MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang on Friday paid tribute to Filipino migrant workers for their contribution in helping keep the economy afloat despite the global recession.
“These OFWs are our modern-day heroes who serve well their foreign employers as office staff, laborers, domestic helpers, care-givers, teachers, nurses, and doctors for the betterment of the lives of their families whom they chose to leave behind,” said presidential deputy spokesperson Charito Planas in a regular briefing held at the New Executive Building.
The tribute was made in connection with the observance of Araw ng Kagitingan on Friday.
Planas said many of OFWs were actually “unsung heroes” who, in the course of working abroad, have aided and rescued victims of calamities and disasters, with some even losing their own lives while trying to save others.
“It is also the time to highlight the OFWs’ dedication to their work, their perseverance and more importantly, their contribution to our country’s economy,” said Planas.
Planas pointed out that President Arroyo had always gone out of her way to save hundreds of OFWs facing imminent execution in their host countries.
Repatriation of OFWs, she pointed out, reached record levels during the Arroyo administration.
“Truly, this is the most opportune time to let each of us know that one does not need to fight and win a war to become a hero…each one of us is a hero as we toil hard, with all honesty and, integrity for the betterment of lives, for the welfare of our country and our loved ones,” Planas said.