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CHR laments wage theft cases against OFWs, seeks justice
mechanisms
Published July 23, 2020, 11:24 AM
by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has lamented the growing number of wage theft among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and
is urging the government to address the issues they are facing.

Commission on Human Rights (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Commissioner Gwendolyn Ll. Pimentel-Gana, the CHR’s focal commissioner on migrants’ rights said in a statement that there is lack of
support for OFWs from the sending and receiving countries, which has sadly led to cases of wage theft. Aside from this, OFWs also face
issues of improper compensation, non-payment of wages, and job loss.
The CHR has suggested that funds for OFWs, be set up at the national level. These funds, either from the government, private
institutions, businesses or philanthropic foundations, would later be regained by the government from employers and businesses who
were involved in wage theft.
“This approach would ensure that migrant workers are paid their dues without delay, and that their cases are resolved swiftly,” said
Pimentel-Gana.

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