Migration will go on despite global economic crisis, says prelate

MANILA, December 30, 2008─ Exodus of Filipino workers will go on despite the global economic crisis, as requirements for highly-skilled workers still remain, says prelate.

CBCP Episcopal Commission for Migrant and Itinerant Peoples and Maasin Bishop Precioso D. Cantillas, SDB said that while everybody will be affected by the so-called economic meltdown, overseas migration will continue because of poverty at home.

In an interview with CBCPNews, the prelate said the recent Global Forum on Migration and Development held in Manila during the last quarter of 2008 revealed that “migration has indeed become a significant factor in development.”

“Migration requires both national and international attention because it is an important issue considering human lives and dignity are concerned,” the prelate said.

He said Filipinos in the medical profession can easily find jobs in Europe and the Middle East.

Asked of the plight of Filipina domestic helpers in the Middle East and other highly developed countries, Cantillas said “the brokers and agents should be looked into by government and other concerned agencies because they don’t care about the domestic helpers conditions.”

He added these brokers and agents are least troubled of the domestic helpers’ qualifications and wages because they are simply concerned of their “cuts and commissions.”

The bishop said the Catholic Church will always be there to help migrant workers in their various needs.

“Just like a mother, looking after her children’s welfare, our mission goes beyond pastoral care,” he said.

He disclosed that as migrant workers continue to increase, the problems brought about by migration likewise increases. (Melo M. Acuna)

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