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Twenty countries will adopt Philippine initiatives to protect women and overseas Filipino workers, especially in crisis situations, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. In a news release, the DOLE said the Philippine position on four key labor and migration issues were successfully integrated into the regional framework of cooperation in the Abu Dhabi Dialogue II in Manila this week. The Abu Dhabi Dialogue is a dialogue of 11 countries of migrant worker origin which are members of the Colombo Process: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. It also includes nine countries of migrant worker destination: Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. "I am happy to announce that the Philippine position on key issues in managing labor migration and maximizing the mutual benefits from labor mobility in the Asian region have been incorporated in the Framework on Regional Cooperation adopted at the end of the three-day Abu Dhabi Dialogue II," said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. Among the Philippines' major inputs were:
- protection of women workers
- cooperation in times of emergency crisis
- facilitation of repatriation of nationals, and
- regulation of cost of migration.
- skills classification and recognition of the productivity of workers
- clear definition of the qualification requirements for jobs
- adoption of a mutually acceptable standard employment contracts which prescribe minimum terms, and
- when disputes arise, observance of existing migration policies and regulations of Countries of Origin (COOs) and Countries of Destination (CODs).