Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd honored Filipino seafarers along with their land-based counterparts for their contribution to the economy and for taking their profession in greater heights to make a significant difference in the international community.
Bello said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have showed exemplary talent and made a good image as responsible workers in the world.
He acknowledged the contribution of OFWS at Bagong Bayani Foundation Inc. (BBFI)’s 30th founding anniversary at Amosup Convention Hall, Intramuros, Manila, recently.
“We recognized the foundation as our partner in giving honor to our OFWs, not just for their dollar remittances which has helped buoyed economic growth, but also for their significant contribution by showcasing the talents of Filipino workers in the world,” he said.
The Bagong Bayani awards give honor to the OFWs who made a difference in the areas of socio-economic development of the country.
Belo said they would further strengthen the safety campaign for OFWs and has vowed to support the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino workers,
“We will not stop from doing our duty of safeguarding our OFWs, our modern day heroes, including their families, as ordered by President Duterte. That’s how he loved our OFWs,” he said.
Established in 1989, the foundation has already given recognition to 35 selfless individuals in the areas of culture, arts, community and social service and outstanding workers in their respective fields.