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PIA Press Release
2009/02/04

PGMA checks situation of OFWs in Bahrain; finds new jobs for Pinoys

By Jessie R. Valdez

Manila (4 February) -- With hopes to attract more job generating investments for Filipinos and further cement partnerships and relationships with other countries, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has embarked on an eight - day visit to three countries such as in Switzerland, Italy and Bahrain.

Her first leg of trip was in Switzerland where she attended the World Economic Forum (WEF). In the forum, the President was expected to continue to echo the tale of a growing Philippines, a nation striving to be free from poverty, become a drug-free country, and with the vision of becoming globally competitive.

Her state visit and participation at the WEF will not only seek more investments but share her plans and vision in addressing the global financial crisis and other major concerns / issues that affect concerned nations.

WEF is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agenda.

After the forum, PGMA proceeded to Bahrain to check the working and living conditions of more than 1 million OFWs and meet with leaders and businessmen to find possible new jobs for Filipinos.

Her meeting with Bahrain officials and investors will allow PGMA forged stronger bilateral relations and address mutually shared concerns.

Earlier, to help overseas workers affected by the global financial crunch, PGMA has allocated an initial amount of P1 billion as livelihood support for displaced OFWs from other countries and the fund will be sourced out from the OWWA and government lending institutions like the DBP and the LBP. (PIA La Union) [top]

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