President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. hopes that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will explore local business opportunities and become entrepreneurs out of choice rather than necessity to work abroad.
In his message during the Go Negosyo’s Kabayan Awards 2022 in Pasay City, the President expressed hope that OFWs will see entrepreneurship as something that can help them provide for their families.
Marcos’ message was read by Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual, as the President could not make it. First Lady Luis Araneta-Marcos represented Marcos at the event.
“Our aim is to make entrepreneurship an avenue where we can help OFWs and their families generate additional income to meet their needs,” he said.
“We hope that through entrepreneurship, our OFWs will now have the option to come back home with the ultimate goal of creating a choice rather than the need to work abroad,” he added.
Through this event, President Marcos hoped that OFWs will be enlightened on financial management, smart investment, prudent business opportunities and many other topics that can help in their reintegration into the economy as entrepreneurs.
“To our participants, I hope you join the summit with an open mind, allowing yourself to expand your options for income generation and explore opportunities in the Philippines as an employment option,” he said.
“Now is the time to tap into your entrepreneurial spirit and your ingenuity that is uniquely Filipino. These activities can serve as your guiding light today as you embark on the next chapter of your livelihood that will allow you to not only contribute to our local economy but also enrich the quality of life of your loved ones,” he added.
Meanwhile, Marcos reiterated that OFWs are the country’s modern-day heroes.
“It goes without saying that you, our beloved OFWs, serve as modern-day heroes who bring glory to our country,” he said.
“Wherever you go, you wear the colors of our flag and become ambassadors to your adopted land, representing the best of what our people can offer,” he added.
According to the President, OFWs kept the economy afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Your contributions to the Philippine economy and labor force, in general, are critical elements in our path to lasting prosperity,” he said.
“During our country’s most difficult times, you have been the strong foundation of our economy, ensuring the generation of remittances to support your loved ones and keep our country afloat. For all this, I thank you,” he added.
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