JOSE Brillantes, a senior Filipino diplomat, is now going to work for the welfare of migrant workers at the United Nations.
Brillantes was selected as chairman of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) during the committee’s ongoing 24th session in Geneva, Switzerland.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the diplomat was unanimously elected by the committee to serve until December 31, 2017.
The CMW is composed of a body of 14 independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families by its state parties.
Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Office in Geneva, welcomed the election of Brillantes.
“This is an honor not only to Undersecretary Brillantes but also for the Philippines,” she was quoted by the DFA in a news release.
“It is also a recognition of the high priority the Philippines places on protecting the rights and promoting the welfare of Filipino migrant workers,” Rebong said.
Brillantes, 78, had served as DFA undersecretary for special and ocean concerns and as Philippine ambassador to Malaysia and Canada.
The chairmanship of Brillantes is significant to the Philippines because the country is one of the world’s leading labor-exporting nations with about 10 million skilled and unskilled workers scattered abroad.
Remittances from overseas Filipino workers constitute a huge source of the country’s foreign exchange, sending home over $22 billion per year.