Sri Lanka intensify labour relations with the Philippines

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Mr. G.S. Withanage, Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka, met Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III, Secretary (Minister), Department of Labour and Employment of the Philippines, on 19th October 2016, to further strengthen cooperation in the labour sector between Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

During the two-day working visit, Secretary Mr. Withanage also had successful meetings with the relevant officials from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA).

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Photo shows (From Left to Right): Mrs. Sewwandi De Silva, Second Secretary/Head of Chancery of Embassy of Sri Lanka, Manila, Mr. Wansekera, Additional General Manager of Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines,  Mr. G.S. Withanage, Secretary Ministry of Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka , Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III, Secretary of Department of Labour and Employment, and Mr. Jesus A. Cruz Jr., Director of International Labour Affairs Bureau.

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Secretary Ministry of Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka, had discussions with the officials of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on 20th October 2016, to familiarize the role of OWWA in protecting and promoting the welfare and well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.

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Sri Lankan delegation met the officials of the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on 21st October 2016. Discussions were focused on POEA’s role on industry regulations, employment facilitation, worker’s protection, support services and reintegration of the Overseas Filipino Workers.

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Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka met with the officials of Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippines on 21st October 2016. Discussion were focused on TESDA’s role in specific development programmes for overseas Filipino workers in providing world-class competence and positive work values.