A New Era of Growth: OFWs to Catalyze Transformation in the ‘New Philippines’

In a significant announcement at the OFW Family Day 2023, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. outlined the pivotal role of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in shaping the future of the nation. Under the banner of a “New Philippines,” the President detailed his vision where OFWs are not just income generators but key contributors to the nation’s socio-economic advancement and cultural transformation.

A New Era of Growth: OFWs to Catalyze Transformation in the 'New Philippines
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Empowering OFWs: Frontliners in Shaping the ‘New Philippines’

During the event at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, President Marcos Jr. acknowledged the dual role of OFWs in nation-building. Beyond their substantial economic contributions through remittances, OFWs are valued for the global expertise and experience they bring home. This expertise is seen as a vital ingredient in modernizing the nation and cultivating a new breed of Filipino workers adept in international standards and practices, as shared in a report by Business Mirror.

Envisioning a New Philippines

The President’s vision of a “New Philippines” is one where the skills and knowledge of OFWs are leveraged to drive innovation and progress. By incorporating their international exposure into the local workforce, the administration aims to foster a more dynamic and competitive economic environment, propelling the country toward modernization and sustained growth.

Support and Development Initiatives for OFWs

Recognizing the challenges faced by OFWs, the President reiterated his commitment to enhancing the support system for these modern-day heroes. Key initiatives include:

  1. One Repatriation Command Center: A 24/7 support system providing crucial services like rescue, repatriation, counseling, and legal assistance.
  2. Comprehensive Livelihood Programs: Including the Livelihood Development Assistance Program and the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanap-buhay initiative, aimed at facilitating sustainable income opportunities for returning OFWs.
  3. Education and Training: The OWWA Education and Training Program, alongside other educational assistance, ensures that OFWs and their families have access to quality education and skill development opportunities.
  4. OFW Hospital: The construction of a dedicated hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga, symbolizes the government’s commitment to the health and well-being of OFWs and their families.

A Call to Action

President Marcos Jr. called upon the OFWs to engage actively with these initiatives, utilizing the resources and opportunities provided to uplift not only their own lives but also contribute to the broader national agenda. He emphasized the importance of their role in establishing a prosperous and resilient Philippines for current and future generations.

The Road Ahead

With approximately 1.96 million OFWs spread across the globe, the potential for transformative change is immense. As the administration continues to roll out and enhance its support and development programs for OFWs, the collective effort and cooperation of these workers are crucial. They are not just economic contributors but are now recognized as catalysts for a new era of growth and innovation in the Philippines.

Here’s PBBM giving his speech at the recently concluded OFW Family Day 2023 along with other department officials.

The “New Philippines” campaign, with OFWs at its heart, is more than a government initiative; it’s a call to unity, a vision of progress, and a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Filipino people. As the nation embarks on this journey, the global Filipino community stands as a beacon of hope and a key driver of change, shaping a brighter future for the Philippines.

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