By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine Embassy in Prague is recommending a possible bilateral labor agreement to be entered into by the Philippines and the Czech Republic.
In making the recommendation, Consul General Iric Arribas stressed that there has to be a strong commitment from the host government to prosecute Czech nationals who would violate the bilateral labor agreement and actively cooperate with the Philippine government in resolving disputes involving the migrant worker and the employer.”
As this developed, Philippine Embassy Charge d’affaires Jed Dayang gave his assurance that the embassy is doing its utmost to ensure that the entry of Filipino migrant workers in the Czech Republic is safe, orderly and legal.
Dayang said that so far, the Czech government is still finalizing its own mechanisms.
He said that meantime the Philippine embassy is working closely with its partner Philippine and Czech governments, employers and recruitment agencies.
Dayang added that the Philippines and the Czech Republic are exploring a modus vivendi on this new form of labor cooperation.
As Charge d’affaires, he said he has been making representations with Czech government agencies.
“We are pushing for ethical recruitment for OFWs so that applicants will not be burdened by excessive placement fees,” said Dayang. “However, this will need the support of employers and recruitment agencies.”
He said one recommendation of the embassy is for the Philippines and the Czech Republic government agencies to sit down and cooperate by way of having a framework starting from the recruitment process, their departure from the Philippines, entry to the Czech Republic as well as in their eventual return and reintegration back to the Philippines.
Based on the official announcement from the Czech government, it said it is giving labor quota to workers from the Philippines, Mongolia, and Ukraine.
On its website, the Czech government said they are allocating 1,000 job openings for the Philippines, 1,000 for Mongolia, and up to 10,000 for Ukraine which is their main source of agricultural workers.