On February 14, 2019, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas hosted nine (9) officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, who are on official visit to Manila. The Delegation was led by H.E. Pius Bigirimana. The Philippines is known globally as a “model in migration governance,” that is why the delegation wanted to learn more how the country manages labor migration, which could help Uganda in crafting its own labor migration policies.

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The Ugandan Delegation together with CFO Sec. Francisco P. Acosta and Usec. Astravel P. Naik, PPRD’s Rodrigo V. Garcia and MIED’s Janet Ramos posed for a picture after the meeting.


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As part of their study tour, they visited the CFO to pay a courtesy call to the chairperson Justice Francisco P. Acosta (Ret.) and Executive Director Astravel P. Naik and to be familiarized about the government programs and services on migration and development, and its anti-human trafficking initiatives.

Mr. Rodrigo V. Garcia of the Policy Planning and Research Division, and Ms. Janet Ramos of the Migrant Integration and Education Division, gave a presentation covering CFO’s pre-departure services for migrants, assistance to distressed nationals, Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (Linkapil) Program; 1343 Action Line against Trafficking, among others.

The Ugandan delegation is also expected to visit other migration-related agencies that include the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.