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For manifesting concern for migrant workers

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People today thanked leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for manifesting their concern for migrant workers.

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CBCP-ECMI chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos said this following President Duterte’s announcement that ASEAN leaders would sign on Tuesday a landmark document on the protection of migrant workers.

“We, at CBCP-ECMI, are very thankful for this caring and helpful initiative of our ASEAN leaders towards our migrant workers,” the Balanga, Bataan prelate said in an interview.

“This manifests their concern and compassion of plight of our migrant workers,” added Santos.

With common and unified stand of our ASEAN leaders, he said the rights and privileges of all migrant workers would be “protected, promoted and respected.”

“Their decision is the best and very beneficial to all migrant workers regardless of their nationalities,” Santos said.

According to Duterte, the landmark document would strengthen social protection, access to justice, humane and fair treatment, and access to health services for the people.

The president made the announcement at the opening of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City today.

The Philippines is hosting the 31st ASEAN Leaders’ Summit from November 13 to 15, 2017.

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