MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday assured the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) of his administration's strong commitment to uphold their safety and welfare.
Marcos made the assurance as he joined the entire nation in observing National Migrant Workers Day.
In a video message uploaded on his official Facebook page, the President said the Philippine government is keeping its "stronger" ties with the host countries to make sure that the OFWs would be accorded a safe working environment.
"We understand the challenges that you face being far from your loved ones, adjusting to new cultures, and overcoming barrier. And that’s why this administration will continue to foster stronger ties with countries that host our migrant workers, ensuring safety, welfare, and well-being," he said.
"As you build your dreams in far-off lands and seas, do know that you are not alone. The entire nation stands with you every step of the way and all of us are united in pride and in admiration for the work that gives you meaning and purpose."
Marcos hailed the OFWs as "modern-day heroes" who have made significant contributions to both the Philippines and the host countries.
Their sacrifices and hard work, he said, have "nurtured dreams, elevated livelihoods, and fueled the engine of progress in our beloved Philippines."
"Today, I speak before you with a heart full of gratitude and appreciation because today, we celebrate Migrant Workers Day. We honor our modern-day heroes, our overseas Filipino workers. In every corner of the globe, you have left an indelible mark that uplifted both your host countries and our nation in the process," Marcos said.
"Your contributions have enriched the lives of countless individuals and societies through your different professions and capacities. Despite the miles that separate us, your heart and soul remain firmly rooted in our homeland. And your unwavering love for our nations shines bright."
He also told the OFWs that their efforts are being appreciated.
"As you commemorate this day, may your dreams be fulfilled, your families blessed, and your hearts filled with the knowledge that you are cherished and valued," he said.
As of 2021, there are about 1.83 million OFWs worldwide, according to the data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority in December last year.
Migrant Workers Day is celebrated every June 7 in commemoration of the signing into law of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995.
The law mandates the celebration of Migrant Workers Day in recognition of the valuable contributions of OFWs to the country. (PNA)