Migrante-Davao spokesperson Irish Maquilan told reporters during a press conference at the KMU-Mindanao office along Rizal Street, Davao City that the most recent victims in the region were 27 individuals from Lupon, Davao Oriental who were offered job opportunities in South Korea but were duped by a couple.
She also said the labor export policy dehumanizes the migrants as it treats OFWs as mere commodities to be exported to other countries.
KMU-Mindanao spokesperson Joel Maglunsod re-echoed the call to end the implementation of the labor export policy claiming that it is still because the government has not offered any lucrative job opportunities in the country.
“Forced migration is a human rights violation. Essentially, migrant workers are under forced labor conditions. If there was only decent work in the country, Filipinos would not look for jobs abroad where workers will be forced to leave their homes and families at great social cost,” Maglunsod said.
Ruji Peter S. Abat of Sunstar Davao