PRRD gives cash, gifts and offers financial assistance to returning OFWs

President Duterte during the Pamaskong Salubong Para sa OFWs at the Clark International Airport / Presidential Photo

Manila, Philippines – As a gratitude, President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged the contribution of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to the county during a program at the Clark International Airport.

The Overseas Filipino Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) held “Pamaskong Salubong Para sa OFW” program on Thursday, attended by President Duterte.

The Chief Executive offered financial assistance to returning OFWs who would want to start a business or work in the country.

“So I represent the Filipino nation in thanking you for your sacrifice and for helping us keeping the gross domestic product. Malaking share ‘yan. Gross domestic product is simply income. Income of government ang ibig sabihin niyan,” President Duterte said in his speech.

The president noted that part of the government’s income came from “toil and sweat” of the OFWs.

“Whatever is doing brisk business in your place, we will try to find out kung paano ito malakasan, how we can help by marketing it,” he said.

President Duterte cited that the country will need more workers in terms of construction sector as the several pipeline projects start under his administration’s Build, Build, Build program.

“Marami sa akin sa Davao, maraming construction, ang problema wala silang mga professional plumber, ‘yung mga electricians na marunong, eh halos kasi nagsilabasan,” he said.

“And even those trying to build meron ngayong gagawin sa Maynila dalawang bridges na tulay and they require, you know, expertise — something has a little bit of what a construction is all about,” he added.

There were thirty-nine selected OFWs out of more than 200 who returned from Qatar on Thursday afternoon who received cash gifts and other surprises from OWWA.

And before leaving the event, the president invited the repatriates to a simple gettogether in the Palace to discuss other programs that would help them start anew.

 Source: PTV news

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