Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz extended her gratitude to UNTV, a major television broadcasting network in the Philippines, for celebrating their 11th anniversary with Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Qatar.


Labor Attaché Leopoldo de Jesus, who attended the celebration, said that UNTV officials and crew visited the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and provided gifts to the distressed wards at the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC).


“In its own little way, the TV station wants to help people from all walks of life, as well as the different sectors of society, through its partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Doha,” UNTV – Qatar coordinator Giles Cesar Gucor said.


Knowing how much OFWs value communicating with their families back home, UNTV provided the attendees with free cellphone loads, libreng tawag, and free use of Skype, a video chat application.


Moreover, 10 airline tickets were allocated to MWOFRC wards who needed it the most, through the UNTV’s Libreng Sakay sa Eroplano program – a service that has benefitted many OFWs, particularly those in the Middle East.


The UNTV also donated bags of much-needed goods and clothes to the 70 Filipino workers who were victims of the fire incident, which recently gutted a labor camp in Shahaniya. Many of these OFWs were not able to save any of their personal belongings, but none of them was injured in the fire mishap. The POLO in Qatar earlier conducted relief assistance to these OFW fire victims.


To liven up the program, the UNTV officials and crew also unleashed their talents by serenading and entertaining the audience.


“The MWOFRC is the closest that the migrant Filipinos have for a home. It goes without saying they should feel at home in the Centers,” said Baldoz.


In the newly-issued Joint Manual of Operations in Providing Assistance to Migrant Workers and Other Filipinos Overseas, the MWOFRC serves as central hub of welfare and assistance for migrant Filipinos. Therefore, Baldoz said, the Centers should reflect the ideal standards of how workers should be treated, served, and cared for.


Echoing the same sentiment, Gucor said that their programs and projects, in partnership with Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated (KFI) and PhotoVille International, are part of their advocacy to “do good things to all men”.


Baldoz also praised the UNTV for its efforts to disseminate timely information to OFWs in Qatar and in other parts of the world.


Expressing her appreciation, the labor chief said: “I would like to congratulate the UNTV management and crew for living up to their tagline as the Public Service Channel. We, at the Department, cannot stress enough how valuable our media partners are.”


UNTV, headed by its Chairman Emeritus Eliseo Soriano and CEO Daniel Razon, conducted a series of public service initiatives in the Philippines and in its satellite offices around the world to mark its founding anniversary.


END/aldm/with reporting from dulceamorledesma

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