NEW YORK — After four years of persistence and negotiations, the Damayan Migrant Workers Association finally got what it has been fighting for – a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Consulate General in New York, that details the protocol and resources for Filipino trafficking survivors.
“This MOU [memorandum] calls for prevention, enforcement, protection services, legal and social for victims of labor and human trafficking,” said Linda Oalican. “We are appealing to you, to please fund this MOU.”
Philippine secretary of foreign affairs Alan Peter Cayetano addressed this concern during his town hall meeting with the Filipino community, at the Philippine Center in New York last week.
“We’re fixing the guidelines so for example yung sinabing substistence, lalagyan namin nang pera yun so while they’re fighting at wala pa silang trabaho may konti silang pangbuhay.”
The MOU will make sure that Filipino labor and trafficking survivors are given immediate assistance such as temporary housing, financial support, legal support, and protection (security), while their cases are being heard in court.