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Aquino elated over UN’s action adopting PHL-sponsored resolution on violence vs women migrant workers

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the three newly acquired Agusta helicopters during the 78th Founding Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the AFP General Headquarters Grandstand in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Friday (December 20, 2013). This year’s theme is: “Tagumpay Noon, Bayanihan Ngayon, Karangalan Nating Lahat Bukas”. In photo are Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the three newly acquired Agusta helicopters during the 78th Founding Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the AFP General Headquarters Grandstand in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Friday (December 20, 2013). This year’s theme is: “Tagumpay Noon, Bayanihan Ngayon, Karangalan Nating Lahat Bukas”. In photo are Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. (MNS Photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Aquino government expressed elation over the action of the United Nations General Assembly adopting the Philippine-sponsored resolution on violence against women migrant workers, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Thursday.

Coloma said during the regular press briefing in Malacañang the UN Assembly adopted by consensus the Philippine-sponsored Resolution No. 68/137 on Violence Against Women Migrant Workers last December 18.

“It urges all governments to consider permitting migrant women workers who are victims of violence to apply for residency permits independently of abusive employers or spouses, in accordance with national laws, and to eliminate abusive sponsorship systems,” the Communications Secretary said.

Coloma said the Philippine initiative was prompted by the need to extend protection to thousands of Filipina migrant workers.

According to Coloma, the resolution calls on all countries to grant women migrant workers in domestic service access to gender-sensitive transparent mechanisms for bringing complaints against employers including termination of their contract, in case of labor and economic exploitation, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse and violence.(MNS)

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