THE Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are vital contributors of development in the country because of the skills they have acquired abroad, an official of the Regional Development Council (RDC) said.

On the sidelines of the Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP) 2017-2022 Roadshow yesterday, December 12, RDC chair and Davao del Norte governor Anthony del Rosario said due to their acquired and improve skills it is now more important that they be given job opportunities in the Philippines so they can come back and work here instead.

He said he sees that the return of OFWs will play an important role in the development of the country.

"When you're an OFW, you actually learn more abroad and because of the knowledge you've learned outside, you will be able to provide additional knowledge when you come back to the Philippines," he said.

"We need people who are more knowledgeable, people who are more creative, who can think outside the box, and these are usually OFWs who have experiences that will not be able to get in the Philippines," del Rosario added.

He also said whatever these OFWs have learned during their employment abroad, especially in first world countries, can possibly be replicated in the Philippines as well.