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GLOBAL PETITION OF FILIPINO MIGRANTS
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsHuman Rights Council Branch-Complaint Procedure Unit OHCHR- Palais WilsonUnited Nations Office at Geneva CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Fax: (+41 22) 917 90 11 E-mail: CP@ohchr.orgWebsite: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx Dear honorable members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, We, Filipino migrants working and living in Asia, the Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including our families in the Philippines are calling your attention to the gross human rights violations committed against Filipino migrants by the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. We are in support of the June 7, 2019 call of the 11 UN Special Rapporteurs for an independent investigation into the increasing human rights violations in the Philippines. Our children and family members have been directly affected by the thousands of unlawful deaths and police killings as a result of the so-called war on drugs. Our organizations and leaders are maligned, harassed and threatened by state forces. We all suffer from the repressive imposition of Martial Law in the island of Mindanao. As migrants and migrant families, we are also seeking justice for the violations of our collective civil, economic, political, and social rights under the Duterte administration. In particular, we have been deprived of our fundamental right to have decent work in our own country. Instead of providing a comprehensive and genuine economic program that focuses on creating domestic jobs to end the cycle of forced migration, President Duterte has intensified its economic policy of exporting its own people as cheap labor. In 2016, the Government of the Philippines exported 2 million+ migrant workers to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Trust territories. The Duterte government has continually imposed arbitrary and unjust state exaction fees that single out sea-based and land-based Filipino migrant workers who are already in debt even before beginning work abroad. In 2017, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) earned $5 million in revenue from charging migrant workers processing fees while overseas Filipino workers remittances has reached $33.8 Billion in 2018. Land-based overseas Filipino workers are arbitrarily discriminated against by forcing them to pay mandatory monthly social security contribution of both employee and the employer, while all other Filipino workers only pay one third of the premium. All those who refuse to pay for these unjust state exactions will not be allowed to work abroad, a deprivation of our fundamental right to work. Despite the billions in fees it collects each year from migrant workers, the Duterte government has spent very little resources to protect us and has neglected its duty in assisting migrant workers in distress. There has been no adequate legal support provided to migrants who are facing legal cases abroad. The number of brutal killings and executions perpetrated against overseas Filipino workers in their host countries has increased under Duterte’s watch. There are 81 Filipino migrants currently on death row, hundreds of migrant workers who have died, while hundreds are in detention in their host countries. In particular, we would like to raise the case of Mary Jane Veloso, a trafficking victim and due to Philippine government neglect was convicted and in death row since 2010. And with the case filed in the Philippines against her recruiter, Mary Jane has been deprived continually of her right to testify in court by the Duterte government itself. While the Overseas Workers Welfare Assistance (OWWA) has collected $20 Billion worth of funds from migrants, immigrants and their families in need still have to plead for the release of their funds from OWWA. Filipino migrants continue to face severe exploitation, inhumane working conditions, physical, verbal and sexual abuse and harassment abroad. Our lives and security are threatened by the increasingly systematic and cruel discrimination, xenophobia and crackdown on immigrants and migrants, both documented and undocumented in our host countries. Despite documented and reported abuses, the Duterte government has not proactively and aggressively taken steps to defend us. Sea-based OFWs and fishermen suffer extreme exploitation in the hands of profit-hungry foreign employers using substandard ships flying Flags of Convenience. The government has not protected our Fishermen in the West Philippine Sea against attacks and harassment from Chinese vessels and militias, and has abandoned its duty of asserting our victory in the Hague Arbitration Tribunal. After working and living abroad for many years, migrants who wish to return home cannot do so without reservations because there is no adequate government reintegration program which we could avail ourselves of, despite the billions of resources we have already contributed to uplifting the economy of our country through our hard work and sacrifices. Furthermore, migrants will be returning to a country where our basic human rights are being trampled on daily by the tyranny of our own government and state forces. The intensifying political tyranny in our country has virtually deprived us of any quick, sufficient and effective remedies against these human rights violations. Duterte as sitting president is immune from suit, and the only way to remove him, by impeachment is now impossible after he has gained control of both houses of Congress. Even the judiciary has become ineffective after President Duterte succeeded in removing the Chief Justice by a mere Quo Warranto case in violation of the Constitutional provision that removal can only be done by impeachment. In the meantime, extra judicial killings and arrest of Filipinos continue daily. People’s organizations that have for decades defended and supported the rights and welfare of Filipino people and migrants are being systematically attacked through unscrupulous government regulations, red-tagging, financial witch-hunt and other forms of harassment. Therefore, we demand an end to the violation of our collective human rights and hold the Duterte government accountable. We urgently plead with the United Nations Human Rights Council to conduct an independent investigation into the human rights violation committed by the Philippine Duterte government.
P2,400/month sapilitang paniningil sa OFWs ng SSS contribution, pahirap, huwag ipatupad!
Dagdag pension at benepisyo, hindi dagdag kontribusyon! Nitong nakaraang buwan ng Pebrero ay pinirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang Social Security Act of 2018 kung saan ang pagsaklaw sa OFWs sa SSS ay ginawang “compulsory”. Ibig sabihin, obligado na ang lahat ng OFW, land-based man o sea-based, new hire man o Balik Manggagawa, na magbayad ng kontribusyon sa SSS kada buwan. Sa bisa rin ng batas na ito, dawit ang OFWs sa pagtaas ng monthly premium mula 10% ng buwanang sweldo patungong 12% para sa taong 2019 na aakyat pa hanggang 15% sa 2025. Ayon sa draft Implementing Rules and Regulations ng batas na ito, pwersadong magbayad sa SSS ang land-based OFWs ng P2,400/month at P800/month naman para sa mga seaman. At sisingilin na sila bago pa man makaalis ng bansa dahil kailangan ito para makakuha ng overseas employment certificate (OEC). Masaklap pa, ang mga re-hire/ returning worker/ Balik Manggagawa ay obligadong magbayad ng tatlong buwan na kontribusyon o P7,200 bago pa sumabak sa trabaho. Bagamat nakasaad sa batas na hahati ang mge employer ng land-based OFWs sa monthly contribution ng 8%, mangyayari lamang ito kung may bilateral agreement na ang Pilipinas at ang host country para mapwersa ang mga employer na magbayad sa SSS. Malabong mangyari ito. Sa karanasan, palaging bigo ang pamahalaan sa pagtutulak sa mga gobyerno ng host countries ng mga patakaran para sa kapakanan ng OFWs. Isa pa, kung sakali mang may bilateral agreement na, kung sa Pilipinas nga ay bigo na ang SSS sa paniningil sa mga lokal na employer, paano pa kaya sa foreign employers? Kaya ang malinaw na kalalabasan nito ay buong-buong papasanin ng OFW ang pagbabayad sa SSS. Malaking pabigat sa mga OFW. Ang P2,400 ay hindi birong halaga lalung-lalo na para sa mga kumikita lamang ng US$400/month tulad ng mga Domestic Helper o Laborer na kalakhan sa mga OFW. Para sa OFWs at kanilang pamilya, maaaring katumbas na ng P2,400 ay: monthly tuition ng isang anak; monthly bills ng utilities (tubig, kuryente, internet) ng pamilya; grocery para sa isang buwan ng pamilya; isang kaban ng bigas; pagkain ng isang OFW para sa isa o dalawang linggo; isang buwang konsumo sa internet ng isang OFW; at/o bayad sa isang linggong renta para sa OFW na naka-leave-out Ano ang seguridad na maibibigay ng SSS sa aming kinabukasan kung gutom at dusa naman ang hatid nito para sa OFWs at kanilang pamilya? Kami ay naninindigan na pabigat at hindi makatarungan ang P2,400/buwan na sapilitang SSS contribution. Wasto lamang na ibalik sa dating sistema na voluntary membership ang para sa OFWs. Sa halip na pagtaas ng kontribusyon at paglawak ng saklaw ng SSS, kung tunay na hangarin ng pamahalaan ang kabutihan para sa OFWs at iba pang mamamayang Pilipino, ang dapat pagtuunan ng SSS at pamahalaan ay ang pagtataas ng benepisyo tulad ng ipinangako nitong dagdag pang P1,000/month sa pension, at ang pagpapahigpit nito ng paniningil sa mga employer. Ayon sa Commission on Audit (COA), bilyon-bilyon ang hindi nakokolekta sa mga delinkwenteng employer tulad na lamang noong 2016 (P8.04 bilyon - 38,088 employers) at 2017 (P13.778 bilyon - 122,658 employers). Kaya naman ang aming mga panawagan ay: • Huwag ipatupad ang P2,400/month SSS contribution at ibalik na lamang sa Voluntary Membership ang OFWs; • Sa halip na itaas sa 12% ang monthly premium, itaas ng SSS ang kakayahang pagbayarin ang mga employer at habulin ang koleksyon sa mga delinkwenteng employers; • Maglaan ng subsidyo ang gobyerno, para maibigay ang kailangang dagdag na SSS pension.