Duterte leads groundbreaking ceremony for first OFW center

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte, emphasizing the need to prioritize the welfare of Filipino migrants, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Center for Overseas Filipino Workers, which will serve as a one-stop-shop serving the needs of Filipinos abroad. ‘foreign.

To be built at the Palace of Versailles, Daang Hari, City of Las Piñas, the facility will be a 10-story building that will be an “all-in-one” location for government services, ministry advice and legal assistance for OFWs .

“The productive collaboration of the government and its partners is essential to achieve concrete results for our compatriots, especially our hardworking Kababayans abroad,” the Chief Executive said.

“I fully support projects and other activities that promote the well-being and holistic development of our unsung heroes who will always play a crucial role in the development of our country, especially during times of recovery from tumultuous events such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

Recognizing the heroism and sacrifice of overseas Filipinos, Duterte pledged that his administration will remain committed to providing the best service it can provide to the country’s modern heroes.

One such initiative could be the establishment of several OFW centers in key cities across the country and not just in Metro Manila to ease the burden on applicants and facilitate faster processing of their documents.

About 11% of the country’s population, or about 10 million Filipinos, work and reside in more than 100 countries around the world, employed in various sectors.

Migrant workers have been a lifeline for the Philippines, with their remittances contributing around 9% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Last year, total OFW remittances reached nearly $35 billion.


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