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Arroyo was one of the irvited speakers in It was also attended bY Chinese former President added.
the said economic forum President Xi Jinping To solve the Foblem, Anoyo suggested
The lawmaker said that these OFw that a labor agreemenl, between Russia
are prone to abuse' exploitation, anest and Philippines must be crafted and
ly Hananeel Bordey
make it mutually beneficial for both
and detention in the said country
tr'ormer President and Speaker Gloria "Ihe vast mqiority of Filipino workers states.
in Russia are household workers and 'I understand we have vast experience
Macapagal-Arroyo highlighted the need
nannies but except for around 200, all in this area and have found that the
for a labor agreement between the interests of both sending and receiving
Philippine and Russian governments of them - from 5,000 to 10,000 - are
undocumented," she said. states are serued by the agreement,' she
to ensure the protection of Filipinos poinred out.
working in the said country. "They pay as much as $3,800 for uI understand we have had several
improper or manufaciured visas,' Arroyo
Aroyo issued the statement dudng discussions on this, and that in May last
her speech at St. Pete$burg Intemati0nal year the Philippines formally submitted a
Economic Forum (SPIEtr) held in Moscow
'They are always on the
radax of the police, under draf,t labor ageement to Russia,'Arroyo
from 6 to 8 June, during which she noted
constant threat of arrest explained.
that there were 10,000 undocumented She added that the labor agreement
and deportation,' she
Filipino workers in Russia.
continued. will include allowing Filipinos to stay
An0yo was one ofthe irwited speakers
Crimes against and work in Russia to make meaningful
in the said economic forum.
them go urueported contributions to the families in the
SPIDF was one of ihe global platforms
for membe$ ofthe business community llelping our OFW Former President and Speaker Gloria for fear of country bring people closer, and greater
Macapagal-Arroyo is urging Philippine and Russian governments lo deportation. They foster understanding between the two
to meel, and discuss the key economic countries.
issues facing Russia, emerging markets, craft an agreement thatwill protect overseas Filipino'workers in Russia. falt victim to illegal

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