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2,000 OFWs to gather in Cebu for Migrant Workers Day on Sunday

Cebu City (4 June) -- Around 2,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents are expected to gather on Sunday as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-7) cooks up a day of recognition and fun in Cebu during the annual national celebration of Migrant Workers Day on June 7.

This year's observance carries the theme "Araw ng Pasasalamat:Pagpupugay sa Kakayahan at Talino ng Expat Pinoy" where activities are done as a tribute to our Filipino expatriates.

A motorcade kicks off the celebration on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. starting from the OWWA-7 Regional Office going to SM City Cebu.

Highlighting the event will be the awarding of outstanding achievements to both land-based and sea-based OFWs while livelihood skills demo will also be shown.

To spice the affair, entertainment, games and raffles await the hundreds of OFWs with their spouses and children.

No less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has extolled the invaluable contributions of the millions of OFWs who have helped the country's economy through their remittances particularly at a time when the world faces the worst global economic crisis in modern history.

As a form of gratitude for their immense help to the nation's economy, Pres. Arroyo recently unveiled a P1B government assistance programs for OFWs displaced by the worldwide economic slowdown.

"We are carrying out this program of Full Reciprocity to help expatriate workers from their host countries that are now being buffeted by the economic crisis," Pres. Arroyo said. The Full Reciprocity program consists of two parts namely the Filipino Overseas Livelihood Support Fund (FOLSF) which has a funding allocation of P1B administered by OWWA and the government assistance to help axed workers find other jobs.

Under the FOLSF, affected Filipinos can avail themselves of loans from the Fund to put up their own business, this is learned.

The government will also assist displaced OFWs find suitable jobs that are at par with his or her previous job abroad, according to the President. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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