The Advocates and Keepers Organization of Overseas Filipino Workers (Ako-OFW) on Wednesday expressed gratitude to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for setting the policies and programs that would promote and protect the welfare of the millions of OFWs and their families.
“With the policies and programs for OFWs laid down by President Marcos in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez and his office play a vital role in ensuring the President’s aspirations for OFWs are fulfilled,” said Dr. Chie Umandap, Ako-OFW chairman.
Umandap also expressed his support to Rodriguez amid what he described as attempts to besmirch the official’s character.
He said Rodriguez has always been in touch with his group to find ways to help improve the government’s service levels and support rendered to many OFWs and their families.
Umandap said the policies and programs the President mentioned last Monday encompass all the discussions his group and Rodriguez had in the past few months.
“Atty. Vic, before his appointment, has always kept the welfare of OFWs and their families in his mind and heart. Thus, achieving President Marcos’ targets for the OFWs and their families would also be a success of ES Vic’s advocacies for Filipino overseas workers,” he said.
Marcos earlier directed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to assist in finding employment for displaced OFWs.
The President also ordered the streamlining of processes for OFWs and their contractors.