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Repatriating OFWs


THE repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) monuments government efforts to help our countrymen affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in various parts of the world.

In fact, concerned government authorities have stated, quite clearly, that not a single Filipino would be left behind by the administration as it continues to provide assistance to OFWs in need of help.

Since the crippling COVID-19 pandemic broke out early last year, the government has repatriated more than 320,000 OFWs, drawing cheers from migrant workers and their loved ones in the Philippines.

Last Friday, another 234 Filipinos, including three abandoned minors, from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport aboard a chartered flight.

The repatriated Filipinos were accompanied by a 14-member Philippine government delegation, headed by Robert E.A. Borje, Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs.

Speaking before the repatriated OFWs at the country’s premier international airport, Borje, who is also the chief Presidential Protocol, conveyed DU30’s message of appreciation and concern for OFWs.

It was arranged by the Department of Foreign Affairs under the government’s “Kalinga at Malasakit” program for OFWs amid the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of many people across the globe.

The mission capped the delegation’s four-day official visit to Manama, Bahrain, which was highlighted by the audience granted by Crown Prince and Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The administration should be commended for its pro-OFW agenda as the Philippines remains dependent on its successful overseas employment program to meet the employment needs of the people.

In fact, the dollar remittances of our migrant workers continue to help prop up the struggling local economy.