MATTERS related to the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) were addressed during the sideline meetings of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., during the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia, aside from discussions on cooperation in agriculture, manufacturing, and services with partner nations.
According to House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, the focus was on the welfare and security of OFWs in various ASEAN countries and beyond.
Romualdez was part of the Philippine delegation led by Pres. Marcos that attended the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia last week.
“The welfare of our OFWs is always the primary concern of the President,” Speaker Romualdez said. “Even in Congress, we have numerous proposed bills regarding the well-being of OFWs and their families.”
“They bring revenues to our country and keep our economy afloat through their remittances,” the House leader of 311-strong lawmakers further emphasized.
Representative Romualdez concluded by saying, “It’s only right that we reciprocate and ensure their welfare and the future of their families.”
“Rest assured, the government is always focused on the needs of our OFWs, especially their families when they are in other countries,” Romualdez reiterated.
Marcos along with Romualdez, attended 13 leader’s level engagements, 12 of them summit sessions with other leaders, including the plenary session, retreat session and separate meetings with China, South Korea, Japan, US, Canada, India and Australia.