Filipino workers (OFWs), are entitled to fair treatment and work benefits,
regardless of their job positions or the country where they are employed. Every
Filipino who goes out of the country to work should read their employment
contracts carefully to know the conditions of their employment as well as their
It would also
help to know the location and contact number of the Philippine Embassy or
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) nearest their area. One can also air their
concern to the labor ministry or labor officers in their host country.
Most of the host
countries also demand their citizens/companies to treat the foreign workers fairly.
One country that takes care of the rights of foreign workers is United States
or America (USA). The US Embassy Manila recently started a blog that features
guides on US visas. One of their entries features the rights
of an OFW working in America.
the entry from the US Embassy
Manila Blog, a foreign worker that
is employed for a period of time America have the right to:
- Be treated and paid fairly
- Not be held in a job against your will
- Keep your passport and other
identification documents in your possession
- Report abuse without retaliation
- Not be treated differently or badly at
work because of your gender, race, national origin, color, religion, or
disability Request help from unions, immigrant and labor rights
groups, and other groups, and
- Seek justice in U.S.
For OFWs in USA that feels
that they are not treated fairly or their rights are violated, here are the toll-free numbers to call:
- 24 hour National Human
Trafficking Resource Center
- Trafficking in Persons and Worker
Exploitation Task Force Complaint Line – 1-888-428-7581
Those in immediate
danger can contact 911 and the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C.
The telephone number of the Philippine Embassy in Washington is 202-467-9300.