PNoy to ‘sell’ Pinoy labor in US trip

AN OFFICIAL of an alliance of overseas Filipino workers yesterday expressed apprehensions over President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III’s trip to the United States, saying it is geared to intensify forced migration by intensifying the government’s labor export program.

Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International, said Aquino’s trip contradicts his statement in his inaugural speech that his administration will generate jobs at home so that Filipinos would not be forced to go abroad.

“Forced migration is brought about by widespread unemployment, poverty and landlessness. Aquino has so far not displayed any signs of addressing these, not with his proposed 2011 budget, and certainly not with his agenda on his US trip,” Matinez said.

Martinez questioned Aquino’s lobbying for aid from the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC), a US government-owned corporation that grants foreign assistance to country partners.

He said the conditions for MCC aid entail the further opening up of domestic markets to globalization trade agreements, as well as the commitment to “invest a country’s citizens.”

“We view Aquino’s US trip as a veritable sealing of a contract to further subject our labor force to cheap labor in the global market with very little or possibly no protection at all,” Martinez said. D’Jay Lazaro

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