They caved in. Or so we think.
While on one hand, Hong Kong OFWs have something to celebrate with the news that they'll be exempted from the new POEA Guidelines on Direct Hiring, there still remains the question of whether the guidelines should remain in the first place.
The obvious unpopularity of the new rule is evident with the actions done and planned by OFWs. Under such a situation, the government appears not to want to clash headlong with migrants' groups and thus had to offer something to douse the rage of OFWs.
But then, why only Hong Kong, Italy and Canada? Though it's true that the three have a relatively big concentration of Filipinos, their numbers combined will not even reach a third of the number of OFWs to be affected, say for example, in the Middle East.
So basically, the government's "caving in" is not much of one. It is a ploy to diffuse the tension that the guidelines created and take off some of the heat the government has been receiving not only on this issue but with the recent developments on the NBN scandal as well.
The POEA is sly and scheming. It figures for the mistress of duplicity sits in Malacanang.
At the end of it, POEA MC-04 is still crap and should just be scrapped.
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