Published 30th May 2019, 2:53pm
A Philippine Government delegation from its Washington, DC Embassy were in the Cayman Islands recently delivering consular services to its nationals.
The delegation included His Excellency, Mr. Renato Villa, Consul General, who was accompanied by Labor Attaché Angela Librado-Trinidad, Embassy Attaché Avela Semana, and Liaison Officer and Accredited Notary Public to the Filipino Community in the Cayman Islands, Arturo Urusa.
Part of the consular mission entailed engaging with top Cayman Islands Government officials. Among those they met with were Chief Officer for the Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration, Wesley Howell and Deputy Chief Officer, Michael Ebanks, as well as the Director of Labour and Pensions, Bennard Ebanks and Interim Director of Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman, Sharon Roulstone.
The overall aim was to strengthen already-positive relations between the governments of the Cayman Islands and the Republic of the Philippines. The Philippine Government certifies host countries which they determine are in compliance with the protection of migrant workers.
Following discussions with Ministry officials, “the Philippine Embassy will update the certification for the Cayman Islands for onward submission to, and approval of, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines to reflect the updated laws, regulations and procedures issued by the Cayman Islands Government to protect the rights of migrant workers," said Consul General Mr. Renato Villa.
Discussions with Ministry officials covered local labour, social and immigration legislation, as well as policies, practices and confidential reporting channels designed to protect employees against exploitation.
Statistical data was also presented, showing that Cayman is now host to 4,156 work permit holders who are Filipino.
“We welcome these opportunities to engage with the Consul General in relation to the deployment and recruitment of Filipino workers and look forward to on-going cooperation in the interest of protecting migrant workers against exploitation," said Chief Officer Wesley Howell.
Copies of relevant laws and other documents were shared with the Embassy delegates, evidencing positive, concrete measures currently in place to protect the rights of migrant workers employed in the Cayman Islands.