March 4, 2024

MANILA: Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. assured abroad Filipino staff on Wednesday of his authorities’s dedication to their welfare and to bettering assist for his or her households.

Almost 2 million Filipinos work overseas, principally in Center Jap nations.

Typically referred to within the Philippines as “modern-day heroes,” staff have prior to now decade despatched house remittances that contributed a mean of almost 10 p.c of the nation’s gross home product.

Marcos paid tribute to them throughout Abroad Filipino Employees Household Day in Pasay Metropolis.

“The contribution of OFWs to our society, to all of us right here within the Philippines, is really large. We’re not solely speaking about remittances and the way they assist our economic system. Additionally they deliver house with them new abilities and data,” he stated, vowing higher protections to the employees’ households.

“As you’re employed overseas to supply a greater life for your loved ones, we’ll do all the pieces to enhance the residing situations within the Philippines in order that while you come house, you will note large adjustments in our nation.”

One of many present administration’s applications is the 1348 hotline accessible 24/7 for distressed abroad Filipino staff requiring authorized help, rescue or counseling whereas overseas, in addition to initiatives geared toward equipping OFWs with new abilities, or serving to the reintegration of those that return to the Philippines.

There are additionally applications supposed for relations of Filipino migrant staff, particularly for the welfare of their kids.

“The federal government intends to strengthen your relationship along with your households, particularly since you aren’t in a position to be with them for a very long time,” he stated.

“Many extra initiatives are within the pipeline and we’ll nonetheless enhance these which might be already current. I hope that you’ll benefit from these initiatives and advantages.”