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[Statement] Kanlungan on the recent typhoons and call for climate justice

#HumanRights #ClimateEmergency Kanlungan’s statement on the recent typhoons and call for climate justice

Kanlungan centre Foundation Inc would like to express our solidarity and unity to all who have been affected by the recent typhoons.

Climate emergency is here.We need to act together to demand for reparation and accountability

Climate induced migration have resulted to displacement and force migration to millions of people all over the world.


The securitization of borders and continued threat to migrants and climate refugees also exacerbates the situation.

In the Philippines, climate induced migration is forcing people to migrate either internally or externally , forcing them to leave their love ones. Putting them at risk of falling prey to human traffickers and illegal recruiters.

We support the call to declare Climate emergency now!

Climate justice should not be a rhetoric from the state, they should act with extreme urgency .The clock is ticking and its ticking so fast

We call upon all migrants to support the demand for climate justice . The hard earn money and properties you bought out from working overseas is under threat as shown by the recent floodings. We need to demand accountability

Declare climate emergency now!

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[Statement] A ‘Bargaining Chip’ or Confirmed Labour Migration Policy? -Kanlungan

A ‘Bargaining Chip’ or Confirmed Labour Migration Policy?

Call for Clarity to End Confusion Regarding the Kuwait Deployment Ban

“The ban stays permanently. There will be no more recruitment for especially domestic helpers. No more,” Duterte told reporters on Sunday in Davao.

“I would like to address to their patriotism: come home. No matter how poor we are, we will survive. The economy is doing good and we are short of our workers,” he said.

The announcement made by President Duterte that the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent has raised the anxieties of many migrant workers about their livelihoods, families and futures.

It has also focused attention on the Philippines labour market and whether it can realistically immediately provide decent employment with a living wage to the thousands of Filipinos that could potentially return – given 11 million Filipinos are in part-time jobs or unemployed. Additionally underemployment and in-work poverty make re-deployment with all the associated stress and expenses more likely.

President Duterte suggests people could be re-deployed to China, however there is no guarantee of any improvement in labour conditions there, especially as they do not have a domestic worker law – unlike Kuwait.

However there is also confusion about whether this is: confirmed government policy or initial reaction or diplomatic bargaining in an attempt to secure the release of those arrested following their involvement in the controversial video ‘rescue’ of migrant workers in Kuwait or to facilitate the return of undocumented workers or to extract concessions from the Kuwait government for improved Filipino workers labour conditions or related to trade.

There have been contradictory statements regarding the “permanent” deployment ban such as:

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said there is no permanent deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait, following the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte for such. “The President never mentioned that the deployment ban has become permanent. That is not true. He never said that. What the President said is that the Philippines and Kuwait are good friends and are allies and he does not want the presence of our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) there to cause an irritant in that relationship,” Bello said in an interview with CNN Philippines Sunday.

As the Labor official added he will be meeting with Kuwaiti officials on May 7 to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Foreign Affairs officials and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Perhaps then the situation for workers will become clearer?

Until then the migrant workers struggle has just become harder faced with the uncertainty about what to do in the short-term (and future) and living with the tension in Kuwait.

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[Statement] Kanlungan’s position on the proposed increase in Phil-Health premium – Kanlungan

KANLUNGAN’S POSITION ON THE PROPOSED INCREASE IN PHIL-HEALTH PREMIUM

 Kanlungan is deeply concern that the interest groups like Insurance companies ,private hospitals will be the primary benefactor in this endeavor .If Phil-health is really sincere on its objective in increasing the protection for our Migrant Workers ,it should find other ways to subsidizes the OFW’s. Allow us to discuss our basis .

First, there is no argument regarding the need to increase the benefit package of the Phil-health program for OFW’s . We all know that the migrant workers are vulnerable to hazards while working abroad. Everyone will agree that there is a need to provide additional services for the health care of our OFW’s .They need all the safety nets that they can get .However the million dollar question arises? Who will shoulder the payment of the said premium, will the OFW’s really benefit on the proposal ?

Second, facts and accounts of OFW’s will show that the current P900 Phil health premium is already a burden on the part of the OFW’s specially those who are low income earners . To increase it to 150% from P900.00 to P2,400.00 will definitely be a burdensome to our “Kababayans” whom we consider as modern day heroes!

Third , when the health program was still with OWWA, the issue of transparency regarding the disbursement of the funds remains an issue. The issue of OWWA funds being use for the political campaigns of the previous administration remains a mystery. Even the time that it was transferred to Phil-health, numerous issued have been also raised and remains an answered up to this date.

Fourth, like, other Government agencies the Phil-health has been use by politicians for the political agenda, we don’t want the premiums entrusted by our OFW’s will again be utilize for selfish political motives, especially now that the 2013 election is just a lingering.

To this day, our OFW’s continue to bail out our country from utter poverty, hence it is high time for the Government to provide the necessary services for our “Bagong Bayani”. The proposed increase in the Phil Health premium should be subsidizes by the Government, by Phil-health. After all the funds which OWWA and later transferred to Phil-Health has been using for its operation ,actually came from the contributions of our Filipino Migrant Workers.

Lastly, providing the basic health care and services is the primary responsibility of the state! It cannot be compromised nor neglected. The current administration still needs to convince the Migrant Workers that they are really going on a straight path.

Kanlungan Center Foundation Inc.