2-day ASEAN-Labor Ministers’ Retreat kicks off in Davao

DAVAO CITY — The two-day ASEAN-Labor Ministers’ Retreat has officially started on Sunday at the Marco Polo Hotel here.

The meeting aims to come up with a solid stand on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers in the region.

On the first day of the event, senior labor officials are tasked to work first by discussing the issue of the nature of the ASEAN Instrument on Migrant Workers, and the principle issue of Rights of Undocumented Workers.

Likewise, they are set to have a dialogue on the principle issue of Fundamental Rights of Family members of Migrant Workers and the proposal of the Philippines of an ASEAN leaders’ declaration adopting the agreed provisions and articles.

The senior labor officials are expected to come up with recommendations to be presented before the Labor Ministers for their consideration or adoption on Monday.

The Labor Ministers’ meeting will be headed by Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

He will deliver the opening and closing remarks before the delegates from ASEAN member countries namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The Philippines is the host of the ASEAN 2017 with a theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

The ASEAN regional community is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA-northboundasia.com