RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) housed at Bahay Kalinga, a shelter run by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) got an early Christmas present from President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, December 23.
Female wards at the Bahay-Kalinga received care packages and financial assistance from President Duterte and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola and Ambassador Adnan Alonto handed over the care products to Bahay-Kalinga wards. The distressed OFWs are awaiting repatriation.
In his message to the POLO wards numbering around 300, Undersecretary Borje relayed President Duterte’s continuing concern for the plight of Filipinos working abroad.
Undersecretary Borje said the Duterte administration is working relentlessly to address the concerns of OFWs and striving to boost the economic condition in the Philippines to create local jobs for Filipinos.
Through a special video message, the President also greeted the OFWs expressing his gratitude for their hard work, loyalty to the country and for their support to the government.
“More than anything, we want you home. We want you live frutiful and meaningful lives close to your loved ones. Maraming salamat po. Hinding-hindi ko kayo malilimutan. Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!”
The President’s message was well-received by the OFWs.
Another group of 70 female wards and minors, staying in a facility run by the Philippine embassy in Riyadh, also received the same financial and in-kind assistance from the President and DFA.
Undersecretary Borje, also the President’s Special Envoy to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was sent by the chief executive to North Africa and the Middle East to assess the situation of Filipinos in those regions. PND
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