MANILA — WHILE the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas was said to have submitted an order for a “Big Brother” type of managing Filipino labor migration, it proposed the Labor Secretary to take the lead in a draft executive order influencing overseas Filipino workers and their families on managing remittances.
The EO dated February 2005 cited that the cabinet level inter-agency committee on overseas Filipino workers will be chaired by Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas with Trade Secretary Peter Favila as her vice-chair. Other members of the proposed body that the EO named include Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Finance Secretary Gary Teves, Bangko Sentral Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. and Vice President Noli de Castro Jr. The country’s Vice-President, notably, is also Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Communities.