COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 29, 2010) – The Philippines is to export Muslim house maids to work in Malaysia instead of providing them jobs back home with their dignity intact.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM announced that it would send “household workers” after the holy month of Ramadan as part of an agreement with Malaysian recruiters.
ARMM is comprised of the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Lanao where Muslims value their dignity and way of life more than anything else.
It was unknown why the Muslim autonomous region government would send domestic helpers than provide them livelihood trainings or promote cooperatives in the impoverished region.
In Sulu, Governor Sakur Tan has publicly discouraged locals to work abroad and instead encourage the promotion of cooperatives in the province.
He also put up more schools and ordered the setting up of a university that would offer free education on agriculture and fisheries among other courses, and livelihood seminars and training are regularly held in Sulu. (Mindanao Examiner)