Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III took time out to bond with and listen to the concerns of overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) when he joined them on the block screening of the film “Sunday Beauty Queen” in Baguio City.
“The labor department wanted to give OFWs a meaningful time on their vacation here in the Philippines through this inspirational film. We are sending a message that the government is always open to hear their concerns,” Bello said.
Around 350 OFW families and members of OFW Family Circles from Baguio-Benguet were present on the said movie viewing which was mainly a token of appreciation from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
The film “Sunday Beauty Queen” is the first documentary that was included in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival last December. The story tackles the lives of household service workers in Hong Kong who find time to have a good time with their fellow OFWs during their rest days. It also shows the sacrifice of the Filipino workers as they endure the pain and loneliness of being away from their families.
“OFWs all over the world can relate to the film. This depicts the hardships of our modern heroes and their sacrifices being away from their families. They deserve our gratitude and they should be honored,” Bello added.
OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that this move is a testament that the government is inclined in protecting the rights of OFWs and in assuring that they have good working condition abroad.
After the film showing, Bello listened to the various concerns of the OFWs and assured them the full support of the labor department.