The Philippine government has been urged to make bilateral agreements with other countries that employ Filipinos to ensure their safety when they are deployed overseas.

On Monday, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said the government should use its recent agreement with Kuwait as a blueprint for future arrangements with other countries, GMA News reported.

“The government should use this memorandum of understand as a blueprint for proactively negotiating similar agreements with other countries that attract high numbers of Filipino workers,” Gatchalian said.

He said the government should have similar agreements with countries that do not have laws that protect migrant workers, such as those in the Middle East.

He urged labor officials to deploy Filipino workers only to countries where their rights are protected by law, Politiko reported.

“Any country that would refuse to enter into such agreement does not deserve to benefit from the skills and talents of our distinguished Filipino workers,” he said.

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