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24/01/2011: Philippine Labor Attache′ Pays Governor Courtesy Visit

Philippine Labor Attache′ Pays Governor Courtesy Visit

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo met with Carmeline F. Velasquez, Labor Representative for the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in his chambers Friday morning during her first courtesy visit to the Governor. Pictured from left are: Maria Pax G. Cortez, Philippine Vice-Consul; Leah Beth Naholowaa, Guam Department of Labor acting Director; Governor Eddie Baza Calvo; Carmeline F. Velasquez, Labor Representative for the Philippine Overseas Labor Office; and Philippine Consul General Bayani S. Mercado

 

Philippine Labor Attache′ Pays Governor Courtesy Visit
January 21, 2011

(Adelup, Guam) Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is addressing the treatment of guest workers now, so the government is vigilant before any concerns of abuse arise.

The Governor met this morning with Carmeline F. Velasquez, Labor Representative for the Philippine Overseas Labor Office. She was joined by Philippine Consul General Bayani S. Mercado and Vice-Consul Maria Paz G. Cortes. Guam Department of Labor acting Director Leah Beth Naholowaa, who oversees the labor force, coordinated the visit.

"We have so much promise here in Guam, working with the Federal Government. There is going to be so much work. First and foremost, Leah Beth is going to be working with apprenticeship programs and working to get our local work force established to take full advantage of this economic activity," Governor Calvo said. "Of course, her other purpose is to ensure that guest workers coming in are treated fairly and that businesses and organizations don’t take advantage of the guest workers."

Naholowaa and Velasquez are working with Guam Contractors Association to come up with a standardized contract to be used for companies using guest workers for the military buildup.

Naholowaa said, "The purpose of our courtesy visit was to introduce the Philippine Attache’ to the Governor and to update him on some of the issues we’re working on relating to the military buildup