[Stop-traffic] News/Philippines: Overseas Filipino Workers Remittances Hit New High

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Philippines: Overseas Filipino Workers Remittances Hit New High
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Jul 24 2000 - 11:56:14 EDT

Overseas Filipino Workers Remittances Hit New High
Xinhua General News Service, June 6, 2000

MANILA, June 6 -- Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) remain one of the
highest-dollar earners for the Philippines as remittances from OFWs hit a
record high of 6.8 billion U.S. dollars in 1999, the Department of Labor
and Employment said Tuesday.

Acting Labor Secretary Felicisimo Joson said that in last year alone
837,020 highly-skilled OFWs were deployed to more than 160 countries in the
Middle East, Asia, Europe, Norh and South America, Africa and Oceania.

Joson said in a statement that on top of the total number of workers
deployed last year, nearly 80,000 more land-based OFWs were also deployed
worldwide in the first quarter of 2000.

This development shows that the country remains one of the top labor
exporters at the onset of the new millennium, Joson said.

Meanwhile, the government is honoring the more than 7 millions of overseas
Filipino workers and their families during the observance of Migrant
Workers' Day on June 7.

Activities to be undertaken include skills fair, livelihood training, free
medical services, and free overseas calls for OFW relatives, Overseas
Employment Administration Chief Reynaldo Regalado said.

House Speaker Manny Villar pointed out that the House of Representatives
recognizes the contributions of the OFWs to the nation's economy as it is
committed to passing legislation to benefit the country's "modern day heroes."

Villar said that several measures that aim to propagate the interest of the
OFWs are being taken up in the House.

These include a bill that will give the right of absentee voting to OFWs, a
bill to create a pension fund for OFWs, a bill to establish a special
hospital to serve the needs of OFWs and their families, and a measure
creating an OFW bank, among others.

"We are continuously looking at ways to assist our overseas workers and
will provide the needed legislative support to respond to their concerns,"
said Villar.
Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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