Philippine Embassy - Tokyo, Japan > Congressman Montoro Assures FilCom in Tokyo of his Legislative Agenda for Overseas Filipinos

Congressman Montoro Assures FilCom in Tokyo of his Legislative Agenda for Overseas Filipinos

Representative Teodoro G. Montoro (Party-List, AASENSO) pose with the members of the Filipino Community in Tokyo in celebration of the Migrant Workers Day held on 28 August 2016.  Inset: Rep. Montoro delivering his message as guest of honor at the Migrant Workers Day Celebration in Tokyo.

Representative Teodoro G. Montoro (Party-List, AASENSO) pose with the members of the Filipino Community in Tokyo in celebration of the Migrant Workers Day held on 28 August 2016. Inset: Rep. Montoro delivering his message as guest of honor at the Migrant Workers Day Celebration in Tokyo.

Representative Teodoro G. Montoro (Party-List, AASENSO) told members of the Filipino Community in Tokyo that party-list AASENSO, of which he is representing in the House of Representatives, is pushing legislative measures that promote and protect the welfare of the migrant workers and their families. In his speech before a crowd of hundreds of Filipinos, Rep. Montoro acknowledged the labor sector, including the contributions of the migrant workers, as the prime mover of the Philippine economy.

Rep. Montoro was in Tokyo as Guest of Honor at the First Song Writing Contest for Filipino Migrants in Japan in celebration of the Migrant Workers’ Day held in Tokyo on 28 August 2016. The event was organized by the Filipino Community led by Hawak Kamay sa Mahal na Ina (HAKMI), in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) of the Philippine Embassy.

Rep. Montoro is the author of House Bill 1894 amending the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 to increase the validity of passports from five (5) to ten (10) years, and House Resolution No. 0172 directing the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affair to investigate in aid of legislation the plight of thousands of overseas Filipino workers working in various construction companies and who remain stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with unpaid salaries for months and getting laid off without getting end-of-service benefits. The party-list representative has so far filed 20 legislative measures since the opening of the 17th Congress that include advocacies in the promotion of health, education, livelihood, and people’s rights.

Rep. Montoro is the National President of Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero (AASENSO), which won a seat as a Party-List in the House of Representatives during the May 2016 Presidential Election. He is on his first term and is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.

Rep. Montoro is on a week-long visit to Tokyo to meet representatives of the Filipino Community, the Japanese Government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the non-profit organization Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS). During this visit, the congressman was accompanied by his consultant, Col. Don Ferdinand A. Daquial.

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