Online plea launched against Philippines remittance law

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By Janice Ponce de Leon/gulfnews.com – A Filipino rights group in the UAE has launched an online petition to junk a controversial remittance draft law that would compel them to send money to their legal dependents or risk non-renewal of their passports.

The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Party-list, through Representative Roy Seneres, recently filed a draft law in the Philippine Congress stating, “OFWs, whether sea-based or land-based, are required to remit regularly a portion of their foreign exchange earnings to their family or legal dependant recipient.” If approved, the draft law or House Bill 3576, will authorise heads of Philippine missions to withhold passport renewals of “erring OFWs” unless proof of regular remittance is produced.

Seneres, the principal author of the bill, previously served as the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE from 1994 to 1998. He is a seasoned labour official who has been in public service since 1972 before becoming a lawmaker to represent OFWs in 2013.

Rights group Migrante-UAE on Tuesday launched the “Stop Force Remittance Law – Stop HB3576” online petition with change.org to propose the scrapping of the draft law as soon as possible.

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