Philippines, Bahrain reaffirm commitment to giving migrants better treatment

December 07, 2018

THE Philippines and Bahrain affirmed willingness to continue working closely towards the final adoption and signing of the GLobal Compact for Migration (GCM) this December in Marrakech, Morocco.

A delegation of Philippine government officials led by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola and Ambassador to Manama Alfonso A. Ver, met with Bahrain’s key Foreign Affairs officials led by Undersecretary for International Affairs Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to discuss common issues for Bahrain and the Philippines.

Some of the issues discussed include Bahrain’s promotion to Tier 1 Classification by the US State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, the two country’s active and leading participation in the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) that include programs that realize the objectives of the GCM such as the Flexi Visa Program, the Philippines and Bahrain’s recent win during the Human Rights Council Elections, as well as the Philippine hosting of the 1st High Joint Commission Meeting in January 2019 in Manila.

They also agreed to expand the relations between the two countries to other areas of mutual interest.

Dr. Shaikh Abdulla welcomed Arriola and her delegation and commended the “close, dynamic, and ever-growing relations” between the two countries.

Arriolaa expressed appreciation for Bahrain’s hospitality and the arrangements for her and the delegation, and congratulated Bahrain for its initiatives that led to its Tier 1 Classification by the US State Department’s 2018 TIP Report.

She also lauded the efforts of the Bahraini Government for implementing programs that are geared towards improving the conditions of migrants, specifically for providing a clear pathway to regularization of many migrants through the Labor Market Regulatory Authority’s Flexible Visa Program.