TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority director general Secretary Guiling Mamondiong on Monday said the government should not allow Filipino women to work abroad to protect them from abuses.
“If you ask me, I don’t want sending women to work in another country. They become victims of abuses there. The government must create jobs or livelihood for our women. Working abroad is another form of slavery,” Mamondiong said during an event at the Metro Manila Development Authority central office in Makati City.
“What kind of government do we have if we cannot give jobs or livelihood to our countrymen? We are here because of our mothers but we are sending them to other countries to become slaves. We must think about this and help each other to find a solution and solve the problem about our women,” he said.
Mamondiong made the remarks during the signing of a memorandum of agreement with MMDA officials for special livelihood training programs for MMDA personnel and their families. He signed the agreement with MMDA acting chairman Thomas Orbos.
“It’s okay for Filipino men to go abroad. They can find a housewife there. But for our women being sent abroad to become slaves. They are abused. We have heard too many stories about our women. How many of them are sent to jails? Women being jailed because of poverty,” Mamondiong said.
“It’s okay for me and Tim [Orbos] to be jailed, but not our women. We should love them. But sometimes the most empowered group in our country and really around the world are the women,” he added.
Mamondiong also said “when the men are empowered, the women become more empowered at home.”
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Mamondiong as Tesda director general secretary in July last year to replace Irene Isaac, the officer in charge at the agency after former Tesda secretary Joel Villanueva resigned in 2015 to run for senator.
Tesda is the state agency tasked to make vocational and technical skills training available nationwide in order to develop the workforce and give Filipinos a better chance at finding employment.
Mamondiong was transportation and communications undersecretary during the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. A staunch ally of President Duterte, the Tesda chief earlier claimed that 90 percent of the 106-million Filipinos supported the tough-talking Chief Executive.
Mamondiong recently threatened to file a case before a Quezon City court against two radio commentators over a “blind item” allegedly linking him to an alleged sex try but there were no direct references linking Mamondiong to the blind item, only a song entiled “Giling-Giling” which was dropped as a clue to listeners.