Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III personally welcomed returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to the country and awarded prizes to three lucky migrant workers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

The traditional salubong is part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s “Pamaskong Handog sa OFWs,” a government program that has been running for 23 years.

“Our OFWs are the modern heroes of our country. They help a lot in the growth of our economy. The ‘salubong’ is tribute to the heroism of OFWs who come home during Christmastime to be with their families,” added Bello.

Gift packs were also given to OFWs who were from Qatar, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Taipei, and Malaysia.

“Although we have a simpler celebration this year, we wish to brighten the day of our OFWs especially those who are spending the holiday season with their loved ones, we wish all OFWs and their families a blessed and bountiful New Year,” said Bello.

The three OFWs who won P50,000 cash were Antonio Rempillo Mendoza Jr., a butcher in Kuwait; Ms. Jonarda Bonifacio Vagallion, a domestic Worker in Malaysia; and Rafael Dela Cruz Marasigan, a cashier in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Jomily Siobal Naniong, caretaker from Taipei, Taiwan; Veronica Evangelista Fernandez, domestic worker from Qatar; and Maritez Piz Hablado, domestic worker from Kuwait, each won a 32-inch flat screen television.

Bello noted that the government continues to create more decent job opportunities with good wages for the Filipinos for them not to be swayed upon by foreign employers to work abroad and leave their families.


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