Commentary: Worst time ever to be a overseas Filipino worker

Commentary: Worst time ever to be a overseas Filipino worker

Coronavirus, Covıd-19

13/9/2020 1:16:00 AM

Commentary: Worst time ever to be a overseas Filipino worker

The ongoing pandemic has made the precarity of these workers’ lives all too clear, says an observer.

A job loss not only affects an OFW but also their family.Undocumented and irregular migrants – and those who work in informal sectors – are more vulnerable to the risks of COVID-19 due to inadequate access to healthcare and already crowded living conditions. Many are entangled in poor working conditions.

Only a limited number of labour migrants from developing countries are equipped with social protection coverage as most hail from the lower bracket of society.More explicit provisions of employment protection and social safety nets need to be offered in both migrant-sending and migrant-receiving countries.

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