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Bicol Committee on Migration and Development conducts Training on Migrant Rights Advocacy

   The Committee on Migration and Development of the Bicol Regional Development Council, in partnership with the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) and with assistance from the Joint Migration and Development Initiative Philippines and the Migrant Forum in Asia, conducted a training on migrant rights advocacy on September 19 to 22 at Dorotea Resort and Spa in Bacacay, Albay. Around 40 representatives of overseas Filipino family circles and other migrant organizations in the region participated in the training that focused on national migration policies, international human rights standards, and international labor rights standards.

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   The CMA, a civil society organization that lobbies for the passage of national and international laws, agreements, and conventions on migration, developed the training modules designed to: (a) develop advocates for migrants’ rights among migrant organizations in the region; (b) enhance knowledge on labor migration (e.g., Philippine labor migration, the feminization of migration, national migration policies, migration governance and recruitment reform); (c) build skills of the advocates in promoting the ratification of key conventions relating to migrant workers in the Philippines; and (d) provide an opportunity for the participants to share experiences, build alliances, and strengthen collaboration.

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   At the end of the training, the participants formulated a strategic advocacy plan to serve as the platform in disseminating information on migrant rights in the Bicol region. As migrant rights advocates, they committed to build networks and work together in empowering the overseas Filipinos and their families for a more inclusive development.

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