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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA2262
2008-10-02 09:21
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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INFO RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 002262

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/29/2018
TAGS: PGOV PREF PREL RP SMIG
SUBJECT: LOOKING AHEAD TO GLOBAL FORUM ON MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

REF: STATE 92074

Classified By: DCM Paul W. Jones, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: DFA has provided a dipnote inviting
high-level Embassy participation at the upcoming Global Forum
on Migration and Development, to be hosted October 27-30 in
Manila by the Philippine government. Per reftel guidance,
Embassy representation at the Forum will be limited to an
observer/notetaker. Given anticipated levels of attendance
and the Philippines’ status as a leading origin of immigrant
workers, the Forum promises to be a major event that will
attract widespread publicity. Post anticipates further
efforts by the Philippine government to enlist significant
Embassy participation. END SUMMARY.

¶2. (C) DFA has sent a diplomatic note inviting Embassy
participation in the Global Forum on Migration and
Development, to be hosted by the Philippine government
October 27-30 in Manila. The Forum promises to be major
event, to be attended by some 1,200 delegates and UN
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. During a recent vist to the
Philippines, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Director General Designate Ambassador William Swing said that
he would attend as well.

¶3. (C) Intense Philippine interest in the Forum stems from
the country’s status as one of the world’s major sources of
immigrant workers; some 8.7 million Filipinos living and
working overseas comprise 10 percent of the nation’s
population and nearly a quarter of its workforce, sending
home $15 billion annually in remittances — equivalent to 10
percent of the Philippines’ GDP. The Philippine Overseas
Employment Administration (POEA), a special agency attached
to the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, is
devoted solely to migrant-worker affairs, as is the
Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs at the Department
of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

¶4. (C) Per reftel, post understands there should be no
official USG representation above the level of a
working-level observer/notetaker, and we will proceed
accordingly. In view of the importance the Philippine
government places on issues relating to the rights of migrant
workers, we anticipate the Philippines may also approach
Washington to seek higher-level U.S. participation.
KENNEY

   

 

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