THE nation will give tribute to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) during the Migrant Workers’ Day on Monday.
The special event acknowledges the social and economic advancement of the OFW families and the country, said administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Last year’s OFW remittances exceeded P17 billion.
The simultaneous festivities nationwide include entertainment, gift-giving, games for the enjoyment and convenience of OFWs and their family members. About 40,000 families of overseas Filipino workers in 17 regions will be involved in the festivities.
At the National Capital Region (NCR), Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque will lead the events. Activities at the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Stadium include a parade of delegates, OFW Family Circle Olympics, a photo exhibit, induction of new officers of the OFW NCR Federation, audio-visual presentation, dance performance by the OFC Youth Movers, and musical numbers by the Bloomfields Band and the Bayang Barrios String Quartet.
Roque, Dimzon and a representative of sponsor Globe Telecoms will give awards to the outstanding land-based and sea-based OFWs, the financially/physically challenged OFW, and the most senior OFW attendee.
This year’s celebration focuses on the theme “OFWs: Tagumpay sa Hamon ng Panahon, Kaagapay sa Pagsulong.” The celebration revolves around the milestones and the Filipino workers’ accomplishments during the last 10 years in spite of major global and local crises.
By: Recto O. Mercene