Bicol CMD partners with the Center for Migrant Advocacy to capacitate M&D focals

The Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), in partnership with the Bicol Committee on Migration and Development conducted the Trainers’ Training on Migrants’ Rights and Case Management on April 18 to 20, 2018 at Hotel St. Ellis, Legazpi City. The training is part of the project entitled, “Strengthening Capacities of Migrant Domestic Workers and Families” with support from AWO International, a German development organization. It aimed to (a) capacitate local government units (LGUs) and migrant organizations on the rights of migrant workers and (b) enable them to share experiences and processes on handling cases of distressed migrant workers.

The CMA, a civil society organization that lobbies for the passage of national and international laws, agreements, and conventions on migration, developed and delivered the learning modules on (a) international and Philippine labor migration situation; (b) rights-based framework on migration; (c) gender and migration; (d) social cost of migration; (e) migration governance; and (f) key issues on migration such as illegal recruitment and human trafficking. Representatives from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 5 and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Region 5 were invited to discuss updates on programs and services for migrant workers and their families.

The participants, which included heads of migrant organizations, Public Employment Service Office managers, and representatives from LGUs region wide learned the different stages and aspects of migrant case management. The participants formulated action plans on proper management of cases of distressed migrants. They committed to cascade and share the information with their respective offices and organizations.