MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said the case of domestic worker Elvie Vergara was a “wake-up call” for the welfare of domestic workers in the country.
“As we continue our independent investigation and oversight of the case, may Vergara’s case serve as a wake-up call to the need to re-examine and implement reforms in the protection of our domestic workers in the country ,” the CHR said in a statement on Friday.
According to the CHR, it will provide financial support to Vergara, who has suffered vision loss and other injuries as a result of alleged abuse under her employers, France and Pablo Ruiz.
Her case also showed that domestic workers are vulnerable even in the Philippines, given the country’s affirmation of the Domestic Workers Convention in 2011, the CHR said.
“This case shows the vulnerability of domestic workers, even in our own country. This is unfortunate considering that (the) Philippines is one of the first countries to sign the Domestic Labor Convention under International Labor Organization Convention No. 189, which declares that domestic workers have the right to a safe and healthy working environment,” it added it to it.
A Senate hearing to investigate the matter is currently underway, along with a separate CHR investigation.
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