Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday urged outgoing Philippines Ambassador Christopher B. Montero to help encourage his countrymen to register and work legally in the Kingdom.
Mr Montero, who is ending his stint as an envoy to the Kingdom, paid a courtesy call to Mr Samheng at the ministry yesterday.
“There are about 3,500 Philippine workers in our country and some of them have not registered for a work permit,” Mr Samheng said. “So we want them to register to be legal workers through the ministry’s online system to enjoy the same benefits as Cambodian workers.”
Mr Samheng noted that both countries continue to enjoy good relations, including cooperation in politics, economics and the tourism sector.
He added that this cooperation has encouraged more businessmen from the Philippines to invest in Cambodia and has led to direct flights between the two countries.
Mr Montero told Mr Samheng that he would help encourage his country’s nationals working illegally to comply with Cambodia’s labour laws and agreed that both countries enjoy good relations, not only in the Kingdom but also overseas.
During the meeting, both the minister and ambassador noted that both countries continue to adhere to a mutual agreement signed in December 2017 to provide assistance to each other’s workers in countries where one of them does not have a diplomatic mission.