Aug 07, Manila: Sri Lanka and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen labor cooperation through a framework of understanding when Sri Lanka's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake had discussions with the Philippines Secretary (Minister) of the Department of Labor and Employment, Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III recently.
During discussions held on Friday (August 04) Sri Lanka and the Philippines have agreed in principle to enter into a framework of understanding to strengthen cooperation in the promotion and protection of welfare and rights of the expatriate workers, including facilitating enhancement of productivity and working conditions, occupational safety and health, training and certification of migrant workers of both countries.
Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs State Minister Senanayake is currently in the Philippines to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and will engage in several bilateral interactions during his visit to Manila.
Sri Lanka's request to train Sri Lankan nurses and to initiate a training of trainers (ToT) program in the Philippines is being considered positively by the Philippines.