CHR applauds inauguration of dedicated VIP Lounge for OFWs at NAIA Terminal 1

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) commended the establishment of a 24/7 VIP lounge at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, exclusively for OFWs.

This development is a stride toward ensuring the well-being of the Philippines’ “modern-day heroes” during their transit.

The VIP lounge at NAIA is the first among planned facilities at other key international airports, including those in Metro Manila, Clark, and Cebu.

Designed with amenities such as complimentary food and beverage services, cozy seating, Wi-Fi access, and charging stations, the lounge aims to provide a comforting and supportive space for OFWs as they await their flights.

This initiative aligns with the mandates of Republic Act No. 8042, the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995,” which obligates the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to create and execute welfare initiatives for OFWs and their families in all phases of overseas employment.

The CHR highlighted that airports, often scenes of emotional farewells, should also be places where OFWs feel valued and cared for.

The dedicated lounge is a gesture of gratitude for their contributions and sacrifices, embodying the nation’s respect and recognition of their hard work.

The government’s efforts to provide such dedicated spaces for OFWs are an affirmation of the commitment to uphold their dignity and well-being.

The CHR views this measure as an essential step toward enhancing the travel experience of OFWs and fostering positive engagement among them.

In conclusion, the CHR’s acknowledgment of this project underlines the importance of continued advocacy for the rights and welfare of migrant workers, ensuring they are provided with comfort and respect as they journey across the globe for employment opportunities.