Gabriela Women’s Party today expressed its support for President Duterte’s thrust to end the exodus of Filipino workers as it joined Migrante International in launching the Justice for Irma movement, an alliance of migrant advocates seeking a resolution on the unjust death of overseas Filipino worker Irma Jotojot. Speaking before the Filipino community in Japan, Duterte said he wants this generation to be the last of human resource exports.
“Women share the dream of having a local economy that is strong enough to support our labor force, creating an environment where it will not be necessary for women to leave their children and families to eke a living. We have long been aware of migrant women’s vulnerability to abuse and we hope that we will soon see an end to the likes of Irma Jotojot and other Filipino migrants who have dies under very suspicious circumstances abroad,” said Rep. Emmi De Jesus.
The Gabriela solon explained a strong local economy spawned by a genuine agrarian reform program and the creation of national industries free from foreign interference will boost job creation and put an end to decades of exporting human resources.
De Jesus, a senior vice chair of the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, wants Congress to conduct an inquiry on the death of Irma Jotojot in aid of legislation to beef up laws for the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of OFWs.
The women's sectoral partylist filed House Resolution 462 titled Resolution directing the Committee On Overseas Workers Affairs to conduct an inquiry, on the death of Filipina overseas worker Irma Jotojot with a view to strengthen our laws for the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers
On 18 August 2016, Irma Edloy Jotojot, a Filipina household service worker died after a visit by her employers in King Salman Hospital in Riyahd Saudi Arabia. She earlier fell into a coma after suffering rape and physical abuse. No clear and conclusive findings on the cause of her death has not ruled out the probability of foul play.
Jotojot's recruitment agency, Rejoice Employment Corporation, so far evades responsibilities for her death. Migrante International is currently handling 19 other cases of other OFW victims of abuse from the same recruitment agency before Jotojot's case fell into its lap.
Cases against the Rejoice International Corporation have been filed before the Adjudication Division of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) since 2015, but remain unsettled until today. The agency continued its operations until the second half of 2016, thus allowing for the deployment of Jotojot on 30 July 2016.