City of San Fernando, La Union, 28 Sept. 2011 – Stakeholders from various sectors recently signed the first ever covenant on international migration for the Province of La Union.

During a provincial summit held at the provincial capitol, graced by Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Danilo Cruz, the stakeholders sealed their commitments to the Migration and Development Plan for 2012-2016 which serves as a blueprint in mitigating the risks and adverse effects of migration to migrant workers and the province.

With an estimated budget of P49.1 million over five years, or P9.8 million per year, the MDP outlines specific strategies and the key players in order to achieve its twin goal of fully integrating majority of the province’s returning migrants in the local economy and reducing significantly the incidence of illegal  recruitment and exploitation.

By 2016, the MDP aims to increase by 80% the number of returning migrants engaged in local enterprises/initiatives and the number of returning migrants employed in local enterprises.  By the same rate, it hopes to reduce the number of illegal recruitment cases and the number of reported case of abuse or exploitation.

Some of the strategies laid down in the plan include the setting up of community-based anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking monitoring and reporting system, audience-focused advocacy, expansion of entrepreneurship development programs and related assistance to migrant workers, creation of formal referral networks among stakeholders and improving development, investment and budget planning by giving more pronounced consideration of between the three areas and migration.

The plan’s core development approach banks on the strong and broad-based cooperation among its stakeholders from the provincial government, city/municipal governments, national government agencies, non-government organizations, religious sectors, migrant workers organizations in La Union, academe and civil society.

La Union is among the top OFW-sending provinces in the country, and based on 2009 data, about P6 billion savings generated by the province came from households receiving foreign remittances. asv

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