Marcos renews vow to ensure OFWs’ welfare

MANILA. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (Photo from Presidential Communications Office)
MANILA. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (Photo from Presidential Communications Office)

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. renewed on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, his commitment in ensuring the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

In a video message amid the celebration of Migrant Worker’s Day, Marcos expressed gratitude and appreciation to OFWs in various parts of the world, saying their sacrifices have enriched the lives of countless individuals.

He vowed to continue to establish stronger ties with countries hosting OFWs whom he considered modern-day heroes.

"We understand the challenges that you faced being far from your loved ones, adjusting to new cultures and overcoming barrier," he said.

"That’s why this administration will continue to foster stronger ties with countries that host our migrant workers, ensuring safety, welfare and wellbeing. As you build your dreams in far-off lands and seas, do know that you are not alone," he added.

Marcos said the entire Filipino nation stands with the OFWs in every step of the way.

From April to September 2021, based on the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, there were around 1.83 million OFWs. Over 60 percent of which were women.

Across the country’s 17 regions, Calabarzon contributed the largest number of OFWs which was estimated at 15.9 percent or 159 in every 1,000 OFWs in 2021.

The top five destinations of OFWs are Asia (78.3 percent), Europe (9.3 percent), North and South America (8.9 percent), Australia (2.2 percent) and Africa (1.3 percent). (SunStar Philippines)


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