Araw Ng Pasasalamat Honors OFW Families on June 7th

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Friday announced that 40,000 families of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in 17 regions will be given tribute on Monday during the Migrant Worker’s Day of “Araw ng Pasasalamat.”

OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the event acknowledges the social and economic advancement of OFWs’ families and the country.

Dimzon said the celebration also serves as avenue for the government and its social partners to express their gratitude to all OFWs.

The nationwide simultaneous festivities on Monday will include entertainment, gift-giving, fun games for the enjoyment and convenience of OFWs and their family members.

Dimzon said the activity at the NCR will be led by Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque to be held at the track oval of the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Stadium.

She said that other activities to be done include a parade of delegates, OFW Family Circle Olympics, a photo exhibit, induction of new officers of OFWs NCR Federation, a serenade by singer Adel Regeliana, audio-visual presentation, dance performance by the OFC Youth Movers, and musical numbers by the Bloomfields Band and Bayang Barrios String Quarter, and evening fireworks.

The OWWA chief also said that together with Roque and a representative of the sponsoring Globe Telecoms will recognize and give awards to the outstanding land-based and sea-based OFWs, the financially/physically challenged OFW, and the most senior OFW attendee.

This year’s celebration focuses on the theme “OFWs: Tagumpay sa Hamon ng Panahon, Kaagapay sa Pagsulong.”

The celebration revolves around the milestones and accomplishments of OFWs during the last 10 years in spite of major global and local crises such as the Lebanon crisis, global financial crisis, outbreak of the H1N1 virus, and calamities.

The festivities also highlight the legacy of the present administration for the promotion and protection of OFWs. These welfare efforts covered upgraded education through pre-departure orientation sessions of workers; development of safety net programs such as insurance, scholarships, health and medical welfare, repatriation, and evacuation of Filipinos from war-torn areas.

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