Guam – Senator Rory Respicio has written to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, following up on a 2009 request for a labor attaché from the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment to be stationed in Guam to oversee the needs of guest workers employed on island for the military buildup.
The Senator expressed concern that since Guam will be the focus of the on‐going $15B military buildup, we need a labor attaché to be assigned here in Guam to deal with the expected increase of foreign workers coming from the Philippines.
In his letter, Senator Respicio points out the original request for a labor attaché was made two years ago by former Senator Frank Aguon to then‐Philippines Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque. “I echo the good Senator’s sentiments,” said Respicio, “Senator Aguon’s request was prompted when several Filipino laborers had an unfortunate experience with their employer, and left Guam.”
Respicio opined that while no further incidences of this nature have occurred, there are other urgent matters we’re faced with now, which will increase over time, with particular regard to health care and health and life insurance which must be addressed quickly.
“As buildup related projects progress, the shift toward regulation, oversight and enforcement of buildup activities is becoming increasingly more critical,” said Senator Respicio, who chairs the Committee on Human Resources, dealing with labor‐related issues.