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PH, Russia to sign bilateral labor agreement on Duterte’s visit to Russia

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Philippines and Russia are expected to sign a bilateral labor agreement when President Duterte visits Russia this October.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a press briefing for the Philippine media delegation at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on April 27, 2018, announces that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to reveal a course of action on the issue concerning the migrant workers in Kuwait. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“There will be signing of the labor agreement when the President visits Russia next month,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

According to the labor chief, the bilateral agreement will pave the way for the deployment of household service workers and skilled workers to Russia.

Bello said the labor agreement is still being finalized.

“The POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) Administrator will be flying earlier by two days so we can iron out the details of the agreement,” he said referring to POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia.

He explained that Russia wants the deployment to be through government-to-government while the POEA wants recruitment agencies to be involved.

“The position of our POEA is no to government-to-government, but Russia wants it to be government-to-government. We are concerned that we may not have that much capability to deploy considering the potential numbers of applicants,” said Bello.

Once the bilateral agreement has been signed and the Implementing Rules and Regulations has been issued, Bello said those who wish to apply can already file their applications.

President Duterte will visit Russia next month upon the invitation of his counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

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