June 7 is Day of Thanksgiving for OFWs
Tacloban City (June 1) -- All throughout the country, simultaneous activities have been scheduled for the June 7, a day of thanksgiving to the Overseas Filipino Workers who are hailed as the new heroes of the Republic, remitting billions of dollars annually, thus helping prop up the national economy.
June 7 is celebrated at Migrant Workers Day, and this year's theme is "OFWs: Tagumpay sa Hamon ng Panahon, Kaagapay sa Pagsulong," OWWA 8 Officer in Charge Juliet Tan informed.
As early as 8:00 o'clock in the morning of June 7, a Migrant Workers Motorcade, participated by about 1,200 Overseas Workers and their families, will start at the Leyte Capitol Grounds and will end at the Robinsons Place in Tacloban City, spearheaded by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 8 under the leadership of OIC Juliet Tan.
The motorcade will also be participated by past and present OFWs, OFW community leaders, agency partners and other stakeholders.
After the parade, a Program will be conducted at the Robinsons Place from 10:00 o?clock in the morning to 5:00 o?clock in the afternoon. The whole day activity promises to be a day of fun with games and big raffle prizes for the OFWs and their families, a way of saying thank you to their contributions and achievements, OIC Tan said.
Awards will also be presented to the Outstanding Overseas Filipino Workers both land-based and Sea-based. Another award will be presented to a physically and financially challenged OFW and to the Most Senior Surviving OFW in attendance, Ms. Tan added.
OFW participants will have the chance to win surprise, major prizes, giveaways and freebies from corporate sponsors. They are requested to bring along documents as proof of OWWA membership.
Remittances from overseas Filipino workers climbed to $1.4 billion in December, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported.
The latest figure took remittances in the whole of 2008 to $16.4 billion, up by 13.7 percent from 2007 and above the BSP's growth forecast of 13 percent or $16.3 billion for the year.
Money sent home by Filipinos abroad amounted to $4.339 billion in the first quarter, up by 7 percent from a year earlier, as demand for skilled and professional Filipino workers continued to rise.
Total remittances in March alone amounted to $1.55 billion, or 5.6 percent more than the $1.427 billion recorded in March 2009, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said Monday, noting the situation in global employment opportunities has improved in recent months.
The amount of money sent home by Filipinos abroad in March was the second highest monthly remittance level after the $1.567 billion posted in December.
BSP Gov. Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said remittances by overseas Filipinos coursed through banks were $282 million higher than the $4.057 billion registered in the first three months of 2009.
About 81 percent of the remittances reported by local banks came from the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
"Prospects for global deployment of overseas Filipino workers remain positive, especially as employment opportunities are expected to rise along with clearer signs of global economic recovery," the BSP chief said.
Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed the job orders approved for the first three months of the year totaled 155,334, with 29.2 percent or 45,393 jobs in the service, professional, technical, and production sectors as well as related jobs processed for Saudi Arabia, UAE, Taiwan, Qatar, Kuwait, and Hong Kong. (PIA 8) [top]