of the “first 30” ILO countries to demonstrate their commitment to ensure decent work for maritime workers on August 20, 2012.

The conventions will enter into force one year after ratification which is a standard entry into force condition for ILO conventions.

The ILO Convention 189 will benefit the 3.4 million Filipino domestic workers in the Philippines and abroad by ensuring that domestic workers, like other workers, enjoy the same mantle of basic rights, such as reasonable hours of work, weekly rest, clear information on terms and conditions of employment, and freedom of association.

On the other hand, the Maritime Labour Convention is also a milestone for ensuring decent work for seafarers as the Philippines is the largest source of the world’s seafarers, with nearly 700,000, almost half of which work overseas. The Philippines is the largest source of the world’s seafaring workforce and the home of around 30 per cent of seafarers working on foreign flag ships. It also has a large domestic fleet, with nearly as many seafarers working on Philippines flagged ships.

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