The Department of Labor and Employment in Intramuros, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A Philippines senator has urged her government to review the work conditions of overseas workers, especially in the Middle East, and prepare for a time when they won’t need to look for jobs abroad at all.

Senator Cynthia Villar said President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait, which followed the deaths of several women and reports of abuse, was only a temporary solution to the perennial problem faced by OFWs, Manila Bulletin reported.

She said the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment should investigate why many domestic workers in the Middle East were being deprived of their basic rights.

“Let us do everything possible to make sure that they are hired by good employers,” Senator Villar added.

She urged the government to provide long-term solutions to the problems that OFWs faced so they could be encouraged to stay and work in their host countries.

“I also hope that our economic planners can look at how more women can be absorbed into our labor force so that they no longer need to work abroad as domestic workers.”

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