Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Hon. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited St Petersburg Russia to attend a forum and pushing for a labor agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and Russia to protect the Filipino workers.
During her speech the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) which was held from June 6 to 8 and was attended by world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, she made a call regarding the labor agreement between Russia and Republic of the Philippines.
“The majority of Kabayan workers in Russia are household workers and nannies, but except for around 200, all of them—from 5,000 to 10,000—are undocumented. They pay huge amount of money for their improper visas,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo said a labor agreement between the Russia and Republic of the Philippines is the solution as it would “maximize the potential of Kabayan workers to contribute to Russian development and investment attractiveness.”
She also said the Republic of the Philippines and Russian governments have had several discussions on creating a labor agreement, and that the Philippines submitted a draft labor agreement to Russia in May 2018.
“Labor agreement is focus on allowing Filipinos to legally stay and work in Russia, to make meaningful contributions to Russian families and society, to bring our people closer, to foster greater understanding, will greatly benefit both countries and reinforce the historic step our leaders have taken,” she added.
During the International forum other dignitaties who attended are Kirill Adzinov, Head of Visa Department, Main Directorate for Migration, Ministry of the Interiors. Dmitry Yalov, Deputy Chairman Leningrad Region Government, Chairman of the Committee on Economic and Investment Activity. Philippine Ambassador to Moscow, Hon. Carlos Soretta.