OFW role in enhancing PH image hailed

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Manila, Philippines – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday praised the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for their crucial role in painting a good picture of the Philippines.

“They see the Philippines in a good light because of Filipinos. This is because of the good work you are doing,” Marcos said speaking in Filipino before members of the Filipino community in Zurich, Switzerland.

“You are enhancing the image of the Philippines to the whole world. You are very industrious, that’s why they are all impressed.”

The president also thanked the OFWs for their hard work and contributions to the development of the Philippine economy.

Marcos said he is “very appreciative” when it comes to OFWs because of their sacrifices, noting that they are helping not just their families but also the country “because of their remittances, which is a huge contributing factor to the Philippine economy.”

The president assured OFWs that the government, through the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), would continue to provide assistance to them.

“Itong department (DMW) na ito ay walang gagawin kundi intindihin ang kalagayan ng ating mga OFW na alam kong nagsisikap at kung minsan ay nangangailangan ng tulong (This department will attend to the welfare of our OFWs whom I know are working hard and sometimes need assistance),” Marcos said.

Lastly, he said Filipinos working overseas deserve praise and recognition.

“You should know how important your role is in helping our country,” he said. “That’s why I also need to amplify my gratitude, not just for your work but also for ultimately putting the image of Filipinos in a good light to the whole world.”

Marcos said he is “satisfied” with his and his official delegation’s accomplishments during and on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Aside from attending WEF activities, he also held a series of business meetings on the sidelines of the international forum and met with potential investors.

“As for the Philippines, we are gradually reopening our economy. We are again gradually participating in the global economy. That’s why we need to re-introduce our country,” he said, noting that he met with potential investors. “We are satisfied that we were able to do most, if not all of the things that we wanted to do while we were here.”