OFW repatriation

June 28, 2020

IF the government is a contrivance of human wisdom for human needs, then the House of Representatives is on the right path in ensuring the allocation of funds to support the repatriation of troubled Filipino migrant workers.

Due to the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), tens of thousands of displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in various parts of the world, including Saudi Arabia, are awaiting repatriation to the Philippines.

Thus, it is certainly heartening to know that the House of Representatives is determined to allocate funds to finance the immediate repatriation of these problematic Filipinos.

“Isa lang po ang intensyon namin: Makita ang buong problema at malaman kung paano kami (mga mambabatas) makakatulong (sa mga kababayan nating nawalan ng trabaho sa ibang bansa,)” said Majority Leader Martin Romualdez.

Romualdez made the statement during a briefing by the House committee on public accounts, chaired by Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor, on the national government’s response to the crippling COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let us all continue working hand-in-hand. Together…we will defeat COVID-19,” according to the United States-educated Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession.

In fact, the House leadership, headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano of Taguig City, has been working very hard to protect the rights and welfare of the country’s millions of migrant workers.

Of course, the Filipino people, particularly members of the working class, expect the government, through concerned offices and agencies, to deliver on its supposedly pro-worker agenda.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of ensuring the welfare of our OFWs whose remittances, amounting to billions of dollars a year, continue to help prop up the still struggling economy.

Thus, repatriating our beleaguered OFWs is a move in the right direction considering the continued spread of the dreaded COVID-19.