VICE President Jejomar Binay on Sunday called for more protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) because of the major role they play in sustaining the economy.
“Ten percent of our total population is currently overseas. Their hands have helped shape all the nations that host them, and the same time, their remittances have helped sustain our economic growth,” Binay said in a statement.
“This diaspora is real and many of us are rightly concerned for the lives of our countrymen abroad. While the government remains committed to its pledge to make overseas employment a matter of choice rather than necessity, we are obligated to ensure that whoever desires to work abroad enjoys adequate protection and responsive service from the concerned agencies and offices of the government,” he added.
The vice president expressed support to the move to increase the legal assistance fund for OFWs from P30 million to P100 million in the proposed 2015 national budget.
“Our Global Filipinos deserve no less than the full support and protection of the government, given all their contributions to our nation,” Binay stressed.