Why OFWs are thumbing down House Bill 3576

Posted at 03/12/14 1:29 AM

MANILA – Migrante party-list group on Tuesday said a proposed bill requiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to make monthly remittances to their families is against their rights.

House Bill 3576, authored by OFW Family Club Party-List Rep. Roy Seneres, states the responsibility of OFWs to send monetary support to their families in the Philippines.

“Sobrang panggigipit ito sa kalayaan at karapatan ng OFW...yung iba kasi hindi naman nasasahuran ng tama, makapagpapadala pa ba yun?” Connie Bragas Regalado, chairperson of Migrante Party-List, said.

Under the bill, the ambassador, consul general, or chief of mission where OFWs are working can make them send remittances to relatives -- or their passports may not be renewed, Migrante said.

Some OFWs expressed dismay over the bill.

“Bakit kami o obligahin? Bakit nakikialam ang gobyerno sa pera namin?” said Emmanuel Villanueva an OFW in Hong Kong.

Seneres, however, said the bill is based on the Constitution and the Family Code. He said it is everyone’s responsibility to support family members or legal dependents.

“May mga natatanggap ako na reklamo sa mga asawa na pinabayaan ng mister sa ibang bansa,” Seneres said.

Seneres said those who will be obligated to send money would be those who “forget” to send monthly remittances to their wife, children, even parents. - Report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News