The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for acknowledging the sacrifices of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).
CBCP-ECMI chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos made the remarks in response to the Chief Executive’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, where he recognized the efforts of Filipino workers abroad for their loved ones to live comfortably.
“As CBCP ECMI chair, and on behalf of our OFWs, I am thankful to the President for mentioning our beloved OFWs as he appreciates their sacrifices and services for their loved ones, contribution for betterment of our economy,” he said in a statement.
Likewise, the Bataan prelate lauded Duterte for highlighting the resiliency of OFWs who excel in their fields while enduring separation from their families.
“He also mentioned the resiliency of OFWs which is very admirable, which amidst separation and hardship they still persevere with their works, working with honesty and with caring dedication,” Santos said
“And it is commendable that he promised to fight and work against their abusive employers,” he added.
On Monday, Duterte acknowledged the millions of OFWs for their sacrifices and great contributions to the economy.
“We admire our Filipino migrant workers for their selflessness and courage in enduring the hardships of living away from home to provide for their families,” the President said during in his third SONA which lasted for less than an hour.